Consoles accounted for 87% of all console sales in Japan in 2020. According to Famitsu / KADOKAWA data (via GamesIndustry.biz), the normal Nintendo Switch sold 3.9 million units, while the Switch Lite sold over 2 million.
There were 6.85 million consoles sold in Japan in 2020, and the PS4 came in second with around 543,000 units. PS5 has sold over 255,000 units.The Japanese games market grossed over $ 3.5 billion, up 12.5% year-over-year. Sales of console hardware and boxed games saw year-over-year increases of 16.4% and 9%, respectively.
Nintendo also accounted for nearly 50% of all boxed game sales in 2020, with Animal Crossing: New Horizons being the best-selling boxed game of the year with nearly 6.4 million copies sold. Ring Fit Adventure came in second with 1.5 million units sold, and Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa Heisei Reiwa mo Teiban! came in third place with 1.2 million copies sold.
Nintendo Switch’s success has obviously spread beyond Japan, with it had the second-highest annual revenue in U.S. console history in 2020. The Switch was also the best-selling console in the United States for 25 consecutive months.While the Switch’s success shows no signs of slowing down, it hasn’t stopped a lot of people wanting the long-rumored Nintendo Switch Pro. While many are hoping it will launch in 2021 alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, analysts are a little more in conflict.
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