Monster Hunter Rise caused a surge in Switch hardware sales in Japan

190,133 Switches and 77,364 Switch Lites

Monster Hunter Rise, as expected, is a powerhouse. It’s a “system seller,” and the data is showing that’s the case, at least in Japan thus far.

Famitsu has reported its latest sales figures for Japan for the week of March 28, and no surprise, Monster Hunter Rise leads the way on Switch with over 1.3 million units sold. Trickling down, the Switch sold 190,133 units through the week of March 28, with a further 77,364 Switch Lite units (looks like the Lite was a good idea!).

For reference, the last Japanese chart numbers, for the week through March 21, had the Switch at 52,579 units sold and 36,525 Switch Lites. It’s a significant jump! And given that Monster Hunter Rise can be played both online and locally, pretty much anyone can grab a Switch, grab the game, and go, and play with friends.

Looking at the rest of the chart, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is still doing well, as is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which refuses to die in the region. It’s kind of insane how dominant the Switch is, still, in terms of hardware and software. The next highest contender in the latter category is the PS5 with 51,931 units pushed that week, then the PS5 Digital Edition with 10,364.

Some weeks, it’s not even a contest!

Monster Hunter Rise Switch Sales [Famitsu via Gematsu]

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [NSW] Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom, 03/26/21) – 1,302,132 (New)
  2. [NSW] Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Nintendo, 02/12/21) – 37,166 (592,683)
  3. [NSW] The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬: Summer Memories Also Come in Five (Mages., 03/25/21) – 20,374 (New)
  4. [NSW] Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! (Konami, 11/19/20) – 20,179 (2,072,296)
  5. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04/28/17) – 13,207 (3,751,594)
  6. [NSW] Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo, 10/18/19) – 12,632 (2,479,573)
  7. [NSW] Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo, 03/20/20) – 11,145 (6,710,861)
  8. [NSW] Minecraft (Microsoft, 06/21/18) – 11,096 (1,872,739)
  9. [PS4] The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬: Summer Memories Also Come in Five (Mages., 03/25/21) – 10,378 (New)
  10. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo, 12/07/18) – 10,270 (4,218,939)
  11. [NSW] Pokemon Sword / Shield (The Pokemon Company, 11/15/19) – 7,472 (4,014,376)
  12. [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 6,906 (3,825,969)
  13. [NSW] SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays Platinum Edition (Bandai Namco, 03/25/21) _ 6,229 (New)
  14. [NSW] Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town (Marvelous, 02/25/21) – 6,080 (262,501)
  15. [NSW] Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (Nintendo, 06/05/20) – 4,895 (668,725)

Hardware Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. Switch – 190,133 (15,558,365)
  2. Switch Lite – 77,364 (3,526,983)
  3. PlayStation 5 – 51,931 (485,476)
  4. PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – 10,364 (94,735)
  5. PlayStation 4 – 2,174 (7,775,056)
  6. New 2DS LL (including 2DS) – 933 (1,160,124)
  7. Xbox Series S – 847 (9,373)
  8. Xbox Series X – 432 (30,636)
  9. PlayStation 4 Pro – 15 (1,575,723)
Chris Carter
Reviews Director, Co-EIC - Chris has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff!