If you’re always looking at the Japanese game sales charts published by the Japanese game magazine FAMItsu, you’ll know that Nintendo’s games always make up the majority of the top 10, and often dominate the top 10. That’s not true, according to statistics. Nintendo’s console sales in Japan hit a new high in 2019, accounting for more than 80% of the market.
Japan’s Gaming Market Share 2019
Nintendo accounts for more than 80 percent of console sales in Japan in 2019, with 76 percent of sales coming from Switch, according to famitsu figures released yesterday. While 3DS sales have fallen significantly compared to previous sales, Switch’s success has made it negligible. Meanwhile, Switch’s sales are up 29% from last year. By contrast, sales of Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, which rivals, have seen significant declines.
Switch and PS4 three-year sales chart
Last year was Nintendo’s best year for console sales, according to famitsu from 1999 to 2019. It’s an impressive feat for a company that entered the industry almost from the start.
Given that Switch’s cumulative sales in Japan have already exceeded 10 million units, should it be time for game developers in Japan to snack?