#1 Posted by kortex (444 posts) -
01.Pokémon Black/White 22,919,977
2,919,977
DSPokémon Co.
02.Animal Crossing: New Leaf1,969,955
1,969,955
3DSNintendo
03.New Super Mario Bros. 21,743,791
1,743,791
3DSNintendo
04.Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D919,870
919,870
3DSSquare Enix
05.Resident Evil 6833,012
833,012
PS3Capcom
06.One Piece: Pirate Warriors828,150
828,150
PS3Namco Bandai
07.Mario Kart 7748,797
1,908,966
3DSNintendo
08.Super Mario 3D Land689,374
1,769,566
3DSNintendo
09.Mario Party 9641,348
641,348
WiiNintendo
10.Dragon Quest X609,783
609,783
WiiSquare Enix
11.Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate602,058
1,587,556
3DSCapcom
12.Yakuza 5518,224
518,224
PS3Sega
13.Dragon’s Dogma467,375
467,375
PS3Capcom
14.Fire Emblem: Awakening455,268
455,268
3DSNintendo
15.Tales of Xillia 2428,913
428,913
PS3Namco Bandai
16.Paper Mario: Sticker Star402,133
402,133
3DSNintendo
17.Pro Evolution Soccer 2013399,340
399,340
PS3Konami
18.Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates of Infinity373,699
373,699
3DSPokémon Co.
19.New Super Mario Bros. U369,392
369,392
WiiUNintendo
20.Wii Sports Resort (w/ MotionPlus pack-in)358,627
1,161,600
WiiNintendo
21.The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z344,018
344,018
PSPNamco Bandai
22.Pokémon Conquest341,250
341,250
DSPokémon Co.
23.Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb340,533
340,533
3DSNamco Bandai
24.Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City338,889
338,889
PS3Capcom
25.Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance338,812
338,812
3DSSquare Enix
26.Run for Money Tousouchuu337,472
337,472
3DSNamco Bandai
27.Taiko Drum Master: Super Splendid Edition321,959
321,959
WiiNamco Bandai
28.Kid Icarus: Uprising316,133
316,133
3DSNintendo
29.Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone – Neppuu/Raimei314,016
314,016
3DSLevel 5
30.Resident Evil: Revelations296,040
296,040
3DSCapcom

TOTAL Hardware sales to date (lifetime):

PlayStation 2 – 21,833,215

(note: total Nintendo DS sales not provided)

Wii – 12,638,836

PSP – 19,453,023

Nintendo 3DS – 7,689,512

Nintendo 3DS XL – 2,090,372

PlayStation 3 – 8,860,082

PlayStation Vita – 1,130,820

Xbox 360 – 1,613,832

source: http://www.siliconera.com/2013/01/25/the-top-30-best-selling-games-in-japan-in-2012-were/

#2 Posted by face15 (1285 posts) -

Oh, Japan.

#3 Posted by Fire_Of_The_Wind (170 posts) -

And people are wondering why Nintendo doesn't make new games or change their formula.

#4 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10868 posts) -

I am never not fascinated by figures like these. I mean, a DS game was #1. Not even a 3DS game, a DS game.

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#5 Posted by Petiew (1344 posts) -

Dragon Quest X isn't as high as I would have expected.

#6 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

@MooseyMcMan said:

I am never not fascinated by figures like these. I mean, a DS game was #1. Not even a 3DS game, a DS game.

Eh? That's not really surprising, there's way more DS units out there and it's Pokemon.

They're able to reap the profits from those with either a DS or 3DS. So many potential customers.

@Fire_Of_The_Wind said:

And people are wondering why Nintendo doesn't make new games or change their formula.

Because of strong sales in Japan? Nintendo are killing it everywhere.

#7 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10868 posts) -

@Sooty: I didn't say I was surprised, I said I was fascinated.

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#8 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

@MooseyMcMan said:

@Sooty: I didn't say I was surprised, I said I was fascinated.

The second part sounds like surprise to me.

#9 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10868 posts) -

@Sooty said:

@MooseyMcMan said:

@Sooty: I didn't say I was surprised, I said I was fascinated.

The second part sounds like surprise to me.

Nope. Fascination.

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#10 Posted by Beaudacious (927 posts) -

Jesus Christ, I'm never moving to Japan.

#11 Posted by EXTomar (4641 posts) -

Shesh, the only I would generally recommend is Pro Evo but even then I would only if I knew they were a fan.

#12 Posted by cmblasko (1179 posts) -

Yeah guys, people from other parts of the world like different stuff than us. How do you think we look when they look at western charts and see nothing but shooters and football?

That seems like a really strong showing for Dragon's Dogma, considering it was a new IP. Glad to see it doing well.

Maybe I need to brush up on my Dragon Quest history, but has the Monsters spin off games always sold better than installments in the main series? Dragon Quest X's numbers seem low.

Seems like Japan's opinion of the 3DS is way different than ours, considering how much software it is selling.

#13 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2216 posts) -

Not surprised that the top 5 games are all Japanese made games, I bet the same goes for the US region with western titles occupying the top spots. When will Nintendo get their act together and release a proper Pokemon RPG for the Wii U, they could launch that console to the moon with the sales figures that would follow it.

#14 Posted by Alkaiser (358 posts) -

Hey, a new Dragon Quest Monsters game! Hope it comes to America, the ds games were a lot of fun.

But on a serious note, I don't get why anyone would be irritated with this list. You'd think the list was filled with dating sims or something. Popular franchises sell high numbers, film at eleven.

Next up, popular movie does well at box office.

#15 Posted by Giantstalker (1611 posts) -

This list is almost completely alien to me. I think I played Mario Kart 7 at a kiosk somewhere, maybe, memory's a little hazy.

Then again, it's a culture I will never understand, in a country I will never visit. . .

#16 Posted by Slay3r1583 (606 posts) -

I find it crazy that the PSP has apparently outsold everything except the PS2 and I'm going to assume the DS as well.

#17 Posted by Branthog (7494 posts) -

The pokemon thing still baffles me. Isn't the pokemon thing like fifteen years old, by now? How do they keep suckering new generations of kids into it every year? They must be on like... their second or third generation of kids, by now?

#18 Posted by Joey_Connell (56 posts) -

One Piece is the best dynasty warriors type game i played in years. Although there is zero point in playing it if you haven't seen the anime. It's low impact gaming at it's best.

#19 Posted by JackSukeru (5909 posts) -

@Branthog said:

The pokemon thing still baffles me. Isn't the pokemon thing like fifteen years old, by now? How do they keep suckering new generations of kids into it every year? They must be on like... their second or third generation of kids, by now?

Franchises get older, but kids stay the same age.

Actually I have a friend who works at a daycare, and he once told me how seeing the kids there also growing up with and talking about Pokemon was a really weird feeling, and they thought that it was equally weird when he told them he had also played it as a kid.

Also the games are pretty good and kid friendly, way better than a lot of stuff I played and liked as a kid, so there's that.