The top 30 games sold in Japan for the week of August 2nd – 8th were all games for the Nintendo Switch, according to a Famitsu report (via VGC).
All Top 30 best selling retail games in Japan last week were Nintendo Switch titles, first time a Top 30 is from a single console since at least November 1988, when the Top 30 was Famicom only. https://t.co/NgQx0p1EoO— Game Data Library (@GameDataLibrary) August 13, 2021
This is particularly notable as a single console has not taken the top 30 since at least November 1988 when the games were largely Famicom games. Additionally, as Twitter user Game Data Library notes, it’s “the first time all 30 games are from the same system after the Top 30 tracked all platforms.”
The top selling games for the week include Minecraft at #1 and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD in the second spot. Classic titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (#4) and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (#8) continue to have market relevance.
Even in North America, eight of the top 20 most sold games were Nintendo first-party games and that is without counting digital purchases for Nintendo games only.
As PS5s and Xbox Series X|S continue to have issues shipping hardware and filling out their libraries, Nintendo’s market dominance is not surprising. As these next-generation consoles hit their stride, it will be interesting to see how consumers respond.