There is no doubt that Nintendo has hit a home run with their hybrid console the Nintendo Switch, and have completely left all failings of the Wii-U in the dust. This is even more cemented by the news that broke early this morning that the Nintendo Switch has officially sold 5 million units in Japan alone. This was reported by the Japanese company Kadokawa, which has the official number of Nintendo Switch’s sold in Japan at 5,007,368. The best selling software in Japan is filled with Nintendo Switch hits, which in order of the most sales are. Splatoon 2, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Kirby Star Allies.
It is if fantastic to see such strong support for the Nintendo Switch, as it only took the console 79 weeks to hit 5 million units sold. It is also great to see Splatoon 2 to find such success in the Japanese market, as a newer IP in the Nintendo catalog, it is good to see it will become a staple franchise no doubt.
For a more in-depth look at the numbers here are some quick facts on hardware and software sales for the Nintendo Switch in Japan.
Nintendo Switch hardware sales (March 3, 2017 – September 2, 2018): 5,007,368 units (79 weeks)
Top 5 bestselling games in terms of lifetime sales (release date of game – September 2, 2018)
- Splatoon 2: 2,621,928 copies
- Super Mario Odyssey: 1,788,228 copies
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: 1,738,502 copies
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: 1,065,780 copies
- Kirby Star Allies: 591,721 copies
Please keep in mind numbers may vary from Nintendo’s internal figures, and game sales do not include digital sales.
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