Top 100 Best-Selling Games of 2019 in Japan Revealed by Famitsu: Nintendo Switch Dominates

Today’s issue of Weekly Famitsu included a massive ranking with the top-100 best-selling physical retail games of 2019 in Japan.
The ranking includes only physical sales, and while Famitsu does estimate digitals sales monthly, they’re not counted here.
On top of that, the number in brackets indicates lifetime sales where appropriate for games released before 2019.


Thursday January 01, 1970

Pokemon Sword & Shield – Switch – 2,988,134
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Switch – 1,092,397 [3,453,052]
Super Mario Maker 2 – Switch – 800,504
Kingdom Hearts 3 – PS4 – 861,226
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – Switch – 747,589
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Switch – 628,712 [2,659,009]
Minecraft – Switch – 620,894 – [1,145,939]
Luigi’s Mansion 3 – Switch – 505,998
Super Mario Party – Switch – 498,857
Ring Fit Adventure – Switch – 495,639
Dragon Quest XI S – Switch – 463,699
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! – Switch – 431,629 [1,685,306]
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition – PS4 – 417,462
Resident Evil 2 – PS4 – 403,833
Splatoon 2 – Switch – 378,340 [3,252,760]
Fishing Spirits – Switch – 336,995
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Switch – 301,657 [1,481,349]
Yo-Kai Watch 4 – Switch – 291,878
Fire Emblem Three Houses – Switch – 273,905
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – PS4 – 267,666
Death Stranding – PS4 – 262,827
Pro Baseball Spirits 2019 – PS4 – 259,227
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – Switch – 250,974
Persona 5 Royal – PS4 – 244,050
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown – PS4 – 220,195
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball – Switch – 210,259
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – PS4 – 209,081
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – Switch – 195,128
Days Gone – PS4 – 192,900
Devil May Cry 5 – PS4 – 189,121
Yoshi’s Crafted World – Switch – 186,065
Project Sakura Wars – PS4 – 161,288
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! – Switch – 150,167 [420,582]
Super Mario Odyssey – Switch – 147,340 [2,047,546]
Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission – Switch – 145,720
Jump Force – PS4 – 130,293
Disney Tsum Tsum Festival – Switch –  125,498
Dragon Quest Builders 2 – Switch – 124,837 [290,255]
eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 – PS4 – 119,715
Kirby Star Allies – Switch – 119,059 [783,874]
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town – Switch – 118,082
Anthem – PS4 – 117.418
The Division 2 – PS4 – 116,023
Doraemon Story of Seasons – Switch – 112,104
Super Robot Wars T – PS4 – 105,703
Code Vein – PS4 – 93,236
Earth Defense Foce: Iron Rain – PS4 – 88,600
Ghost Recon Breakpoint – PS4 – 86,781
SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays – PS4 – 86,739
Dragon Quest Builders 2 – PS4 – 86,434 [250,316]
 Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – The Official Video Game – Switch – 81,491
Nintendo LABO Toy-Con 04: VR Kit – Switch – 81,440
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon – 3DS – 80,309 [2,513,588]
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne – PS4 – 76,369
One Piece World Seeker – PS4 – 76,235
FIFA 20 – PS4 – 74,142
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout – PS4 – 72,091
Pro Baseball Spirits 2019 – PS Vita – 70,763
Catherine Full Body – PS4 – 69,804
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox – PS4 – 68,428
GO Vacation – Switch – 67,801 [80,842]
Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition – PS4 – 66,648
Mario Tennis Aces – Switch – 66,512 [442,878]
Battlefield V – PS4 – 65,155 [209,464]
Borderlands 3 – PS4 – 64,568
Fit Boxing – Switch – 62,414 [66,193]
Rune Factory 4 Special – Switch – 62,412
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX – PS4 – 62,274 [293,249]
SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays – Switch – 62,173
NieR: Automata – Game of the YoRHa Edition – PS4 – 59,848
Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition – PS4 – 59,435 [420,774]
Far Cry New Dawn – PS4 – 58,924
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order – PS4 – 55,062
Judgment – PS4 – 54,586 [278,634]
Astral Chain – Switch – 54,105
Super Robot Wars T – Switch – 53,810
Super Bomberman R (Smile Price Collection) – Switch – 53,720 [62,222]
Monster Hunter World (Best Price Edition) – PS4 – 52,846 [76,511]
World War Z – PS4 – 52,693
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster – Switch – 52,670
Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! – Switch – 52,098
Daemon X Machina – Switch – 49,009
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate for Nintendo Switch (Best Price Edition) – Switch – 48,977 [55,223]
Attack on Titan 2 Final Battle – Switch – 48,904
Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age – Switch – 48,348
PlayStation VR Worlds – Ps4 – 48,088 [101,907]
Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo – 3DS – 47,880 [472,862]
Grand Theft Auto 4 (New Price Edition) – PS4 – 47,777 [52,664]
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim – PS4 –  47,446
Yo-Kai Watch ++ – Switch – 46,896
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Switch – 45,117 [201,507]
Yakuza 5 – PS4 – 44,593
Sumikko Gurashi: School Life Begins – Switch – 44,181
Monster Hunter: World (Berst Price Bargain Edition) – PS4 – 44,111
FIFA 20 Legacy Edition – Switch – 43,956
Yakuza 4 – PS4 – 43,782
Azur Lane: Crosswave – PS4 – 43,585
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition – Switch – 42,816
Dead by Daylight – PS4 – 41,682 [59,353]
Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! – PS4 – 41,354


Thursday January 01, 1970

It’s quite evident that 2019 was the year of the Nintendo Switch in Japan, with 16 games for the hybrid console in the top-20, and only Kingdom Hearts 3 holding up the PS4 flag in the top-5.
That being said, a few core games keep selling better on PS4 despite the fact that the Switch has passed Sony’s console’s installed base in the country back in May.
With the next generation coming soon, it’ll be interesting to see where the local market will land, but Nintendo certainly shined in its home turf in 2019.
[Source: Weekly Famitsu]
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