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Minecraft most downloaded Switch game in Japan so far this year

Retail version beats out all other packaged software for 2018 after less than one month on store shelves

Following a successful 2017, Minecraft has remained the most downloaded game on the Nintendo Switch in Japan for the first half of 2018.

The retail version simply titled "Minecraft" launched on June 21 as the Bedrock Edition update to the game, and in one month has managed to overtake the rest of the Switch's packaged and download version library, including Kirby Star Allies, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, and Mario Tennis Aces (in 2nd through 5th place, respectively).

Minecraft is also at the top of download-only software in a different incarnation. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition was the download-only version of the game that was discontinued when the Bedrock Edition launched last month, though players who already owned the older version of the game were given the update for free. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition was at the top of the download-only software chart for Japan in 2018 so far. It was followed by, in order, Human Fall Flat, Stardew Valley, Overcooked - Special Edition, and Arcade Archives vs. Super Mario Bros.

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition was also the most downloaded digital-only game in Japan for the entirety of 2017. Stardew Valley took the top spot globally, with Minecraft: Nitnendo Switch Edition in second place.

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