If there’s one factor that is true concerning the Japanese video games market, it is that the nation is obsessed with handheld consoles – which is why the Swap is doing so nicely in that specific market, not simply when it comes to shifting thousands and thousands of items but in addition in locking out 9 of the 10 best-selling video games for 2020.
Nonetheless, one other reality that’s equally true about Japan is that it has by no means actually taken to the Xbox household of programs. That is keenly illustrated by the truth that the Nintendo 3DS – a useless console, basically – managed to out-sell the total Xbox household of consoles in Japan final 12 months. That features Xbox Sequence X, Sequence S and the unique Xbox One (and its associated variants, the One S and One X).
In line with Famitsu, all fashions of the 3DS bought 62,761 items final 12 months, bringing the system’s lifetime Japanese gross sales to 24,558,908 items.
The newly-released Xbox Sequence S and X solely bought 31,424 items, however it’s value noting that the console solely launched on the shut of the 12 months, and inventory shortages performed a component (you would argue that lack of inventory additionally had an influence on the 3DS’ gross sales, as manufacturing ceased final September). The Xbox One bought 3,585 consoles, which brings its lifetime Japanese gross sales complete to a reasonably dismal 114,831.
Nonetheless, regardless of related limitations when it comes to time on market and inventory out there, Sony’s PlayStation 5 bought 255,150 items in 2020, comfortably eclipsing the 3DS.
Nonetheless, now’s nearly as good a time as any to revisit our checklist of the most effective Nintendo 3DS video games ever made – a celebration for the console which, even in demise, can nonetheless out-sell the next-gen in Japan.