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Nintendo Switch Accounted for 87% of Consoles Sold in Japan in 2020

Nintendo Switch Accounted for 87% of Consoles Sold in Japan in 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 January 2021 / 2,000 Views

The Nintendo Switch was by far the biggest console in Japan in 2020, accounting for 87 percent of the consoles sold in the land of the rising sun. This is according to Famitsu figures.

6.85 million Nintendo Switch consoles were sold in Japan last year, with the normal Switch model selling 3.9 million units and the Switch Lite selling just over two million units. 

The PlayStation 4 was the second best-selling console with 543,000 units, followed by the PlayStation 5 with 255,000 units sold. 

When it comes to Software sales the top 10 was dominated by Nintendo Switch games. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (NS) was easily the best-selling game of 2020 with 6,378,103 units sold.

Ring Fit Adventure (NS) was the second best-selling game with 1.59 million units sold, followed by Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa Heisei Reiwa mo Teiban! (NS), which sold 1.23 million units. 

No other game in the top 10 crossed the one million mark. Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4) comes in fourth place with 949,379 units sold. Pokémon Sword / Shield (NS) is in fifth with 892,456 units sold.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sales

Here are the top 10 best-selling games in Japan in 2020:

  1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo) - 6,378,103
  2. Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo) - 1,591,366
  3. Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa Heisei Reiwa mo Teiban! (Konami) - 1,233,023
  4. Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix) - 949,379
  5. Pokémon Sword / Shield (Pokemon Company) - 892,456
  6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) - 798,174
  7. Super Smash Bros Ultimate (Nintendo) - 560,122
  8. Minecraft: Switch Edition (Microsoft) - 556,982
  9. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Nintendo) - 519,649
  10. Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo) - 492,620

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Real (on 15 January 2021)


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SvenTheTurkey (on 15 January 2021)

Does anyone know if famitsu counts digital sales? I'm just a little surprised ring fit did so well. It's a fun game but still surprising that it's outselling so many other games.

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Real SvenTheTurkey (on 16 January 2021)

No they don't count digital it's all physical

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PAOerfulone (on 15 January 2021)

“6.85 million Nintendo Switch consoles were sold in Japan last year.”

Where’d the extra 1 million come from???

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Kakadu18 PAOerfulone (on 15 January 2021)

It should actually be 5.956 million according to Famitsu.

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