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hang on just a little bit longer Mario Maker 2...just 39,020 to go to hit a million in Japan!



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M-C 2018

01. Nintendo - 9.971.257 <35,00%>
02. Capcom - 2.735.760 <9,60%>
03. Bandai Namco Games - 2.231.249 <7,83%>
04. Pokemon Co. - 1.996.035 <7,01%>
05. Sony Interactive Entertainment - 1.608.904 <5,65%>
06. Square Enix - 1.410.270 <4,95%>
07. Sega - 900.363 <3,16%>
08. Koei Tecmo - 849.747 <2,98%>
09. Konami - 738.612 <2,59%>
10. Microsoft Game Studios - 541.094 <1,90%>
11. Electronic Arts - 521.318 <1,83%>
12. Ubisoft - 487.701 <1,71%>
13. Level 5 - 458.876 <1,61%>
14. Atlus - 394.455 <1,38%>
15. Take-Two Interactive Japan - 347.951 <1,22%>
16. Spike Chunsoft - 330.352 <1,16%>
17. Marvelous - 320.936 <1,13%>
18. Nippon Columbia - 250.211 <0,88%>
19. Bethesda Softworks - 234.078 <0,82%>
20. Nihon Falcom - 186.604 <0,65%>
00. Other - 1.974.548 <6,93%>
00. Total Software Sales - 28.490.321 <100,00%>

M-C 2019

01. / 01. Nintendo - 7.903.662 <29,42%> (-20%YOY)
02. / 04. Pokemon Co. - 3.216.372 <11,97%> (+61%YOY)
03. / 03. Bandai Namco Games - 2.543.566 <9,47%> (+14%YOY)
04. / 06. Square Enix - 2.288.930 <8,52%> (+14%YOY)
05. / 02. Capcom - 1.576.212 <5,87%> (-42%YOY)
06. / 05. Sony Interactive Entertainment - 1.290.509 <4,80%> (-20%YOY)
07. / 07. Sega - 878.618 <3,27%> (-2%YOY)
08. / 09. Konami - 798.504 <2,97%> (+8%YOY)
09. / 08. Koei Tecmo - 628.410 <2,34%> (-26%YOY)
10. / 10. Microsoft Game Studios - 518.952 <1,93%> (-4%YOY)
11. / 11. Electronic Arts - 507.476 <1,89%> (-3%YOY)
12. / 14. Atlus - 470.285 <1,75%> (+19%YOY)
13. / 13. Level 5 - 433.404 <1,61%> (-6%YOY)
14. / 12. Ubisoft - 396.122 <1,47%> (-19%YOY)
15. / 17. Marvelous - 311.499 <1,16%> (-3%YOY)
16. / 00. From Software - 302.470 <1,13%>
17. / 15. Take-Two Interactive Japan - 274.347 <1,02%> (-21%YOY)
18. / 16. Spike Chunsoft - 219.447 <0,82%> (-34%YOY)
19. / 20. Nippon Columbia - 176.539 <0,66%> (-29%YOY)
20. / 00. Warner Entertainment Japan - 161.596 <0,60%> 
00. Other - 1.964.040 <7,31%> (-0.5%YOY)
00. All Publishers - 26.860.960 <100,00%> (-5.71%YOY)

  • 11.9M vs 11.1M from Nintendo & Pokemon Co that 800K difference is actually what made 2019 down compared to 2018
  • Sony also saw a 20% drop in their 1st party published titles
  • The most substancial drop by a third party was suffered by Capcom
  • In the Top 10 the 3rd party companies who saw growth were Bandai, Square & Konami 
  • Atlus saw the biggest growth thanks to Persona 5 Royale
  • Ubisoft and Take-Two also saw drops in their sales - Bethesda wasn't even among the Top 20 Publishers last year
  • EA and Microsoft were able to stay pretty much flat



I can only use Famitsu numbers to compare with 2020 thus far, but this gives us a good idea about what to expect for the annual totals

Famitsu 2020 Top 50:

