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Switch gets Famitsu's Top30. First time since 1988

onesvenus

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I think this is an extraordinary achievement but it shows how other companies have shifted focus to the west.

Famitsu Sales: Week 32, 2021 (Aug 02 - Aug 08)

01./04. [NSW] Minecraft # <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 14.912 / 2.102.413 (+7%)
02./02. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD <ADV> (Nintendo) {2021.07.16} (¥5.980) - 13.873 / 234.224 (-25%)
03./05. [NSW] Crayon Shin-chan: Ora to Hakase no Natsuyasumi - Owaranai Nanokakan no Tabi # <ADV> (Neos) {2021.07.15} (¥5.982) - 13.798 / 156.274 (+12%)
04./06. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 13.615 / 3.958.065 (+11%)
05./07. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure # <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) - 12.282 / 2.734.231 (+5%)
06./11. [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! <TBL> (Konami) {2020.11.19} (¥6.300) - 10.927 / 2.300.976 (+19%)
07./09. [NSW] Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin <RPG> (Capcom) {2021.07.09} (¥6.990) - 10.135 / 205.463 (+6%)
08./12. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # <FTG> (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) - 8.978 / 4.367.573 (+5%)
09./13. [NSW] eBaseball Professional Baseball Spirits 2021: Grand Slam <SPT> (Konami) {2021.07.08} (¥6.980) - 8.950 / 159.492 (+5%)
10./08. [NSW] Game Builder Garage <EDU> (Nintendo) {2021.06.11} (¥3.164) - 8.925 / 200.100 (-9%)

11. [NSW] Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury – 8,248 / 836,565
12. [NSW] Super Mario Party – 6,780 / 1,952,132
13. [NSW] Miitopia – 6,536 / 217,957
14. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 6,529 / 6,844,545
15. [NSW] Mario Golf: Super Rush – 6,057 / 161,785
16. [NSW] Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics – 5,077 / 762,996
17. [NSW] Pokemon Sword/Shield – 4,974 / 4,099,325
18. [NSW] Monster Hunter Rise – 4,748 / 2,303,192
19. [NSW] Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – 4,639 / 397,154
20. [NSW] Splatoon 2 – 4,460 / 3,915,901
21. [NSW] Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 4,210 / 1,852,012
22. [NSW] The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles – 3,737 / 18,197
23. [NSW] NEO: The World Ends with You – 3,229 / 22,028
24. [NSW] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II – 2,853 / NEW
25. [NSW] New Pokemon Snap – 2,756 / 265,980
26. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! – 2,620 / 613,725
27. [NSW] Fishing Spirits: Nintendo Switch Version – 2,577 / 604,827
28. [NSW] Human: Fall Flat – 2,447 / 168,897
29. [NSW] Dragon Quest XI S (New Price Version) – 2,274 / 122,574
30. [NSW] Super Mario Maker 2 – 2,256 / 1,116,046

 
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Cert.in.Death

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Remember how Famitsu scored FFXIII-2 a perfect 40/40? Never forget.

Japan and the rest of the gaming world are on different wavelengths. Saying that aloud seems like I'm stating the obvious (albeit not with respect to Switch, the software attach rate and sales performance is otherwordly anywhere you go).
 

Captain Toad

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I feel like Japan has the opposite reaction to mobile/handheld vs console gaming announcements than the rest of the world.

I imagine they see something like a trailer for the latest Final Fantasy game and then at the end they're like, "WTF!? It's for Console and PC only!? Where's the iOS and handheld version!?!? Pass."
 
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Mato

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Sony isn't doing something right in Japan. I refuse to believe that it's simply a matter of availability.
 

Impotaku

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Sony isn't doing something right in Japan. I refuse to believe that it's simply a matter of availability.
They pretty much abandoned japan for chasing the western dollar, now it's just a token effort for the remaining japanese players this is why sony stuff is selling poorly in japan. Most of the devs jumped to the console that currently has the largest player base at the moment which is the switch and started to play catchup which is why there's a current explosion of 3rd party switch stuff in japan. Even games with small budgets sell a ton because of there been so many switch owners.

Look at the weekly charts when a random ps4 or ps5 game pops up it doesn't sell huge numbers, there are still huge sony fans in japan but sony doesn't seem to want to support them.
 

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Remember how Famitsu scored FFXIII-2 a perfect 40/40? Never forget.

Japan and the rest of the gaming world are on different wavelengths. Saying that aloud seems like I'm stating the obvious (albeit not with respect to Switch, the software attach rate and sales performance is otherwordly anywhere you go).
I loved FF 13-2 i took what worked for 13 and expanded on it while throwing away the trash. I platinumed it.
 
