Nintendo Switch matches sales records of Famicom for the first time in 32 years

Posted on August 14, 2021

The Nintendo Switch has matched a sales record that has only ever been met once in 1988 by the Famicom – the list of top 30 selling video games in Japan is completely dominated by Nintendo Switch titles. This is using data collected by the Japanese website Famitsu, which regularly collects sales data within Japan. According to their report, in the week starting August 2nd, all 30 top-selling video games were home to the Nintendo Switch.

As explained by Game Data Library, such a feat has not been recorded since at least November of 1988. They further point out that while it was common in the 90s for the Top 30 to be dominated by a combination of Nintendo consoles such as the Famicom, Super Famicom, and Game Boy, it’s truly rare for just one console. It speaks to the incredible success of the Nintendo Switch.

The list is comprised of first-party and third-party titles, with Minecraft at the top followed by The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is also on the list, keeping up its incredibly high sales figures even now. For reference, 1988 was the year Super Mario Bros. 3 released in Japan, and the year Dragon Quest 3 sold over 1 million copies on its first day.

This feat speaks to The Nintendo Switch has been massively successful, overtaking sales of some of history’s most beloved consoles and could soon outsell the Nintendo Wii. It’s not hard to see how the home-handheld hybrid could dominate the charts.