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Pokémon and 3DS Still Top of the Japanese Charts

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Happy days for Nintendo

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that we haven't reported on the Japanese software and hardware charts every week recently, mainly because very little has changed. Despite that, we thought that we'd share the latest results, as at the very least the software chart includes some interesting games that we're pretty sure will only be experienced, outside of Japan, by the most dedicated importers.

In terms of software, Pokémon Black and White 2 is still very much at the top of the tree, with lifetime sales comfortably beyond two million. The cross-platform title from Professor Layton developers Level-5, Time Travelers, appears twice in the top 10 on both 3DS and PS Vita, while Mario Party 9 on Wii sneaks onto the list. Overall, eight of the top ten games are on Nintendo systems.

[NDS] 01. Pokemon Black & White 2 (Pokemon, 06.23.2012): 113,901 (2,331,128)
[3DS] 02. Taiko Drum Master Chibi Dragon and the Mysterious Orb (Bamco Nandai, 07.12.2012): 63,388 (NEW)
[3DS] 03. Pocket Soccer League Calciobit (Nintendo, 07.12.2012): 26,015 (NEW)
[3DS] 04. Little Battler eXperience Baku Boost (Level-5, 07.05.2012): 19,468 (75,082)
[3DS] 05. Dragon Quest Monsters Terry's Wonderland 3D: (Square Enix, 05.31.2012) 15,717 (828,359)
[PSP] 06. Toriko Gourmet Survival 2 (Namco Bandai, 07.05.2012): 15,672 (59,462)
[3DS] 07. Etrian Odyssey IV (Atlus, 07.05.2012): 14,221 (111,363)
[PSV] 08. Time Travelers (Level-5, 07.12.2012): 9,887 (NEW)
[3DS] 09. Time Travelers (Level-5, 07.12.2012): 9,761 (NEW)
[WII] 10. Mario Party 9 (Nintendo, 04.26.2012): 8,740 (477,170)

The hardware chart once again has 3DS on top, with a dip in sales that may see a bump once the new XL model arrives on 28th July: Nintendo's handheld outsold all other systems combined by a small margin (last week's sales are in parenthesis).

Nintendo 3DS: 46,633 (51,930)
PlayStation 3: 15,218 (14,297)
PlayStation Vita: 11,388 (11,544)
PlayStation Portable: 11,170 (10,627)
Wii: 6,660 (6,654)
Xbox 360: 686 (711)
Nintendo DSi: 430 (455)
PlayStation 2: 451 (474)


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User Comments (18)



Tsuchinoko said:

Nope, all expected. I live in Japan and can vouch for it

Really looking forward to seeing how Luigi's Mansion 2 and Bravely Default do when released in a few months.

EDIT: also of note, almost all the games on the chart are portables, very indicative of the Japanese market now.



Expa0 said:

Sigh Etrian Odyssey.. I loved the series, but as it has become apparent Nintendo doesn't want the europeans to play the good games, so I'll never be able to experience this new installement. Oh well.. At least the pokemon game seems pretty decent from what I've seen.



SkywardLink98 said:

Whenever I see japanese charts I always end up noticing how Xbox 360 sells awfully there. I remember hearing something along the lines of 50% of sales are nintendo's 49% are sony and the remaining 1% is microsoft. Mainly because the first 2 are Japanese-based companies. (Sony started there, and moved to the U.S. )



Xilef said:

Doesn't Nintendo publish the pokemon games in Japan? I know TPC license and advertise them but isn't the actual publishing done by Nintendo?



Pichuka97 said:

Still selling PS2's at a good rate? Why couldn't the GameCube still be around. There would still be good games coming out for it like Madden 13 just like PS2.



Koos said:

Nice to see a Wii title in the top 10 list. Vita's hardware numbers are really low.



ajcismo said:

How is it the Wii, and even the DSi, still manage to sell anything at all?



Chuie said:

grrr october is to long for pokemon black 2 & white 2 i just download the japenese version later today so it keep me hold for the english version

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