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2023 is just a few days away, which means that the time for year-end roundups and statistics. And Nintendo is no different – after releasing a tool for us all to reflect on our own playtimes throughout the year, the company has also released its ranking of eShop titles by sales in Japan.

The Top 5 isn’t surprising in the slightest, with the record-shatteringly popular Splatoon 3 at #1 and the next three slots taken by Pokémon (Legends: Arceus at #2, Violet at #3, and Scarlet at #4). Monster Hunter Rise (which released in 2021 but got a shiny new expansion this year in Sunbreak) takes the #5 spot. Other 2022 games in the top ten include Kirby and The Forgotten Land, Nintendo Switch Sports, and Xenoblade Chronicles 3.


The full Top 30 is as follows:


  1. Splatoon 3
  2. Pokémon Legends: Arceus
  3. Pokémon Violet
  4. Pokémon Scarlet
  5. Monster Hunter Rise
  6. Kirby & The Forgotten Land
  7. Nintendo Switch Sports
  8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  9. Overcooked 2
  10. Xenoblade Chronicles 3
  11. Kirby’s Dream Buffet
  12. Among Us
  13. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  14. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  15. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  16. Minecraft
  17. Human Fall Flat
  18. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics
  19. Mario Party Superstars
  20. Monster wo Taoshite Tsuyoi Ken ya Yoroi wo Te ni Shinasai. Yuusha-tai ga Maou wo Taosu Sono Hi wo Shinjiteimasu. (“Defeat monsters and get strong swords and armor. Even if you die, don’t give up and become stronger. I believe in the day when the brave squad will defeat the Demon King.”)
  21. eBASEBALL Powerful Pro Baseball 2022
  22. Futari de! Nyanko Dai Sensou (“Two Of Us! The Great Cat War”)
  23. Inside
  24. Momotaro Dentetsu ~Showa Heisei Reiwa Mo Teiban!~ (“Momotaro Electric Railway ~ Showa, Heisei, and Reiwa Rails Are Also Classic!~”)
  25. Dragon Quest X: Awakening of the Five Tribes Offline
  26. Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation
  27. Resident Evil 6
  28. Splatoon 2
  29. Unravel Two
  30. Undertale


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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.