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00_Zer0

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While this is great for Nintendo, I hope it doesn't stay this way for gaming's sake. Monopoly is never a good thing.
Speaking of Japan only, it is not a real monopoly for Nintendo. There's too much competition for Nintendo to monopolize again. Sony will always be around the corner if Nintendo gets too cocky again. I think this is great for Nintendo. It proves with a decent enough platform and decent support from third parties even from underpowered handheld hybrid Nintendo can be on top even for just a little while. Congratulations Nintendo you deserve this.
 

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Sony knows Japan is a lost cause.

So they pivot away from there and focus on emerging markets and china.

And now playstation is having their best years ever sales wise.
 

Cert.in.Death

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I loved FF 13-2 i took what worked for 13 and expanded on it while throwing away the trash. I platinumed it.
The entire XIII saga was the lowlight of the FF franchise, personally. Even FFXV, warts and all, was vastly more tolerable.
 
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brian0057

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Guys guys monopolies aren’t a good thing!!…

Unless it’s Sony DOMINATING. #ReturnoftheKing #4thePlayers.
Monopolies aren't inherently bad. And even if they were, this isn't an example of one.
Since the Japanese crowd doesn't see value in what Sony is offering, they flock to Nintendo.

This is less Nintendo crushing the competition through unsavory methods and more Sony and Microsoft not giving a fuck about the Japanes market.

Nintendo is dominating because the competition isn't delivering. Nvidia is in the same position as AMD graphics cards are a joke. Intel used to be that as well until team red came out with Ryzen.
 
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They pretty much abandoned japan for chasing the western dollar, now it's just a token effort for the remaining japanese players this is why sony stuff is selling poorly in japan. Most of the devs jumped to the console that currently has the largest player base at the moment which is the switch and started to play catchup which is why there's a current explosion of 3rd party switch stuff in japan. Even games with small budgets sell a ton because of there been so many switch owners.

Look at the weekly charts when a random ps4 or ps5 game pops up it doesn't sell huge numbers, there are still huge sony fans in japan but sony doesn't seem to want to support them.
Sony moved their HQ to woke California and also began mandating censorship for even their Japanese titles. Aside from a few large pub/devs that still support them, they've pretty much lost indie and mid-tier devs in Japan entirely.

I mean, didn't Sony even close their own "Japan Studio" as well? It sure sounds from all their own actions that they just don't really care about Japan.
 
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The future is bright for third parties in Japan, in a little over 8 months just the Top 30 Third Party games on the Switch have sold close to 6 million physical. For comparison last year third parties managed 8.7 million combined across 65 titles on PS4/Switch, something they will easily surpass in 2021.

Famitsu Switch 3rd Parties 2021 Top 30:
  1. Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom) - 2.303.192
  2. Momotaro Dentetsu (Konami) - 1.067.953
  3. Minecraft (Microsoft) - 398.986
  4. Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town (Marvelous) – 281.140
  5. Monster Hunter Stories 2 (Capcom) - 205.463
  6. Baseball Spirits 2021 (Konami) - 159.492
  7. Crayon Shin-Chan (Neos) - 156.274
  8. Bravely Default II (Square Enix) – 136.091
  9. Rune Factory 5 (Marvelous) - 127.968
  10. Fitness Boxing 2 (Imagineer) - 91.326
  11. Dragon Quest XI S (Square Enix) - 89.135
  12. Human Fall Flat (Teyon Japan) - 81.457
  13. Little Nightmares II (Bandai Namco) - 72.796
  14. Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (Marvelous) - 65.620
  15. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Koei Tecmo) - 62.119
  16. Samurai Warriors 5 (Koei Tecmo) - 61.350
  17. Fishing Spirits (Bandai Namco) - 60.360
  18. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (Bandai Namco) - 59.165
  19. Minecraft Dungeons (Microsoft) - 38.147
  20. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 (Sega) - 36.105
  21. Family Trainer (Bandai Namco) - 35.273
  22. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Sega) - 34.615
  23. Densha de Go!! (Square Enix) - 29.624
  24. Apex Legends: Champion Edition (Electronic Arts) - 29.057
  25. eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 (Konami) - 27.539
  26. Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny (Nippon Ichi) - 25.744
  27. Jack Jeanne (Broccoli) - 25.518
  28. Neo: The World Ends with You (Square Enix) - 22.028
  29. The Quintessential Quintuplets Double Integral (Mages.) - 20.374
  30. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles (Square Enix) – 18.197
TOTAL: 5.822.108


