Famitsu released Switch Japanese retail sales numbers from its March 3, 2017 launch to Sept. 2, 2018. So far, a total of 5,007,368 Switch consoles have been sold at retail in Japan. The top three selling games at Japanese retail are Splatoon 2 (2,621,928 copies), Super Mario Odyssey (1,788,228) and Mario Kart 8 DX (1,738,502).

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.

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