CESA has released this year’s White Book, documenting Nintendo game sales as of Dec. 31, 2021. The White Book is published yearly by CESA, the Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association. This paper breaks down a load of data from key Japanese video game companies, the most exciting part being the sales data. Not every Nintendo game is listed here – the mega-hits like Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild receive regular, up-to-date quarterly sales. Instead, the White Book is useful in giving us updates on figures from other games Nintendo doesn’t tend to provide, and this year has a particularly strange entry. We’d like to send huge thanks to Grady from the members-only forum InstallBase for sharing the CESA 2022 updates and Pierre485 on Twitter who has been creating sales graphics based on the data.
With the release of the White Book, Super Mario 3D All-Stars lifetime sales hit a new total of 9.07 million. This is a peculiar update, as Nintendo’s 2021 Fiscal Report Material had the game at 9.01 million sales at the end of its limited release cycle as of Mar. 31, 2021. This suggests Nintendo shipped another 60,000 units after the end of the game’s limited release. These units would have been shipped to stores who then would have passed these sales on to customers. It’s a strange update, but surpassing 9 million sales suggests the release model was a roaring success, despite the outcry for fans and industry preservationists alike.
Whilst Super Mario 3D All-Stars had higher sales total, the CESA White Book shows that Super Mario Maker 2 shipped 980,000 units for a total of 7.89 million in 2021, more than 200,000 units shipped over 3D All-Stars. This is not particularly surprising, as Super Mario Maker 2 did not have a limited release. Some other notable updates include The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening surpassing 6 million sales, Fire Emblem: Three Houses rapidly approaching 4 million, as well as Bayonetta 2 breaching the million sales point at 1.04 million. With more than a million sales, it’s little surprise that we’re getting a sequel this year with Bayonetta 3.
Astral Chain sits above Bayonetta 2, with 1.28 million sales overall despite being only making 70,000 shipments in 2021. ARMS shipped an extra 100,000 copies, for a respectable total of 2.66 million. These numbers are good for a Switch title, but perhaps not reaching the heights Nintendo would expect of a first party new IP.
What do you think of these sales figures? Should some of these sales encourage Nintendo to pursue sequels? Be sure to check out Pierre485’s original post on Twitter for a further breakdown of the sales, and keep your eyes on GameLuster for more industry updates.