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Nintendo has more than half of Japan's top 20 games in 2018

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In spite of their recent financial burp, Nintendo is doing more than fine and it turns out that the company has more than half the games in Japan's Top 20. To make matters even better for the Japanese game maker - they're all exclusives.

Unfortunately for Nintendo, the first place was snapped up by Capcom with their Monster Hunter: World, which has simply wiped the floor with its Japanese competition. Seeing the game sell 1,949,592 copies though makes me wonder why exactly analysts downgraded Capcom's stock.

Monster Hunter: World has been a smash hit for Capcom, helping the company to their most profitable year yet and becoming their best selling game only a few months after it launched for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in January 2018. Notice someone missing there? Yeah and Monster Hunter: World won't be coming to the Switch either, at least not for the time being.

Once you look past the pole position though, it becomes clear that Nintendo is rocking the year 2018 like a boss. True, the company is usually heavily featured in anything game related in Japan, top 20s included, but the amount of games they've produced is downright impressive.

Nintendo basically owns the top 10, starting with Splatoon 2 in second place all the way to Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon in seventh. The usual suspects are all there - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey and we can't forget the excellent The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. 

The list only briefly leaves Nintendo with Konami's Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018, only to continue unbroken until the twelfth place, held by Sega's Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise. Nintendo only appears twice more, Mario Party: The Top 100 and Mario Tennis Aces in 14 and 18. 

Interestingly, Nintendo have had issues with their stock downgraded by analysts, even though its customers insist they have won E3. They also insist some dude called Waluigi deserved better from Nintendo and we've reached out for comment. He doesn't seem to be very talkative though.

Game 2018 Sales Total Sales Publisher
Monster Hunter World 1,949,592 1,949,592 Capcom
Splatoon 2 631,298 2,383,394 Nintendo
Kirby Star Allies 536,881 536,881 Nintendo
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 450,206 1,553,950 Nintendo
Super Mario Odyssey 389,680 1,713,960 Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda BOTW 292,459 980,503 Nintendo
Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon 240,135 2,243,742 Nintendo/Pokemon Co
Jikkyou powerful Pro Baseball 208 217,178 217,178 Konami
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 200,131 200,131 Nintendo
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze 179,179 179,179 Nintendo
Labo Toy-Con 01 Variety Kit 174,792 174,792 Nintendo
Fist of the North Star:: Lost Paradise 174,744 174,744 SEGA
Dynasty Warriors 9 171,195 171,195 Koei Tecmo
Mario Party: The Top 100 153,015 199,203 Nintendo
Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT 150,250 150,250 Square Enix
Far Cry 5 144,455 144,455 Ubisoft
Swort Art Online: Fatal Bullet 126,585 126,585 Bandai Namco
Mario Tennis Aces 122,070 122,070 Nintendo
Dark Souls: Remastered 112,974 112,974 From Software
Super Robot Wars X 107,886 107,886 Bandai Namco