We may be a few weeks into 2019 already but Nintendo isn’t quite done reminiscing on 2018. Last week we shared Nintendo of Europe’s “most played” list, which was topped by Fortnite, while today Nintendo of Japan has given us a look into the most downloaded Switch games of the year.

The company has divided it into two lists – downloadable versions of games found at retail, and eShop exclusives. Thanks go to Perfectly Nintendo for compiling and translating the lists.

Downloaded Retail Games:

  1. 1. Super Smash Bros. Special (Nintendo) [07.12.2018]
  2. 2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) [28.4.2017]
  3. 3. Overcooked! 2 (Team17) [07.8.2018]
  4. 4. Splatoon 2 (Nintendo) [21.7.2017]
  5. 5. Super Mario Party (Nintendo) [05.10.2018]
  6. 6. Octopath Traveler (Square-Enix) [13.7.2018]
  7. 7. Kirby Star Allies (Nintendo) [16.3.2018]
  8. 8. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! (The Pokémon Company) [17.11.2018]
  9. 9. Minecraft (Microsoft Japan) [21.6.2018]
  10. 10. Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo) [22.6.2018]
  11. 11. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [03.3.2017]
  12. 12. Undertale (8-4) [15.9.2018]
  13. 13. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! (The Pokémon Company) [17.11.2018]
  14. 14. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun (Bandai-Namco) [19.7.2018]
  15. 15. Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo) [27.10.2017]
  16. 16. FIFA 18 (Electronic Arts) [29.9.2017]
  17. 17. 1-2- Switch (Nintendo) [03.3.2017]
  18. 18. Bayonetta (Nintendo) [17.2.2018]
  19. 19. Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 (Capcom) [26.7.2018]
  20. 20. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Nintendo) [01.12.2017]
  21. 21. Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Square-Enix) [20.12.2018]
  22. 22. Dragon Quest Builders (Square-Enix) [01.3.2018]
  23. 23. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo) [03.5.2018]
  24. 24. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (Capcom) [25.8.2017]
  25. 25. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) [13.7.2018]
  26. 26. Super Bomberman R (Konami) [03.3.2017]
  27. 27. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Nintendo) [18.1.2018]
  28. 28. Capcom Beat Em Up Bundle (Capcom) [20.9.2018]
  29. 29. DEEMO (Flyhigh Works) [21.9.2017]
  30. 30. ARMS (Nintendo) [16.6.2017]

Download Exclusive Games:

  1. 1. Human: Fall Flat (Teyon Japan) [28.12.2017]
  2. 2. Stardew Valley (Chucklefish) [11.1.2018]
  3. 3. Puyo Puyo eSports (SEGA) [25.10.2018]
  4. 4. Overcooked! Special Edition (Team17) [12.10.2017]
  5. 5. Hollow Knight (Team Cherry) [13.6.2018]
  6. 6. Futari de! Nyanko Dai Sensou (Ponos) [20.12.2018]
  7. 7. Arcade Archives Super Mario Bros. (Hamster) [22.12.2017]
  8. 8. Dragon Quest X All-in-One Package (Square-Enix) [21.9.2017]
  9. 9. Minna de Kuuki Yomi (G-Mode) [30.8.2018]
  10. 10. Wizard of Legend (Humble Bundle) [15.5.2018]
  11. 11. Dead Cells (Motion Twin) [07.8.2018]
  12. 12. ICEY (X.D. Network) [31.5.2018]
  13. 13. Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Capcom) [30.11.2017]
  14. 14. Snipperclips: Cut it out, together (Nintendo) [03.3.2017]
  15. 15. Mom Hid My Game! (hap) [21.12.2017]
  16. 16. Golf Story (Flyhigh Works) [09.3.2018]
  17. 17. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 3 Full Burst HD (Bandai-Namco) [26.4.2018]
  18. 18. Detention (PLAYISM) [01.3.2018]
  19. 19. Senran Kagura Reflexions (Marvelous) [24.11.2017]
  20. 20. Gorogoa (Annapurna Interactive) [21.12.2017]
  21. 21. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (Inti Creates) [24.5.2018]
  22. 22. Ultimate Chicken Horse (Clever Endeavour Games) [25.9.2018]
  23. 23. Guns, Gore and Cannoli (Flyhigh Works) [01.2.2018]
  24. 24. Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 (Capcom) [24.5.2018]
  25. 25. Nine Parchments (Frozenbyte) [07.12.2017]
  26. 26. EARTH WARS (oneoreight) [25.1.2018]
  27. 27. Valkyria Chronicles for Nintendo Switch (SEGA) [27.9.2018]
  28. 28. The Escapists 2 (Team17) [09.8.2018]
  29. 29. Ikaruga (Pikii) [30.5.2018]
  30. 30. Voxel Shot for Nintendo Switch (SAT-BOX) [19.4.2018]

It’s great to see so many western indie titles thrive overseas!

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Written by Tom Brown

Always excited to see something a little bit different, Tom is ready to report on games of all shapes and sizes, whether they be wonderful or weird (or, better yet, both.) Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.

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