Mario Approves Img

2018 was a big year for Nintendo, with the Switch and the system's library of the games dominating the charts for many months of the year worldwide. Famitsu has now published its own report, revealing the top 10 highest-selling video games and top-selling hardware in Japan last year.

According to the estimates within the report, software sales had a 108.2 percent increase over the previous year, raking in 264.21 billion yen (approx. $2.38 billion USD) and video game hardware sold 84.1 percent of what it did during 2017, equating to 170.09 billion yen (approx. $1.53 billion USD).

On the Nintendo front, the Switch was crowned as the top-selling system and a total of eight Switch games featured in the top-selling software chart for 2018. Capcom's Monster Hunter World only just took out first place, which had nearly a one-year headstart on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Take a look at the top-selling video games and hardware in Japan last year, courtesy of Gematsu:

Japan’s Top-Selling Software of 2018

  1. Monster Hunter: World
    • Platform: PlayStation 4
    • Publisher: Capcom
    • Release Date: January 26, 2018
    • Estimated Physical Sales: 1,985,886
    • Estimated Digital Sales: 873,898
    • Combined Estimated Physical and Digital Sales: 2,859,784
  2. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    • Platform: Switch
    • Publisher: Nintendo
    • Release Date: December 7, 2018
    • Estimated Physical Sales: 2,360,655
    • Estimated Digital Sales: 309,229
    • Combined Estimated Physical and Digital Sales: 2,669,884
  3. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee!
    • Platform: Switch
    • Publisher: The Pokemon Company
    • Release Date: November 16, 2018
    • Estimated Physical Sales: 1,253,677
    • Estimated Digital Sales: 107,945
    • Combined Estimated Physical and Digital Sales: 1,361,622
  4. Splatoon 2
    • Platform: Switch
    • Publisher: Nintendo
    • Release Date: July 21, 2017
    • Estimated Physical Sales: 1,122,324
    • Estimated Digital Sales: 68,630
    • Combined Estimated Physical and Digital Sales: 1,190,954
  5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
    • Platform: Switch
    • Publisher: Nintendo
    • Release Date: April 28, 2017
    • Estimated Physical Sales: 926,553
    • Estimated Digital Sales: 76,139
    • Combined Estimated Physical and Digital Sales: 1,002,692
  6. Super Mario Party
    • Platform: Switch
    • Publisher: Nintendo
    • Release Date: October 5, 2018
    • Estimated Physical Sales: 764,853
    • Estimated Digital Sales: 62,739
    • Combined Estimated Physical and Digital Sales: 827,592
  7. Kirby Star Allies
    • Platform: Switch
    • Publisher: Nintendo
    • Release Date: March 16, 2018
    • Estimated Physical Sales: 664,815
    • Estimated Digital Sales: 56,104
    • Combined Estimated Physical and Digital Sales: 720,919
  8. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
    • Platform: Switch
    • Publisher: Microsoft
    • Release Date: June 21, 2018
    • Estimated Physical Sales: 525,045
    • Estimated Digital Sales: 166,272
    • Combined Estimated Physical and Digital Sales: 691,317
  9. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII
    • Platform: PlayStation 4
    • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
    • Release Date: October 12, 2018
    • Estimated Physical Sales: 479,511
    • Estimated Digital Sales: 145,458
    • Combined Estimated Physical and Digital Sales: 624,969
  10. Super Mario Odyssey
    • Platform: Switch
    • Publisher: Nintendo
    • Release Date: October 27, 2017
    • Estimated Physical Sales: 575,926
    • Estimated Digital Sales: 22,020
    • Combined Estimated Physical and Digital Sales: 597,946

Japan’s Top-Selling Hardware of 2018

  1. Switch
    • Manufacturer: Nintendo
    • Release Date: March 3, 2017
    • 2018 Estimated Sales: 3,482,388
    • Estimated Total Sales: 6,889,546
  2. PlayStation 4 (including PlayStation 4 Pro)
    • Manufacturer: Sony Interactive Entertainment
    • Release Date: February 22, 2014
    • 2018 Estimated Sales: 1,695,227
    • Estimated Total Sales: 7,552,090
  3. 3DS (including 3DS XL, New 3DS, New 3DS XL, 2DS, and New 2DS XL)
    • Manufacturer: Nintendo
    • Release Date: February 26, 2011
    • 2018 Estimated Sales: 566,420
    • Estimated Total Sales: 24,304,964
  4. PS Vita
    • Manufacturer: Sony Interactive Entertainment
    • Release Date: December 17, 2011
    • 2018 Estimated Sales: 181,728
    • Estimated Total Sales: 5,825,354
  5. Xbox One (including Xbox One S and Xbox One X)
    • Manufacturer: Microsoft
    • Release Date: September 4, 2014
    • 2018 Estimated Sales: 15,339
    • Estimated Total Sales: 102,931

Are you at all surprised Nintendo dominated hardware and software sales in Japan in 2018? Tell us below.

[via gematsu.com]