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Nintendo Switch eShop Charts for December 3rd, 2022: Which Switch Games Are Most Popular This Month?

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Nintendo Switch eShop Charts for December 3rd, 2022: Which Switch Games Are Most Popular This Month?

In years past, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft all offered the ability to download digital versions of top games straight from the digital store to the console itself — no physical copy required. These days, these brands have gone as far as to create digital consoles that couldn’t even take physical copies if players wanted to insert one.

The Nintendo Switch has no digital version, but the Nintendo Switch eShop is nonetheless a dependable source for players to find the top games of the month. Looking at the Nintendo Switch eShop charts is a great way to find out which games are the most popular.

So, looking for a good gift for a Nintendo gamer in your life? Or are you merely looking for the next Switch game you should play? The Nintendo Switch eShop charts show off the best of the best the console currently has to offer.

This is true of both digital versions of physical games and digital-only games that can only be downloaded from the eShop. We’ve compiled the top 30 titles from both the Nintendo Switch eShop charts below (along with the download-only charts, as well). Additionally, we’ve provided an in-depth look at the top 10 games on the Nintendo Switch eShop charts.

The Top 10 Games on the Nintendo Switch eShop Charts: 12/03/2022

From new releases in classic franchises to old favorites that continue to see success, these are the top 10 games on the Nintendo Switch eShop charts for the month of December. We’ll dive deeper into the top 30 below, but for now, let’s go deep on these 10 most popular downloads this month.

1. Pokémon Violet

Pokémon Violet Standard – Nintendo Switch [Digital Code]
$59.88
  • Choose Sprigatito, Fuecoco, or Quaxly to join you on your journey through Paldea
  • Explore the land, sea, and air of this open world as you adventure through three different stories
  • Take classes at the Ulva Academy and learn about battling and Pokémon biology from your professors
  • The school's name, crest, uniforms, and other features differ between Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet
  • An Independent study called Treasure Hunt allows you to seek out new experiences and collect your own treasure
  • Encounter Pokémon that have the ability to Terastallize to gain special powers
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03/02/2024 10:14 pm GMT

Serving as the first entry in the ninth generation of Pokémon games, Pokémon Violet is groundbreaking for the franchise. Its open-world environment has never been seen before in a previous mainline Pokémon installment. (In fact, the concept only recently hit the franchise with Pokémon Legends: Arceus earlier in 2022.)

This partially explains why the game would top the Nintendo Switch eShop charts, but it’s about more than its novelty. It’s also a great game in its own right that introduces over 100 new Pokémon to collect and battle.

PublisherNintendo, The Pokémon Company
Available PlatformsNintendo Switch
DeveloperGame Freak
GenreRole-playing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
ReleasedNovember 18th, 2022

2. Pokémon Scarlet

Nintendo Switch: Pokemon Scarlet Video Game - Region Free
$49.45
  • New Pokémon to Discover - Learn new details about Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly—the three Pokémon from which you’ll choose your first partner—along with other wonderful new Pokémon,...
  • The World of Pokémon Has Evolved - Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet offer an open-world experience that only the Pokémon series can deliver—one welcoming even to newcomers to the series.​
  • You can experience a new style of adventure, with a world that you’re free to explore at your leisure and not in an order dictated by the story. You will, of course, journey to hone your skills as a...
  • A Deeper Experience with Multiplayer* Gameplay - Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet allow multiplayer gameplay with up to four players.​ Along with series staples, such as trading and battling...
  • Please note that although this game is Region Free or Region Unlocked and will work on all systems, this is the international version and may differ from the local version in age rating, labeling or...
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03/02/2024 11:10 am GMT

As with other Pokémon video games, Pokémon Scarlet was released simultaneously with its sister game, Pokémon Violet. Like its Violet counterpart, Scarlet brings over 100 never-before-seen Pokémon to the franchise, along with four new regional forms and the brand-new Tera Type Pokémon.

Its open-world nature has been hugely appealing for Pokémon fans and newbies alike, which explains why both Pokémon Scarlet and Violet would top the charts together — side by side. They currently serve as the best-selling console-exclusive game launches in history.

