Leading console games in Japan 2019

The best-selling video games for home consoles in Japan were Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, which together sold more than 3.7 million units in 2019. Both titles were released in November of the same year and became the fastest-selling titles for the Nintendo Switch so far, selling more than six million units worldwide within the first week. This surpassed the record previously held Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which had managed to sell more than five million units globally within its first week. As the PlayStation 4 is nearing the end of its life cycle, Nintendo also dominated the hardware charts, selling more than 4.49 million Nintendo Switch units in Japan in 2019.

Total sales volume of best-selling console games in Japan in 2019

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Release date

March 2020



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Supplementary notes

Values include both downloads and physical sales.
Figures have been rounded.

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