Japan Top 10: Switch dominates the hardware and software rankings as of January 16, 2022

Japan Top 10: Switch dominates the hardware and software rankings as of January 16, 2022

Japan Top 10

Famitsu has shared software (physical games) and hardware sales data for the Japanese gaming market for the period between January 10, 2022 and January 16, 2022. Nintendo Switch, as always, dominates the Top 10.

Let's first look at the best-selling games in Japan in the reference period (total sales to date in brackets):

[NSW] Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo, 10/29/21) - 22,108 (793,683 ) [NSW] Pokemon Shining Diamond | Shining Pearl (The Pokemon Company, 11/19/21) - 19,129 (2,454,455) [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) - 18,505 (4,713,464) [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) - 17,684 (4,373,799) [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft, 06/21/18) - 12,986 (2,475,523) [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo, 03/20/20) - 11,948 (7,149,014 ) [NSW] Big Brain Academy: Challenge of Minds (Nintendo, 12/03/21) - 10,895 (223,428) [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo, 10/18/19) - 10,064 (3,044,438) [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu : Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! (Konami, 11/19/20) - 9,864 (2,570,479) [NSW] 51 Worldwide Games (Nintendo, 06/05/20) - 6,845 (906,012)

Nintendo Switch with Pokèmon Arceus Legends Here is the ranking of best-selling consoles in Japan during the reporting period:

Switch OLED Model - 48,824 (993,807) Switch - 29,131 (17,867,356) Switch Lite - 16,568 (4,497,478) PlayStation 5 - 12,996 (1,090,990) Xbox Series S - 1,848 ( 57,446) PlayStation 5 Digital Edition - 1,457 (204,152) New 2DS LL (including 2DS) - 489 (1,180,714) Xbox Series X - 419 (74,265) PlayStation 4 - 17 (7,819,277)

As you can see, seven games out of ten are published by Nintendo and to these is added Pokémon, which still counts as an exclusive first party. The success of Switch is total, even from the hardware point of view as you can see below. The first three positions are occupied by the three Switch models. We also note that OLED is close to one million units sold in Japan.

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Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama back in world golf’s top 10

Matsuyama has been as high as No. 2 in the world, but hasn’t finished a year higher than No. 18 since 2017. He was 14th after winning the Masters last year and reached as high as No. 12 in 2021 with his win at the Zozo Championship in October.

Matsuyama has now won two of his past three starts, and he did it in dramatic style. He rallied from five shots down at the turn on Sunday to catch Russell Henley by carding a 63, then sent his 277-yard second shot into the setting sun on the first playoff hole to three feet for an eagle.

Henley, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, admitted it stung to miss out on No. 4 despite shooting a 65 on Sunday. He did rise 18 spots to a career-best No. 40 in the rankings.

Ireland’s Seamus Power also reached a career high after his closing 65 on Sunday earned him a share of third with Kevin Kisner. Power, who was 429th to begin 2021, is now inside the top 50 at No. 49. Kisner is up three more spots to No. 36 after opening 2022 with a T8 and T3.