PublisherNintendo, The Pokémon Company
Available PlatformsNintendo Switch
DeveloperGame Freak
GenreRole-playing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
ReleasedNovember 18th, 2022

3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)
$49.73
  • With Nintendo Switch, fans can enjoy the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 anywhere, anytime
  • The Mario Kart you know and love, with many new features; Enjoy Mario Kart alone or with friends, anytime, anywhere, with anyone; Supports 2 players in Handheld mode, 4 players on one TV and 12-player...
  • 5 exclusive new characters join the tournament, including Inkling Boy and Inkling Girl; 4 exclusive new multiplayer Battle Modes including Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast; 48 Tracks; 40+ Racers; It's...
  • Compatible with the Nintendo Switch only
  • EU version
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03/02/2024 08:34 am GMT

It might seem surprising to see a five-year-old game in the number three spot on the Nintendo Switch eShop charts. This is no ordinary game, though. This is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Not only the Nintendo Switch’s best-selling game, but also one of the best-selling video games in history.

It helps that the game has recently announced a number of new tracks set to be released semi-annually. This is a huge draw for those who may have grown tired of the game after all these years. It also might explain why the game continues to hold a spot in the top 10.

PublisherNintendo
Available PlatformsNintendo Switch
DeveloperNintendo EAD
GenreKart racing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
ReleasedApril 28th, 2017

4. Mario Party Superstars

Mario Party Superstars
$52.67
  • Bring the party on 5 classic boards from the Nintendo 64 Mario Party games
  • Show your friends and family who’s boss in 100 minigames from throughout the Mario Party series
  • All game modes can be played online
  • Matches with friends in board game mode are saved after each turn both locally and online—pick up where you left off
  • Play using a single Joy-Con controller, two Joy-Con with the Joy-Con grip accessory, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, or Nintendo Switch Lite system
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03/02/2024 09:55 pm GMT

The Mario Party franchise has been enduringly popular since the first game’s release back in 1998. Mario Party Superstars, the latest in the long-running series, sits comfortably in the number four spot on the Nintendo Switch eShop charts. (Even though it was released well over a year ago.)

Comprised of more than 100 classic Mario Party minigames from throughout the series’ history, Mario Party Superstars is something of a highlight reel of all the best moments from past games. While it might not be as new or innovative as some might’ve hoped, it’s nevertheless a very popular Switch title.

PublisherNintendo
Available PlatformsNintendo Switch
DeveloperNDcube
GenreParty
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
ReleasedOctober 29th, 2021

5. Just Dance 2023 Edition

Just Dance 2023 Edition & PIN SET - Code in box, Nintendo Switch
$18.50
  • For the first time ever, dance to BTS with ""Dynamite"" and other top chart hits including: Harry Styles – As It Was, Lady Gaga Ft. Beyoncé - Telephone, Billie Eilish – Therefore I Am, Cast from...
  • Personalized Experiences: Unlock custom-made sessions and songs tailored to your preferences and playing habits. Plus, Just Dance will keep track of your progress and scores, so you can show off your...
  • Download code only - This product does not contain a CD or disc. Internet connection, Ubisoft Account and Xbox Account required to redeem the code.
  • Use your smartphone to track moves with the Just Dance Controller App – no additional accessories required
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03/02/2024 06:44 am GMT

Even though you can play Just Dance 2023 Edition on all the top consoles, perhaps no other console is better suited for the game than the Nintendo Switch.

Reliant on players to move and shake and dance along with the on-screen routines in tune with the top hits from yesterday and today, the Just Dance games are always a hit on Nintendo consoles for the way they incorporate movement into their controls. Just Dance 2023 Edition‘s spot at number five on the Nintendo Switch eShop charts proves this to be true.

PublisherUbisoft
Available PlatformsNintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S
DeveloperUbisoft
GenreMusic
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
ReleasedNovember 22nd, 2022

6. Inside

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03/02/2024 06:09 am GMT

Everybody loves a good puzzle challenge, as evidenced by Inside’s spot at number six on the Nintendo Switch eShop charts this month. Inside is available across several different consoles and platforms, but it’s best suited for the Switch’s innovative controls.

The game follows a boy living in a dystopian world, tasked with solving puzzles in his environment; all while avoiding threats and even death. Fun fact: it’s actually a sequel to another popular puzzle platformer called emLimbo/em, which first hit the Xbox 360 back in 2010.

