Nintendo Switch Accounted for 87% of All Consoles Sold in Japan in 2020

With nearly 6 million units sold, Nintendo Switch consoles accounted for 87% of all console sales in Japan in 2020.

According to Famitsu/KADOKAWA data (via, the normal Nintendo Switch sold 3.9 million units, while the Switch Lite sold over 2 million.

There were 6.85 million consoles sold in Japan in 2020, and PS4 came in second place with around 543,000 units. PS5 sold over 255,000 units.

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Japan’s game market brought in over $3.5 billion, which is up 12.5% year-over-year. Console hardware sales and boxed game sales saw increases year-over-year of 16.4% and 9%, respectively.

Nintendo also accounted for almost 50% of all boxed game sales in 2020, with Animal Crossing: New Horizons being the best-selling boxed game of the year with nearly 6.4 million copies sold. Ring Fit Adventure came in second place with 1.5 million units sold, and Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa Heisei Reiwa mo Teiban! came in third place with 1.2 million copies sold.

Nintendo Switch’s success obviously extended beyond Japan, with it achieving the second-highest annual dollar sales in U.S. console history in 2020. The Switch has also been the best-selling console in the U.S. for 25 consecutive months.

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Even though the Switch’s success is showing no sign of slowing down, it hasn’t stopped many from wishing for the long-rumored Nintendo Switch Pro. While many hope that it will launch in 2021 alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, analysts are a bit more conflicted.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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