The best selling eShop games of all time 

It’s time for the annual look at the best selling eShop games of all time in Japan with 3DS, Wii U and now Switch charts. Please see notes at the bottom explaining why Animal Crossing: New Leaf is missing, why the Switch charts are flawed and more. The source for all the information is from Nintendo. Localised names are in brackets (where applicable).

Nintendo 3DS (*)

  1. Pokémon AR Searcher (Pokémon Dream Radar) 

  2. Tobidasu! Nyanko Daisensou (The Battle Cats POP!)

  3. Monster Hunter 4 

  4. Monster Hunter X

  5. Charisou DX (Bike Rider DX)

  6. Cube Creator 3D

  7. Super Mario Bros.

  8. Pokémon Battle Trozei (Pokémon Link: Battle!)

  9. Puyo Puyo!! Mini Version

  10. Super Mario Bros. 3

  11. Pocket Monsters Pikachu (Pokémon Yellow Version)

  12. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 

  13. Kirby Fighters Z (Kirby Fighters Deluxe)

  14. Hako Boy! (BoxBoy!)

  15. 10 Second Run

  16. Denpa Ningen no RPG (The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave)

  17. 3D Classics: Hoshi no Kirby: Yume no Izumi no Monogatari (3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure)

  18. Monster Hunter 4G (Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate)

  19. Urban Trial: Freestyle

  20. Pocket Monsters Red (Pokémon Red Version)

3DS Download 

  1. Pokémon AR Searcher (Pokémon Dream Radar) 

  2. Tobidasu! Nyanko Daisensou (The Battle Cats POP!)

  3. Monster Hunter 4 

  4. Monster Hunter X

  5. Charisou DX (Bike Rider DX)

  6. Cube Creator 3D

  7. Pokémon Battle Trozei (Pokémon Link: Battle!)

  8. Puyo Puyo!! Mini Version

  9. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS 

  10. Kirby Fighters Z (Kirby Fighters Deluxe)

  11. Hako Boy! (BoxBoy!)

  12. Denpa Ningen no RPG (The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave)

  13. 3D Classics: Hoshi no Kirby: Yume no Izumi no Monogatari (3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure)

  14. Monster Hunter 4G (Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate)

  15. Urban Trial: Freestyle

  16. Charisou DX2 Galaxy (Bike Rider DX2 Galaxy)

  17. Touch Battle Tank 3D-2

  18. Gunman Story (Gunman Clive)

  19. Monster Hunter XX

  20. Denpa Ningen no RPG 2 (The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves)

3DS Virtual Console

  1. Super Mario Bros. 

  2. Super Mario Bros. 3

  3. Pocket Monsters Pikachu (Pokémon Yellow Version)

  4. Pocket Monsters Red (Pokémon Red Version)

  5. Zelda no Densetsu: Yume o Miru Shima (The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX)

  6. Super Mario Land 

  7. Pocket Monsters Blue (Pokémon Blue Version)

  8. Pocket Monsters Silver (Pokémon Silver Version)

  9. Super Mario Bros. 2 (Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels)

  10. Super Mario Land 2: Muttsu no Kinka (Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins)

  11. Pocket Monsters Gold (Pokémon Gold Version)

  12. Pocket Monsters Green (Pokémon Green Version)

  13. Zelda no Densetsu 1 (The Legend of Zelda) 

  14. Hoshi no Kirby 2 (Kirby’s Dream Land 2)

  15. Zelda no Densetsu: Fushigi no Kinomi -Daichi no Shou- (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons)

  16. Zelda no Densetsu: Fushigi no Kinomi -Jikuu no Shou- (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages)

  17. Hoshi no Kirby (Kirby’s Dream Land) 

  18. Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru (For the Frog the Bell Tolls)

  19. Super Mario World

  20. Metroid

DSiWare (**)

  1. 10 Second Run

  2. Itsudemo Bomberman (Bomberman Blitz)

  3. Photo Fighter X (Photo Dojo)

  4. Micro Organisms

  5. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!

  6. Mario Clock

  7. Kuuki Yomi DS

  8. Paper Plane

  9. Chotto Dr. Mario (Dr. Mario Express)

  10. Dragon Quest Wars

  11. Are? DS ga Sakasa Desu Kedo Gyaku Shooting

  12. Mario Calculator

  13. Handy Hockey

  14. SIMPLE DS Series Vol. 5

  15. Nazo no Mini Game

  16. Bird & Beans

  17. Sleep Recording Alarm Clock™

  18. Anonymous Notes – From The Abyss –

  19. I Must Run!

  20. Zomgeri Panic

Wii U

  1. Minecraft: Wii U Edition

  2. Splatoon

  3. Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online

  4. Super Mario Maker

  5. Mario Kart 8

  6. Egokoro Kyoushitsu: Sketch (Art Academy: SketchPad)

  7. Pokémon Scramble U (Pokémon Rumble U)

  8. Super Mario World

  9. Mother 2: Gyiyg no Gyakushuu (EarthBound)

  10. Dairantou Smash Bros. for Wii U (Super Smash Bros. for Wii U)

  11. Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe (Kirby Super Star)

  12. Famicom Remix (NES Remix)

  13. Super Mario 3D World

  14. Touhoku Daigaku Mirai Kagaku Gijutsu Kyoudou Kenkyuu Center: Kawashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu – Nou o Kitaeru Otona no DS Training (Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?)

