Minecraft on Nintendo Switch tops Japan's charts

No matter who you are, you've probably heard of Minecraft. It's that sandbox construction game that's on practically every platform possible, from computers to consoles to smartphones. While it's done incredibly well all over the globe, it never seemed to get a hold on the Japanese market.

But things change, and Japan seems to have warmed up to Minecraft now.

As reported by Nintendo Life, Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition sold 25,948 copies last week alone. To date, that's a total of 212,170 copies sold in Japan. This is a rather impressive feat, since Minecraft even beat out first party titles like Splatoon 2 and Mario Tennis Aces.


Why did Minecraft suddenly rise in popularity once again? Probably because of the "Bedrock" edition update that came out several weeks ago. This edition brought about new features and allowed for cross-platform play with Xbox One and Windows 10. Sorry PlayStation fans — Sony's still adamant against cross-platform support, so no Bedrock edition for you.

Microsoft hasn't seen too much success in Japan overall, but hopefully Minecraft boosts visibility and reputation in the country. After all, who can say no to something as great as Minecraft?

Christine Chan

Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed. When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.