PublisherPlaydead
Available PlatformsPC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS
DeveloperPlaydead
GenrePuzzle, Platform
Mode(s)Single-player
ReleasedJune 28th, 2018 (Switch version only)

7. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (Nintendo Switch)
$47.35
  • Join Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad on a quest to save the Sprixie Kingdom in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, pouncing onto Nintendo Switch! Bowser’s kidnapped the Sprixie Princess,...
  • Clamber over walls and cat-scratch your enemies using the Super Bell, clone yourself with the Double Cherry or pop the Cannon Box on your head and fire off projectiles at your foes. This enhanced...
  • As well as local co-op play with up to three friends, players can now enjoy online multiplayer mayhem!
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03/02/2024 04:19 pm GMT

Super Mario 3D World was a hit when it hit the Nintendo Wii U back in 2013. Unfortunately, though, not every Mario fan got to play it because they never bought a Wii U. Thankfully, this Switch port of the game (coupled with a new game called Bowser’s Fury) finally gives them a chance to play it.

Described by fans as a hybrid between Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario Odyssey, Bowser’s Fury makes sense as an add-on for the former because of its similar look, feel, and gameplay. The game’s two-for-one marketing no doubt explains its place at number seven on the Nintendo Switch eShop charts.

PublisherNintendo
Available PlatformsNintendo Switch
DeveloperNintendo EPD
GenrePlatform, action-adventure
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
ReleasedFebruary 12th, 2021

8. FIFA 23 Legacy Edition

FIFA 23 Legacy Edition (Switch) Import Region Free
$49.99
  • Please note that although this game is Region Free or Region Unlocked and will work on all systems, this is the international version and may differ from the local version in age rating, labeling or...
  • It will also feature the addition of top women’s club teams and some of the world’s most famous stadiums, including brand new ones.
  • FIFA 23 Legacy Edition includes an updated visual identity and a refreshed broadcast overlay package.
  • Gameplay features and modes will have parity with FIFA 22 on Nintendo Switch and will feature the same gameplay from FIFA 22 Legacy Edition without any new development or significant enhancements.
  • EA SPORTS FIFA 23 Legacy Edition on Nintendo Switch features the latest kits, clubs, and squads from some of the top leagues of the world.
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03/02/2024 03:04 am GMT

Have you been watching any World Cup games? What about playing your own version? Given the success and popularity of this year’s World Cup, it’s not surprising to see FIFA 23 Legacy Edition on the Nintendo Switch eShop charts.

When you can’t get enough of the soccer matches on television, Switch gamers are not wrong for wanting to keep that energy up by turning on the latest FIFA game and playing a couple of matches. Not to mention the fact that the game is a new release, with less than a few months passing since its September release.

PublisherEA Sports
Available PlatformsPC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
DeveloperEA
GenreSports
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
ReleasedSeptember 27th, 2022

9. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2

LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 (Nintendo Switch)
$23.49
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 features an expanded line-up of iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, including Guardians of the Galaxy characters, Groot, Rocket...
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03/02/2024 07:15 am GMT

Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Hobbit, Indiana Jones… if it’s been a big, popular franchise, odds are there’s a great LEGO game to go along with it. This is the case for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, a follow-up to the first LEGO Marvel Super Heroes game from 2013 that draws from everyone’s favorite Marvel heroes (and villains) to tell an MCU-inspired original story.

The game was released way back in 2017, but it continues to see plenty of downloads on the Nintendo Switch eShop charts more than five years later. It’s a testament to the sheer popularity of comic book movies today.

PublisherWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Available PlatformsPC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, macOS
DeveloperTraveller’s Tales, TT Games, Feral Interactive
GenreAction-adventure
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
ReleasedNovember 14th, 2017

10. Nintendo Switch Sports

Nintendo Switch Sports Standard
$39.88
  • Features 7 sports: Golf, Soccer, Volleyball, Bowling, Tennis, Badminton, and Chambara
  • Soccer uses a Joy-Con with the Leg Strap (included in the physical version only) to kick the ball
  • Multiplayer modes include 1v1, 2v2, or a free-for-all, but additional accessories (sold separately) may be required
  • Multiplayer is available locally or online
  • Nintendo Account and Nintendo Switch Online membership required for online features
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03/02/2024 09:59 pm GMT

If you’ve ever played a Wii Sports game, then you know why Nintendo Switch Sports would be so popular. It’s a worthy continuation of the same sports-loving universe of Miis that began in 2006 and continued in Wii Sports Resort (2009) and Wii Sports Club (2013).

It features all the classic sporting events you want to see from previous games (with some new ones thrown in, too). Nintendo Switch Sports will no doubt be one of those games that continues to see downloads throughout the Switch’s life cycle.

PublisherNintendo
Available PlatformsNintendo Switch
DeveloperNintendo EPD
GenreSports
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
ReleasedApril 29th, 2022

The Top 30 Games on the Nintendo Switch eShop Charts: 12/03/2022

From digital versions of the latest Switch releases to popular games with physical releases continuing to see popularity in digital form, these are the games topping the Nintendo Switch eShop charts for the month of December.