Next few years will be brutal awakening for the competition because I feel it's underestimating what will happen when 90% of Japanese titles are prioritizing Nintendo ecosystem instead of a Sony one; there is plenty of things Sony can do to remedy this but they don't seem interested. Most of their decisions are in the exact opposite direction, changing button layout, not publishing smaller titles, letting go of long-term employees who had relationships with third party devs in Japan, making Japanese third party devs jump through hoops to even launch their game on the PS, lacking any 1st party titles targeting the second largest video game market, making the PS5 huge so it doesn't fit into the Japanese home. Everything they are doing is just confounded by the relentless competition they are facing.
It was alright with the PS4, they were facing a 3DS that never caught on in the West and a Wii U that was a total disaster - but even through funneling all PSV titles to the PS4 it didn't lead to growth compared to the PS3 which was viewed as floundering console in Japan(and elsewhere).

Without third party support PS5 is heading for a niche console, and a huge gamble for any Japanese third party that is gearing up exclusive games hoping to strike it big in the West.

Its been a long time coming for anyone who has been following Japanese sales for the past decade; with Switch gearing up with a stronger line-up in 2022 with Breath of the Wild Sequel, Splatoon 3 and an Open World Pokemon next year it's going to be common place to see a Top 30 entirely made up of Switch games. Couple that with the increase frequency of publishers abandoning PS5 as an option in Japan and the situation is dire as the PS4 is phased out.
 
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I think this is an extraordinary achievement but it shows how other companies have shifted focus to the west.

Famitsu Sales: Week 32, 2021 (Aug 02 - Aug 08)

01./04. [NSW] Minecraft # <ADV> (Microsoft Game Studios) {2018.06.21} (¥3.600) - 14.912 / 2.102.413 (+7%)
02./02. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD <ADV> (Nintendo) {2021.07.16} (¥5.980) - 13.873 / 234.224 (-25%)
03./05. [NSW] Crayon Shin-chan: Ora to Hakase no Natsuyasumi - Owaranai Nanokakan no Tabi # <ADV> (Neos) {2021.07.15} (¥5.982) - 13.798 / 156.274 (+12%)
04./06. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 13.615 / 3.958.065 (+11%)
05./07. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure # <HOB> (Nintendo) {2019.10.18} (¥7.980) - 12.282 / 2.734.231 (+5%)
06./11. [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! <TBL> (Konami) {2020.11.19} (¥6.300) - 10.927 / 2.300.976 (+19%)
07./09. [NSW] Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin <RPG> (Capcom) {2021.07.09} (¥6.990) - 10.135 / 205.463 (+6%)
08./12. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # <FTG> (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} (¥7.200) - 8.978 / 4.367.573 (+5%)
09./13. [NSW] eBaseball Professional Baseball Spirits 2021: Grand Slam <SPT> (Konami) {2021.07.08} (¥6.980) - 8.950 / 159.492 (+5%)
10./08. [NSW] Game Builder Garage <EDU> (Nintendo) {2021.06.11} (¥3.164) - 8.925 / 200.100 (-9%)

11. [NSW] Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury – 8,248 / 836,565
12. [NSW] Super Mario Party – 6,780 / 1,952,132
13. [NSW] Miitopia – 6,536 / 217,957
14. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons – 6,529 / 6,844,545
15. [NSW] Mario Golf: Super Rush – 6,057 / 161,785
16. [NSW] Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics – 5,077 / 762,996
17. [NSW] Pokemon Sword/Shield – 4,974 / 4,099,325
18. [NSW] Monster Hunter Rise – 4,748 / 2,303,192
19. [NSW] Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – 4,639 / 397,154
20. [NSW] Splatoon 2 – 4,460 / 3,915,901
21. [NSW] Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 4,210 / 1,852,012
22. [NSW] The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles – 3,737 / 18,197
23. [NSW] NEO: The World Ends with You – 3,229 / 22,028
24. [NSW] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II – 2,853 / NEW
25. [NSW] New Pokemon Snap – 2,756 / 265,980
26. [NSW] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! – 2,620 / 613,725
27. [NSW] Fishing Spirits: Nintendo Switch Version – 2,577 / 604,827
28. [NSW] Human: Fall Flat – 2,447 / 168,897
29. [NSW] Dragon Quest XI S (New Price Version) – 2,274 / 122,574
30. [NSW] Super Mario Maker 2 – 2,256 / 1,116,046

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