It’s no secret that if there’s any region of players that have been loving the Nintendo Switch, it’s that of Nintendo’s own stomping ground—Japan. The Pacific Ocean archipelago has been showering the hybrid with attention and admiration since its launch, and its popularity in the country has yet to wane. This is evidenced by a recent sales report from Famitsu for the month of November 2020. The report reveals that the Switch sold over 600k units that month, 666,773, to be exact. This all comes with the strain of supplies causing shortages in some areas. And, of course, this was also still achieved during the launch month of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.
Admittedly, it was really Sony’s system that was expected to steal some wind out of Nintendo’s sales (the new Xbox consoles only sold 27,811 altogether). But even then, the very popular new PS5 managed to hit only 201,435 units sold for the month. Of course, the stock shortages due to being in such high demand no doubt contributed to this number. The real test for the Switch will come when supply chains can begin to pump out more units as of next year and the stock starts to match demand. Will the little hybrid still be able to stand up against the shiny new toys? That question can only be answered by time.
Nevertheless, it was a strong month for the Switch in Japan and December likely will be just as strong. Nintendo will need to keep the consoles moving for the next few weeks, since the beginning of 2021 is bound to be relatively quiet (which is usually the case for any given year). That said, we could see a shift as the frenzy of a new generation of consoles will most certainly not have died down by much by then.
The Switch has also been doing well in Japan’s neighbors to the east, China. There, it also has dominance over Sony having sold more Switch units in one year than Sony has done with the PS4 in five years.