Whether they be brand-new releases or continually popular older titles, Switch gamers continue to download these games en masse. Some inclusions are to be expected, while others are genuinely surprising. Which of these Nintendo Switch eShop charts toppers have you played?

  1. Pokémon Violet (2022)
  2. Pokémon Scarlet (2022)
  3. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
  4. Mario Party Superstars (2021)
  5. Just Dance 2023 Edition (2022)
  6. Inside (2016)
  7. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (2021)
  8. FIFA 23 Legacy Edition (2022)
  9. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (2017)
  10. Nintendo Switch Sports (2022)
  11. Minecraft (2011)
  12. Among Us (2018)
  13. MLB The Show 22 (2022)
  14. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2012)
  15. Disney Dreamlight Valley (2022)
  16. Pokémon Scarlet / Violet Double Pack (2022)
  17. BioShock: The Collection (2016)
  18. Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (2019)
  19. Cult of the Lamb (2022)
  20. Stardew Valley (2016)
  21. Sonic Frontiers (2022)
  22. Monopoly (2017)
  23. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020)
  24. The Last Campfire (2020)
  25. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
  26. The Oregon Trail (2021)
  27. Contra Anniversary Collection (2019)
  28. Limbo (2018)
  29. Persona 5 Royal (2019)
  30. NBA 2K23 (2022)

The Top 30 Download-Only Games on the Nintendo Switch eShop Charts: 12/03/2022

Here are the 30 most-downloaded games purchases from the Nintendo Switch eShop that fall under the “download only” categorization. In other words, these are digital exclusives that may or may not have a physical release on other consoles.

These are all titles that Switch gamers downloaded straight from the eShop. Whether they be digital versions of other consoles’ exclusives or indie games that might not ever see a physical release, these are the download-only games topping the Nintendo Switch eShop charts this month.

  1. Inside (2016)
  2. Among Us (2018)
  3. Disney Dreamlight Valley (2022)
  4. Cult of the Lamb (2022)
  5. Stardew Valley (2016)
  6. The Last Campfire (2020)
  7. The Oregon Trail (2021)
  8. Contra Anniversary Collection (2019)
  9. Limbo (2018)
  10. Castlevania Anniversary Collection (2019)
  11. Pid (2012)
  12. Cuphead (2017)
  13. Arcade Archives Vs. Super Mario Bros. (2017)
  14. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 – Road to Boruto (2017)
  15. Duke Nukem 3D (1996)
  16. A Little to the Left (2022)
  17. Little Nightmares (2017)
  18. Run Sausage Run (2022)
  19. Goat Simulator (2014)
  20. The Jackbox Party Pack 9 (2022)
  21. Castlevania Advance Collection (2021)
  22. Pico Park (2019)
  23. Kirby’s Dream Buffet (2022)
  24. Retro Bowl (2020)
  25. Diablo II: Resurrected (2021)
  26. Super Meat Boy Forever (2020)
  27. Castle Crashers Remastered (2019)
  28. The Jackbox Party Pack 8 (2021)
  29. Uno (2021)
  30. Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising (2022)

How Have Nintendo Switch eShop Charts Changed Over the Years?

When Nintendo launched the Switch in 2017, the eShop only featured a few hundred games. As of 2023, there are 4,000 games in the eShop and that number continues to grow! The types of games that are popular on the eShop have also changed. Initially, first-party Nintendo games dominated the Nintendo Switch eShop charts. Over time, indie games and ports of older games have become more popular.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the #1 game on the Nintendo eShop this month?

This month’s top game on the Nintendo eShop is none other than Pokémon Violet — one of two new Pokémon games released. The other, Pokémon Scarlet, is in the #2 spot.

What's the best-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time?

Unsurprisingly, the best-selling Nintendo Switch game in history is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Despite being nearly a decade since the game was initially released for the Wii U, the game continues to be a smash success.

What's the #1 download-only game on the Nintendo Switch eShop charts?

Inside currently holds the top spot on the Nintendo Switch eShop charts. It’s a sequel to Limbo, a popular puzzle-platformer from 2010.

Are digital games cheaper than physical copies?

While digital games typically cost the same as a physical copy of the same game, online shops such as the Nintendo eShop frequently run deals and discounts you won’t find in-stores.

Are there any free Nintendo Switch games?

There are plenty of free Nintendo Switch games including FortniteRocket League, and numerous other download-only exclusives.

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