Battlecats

Nintendo has shared a list of the best-selling games from the Switch eShop in Japan throughout 2019.

You can see the full list below, and while it contains some of the big names that you'd expect to see, the best-selling game of the year is one that plenty of western fans may not have heard of. Nyanko Daisensou - or The Battle Cats - is a hugely successful series in Japan. It's essentially a tower defence game which sees you send in an army of quirky cats to successfully defeat your enemies, but it also has a Pokémon-like twist as your cats can evolve when they reach a certain level.

Here are the top 30 best-selling download-only Nintendo Switch games in Japan for 2019:


  1. Futari de! Nyanko Daisensou (PONOS)
  2. Human: Fall Flat (Teyon Japan)
  3. Cuphead (StudioMDHR)
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution (KONAMI)
  5. Stardew Valley (ConcernedApe)
  6. Goonya Fighter (MUTAN)
  7. moon (Onion Games)
  8. FINAL FANTASY IX (Square-Enix)
  9. Dragon Quest X: All In One Package (Square-Enix)
  10. Romancing SaGa 3 (Square-Enix)
  11. Ultimate Chicken Horse (Clever Endeavor Games)
  12. Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda (Spike Chunsoft)
  13. FINAL FANTASY VII (Square-Enix)
  14. Minna de Kuuki Yomi (G-mode)
  15. Overcooked! Special Edition (Team17)
  16. FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered (Square-Enix)
  17. DRAGON QUEST III: The Seeds of Salvation (Square-Enix)
  18. Dead Cells (Motion Twin)
  19. Minna de Kuuki Yomi 2 ~Reiwa~ (G-mode)
  20. Untitled Goose Game (Panic)
  21. Timberman VS Edition (Forever Entertainment)
  22. BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL! (Nintendo)
  23. Moonlighter (Teyon Japan)
  24. Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry no Wonderland RETRO (Square-Enix)
  25. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 2 (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  26. Resident Evil 6 (Capcom)
  27. Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Capcom)
  28. DRAGON QUEST (Square-Enix)
  29. Slay the Spire (Humble Bundle)
  30. Othello (Arc System Works)

Have you played many of these games? Are you tempted to set up a Japanese Switch account to check out some of these region-exclusives? Tell us below.

[via nintendo.co.jp, japanesenintendo.com]