According to Famitsu, the top 30 best-selling video games in Japan during the first week of August were all Nintendo Switch titles. This is the first time since 1988 that a single console has swept Japan’s video games sales charts.
“With the next-gen Xbox and PlayStation still low in supply — and marquee new releases for Switch competitors delayed due to COVID — we’re seeing the strength of Nintendo’s steady, stubborn approach to the gaming business,” writes Stephen Totilo of Axios. “Switch software sales are largely thriving thanks to the appeal of Nintendo’s older games, which remain popular and seldom go on sale for less than their $60 sticker price.”
The Switch is also finding major success in the United States. Nine of the 20 best-selling video games in the United States during the month of July were titles exclusive for the Nintendo Switch.
The Profit‘s Take:
I don’t think this is a very exciting headline. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an impressive feat, but nobody should be surprised that Nintendo is doing well in Japan. Either way, this headline has me even more excited for the Steam Deck’s release because I want to see if the device can topple the Nintendo monopoly that’s growing in Japan.