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A list of the top 100 best-selling video games in Japan for the year of 2023 was published in the 15th February 2024 issue of Weekly Famitsu.

The number of sales tallied is from 26 Dec 2022 to 31 Dec 2023. Games released prior to this period also have their lifetime sales listed in addition to their 2023 sales.

Multi-platform games have each version tallied separately. Re-releases with different prices such as DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age (New Price) and different versions of games such as Pokémon Scarlet and Violet with or without the The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero DLC are also listed separately from other versions.

Digital sales are not tallied, but download cards sold in stores are tallied.

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Also see: The top 100 best-selling games in Japan, 2022

Japan’s top 100 best-selling games of 2023

Rank. Title (Platform) – 2023 sales (Total lifetime sales)

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Switch) – 1,939,603
  2. Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Switch) – 1,549,401
  3. Pikmin 4 (Switch) – 1,119,027
  4. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet (Switch) – 907,432 (Total 5,246,363)
  5. Momotaro Dentetsu World: Chikyuu wa Kibou de Mawatteru! (Switch) – 795,681
  6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) – 617,223 (Total: 5,631,598)
  7. Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe (Switch) –  514,581
  8. DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince (Switch) – 510,477
  9. Splatoon 3 (Switch) – 503,312 (4,191,126)
  10. Super Mario RPG (Switch) – 447,687
  11. Minecraft (Switch) – 434,216 (3,394,222)
  12. Final Fantasy XVI (PS5) – 429,330
  13. Nintendo Switch Sports (Switch) – 359,127 (1,246,849)
  14. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch) – 335,084 (5,400,275)
  15. Mario Party Superstars (Switch) – 257,641 (1,371,773)
  16. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) – 250,450 (7,645,654)
  17. Fire Emblem Engage (Switch) – 222,235
  18. Ring Fit Adventure (Switch) – 188,513 (3,507,396)
  19. Hogwarts Legacy (PS5) – 187,840
  20. Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa Heisei Reiwa mo Teiban! (Switch) – 176,594 (2,959,527)
  21. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (PS5) – 166,731
  22. Taiko no Tastsujin: Dondaful Festival (Switch) – 161,965 (277,216)
  23. Sekai no Asobi Taizen 51 (Switch) – 160,091 (1,214,978)
  24. ARMORED CORE VI: FIRES OF RUBICON (PS5) – 154,828
  25. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) –149,398 (2,263,599)
  26. Jinsei Game for Nintendo Switch (Switch) – 147,308
  27. Resident Evil 4 (PS4) – 145,123
  28. WarioWare: Move It! (Switch) – 141,554
  29. Resident Evil 4 (PS5) – 140,889
  30. Detective Pikachu Returns (Switch) – 137,528
  31. Gran Turismo 7 (PS5) – 130,780 (348,793)
  32. Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch) – 115,106 (1,084,153)
  33. Dragon Quest Treasures (Switch) – 198,403
  34. Super Mario Party (Switch) – 112,679 (2,232,637)
  35. Octopath Traveler II (Switch) – 106,592
  36. Super Mario 3D World + Fury World (Switch) – 102,124 (1,209,757)
  37. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 Special Price (Switch) – 99,834 (118,599)
  38. ARK: Survival Evolved (Switch) – 92,442
  39. Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name (PS4) – 91,169
  40. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Switch) – 88,918 (1,309,357)
  41. Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name (PS5) – 87,551
  42. Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection (Switch) – 84,269
  43. Hogwarts Legacy (Switch) – 82,367
  44. Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE (Switch) – 82,225
  45. Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life (Switch) – 78657
  46. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet + The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero (Switch) – 76,112
  47. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (Switch) – 75,770 (2,682,713)
  48. Tsuri Spirits: Tsutte Asoberu Suizokukan (Switch) – 75,558 (155,582)
  49. ARMORED CORE VI: FIRES OF RUBICON (PS4) – 75,364
  50. Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch) – 72,917 (1,337,876)
  51. Human Fall Flat (Switch) – 72,737 (382,304)
  52. Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) – 71,164 (2,451,965)
  53. Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Switch) – 71,138 (947,865)
  54. Fashion Dreamer (Switch) – 68,012
  55. eBASEBALL Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2022 (Switch) – 66,667 (314,533)
  56. Street Fighter 6 (PS5) – 66,413
  57. Pikmin 1+2 (Switch) – 66,388
  58. FIFA 23 Legacy Edition (Switch) – 64,260 (128,725)
  59. The Battle Cats Unite! (Switch) – 62,895 (243,700)
  60. EA SPORTS FC 24 (Switch) – 58,862
  61. Hogwarts Legacy (PS4) – 58,333
  62. Monster Hunter Rise + Sunbreak Set (Switch) – 57,777 (351,250)
  63. Like a Dragon: Ishin! (PS4) – 57,198
  64. WILD HEARTS (PS5) – 55,668
  65. Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection (Switch) – 53,909
  66. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty (PS5) – 53,485
  67. ONE PIECE ODYSSEY (PS4) – 52,438
  68. Fate/Samurai Remnant (Switch) – 50,407
  69. Natsumon! 20-Seiki no Natsuyasumi (Switch) – 49,804
  70. Street Fighter 6 (PS4) – 49,603
  71. Like a Dragon: Ishin! (PS5) – 49,278
  72. Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Reunion (Switch) – 48,056 (109,189)
  73. Forspoken (PS5) – 47,181
  74. DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age (New Price) (Switch) – 46,819 (288,763)
  75. Pokémon Sword and Shield (Switch) – 46,326 (4,436,508)
  76. Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key (Switch) – 46,273
  77. Minecraft Legends (Switch) – 45,243
  78. Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Switch) – 44,591 (2,359,397)
  79. ONE PIECE ODYSSEY (PS5) – 44,285
  80. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + Additional Course Pass (Switch) – 44,007
  81. Star Ocean: The Second Story R (Switch) – 42,014
  82. Infinity Strash: DRAGON QUEST The Adventure of Dai (Switch) – 41,982
  83. Diablo IV (PS5) – 41,173
  84. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (PS5) – 39,676
  85. Kirby Star Allies (Switch) – 38,323 (1,061,095)
  86. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Switch) – 38,129 (110,029)
  87. Persona 5 Tactica (Switch) – 36,462
  88. Tales of Symphonia Remastered (Switch) – 35,794
  89. Xenoblade 3 (Switch) – 35,756 (214,026)
  90. Dragon Quest X Offline (Switch) – 35,289 (287,317)
  91. ONE PIECE: PIRATE WARRIORS 4 Deluxe Edition (Switch) – 34,814
  92. EA SPORTS FC 24 (PS5) – 33,878
  93. Horizon Forbidden West (PS5) – 33,830 (166,542)
  94. Wo Long: Fallen Destiny (PS4) – 33,060
  95. Super Bomberman R2 (Switch) – 32,756
  96. Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 (Switch) – 31,549
  97. Fitness Boxing: Fist of the North Star (Switch) – 31,255 (49,087)
  98. Winning Post 10 (Switch) – 30,817
  99. Minecraft Dungeons Ultimate Edition (Switch) – 30,726 (127,951)
  100. Fate/Samurai Remnant (PS5) – 30,392

