Nintendo Unveils the Top 30 Most Downloaded Games in Japan in 2020

Super Mario 3D All-Stars


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

24. Undertale

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

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe


4. Human: Fall Flat

Human: Fall Flat


3. Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban!

Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban!


2. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics

Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics


1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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-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!


Source: Nintendo


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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.

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