Despite all the woes of 2020, Nintendo has had a remarkable year and on the console front, made waves across the globe. Switch became the UK’s best-selling console by far and it took the lead in China’s market, as well as overtaking 3DS lifetime sales at 76.2 million units.
Nintendo coming out on top in Japan was no surprise and according to Famitsu/Kadokawa, the 6 million consoles sold last year accounted for 87% of Japan’s console market (thanks, Gamesindustry.biz). The Switch’s nearest rival, Sony’s PlayStation 4, only managed 542k console sales in the same period.
Furthermore, this data revealed that Nintendo games accounted for nearly 50% of all physical sales in Japan too, with Animal Crossing: New Horizons reaching 6.3 million physical sales alone and Ring Fit Adventure at 1.59 million. Konami’s Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa Heisei Reiwa mo Teiban! was the only other title to exceed 1 million physical units.
With two next-gen consoles now in play, whether Nintendo can sustain this market hold in 2021 remains to be seen.
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