Monster Hunter Rise Beats PokéMon: It’s The Best-Selling Game In Japan In 2021

The Japanese magazine Famitsu, which keeps us updated on the trend of its reference market week after week, published the rankings of video games and consoles most sold in Japan during 2021.

Best-selling video games in Japan in 2021

[NSW] Monster Hunter Rise – 2,350,693 / New

[NSW] Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl – 2.313.115 / New

[NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! – 1,266,477 / 2,499,500

[NSW] Super Mario 3D World + Bowser Plus Fury – 971.418 / New

[NSW] Ring Fit Adventure – 904.685 / 2.991.690

[NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 815.174 / 4.272.357

[NSW] Minecraft – 708.670 / 2.411.591

[NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 704.134 / 7.082.237

[NSW] Mario Party Superstars – 628.538 / New

[NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 610,964 / 4.624,138

In the software field, a challenge to two was consumed, which eventually saw Monster Hunter Rise triumph for a few tens of thousands of units on the paired Pokémon Diamond Shining and Pearl Splendid. The hunting game has totaled 2.35 million copies sold, while the games of the monsters have placed 2.31 million. On the bottom step of the podium, instead, there is a game specifically aimed at the local market, namely Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! with 1.26 million units. The top 10, as you’ve certainly already noticed, is composed by just games for Nintendo Switch.

Console best sold in Japan in 2021

Nintendo Switch – 5.579.127 / 22.919.501

PlayStation 5 – 968.185 / 1,223.335

PlayStation 4 – 104.054 / 9.394.944

Xbox Series X

3DS – 28,540 / 24,586.448

With 5.57 million units sold, Nintendo Switch was by far the most successful console in 2021 in Japan. It closed the year near the 23 million total units, a wall that has already passed in these first weeks of 2022. PlayStation 5, for its part, has gone close to the million consoles sold. It would probably have made better results with a more widespread distribution. Unfortunately, the shortage of supplies is still a reality all over the world. The Xbox Series X Plus performance is worth highlighting, one year after its launch it has already passed the results achieved by Xbox One in Japan during its entire life cycle.

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