In spite of all the woes of 2020, Nintendo has actually had an exceptional year and on the console front, made waves around the world. Switch ended up being the UKs best-selling console by far and it took the lead in Chinas market, in addition to overtaking 3DS life time sales at 76.2 million systems.
Nintendo triumphing in Japan was not a surprise and according to Famitsu/Kadokawa, the 6 million consoles offered in 2015 accounted for 87% of Japans console market (thanks, Gamesindustry.biz). The Switchs nearby rival, Sonys PlayStation 4, just handled 542k console sales in the very same period.
This data revealed that Nintendo video 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. Konamis Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa Heisei Reiwa mo Teiban! was the only other title to surpass 1 million physical systems.
With 2 next-gen consoles now in play, whether Nintendo can sustain this market hold in 2021 remains to be seen.
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