Minecraft Dominated the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop in 2017

Nintendo announced its best-sellers on the Switch's eShop in 2017.

Nintendo has revealed its biggest Switch sellers on the eShop in 2017 across Japan and overseas regions. Which downloadable title earned top spot in Japan? Of course, it was none other than gaming’s Western behemoth, Minecraft.

The Microsoft-owned franchise which released commercially over six years ago is showing no signs of slowing down. It would seem Switch players just couldn’t resist the comfort of portable crafting.

Internationally, Stardew Valley took the crown, with Minecraft following closely behind. It’s interesting to note that Snipperclips is the only first-party game to have made the top five in any region, which just goes to show the success the Switch has enjoyed with third-parties in its first year alone.

The full lists might surprise you (look at all those successful indies!):

Japanese Top 30:

  1. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
  2. Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together!
  3. Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura
  4. Kamiko
  5. Arcade Archives NEOGEO: Metal Slug 3
  6. Overcooked: Special Edition
  7. Arcade Archives NEOGEO: The King of Fighters 98
  8. Arcade Archives: VS Super Mario Bros.
  9. Othello
  10. STRIKERS1945 for Nintendo Switch
  11. Resident Evil Revelations 2
  12. VOEZ
  13. Arcade Archives: Mario Brothers
  14. Touhou Kobuto V
  15. Human Resource Machine
  16. New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers
  17. DEEMO
  18. Shovel Knight
  19. Picross S
  20. Nazotoki Mail
  21. Arcade Archives NEOGEO: Metal Slug
  22. Sonic Mania
  23. Romancing Saga 2
  24. Maison de MAOU
  25. Rocket League
  26. IMPLOSION
  27. Blaster Master Zero
  28. Cat Quest
  29. Battle Sports Mekuru
  30. Levels+

Worldwide Top 30:

  1. Stardew Valley
  2. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
  3. Sonic Mania
  4. Rocket League
  5. Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together!
  6. Overcooked: Special Edition
  7. Shovel Knight
  8. Fast RMX
  9. Kamiko
  10. SteamWorld Dig 2
  11. Arcade Archives NEOGEO: VS Super Mario Bros.
  12. Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
  13. Blaster Master Zero
  14. Arcade Archives: Metal Slug 3
  15. Enter the Gungeon
  16. Oceanhorn
  17. Mighty Gunvolt Burst
  18. Arcade Archives: Mario Brothers
  19. Arcade Archives NEOGEO: Metal Slug
  20. Picross S
  21. THUMPER
  22. Graceful Explosion Machine
  23. Arcade Archives NEOGEO: The King Of Fighters 98
  24. Mr. Shifty
  25. World of Goo
  26. Brawlout
  27. Human Fall Flat
  28. UNO
  29. GoNNER
  30. IMPLOSION

One conclusive point to take away from this data is that the future is looking bright for third-parties on Switch.

Published Jan. 24th 2018

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