The latest iteration of the Momotaro Dentetsu game series in Japan yet again manages to keep its wildly popular status within the country.
This is because, as of mid-January of 2021, it continues to overwhelmingly outsell every single Nintendo Switch game, more than nine weeks since its release.
The data for this assessment was provided by Famitsu, who had reported the top-selling Nintendo Switch games in Japan between January 11 and January 17.
According to the list, Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa Mo Teiban! had kept its sales rate at almost three times more than the rest of the other popular titles with those nine weeks. It even consistently outsold the current Mario Kart and Smash Bros. games, which are typically the prime staples for any modern Nintendo console.
As for the exact numbers recorded from January 11 to 17:
1st (1st last week) – Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa Mo Teiban!
107,064 units Total since release: 1,617,601 (November 2020)
2nd (2nd last week) – Animal Crossing
36,009 units Total since release: 6,553,618 (March 2020)
3rd (3rd last week) – Ring Fit Adventures
35,397 units Total since release: 2,237,398 (October 2019)
4th (4th last week) – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
26,636 units Total since release: 3,601,699 (May 2017)
5th (5th last week) – Super Smash Bro. Ultimate
17,099 units Total since release: 4,109,327 (December 2018)
But, why exactly is this relatively simple board game-style title so wildly popular in Japan, you ask?
As a board game, it is pretty easy to get into by all people, even non-gamers. It is also essentially a party game.
Another probable contributing factor is that the game has been one of the most played titles in multiplayer collab game live streams of Japanese YouTubers.Basically, it has become somewhat akin to titles like Among Us and Fall Guys, providing excellent entertainment value for live stream viewers.
Will Momotaro Dentetsu keep its top-selling game status in Japan for several more weeks? As it is still a relatively new title, perhaps so. At the very least, you can expect more and more Japanese YouTubers to join the management train wagon in the next months to come.