Nintendo Switch dominates hardware and software sales in Japan in the first quarter of 2021 – Nerd4.life

Famitsu published i sales data overall relating to hardware e software game in Japan in first quarter of 2021, once again demonstrating the absolute domination of Nintendo Switch on competition, in a situation that seems almost a monopoly.

From a hardware standpoint, things are a little better for Sony, which managed to place 325,061 PS5 sold in Q1 2021 and almost 60,000 PS4, while Microsoft with Xbox Series X | S continues to fail to penetrate the Japanese market remaining below 10,000 units sold in the first quarter of the year.

Nintendo Switch is still on another planet, having sold 1.7 million consoles out of the total of 2.1 million overall for gaming consoles, as we see in the Q1 2021 hardware sales ranking:

  1. Nintendo Switch – 1.744.974
  2. PlayStation 5 – 325.061
  3. PlayStation 4 – 59.889
  4. Xbox Series X/S – 8.585
  5. Nintendo 3DS – 9,368

However, the domain true of Nintendo Switch on the competition emerges especially from the software data. It is true that we only speak of the physical retail market in the ranking below, while for PS4 and PS5 sales have probably moved a lot to digital in Japan too, but the results are impressive:

  1. [NSW] Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom) – 1.302.132
  2. [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu (Konami) –839.273
  3. [NSW] Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury – 592.683
  4. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure – 392.568
  5. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 332.758
  6. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 294.411
  7. [NSW] Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town (Marvelous) – 262.501
  8. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 205.765
  9. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield + Expansion Pass – 181.759
  10. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft) – 169.818
  11. [NSW] Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics – 149.076
  12. [NSW] Splatoon 2 – 137580
  13. [NSW] Bravely Default II (Square Enix) – 131.317
  14. [NSW] Super Mario Party – 120.973
  15. [NSW] Pikmin 3 Deluxe – 90.104
  16. [NSW] Super Mario 3D All-Stars – 86.320
  17. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 71.893
  18. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – 63.625
  19. [NSW] Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (Marvelous) – 59.268
  20. [NSW] Little Nightmares II (Bandai Namco) – 56.273

This is to bring back only the top 20 positions of the ranking: the first non-Nintendo Switch game is only found at position 32 and it’s Little Nightmares for PS4, while the first of the PS5 games is Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales in position 54.

L’annichilimento of competition clearly emerges from a simple graphic pie that shows the market shares in the hands of the various consoles regarding the videogame software market in Japan:

The chart shows the market share breakdown for each gaming software platform in Japan

In practice, the subdivision is this:

  • Nintendo Switch total = 6,272,212 (97.4%)
  • Playstation 4 total = 156,192 (2.4%)
  • Playstation 5 total = 12,334 (0.2%)
  • Xbox Series X/S total = 0 (0%)
  • Nintendo 3DS total = 0 (0%)

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