Just yesterday, we revealed that - as of 26th August - the Nintendo Switch had sold 4.966 million units in Japan. This number was expected to reach five million with another weeks' sales, and the latest sales figures show that it has indeed hit that milestone.
As of 2nd September, the console has shifted 5,007,368 units in the region since its launch in March 2017. The console's top-selling games have also been revealed with everyone's favourite squid-based shooter taking a very healthy lead. Below, you can see the top five games, their initial launch dates, and the all-important sales figures.
- Splatoon 2 (07/21/17) – 2,621,928 units
- Super Mario Odyssey (10/27/17) – 1,788,228 units
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (04/28/17) – 1,738,502 units
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (03/03/17) – 1,065,780 units
- Kirby Star Allies (03/16/18) – 591,721 units
We mentioned this yesterday, too, but it's worth noting that the Switch's five million sales total is now only two million behind Sony's PlayStation 4 in Japan, despite the PS4 being on sale for an additional three years. It's a fact that demonstrates the importance of the Japanese market to Nintendo; the Switch has been dominating in the country for some time now, taking a much larger slice of the market share there since its launch than it has in other regions where the PS4 is still very much the leader.
Do you think this Japanese dominance will continue? Are you surprised to see Splatoon 2 beat the likes of Mario and Zelda to the top spot? Let us know your thoughts below.