Monster Hunter: World Becomes Japan's Best Selling Game of 2018

By Rebecca Smith,
There's no denying that PlayStation and Nintendo are the leading console manufacturers in their native Japan. Most would argue that Nintendo even takes the number one spot in popularity. Well, while hardware sales would support that theory, it turns out that Japan's most popular game of 2018 was a PlayStation 4 title according to Famitsu. Take a bow Monster Hunter: World.

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In a top ten list dominated by Switch titles (they took eight of ten slots), the popular franchise that sees friends teaming up to take down all manner of massive beasts managed to claim the top spot. Admittedly, it might not have managed this had the title in the #2 spot, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, been released earlier than December 7th, as there wasn't a huge difference in numbers. The only other PlayStation 4 title in the list is Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 at #9.

What is clear, though, is that for every title in the list, sales of physical copies thrashed digital sales on a scale of at least 2:1. The gap was even more obvious for the Switch titles in the list, with the ratio there being no smaller than 3:1, and often being far higher.

In terms of hardware, Switch was the most popular console, but PlayStation 4 managed a fairly impressive #2 with 1,695,227 consoles sold during 2018. This brings the total number of consoles sold in the country to 7,552,090 since its release. PlayStation Vita slotted in at #4 behind the 3DS, leaving Xbox One to take the fifth spot with just 15,339 sales.

Will a PlayStation 4 title manage to top the charts for 2019 or will Switch continue to dominate? What do you think?

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Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.