Nintendo is dominating in console sales in every market, there’s no question about it. 2021 was expected to close exceptionally thanks to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, their last 2 major releases, both of which did not disappoint, but became Japan’s top seller at the end of the year.
Unlike 2020, the titles that were the kings of the 2021 holiday season in Japanese sales of physical software were from Nintendo (The Pokémon Company). Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl debuted at the end of November and despite having been on the market for 1 month, the 2 games were the most sold in terms of videogames, since in the last 2 weeks of the year, which ranged from December 20, 2021 to January 2, In 2022, both titles sold a total of 231,275 units, so since their premiere they have already sold 2,393,972 copies between the 2, according to information from Famitsu (via Gematsu).
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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl have been leaders for several weeks
With these last 2 weeks, the 2 Nintendo Switch exclusives have already managed to occupy the first place for 7 weeks in a row. We remind you that the record has it Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which since its premiere did not leave the first position until the 14th week, when The Last of Us: Part II ruined his streak. Something interesting is that in the 2-week sales list they appeared Pokémon Brillinat Diamond & Shining Pearl and he also managed to occupy a position Pokémon Sword & Shield, the last 4 installments of the main series, something surprising.
The bad news is that apparently Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, which achieved 1.39 million in its first 3 days in the Japanese market, will remain on the way to break this record, as we remind you that in a few weeks it will debut Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which is shaping up to be a bestseller.
In terms of hardware, Nintendo performed very well, as in the past 2 weeks the Nintendo Switch family of systems sold a total of 393,980 units, well above its competitors.
Next we leave you with the sales list.
Sales of software in physical format
- Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl — 231,275
- Mario Party Superstars — 206,145
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — 104,540
- Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain — 89,970
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — 83,491
- Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! — 78,350
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons — 78,311
- Minecraft — 74,644
- Ring Fit Adventure — 46,111
- Pokémon Sword & Shield — 35,411
- Nintendo Switch OLED – 190,111
- Nintendo Switch — 116,919
- Nintendo Switch Lite — 86,950
- PlayStation 5 — 62,764
- PlayStation 5 Digital Edition — 9300
- Xbox Series S — 1688
- Xbox Series X — 471
- New Nintendo 2DS LL y Nintendo 2DS — 670
- PlayStation 4 — 68
In case you missed it: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl They had a fabulous first week of sales.
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