Nintendo Reveals Top 10 Best-Selling Switch Games

Nintendo has revealed the top-selling Switch games, and Animal Crossing continues to cook the charts.


New data from Nintendo has revealed the top-selling games for Switch as of September 30. The results are a mix of the usual heavy-hitters like Mario and Zelda, along with a few games that you might not expect to sell dozens of millions of copies.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe continues to sell exceptionally well, with over 48.4 million copies sold. However, the unlikely hit Animal Crossing: New Horizons has claimed the second spot, with an astounding 40.2 million copies sold. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Pokemon Sword & Shield round out the rest of the top five, with sales of 29.5 million, 27.8 million, and 25.3 million respectively.

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The rest of the top 10 includes Super Mario Odyssey at 24.4 million, Super Mario Party at 18.4 million, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl at 14.9 million, and Ring Fit Adventure at 14.9 million. Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee sit at the number 10 spot, with 14.8 million. If you're curious, data from January of this year indicates that Pokemon Legends: Arceus sits at number 11 with 13.9 million copies sold.

As a whole, this list really demonstrates the continued cultural dominance of the Pokemon franchise, given that it claims three of the 10 spots. The impressive sales of Ring Fit Adventure are definitely a plus, given that it's a new franchise. However, for me, the biggest surprise continues to be the ascendance of Animal Crossing, which has gone from one of Nintendo's lesser-known franchises to one of its biggest ever hits in just one entry. You can thank the pandemic for that.

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