  15. Super Mario Bros.

  16. Mother 3

  17. Pikmin 3

  18. Super Mario 64

  19. Hoshi no Kirby Wii (Kirby’s Return to Dream Land)

  20. Super Mario RPG

Wii U Download

  1. Minecraft: Wii U Edition

  2. Splatoon

  3. Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku Online

  4. Super Mario Maker

  5. Mario Kart 8

  6. Egokoro Kyoushitsu: Sketch (Art Academy: SketchPad)

  7. Pokémon Scramble U (Pokémon Rumble U)

  8. Dairantou Smash Bros. for Wii U (Super Smash Bros. for Wii U)

  9. Famicom Remix (NES Remix)

  10. Super Mario 3D World

  11. Pikmin 3

  12. New Super Mario Bros. U

  13. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 

  14. Nintendo Land

  15. Pikmin Short Movies HD

  16. Xenoblade X (Xenoblade Chronicles X)

  17. Famicom Remix 2 (NES Remix 2)

  18. Block Builder (Discovery)

  19. Zelda no Densetsu: Kaze no Takuto HD (The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD)

  20. Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Wii U Virtual Console

  1. Super Mario World

  2. Mother 2: Gyiyg no Gyakushuu (EarthBound)

  3. Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe (Kirby Super Star)

  4. Touhoku Daigaku Mirai Kagaku Gijutsu Kyoudou Kenkyuu Center: Kawashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu – Nou o Kitaeru Otona no DS Training (Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?)

  5. Super Mario Bros.

  6. Mother 3

  7. Super Mario 64

  8. Super Mario RPG

  9. Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken (Fire Emblem)

  10. Mother (EarthBound Beginnings)

  11. Super Mario Bros. 3

  12. Mario Story (Paper Mario)

  13. Zelda no Densetsu: Kamigami no Triforce (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past)

  14. Donkey Kong 64

  15. Super Mario Kart

  16. Bomberman ‘94

  17. Romancing Saga 3

  18. Super Donkey Kong 2: Dixie & Diddy (Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest)

  19. Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi (Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade)

  20. Final Fantasy VI (Final Fantasy III)

Nintendo Switch (***)

  1. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition

  2. Issho ni Chokitto Snippers (Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together!)

  3. Shinobi Refle -Senran Kagura-

  4. Kamiko

  5. ACA NEOGEO Metal Slug 3

  6. Overcooked: Special Edition

  7. ACA NEOGEO The King of Fighters 98

  8. Arcade Archives VS Super Mario Bros.

  9. Othello

  10. STRIKERS1945 for Nintendo Switch

  11. Biohazard Revelations 2 (Resident Evil Revelations 2)

  12. VOEZ

  13. Arcade Archives Mario Bros.

  14. Touhou Kobuto V

  15. Human Resource Machine

  16. Shin Daikaitaku Jidai: Gai o Tsukurou (New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers)

  17. DEEMO

  18. Shovel Knight

  19. Picross S

  20. Nazotoki Mail

  21. ACA NEOGEO Metal Slug

  22. Sonic Mania

  23. Romancing Saga 2

  24. Maison de MAOU (Unholy Heights)

  25. Rocket League

  26. IMPLOSION

  27. Blaster Master Zero

  28. Cat Quest

  29. Battle Sports Mekuru (Flip Wars)

  30. Chuudoku Puzzle Levels+ (Levels+)


Nintendo 3DS dates are from 07 June 2011 – 31 December 2017 except for Virtual Console which began on 23 January 2013. 

DSiWare dates are from 01 November 2008 – 31 December 2017 and include games sold through 3DS eShop.

Wii U dates are from 08 December 2012 – 31 December 2017 except for Virtual Console which began on 23 January 2013. 

Nintendo Switch dates are from 03 March 2017 – 31 December 2017.

* Tobidase Doubutsu no Mori (Animal Crossing: New Leaf) was removed from the eShop when the amiibo+ version was released but would still be at number one.

** Ferrari GT: Evolution would be at #9 and UNO would be at #13 but both too were removed.

*** Nintendo Switch numbers do not include games with packaged versions.

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