Nintendo has shared an official list of the 30 best-selling games on the Japanese eShop, with a mix of expected new features and surprises.
nintendo shared a list of the top 30 best-selling games from the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop. 2022 has been a particularly strong year for Nintendo, with the Nintendo Switch now over five years old and still selling like new. The Nintendo eShop bestseller list is dominated by many exclusives that Nintendo Switch fans would expect, like Pokemon and Kirby. But outside of the top ten, there are a significant number of unexpected games that didn’t even release in 2022.
Sharing official Nintendo eShop release charts each year is of course not a new tradition. The Japanese eShop’s top 30 Nintendo games for 2021, for example, was dominated by the popular Rise of the Monster Hunter. It was followed by Among us and pokemon shiny diamond. 2020, the start of the pandemic, had Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It’s been a hectic five years, but since the release of the Nintendo Switch, it’s been a very successful generation.
This year’s Nintendo eShop bestseller list shows that 2022 has been another banner year. In some surprise, the best-selling eShop game in Japan was Splaton 3. The multiplayer shooter has managed to overtake the individual Pokemon releases of the year. However, no other game has achieved this feat, with the second, third and fourth places going to Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Violetand pokemon scarlet. Rounding out the top five, Best eShop Game of the Last Year, Rise of the Monster Hunter.
30 Best-Selling Switch eShop Games in Japan in 2022
- Splaton 3
- Pokemon Legends: Arceus
- Pokémon Violet
- Pokemon Scarlet
- Rise of the Monster Hunter
- Kirby and the Forgotten Land
- Nintendo Switch Sports
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Overcooked 2
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3
- Kirby’s Dream Buffet
- Among us
- Super Smash Bros Ultimate
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Human: Fall flat
- Clubhouse Games: 51 World Classics
- Mario Party Superstars
- Powerful eBaseball Pro Baseball 2022
- Whole! The Fighting Cats
- Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban!
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- Dragon Quest III: Seeds of Salvation
- Resident Evil 6
- Splaton 2
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The rest of the top ten is where the list really starts to get interesting. The popular Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the sixth best-selling game of 2022, followed by Nintendo Switch Sports. After this is the first game on the list not released in 2022, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. On the ninth east Overcooked 2, another older version. Then in tenth is the massive Switch-exclusive JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles 3.
As for the rest of the list, most of the remaining games are still older Nintendo Switch releases. Kirby’s Dream Buffet, Among us, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Minecraft, Human: Fall flat, clubhouse games, Mario Party Superstarsand Mon-Yu completes the top 20. Powerful eBaseball Pro Baseball 2022, Whole! The Fighting Cats, Inside, Momotaro Dentetsu, dragon quest 10 offline, Dragon Quest 3, Resident Evil 6, Splaton 2, untangle twoand Subtitle are 21 to 30 on the list.
It just goes to show that Nintendo had a really good showing in 2022, even if it didn’t have a lot of depth in the overall platform releases. Where third parties may not support the Nintendo Switch as much as in years past, Nintendo’s own releases seem to make up for it. And where newer Nintendo releases fail, older Nintendo releases fill in. Seeing this list, it’s easy to see why nintendo has yet to jump to release a Switch 2 follow-on console.
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Source: Nintendo Life