September 22, 2021

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The Nintendo Switch beat the Japanese sales chart, a feat that hasn’t been done in 30 years

For the first time since 1988, all 30 bestselling games in Japan come from a single console. Unsurprisingly, this console is a Nintendo Switch, according to Famitsu and Game Data Library, a source for tracking sales data for Japanese games, as noted before Axios.

The last time one console was responsible for all 30 best-selling games for a week was Famicom (Japanese NES).

“It wasn’t strange in the early ’90s that the top 30 were Famicom, Super Famicom, and Game Boy, but it wasn’t the case,” the Game Data Library tweeted. “This is unprecedented, it’s the first time that all 30 games are from the same platform after the top 30 games have tracked all platforms.”

Sales data comes from FamitsuJapan’s largest video game publication.

Some of the top 30 games feature many well-known favourites, including the Switch version of Minecraft, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword remaster, and a new adventure game based on Crayon Shin-chan. No, seriously, Shin Chan beat Mario Kart 8.

Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nintendo recorded its most profitable year ending in March 2021. Nintendo reported in August that it 89 million Switch consoles sold, becoming the seventh best-selling video game console of all time, easily surpassing the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Nintendo told investors that it expects to sell another 20.5 million consoles by March 2022, overtaking the Nintendo Wii.

Nintendo’s sales success has moved west. It was revealed early today that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is the best-selling game of July.

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Joseph Knope is writer/producer/Shin Chan for IGN.