Switch’s Best-Selling Games In Japan After Five Years, According To Famitsu

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The Nintendo Switch recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, and Japanese publication Famitsu used it as an opportunity to put together a “top 35” best-selling game list in the country since the system’s launch.

While Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best global seller, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has taken out the top spot in Japan. Also placed ahead of Mario Kart, is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in second place. Some of the Pokémon games also made the top, and further down the list is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Here’s the full list and sales so far, via Nintendo Everything:

1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 7,183,333
2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 4,764,379
3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 4,429,626
4. Pokemon Sword / Shield – 4,309,812
5. Splatoon 2 – 4,031,223
6. Ring Fit Adventure – 3,074,777
7. Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! – 2,597,078
8. Minecraft – 2,514,952
9. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl – 2,502,926
10. Monster Hunter Rise – 2,357,260
11. Super Mario Odyssey – 2,323,559
12. Super Mario Party – 2,060,160
13. Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 1,955,649
14. Pokemon Legends: Arceus – 1,923,870
15. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee – 1,794,024
16. Super Mario Maker 2 – 1,197,024
17. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 1,158,604
18. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury – 1,018,313
19. Kirby Star Allies – 963,497
20. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics – 927,244
21. Mario Party Superstars – 865,507
22. Luigi’s Mansion 3 – 829,847
23. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! – 696,054
24. Fishing Spirits: Nintendo Switch Version – 675,710
25. Pikmin 3 Deluxe – 614,770
26. Super Mario 3D All-Stars – 614,454
27. Dragon Quest XI S – 561,482
28. Mario Tennis Aces – 499,331
29. 1-2 Switch – 488,309
30. ARMS – 466,695
31. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – 422,191
32. Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch – 415,158
33. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity – 387,707
34. Pokken Tournament DX – 355,713
35. eBaseball Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2020 – 342,187

Many of these games are still being celebrated in Japan. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has new DLC arriving later this month and Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai was recently recognised as the country’s most valuable creator at the Famitsu Dengeki Game Awards 2021.

Does anything on this list surprise you? How many of the games above have you added to your own Switch collection so far? Tell us in the comments below.

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