Nintendo Switch dominates Japan's console and physical games market in 2020


Unsurprisingly, the Nintendo Switch hogged most of the console sales in Japan in 2020.

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The second-highest seller was the PlayStation 4 at 543,000 units, while the PS5 barely hit half of that at around 255,000 units. "So that's what we'll continue to lean into as we go into really what will be the fifth year of Nintendo Switch". Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Series S only sold 31,424 units, which was even beaten by Nintendo's 3DS, which doubled that number at 62,761 units sold. The life sim title shipped 6.37m copies in its first nine months on the market and, while not every new Switch owner will have picked up a copy, its release helped boost Switch sales in Japan to 17.3m across its three-year lifespan.

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As for the PS5, sales there sits at over 250,000 consoles sold. However, Animal Crossing: New Horizons - which sits in third - includes no digital sales figures, meaning it could well be placed higher in actuality. Out of 6.85m consoles sold in 2020, almost 6m of that number comprised of Switch units - a monumental 86.9% of the total market.

The Japanese games industry as a whole grew by 12.5 percent in 2020, generating around $3.5 billion in revenue, according to Famitsu.