For reportedly the first time since 1988, the top 30 best-selling games in Japan are all from one console. Unsurprisingly, that console is the Nintendo Switch, according to Famitsu and Game Data Library, a source tracking Japanese game sales data, as spotted by Axios.
The last time a single console was responsible for all 30 top-selling titles for a week was the Famicom (the Japanese NES).
“It wasn’t that unusual during the early 1990s for the Top 30 to be a combination of Famicom, Super Famicom and Game Boy games, but never just one,” Game Data Library tweeted. “This is unprecedented, it’s the first time all 30 games are from the same system after the Top 30 tracked all platforms.”
The sales data comes from Famitsu, Japan’s biggest video game publication.
Some of the top 30 games include many familiar favorites, include Minecraft’s Switch version, the recently-released Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword remaster, and a new adventure game based on Crayon Shin-chan. No, seriously, Shin-chan beat Mario Kart 8.
Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nintendo posted its most profitable year ending in March 2021. Nintendo reported in August that it had sold 89 million Switch consoles, becoming the seventh highest-selling video game console of all-time, handily beating the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Nintendo told investors it expects to sell 20.5 million more consoles by March 2022, which would put it over the Nintendo Wii.
Nintendo’s sales success has carried over to the west. Early today, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD was revealed to be the best-selling game for July.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/Shin-chan for IGN.