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The best-selling eShop games of 2021 in Japan have arrived, offering an interesting look into the year’s hottest sellers on the other side of the Pacific. It’s not particularly surprising to see Monster Hunter Rise, the most recent entry in a franchise extremely popular in Japan, top things off, though the Top 30 contains other curiosities.

The silver medalist was Innersloth’s Among Us (something something sus something imposter vent something) followed by Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl at #3 and #5. What’s at #4? The most recent title in the Momotaro Dentetsu series of Monopoly-esque board games that came out last year. Fascinating.

Here’s the full list:


  1. Monster Hunter Rise
  2. Among Us
  3. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond
  4. Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa Mo Teiban!
  5. Pokémon Shining Pearl
  6. Human: Fall Flat
  7. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
  8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  9. Minecraft
  10. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  11. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics
  12. Mario Party Superstars
  13. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  14. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  15. Overcooked 2
  16. New Pokémon Snap
  17. Splatoon 2
  18. Monster Hunter Stories 2 – Wings of Ruin
  19. Futari De! Nyanko Daisensou
  20. Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm and Exercise
  21. Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town
  22. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
  23. Dragon Quest XI S
  24. Dragon Quest III
  25. Pokémon Sword
  26. Game Builder Garage
  27. Super Mario Party
  28. Metroid Dread
  29. Undertale
  30. Miitopia


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.