What games did Japanese players play in 2020?
2020 was a year. That's it, just a year. For a lot of us that meant staying at home, some had to brave the outside, but we all needed some sort of escape, and for many, that was in the form of video games. Japanese gaming giant Nintendo revealed on its website what the top 30 downloaded games were in 2020 for Japanese players, with no surprise at what topped the list, but still interesting none-the-less.
30. Fitness Boxing
29. Pokémon Shield
28. FINAL FANTASY VII for Nintendo Switch
27. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
26. Paper Mario: The Origami King
25. Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy – Deluxe Edition
23. Super Mario Party
22. eBaseball Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2020
21. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX
20. NBA 2K20
19. Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
18. Ni no Kuni for Nintendo Switch
17. Minecraft Dungeons
16. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Nintendo Switch version
15. Together! The Battle Cats
14. Pokémon Sword
13. Among Us
12. Overcooked 2
11. Pikmin 3 Deluxe
10. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
9. Minecraft for Nintendo Switch
8. Super Mario 3D All-Stars
7. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
6. Splatoon 2
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
4. Human: Fall Flat
3. Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban!
2. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics
1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons
It's unsurprising that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the number one game, with it being the most tweeted about video game of the year, being one of Japan's buzzwords of the year, and even helping post record earnings for Nintendo in 2020. What is interesting is that Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics and Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban!, two non-traditional Nintendo franchises, made second and third over the likes of Mario and Smash Bros. Both games are also socially-focused multiplayer games.
Surprising though is that both Pokémon games weren't even in the top 10 and were upstarted by indie darling Among Us. Though usually the two games are grouped together for listed like this, so it wouldn't be out of the Pokémon house that if they were grouped together, they'd be closer to the top.
What was your most played game from the last year? Let us know down in the comments below!
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.