  1. NSW: Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo) - 5.660.598
  2. NSW: Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo) - 988.346
  3. PS4: Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square) - 932.821
  4. NSW: Pokemon Sword / Shield (Pokemon Co)- 736.823
  5. NSW: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) - 486.372
  6. PS4: Ghost of Tsushima (Sony) -  385.143
  7. NSW: Smash Ultimate (Nintendo) - 364.616
  8. NSW: Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Nintendo) - 362.420
  9. NSW: Minecraft (Microsoft) - 348.159
  10. NSW: Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) - 298.919
  11. NSW: Super Mario Party (Nintendo) -  280.255
  12. NSW: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX (Pokemon Co.) - 259.513
  13. PS4: Resident Evil 3 (Capcom) - 258.676 
  14. NSW: Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch (Nintendo) - 254.742
  15. NSW: Paper Mario: The Origami King (Nintendo) - 244.110
  16. PS4: Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon (Sega) - 243.769
  17. PS4: The Last of Us Part II (Sony) - 222.943
  18. NSW: eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 (Konami) - 215.075
  19. PS4: eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 (Konami) - 177.864
  20. NSW: Luigi's Mansion 3 (Nintendo) - 172.088
  21. PS4: Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. MaxiBoost On (Bandai Namco Games) - 161.014
  22. NSW: Super Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo) - 160.476
  23. NSW: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo) - 159.701
  24. PS4: Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers (Atlus) - 149.898
  25. PS4: Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (Bandai) - 149.654
  26. NSW: Fishing Spirits (Bandai Namco) - 148.940
  27. NSW: New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo) - 144.967
  28. NSW: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 (Sega) - 138.550
  29. PS4: Trials of Mana (Square) - 133.593
  30. PS4: One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 (Bandai) - 131.315
  31. NSW: Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Nintendo) - 128.989
  32. NSW: One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 (Bandai Namco) - 117.954
  33. PS4: Granblue Fantasy Versus (Cygames) - 111.094
  34. NSW: Trials of Mana (Square Enix) - 100.451
  35. PS4: The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki (Nihon Falcom) - 91.286
  36. NSW: Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (Bandai Namco) - 89.751
  37. PS4: Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris (Bandai) - 85.010 
  38. NSW: Dragon Quest XI S (Square Enix) - 82.137
  39. NSW: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva MegaMix (Sega) - 78.558
  40. NSW: Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers (Atlus) - 65.653
  41. PS4: Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition (Take-Two) - 54.860
  42. NSW: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (Square Enix) - 54.094
  43. PS4: Marvel's Avengers (Square Enix) - 42.979
  44. PS4: Romance of the Three Kingdoms 14 (Koei) - 33.644
  45. PS4: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (Square Enix) - 33.203 
  46. NSW: Human: Fall Fla (Teyon Japan) - 29.004
  47. NSW: Tokyo Mirage Session ♯FE Encore (Nintendo) - 27.017
  48. NSW: My Hero Academia: One's Justice 2 (Bandai) - 26.915
  49. PS4: Remnant: From the Ashes (DMM Games) - 26.670
  50. NSW: Kotoba no Puzzle: Moji Pittan Encore (Bandai) - 25.457

TOTAL: 15.395.840

  • NSW - 31
  • PS4 - 18

Most Titles:

  1. Nintendo & Pokemon Co - 17
  2. Bandai - 9
  3. Square - 7
  4. Other - 7
  5. Sega - 3
  6. Sony - 2
  7. Konami - 2
  8. Atlus - 2

NSW Software TOTAL: 12.250.659 <79.6%>

PS4 Software TOTAL: 3.145.181 <20.4%>

By Publisher:

  1. Nintendo - 9.453.370
  2. Square Enix - 1.379.278
  3. Pokemon Company - 996.336
  4. Bandai Namco - 936.010
  5. Sony - 608.086
  6. Sega - 460.877
  7. Konami - 392.939
  8. Microsoft - 348.159
  9. Capcom - 258.676
  10. Atlus - 215.551

All Other: 356.558

  • Overall with the release of Super Mario 3D Collection Nintendo will surpass its last year TOTAL from M-C Top 1000 prior to the holidays
  • There has never been such a dominant year for Nintendo since it started to have competition 
  • Software on the PS4/PS5 is extremely unlikely to surpass 6M, there is no title slated for the fall that could push the PS5 or sell over 300K on the PS4
  • Without it's the biggest title FFVII PS4 software would be at 2.2M, without New Horizon Switch would be at 6.6M
  • Nintendo will add a lot of sales thanks to Ring Fit, New Horizon, Super Mario 3D Collection, Pikmin and the rest of the evergreens 
  • I don't think Nintendo or Pokemon Company have a major fall title to announce for 2020
  • So far the biggest 3rd party titles for the fall are from Konami, Bandai & Koei Tecmo and will all launch exclusively on the Switch
  • Square, Capcom, Marvelous could potentially shake things up with Monster Hunter, Rune Factory 5, and Bravely Default 2

Until there is clarity on what else is launching in 2020, I won't be making a prediction for the end of year totals, but the Switch should be around 20M software without a Monster Hunter, Bravely, Rune Factory 5 releasing. If everything releases we'd be looking at over >25M units of Software in next year's M-C Top 1000

Last edited by noshten - on 11 September 2020

Meanwhile on last year's used Market Playstation games continue to do well, and one of the reasons PS5 DE won't be such a hot item for hardcore gamers in Japan.


Top 500 Software Sales - 10.877.865 <68,57%>
Software Sales - 15.863.843 <100,00%>

Most Titles:

PS4 - 214
3DS - 129
NSW - 56
PSV - 52
PS3 - 22
WIU - 13
NDS - 11
WII - 3

01. PS4 - 5.492.746 <34,62%>
02. 3DS - 3.615.476 <22,79%>
03. NSW - 2.731.133 <17,22%>
04. PSV - 1.484.220 <9,36%>
05. PS3 - 1.215.502 <7,66%>
06. NDS - 504.064 <3,18%>
07. WIU - 328.275 <2,07%>
08. PSP - 296.773 <1,87%>
09. WII - 193.466 <1,22%>
10. XB1 - 2.188 <0,01%>
00. ALL - 15.863.843 <100,00%>

As we can see here Playstation ecosystem actually still has an edge with over 50% market share, only 56 games from the Switch make the Top 500, next year Switch should overtake 3DS on here as well. The main thing is this is why Retailers will probably also be inclined to push the more expensive PS5 model since all these old games from the PS4 will be compatible. This is one of the reasons that PS5 will have a very low attach rate for new games, as owners can purchase a vast library of used games and resell them after purchasing them. Still PS5 will be limited to a very hardcore audience that is also likely to own a Switch. It will probably be able to maintain over 10% Software share but will be a niche product in Japan with limited appeal. Without a portable, the 3rd biggest gaming market in the World will be dominated by Nintendo during the next few years.

