If there would possibly perchance be one part that’s real about the Japanese video games market, it be that the nation is obsessed with handheld consoles – which is why the Switch is doing so successfully in that particular market, no longer merely through involving thousands and thousands of devices but moreover in locking out 9 of the 10 very best-selling video games for 2020.
Then but again, one other indisputable reality that’s equally real about Japan is that it has never actually taken to the Xbox family of methods. Right here is keenly illustrated by the indisputable reality that the Nintendo 3DS – a needless console, actually – managed to out-promote the complete Xbox family of consoles in Japan final 365 days. That entails Xbox Sequence X, Sequence S and the distinctive Xbox One (and its linked variants, the One S and One X).
In conserving with Famitsu, all devices of the 3DS purchased 62,761 devices final 365 days, bringing the system’s lifetime Japanese gross sales to 24,558,908 devices.
The newly-launched Xbox Sequence S and X entirely purchased 31,424 devices, but it absolutely’s price noting that the console entirely launched at the shut of the 365 days, and stock shortages performed a segment (you would possibly perchance per chance also argue that lack of stock moreover had an affect on the 3DS’ gross sales, as manufacturing ceased final September). The Xbox One purchased 3,585 consoles, which brings its lifetime Japanese gross sales complete to a pretty contemptible 114,831.
Then but again, despite identical obstacles through time on market and stock on hand, Sony’s PlayStation 5 purchased 255,150 devices in 2020, with ease eclipsing the 3DS.
Peaceable, now would possibly perchance well per chance be as real a time as any to revisit our record of the superior Nintendo 3DS video games ever made – a pick up together for the console which, even in death, can mild out-promote the following-gen in Japan.