Additionally, the magazine also tallied console sales for the year of 2023.

Japanese game console sales for 2023

  1. Nintendo Switch OLED model – 2,856,146 (lifetime total 6,428,158)
  2. Playstation 5 – 2,238,225 (total 4,298,170)
  3. Nintendo Switch –  636,083 (total 19,684,424)
  4. Nintendo Switch Lite – 570,380 (total 5,674,074)
  5. Playstation 5 Digital Edition – 349,243 (total 666,687)
  6. Playstation 4 – 73,292 (total 7,915,336)
  7. Xbox Series X – 72,573 (total 244,984)
  8. Xbox Series S – 69,139 (total 295,123)
  9. New Nintendo 2DS XL – 3,033 (total 1,192,744)

Things to take away from the rankings

The sales chart was dominated by the Nintendo Switch, which takes up 74 of the 100 slots for games and completely takes the top 10.

18 PS5 games made it onto the chart, more than double 2022’s 7 and six times 2021’s 3. Contributing to this was Sony solving the stock issue with PS5s in Japan in 2023: Previously, many people in the country who wanted a PS5 ran into problems actually obtaining one due to low stock, but the situation has improved to the point that in most cases one can simply walk into a store and buy one. This can also be seen in the console’s sales, with more than half of the lifetime sales for both the regular and digital editions having been made in 2023.

No Xbox games made it on to the list at all, indication of a low install base. Additionally, sales of Xbox consoles fell to the point that they were below that of the Playstation 4.

The Nintendo Switch Lite

 

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