I remember back in 2017, a lot of people doubted 25-30 million lifetime but it will happen



2019 had the Switch surpass the PS4 by quite a bit in HW, but 3rd party sales remain weak.

Switch 2019- 5.9m
PS4 2019- 7.9m

2020 should be a big win for Switch with the HW lead for the entire year. 2021 is no contest, easy Switch win.



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noshten said:
  • Square, Capcom, Marvelous could potentially shake things up with Monster Hunter, Rune Factory 5, and Bravely Default 2

Until there is clarity on what else is launching in 2020, I won't be making a prediction for the end of year totals, but the Switch should be around 20M software without a Monster Hunter, Bravely, Rune Factory 5 releasing. 

At this point it seems most likely that Bravely Default II, Rune Factory 5, and (if it exists) Monster Hunter Switch will be 2021 releases.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

Club House and Tsushima are delivering one of the greatest bouts of this year.

Will Clubhouse keep the weekly advantage for long to catch up ? We'll see in the following week.

Meantime, RFA is just spouting incredible numbers 😶



Switch Friend Code : 3905-6122-2909 

With the way the wind is blowing in Japan, it's hard to imagine third party support for Switch NOT improving from here on out.
I mean, half-hearted support might've been defensible when the system was unproven, but at this point...

(Plus, with a lot of games taking 3 years or so to make these days, Switch projects begun in 2018 when the system had shown itself to be a contender should be coming to fruition soon)

Last edited by curl-6 - on 12 September 2020

Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

Tsutaya Ranking: Week 37, 2020 (7 Sep - 13 Sep)

01./02. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980)
02./03. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons <ETC> (Nintendo) {2020.03.20} (¥5.980)
03./00. [NSW] Minecraft Dungeons: Hero Edition <RPG> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2020.09.08} (¥3.600)
04./01. [PS4] Marvel's Avengers <ACT> (Square Enix) {2020.09.04} (¥7.980)
05./04. [NSW] Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics <TBL> (Nintendo) {2020.06.05} (¥3.980)
06./05. [PS4] Ghost of Tsushima <ADV> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2020.07.17} (¥6.900)
07./10. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980)
08./08. [NSW] eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 <SPT> (Konami) {2020.07.09} (¥6.980)
09./00. [PS4] Metal Max Xeno Reborn <RPG> (Kadokawa Games) {2020.09.10} (¥6.480)
10./11. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate <FTG> (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200)
11./15. [NSW] Paper Mario: The Origami King <ADV> (Nintendo) {2020.07.17} (¥5.980)
12./12. [NSW] Minecraft <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600)
13./00. [NSW] Metal Max Xeno Reborn <RPG> (Kadokawa Games) {2020.09.10} (¥6.480)
14./13. [NSW] Splatoon 2 <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.11.22} (¥5.980)
15./07. [NSW] Jump Force: Deluxe Edition <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2020.08.27} (¥6.680)
16./06. [PS4] The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki <RPG> (Nihon Falcom) {2020.08.27} (¥7.800)
17./09. [NSW] Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition <RPG> (Square Enix) {2020.08.27} (¥4.800)
18./19. [NSW] Pokemon Sword <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2019.11.15} (¥5.980)
19./18. [PS4] eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 <SPT> (Konami) {2020.07.09} (¥7.980)
20./21. [NSW] Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.12.27} (¥3.480)

Top 20

NSW - 15
PS4 - 5



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Media Create Sales Week 36, 2020 (31 Aug - 6 Sep)


01./00. [PS4] NBA 2K21 (Take-Two Interactive) {2020.09.04}
02./00. [PS4] Marvel's Avengers (Bandai Namco Games) {2020.09.04}
03./05. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo) {2019.10.31}
04./00. [NSW] NBA 2K21 (Take-Two Interactive) {2020.09.04}
05./04. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo) {2020.03.20}

Top 5

NSW - 3
PS4 - 2

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Media Create Sales Week 36, 2020 (31 Aug - 6 Sep)


01./02. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo) {2019.10.18}
02./00. [NSW] Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Nintendo) {2020.09.03}
03./03. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo) {2020.03.20}
04./00. [PS4] Marvel's Avengers (Bandai Namco Games) {2020.09.04}
05./01. [PS4] The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki (Clouded Leopard Entertainment) {2020.08.27}

Top 5

NSW - 3
PS4 - 2



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