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Famitsu Reveals Japan's Best Selling Games Of The 21st Century

Posted by Thomas Jones

New Super Mario Claims Top Spot

Japanese video game publication Famitsu has just unveiled the top 100 Best Selling Video Games in Japan for the 21st Century (the period 1st January 2001 until 29th September 2013), and as expected Nintendo games feature heavily, with nine of the top ten games being for Nintendo platforms — seven of which are for the Nintendo DS system.

Topping the list is 2006's New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS which sold a staggering six and a half million copies in Japan alone, pocketing Nintendo plenty of golden coins. 2nd, 3rd and 4th place are all taken by Pokémon titles for the Nintendo DS with Pokémon Diamond and Pearl taking the 2nd spot with Pokémon Black and White for the Nintendo DS and Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire for the Game Boy Advance following behind. These three pairs of games sold in excess of sixteen million games combined, showing just how important the franchise is to Nintendo.

Rounding out the top ten are Mario Kart DS, Animal Crossing: Wild World, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies and Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day.

Perhaps most impressive is that Animal Crossing: New Leaf takes thirteenth spot. A great feat for a game that is approaching its one year anniversary since its initial Japanese release. Pokémon X and Y were released a little too late to feature, but would undoubtedly have also featured high on the list.

You can see the full list of one hundred games here.

Are you surprised by any of the entries, or are there any titles you expected to rank higher on the list? Discuss in the comments below.


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User Comments (32)



cookiex said:

"with nine of the top ten games being for Nintendo platforms — seven of which are for the Nintendo DS system."

Holy smokes.



Emblem said:

Sales don't equal good games but in most of these case's it Actually does. The day Nintendo and Sony stop selling games in the west is the day I move to Japan for good.



unrandomsam said:

@Emblem Sony pretty much is a Western company. All their devs are Western. PS4 is to be released later in Japan than the US/UK (Even their financial results are not listed in yen) .



Goginho said:

Looking at the whole list, I'm surprised NSMB 2 sold slightly more than MK7, despite NSMB 2 coming out a bit later, and MK7 being a racer. I always thought MK games were more popular than other Mario games in Japan, apart from NSMB, which I'm not surprised at all, no matter what part of the world, 'cause that game was a true reboot of the Super Mario Bros. series.



TwilightV said:

There's hardly any Playstation games on that list that aren't made by Square-Enix. That makes me... happy. c:



Mayhem said:

It's not too surprising considering Microsoft are going to be virtual absent in terms of sales compared to Sony and Nintendo, so it was always a two horse race company wise.



Marshi said:

Hmmm as brilliant as this news is, its this unstoppable nature in japan that makes nintendo do very silly and questionable things in the west. Things like lack of marketing and not releasing things in certain territories until months or years later.
So yes, this is great news, but il be much happier when results like this are happening worldwide,not just in its biased and handheld obssessed home!



fortius54 said:

With 22 oft he top 25 games since 2001 being played on their system, maybe everyone will finally realize that despite a small bump Nintendo has plenty in cash reserves.



hYdeks said:

sarcasm I don't know ppls, I still think Nintendo is in alot of trouble, durrrrrrr lol

I'm sorry, but this proves right here that those so called "experts" out there are absolutely clueless Nintendo will always be on top, because they remember that video games should be fun and accessible to everyone to play!



cfgk24 said:

Some of the Later games - like Monster Hunter 4 don't include downloads. . . . . I think it should include downloads - a sale is a sale and a Download is a more solid sale as it shows commitment to your console!



ColdingLight said:

Well, it's good to see Pokemon games blowing up in not just
Japan but also in the west. I think it's a franchise that deserves to sell.



Caryslan said:

This is not a shocker, Nintendo could win Japan with their handhelds alone. While the home console market is dicey, handhelds are king overthere. This means in general, Nintendo will sell their games very well over there since their handhelds are their strongest market, and the only serious compeitior over there is Sony who is struggling to get their newest handheld to sell.

Plus the market over there is less diverse than in the west. Microsoft is nowhere to be seen, Sony's strongest markets are in the west, and I'm not even sure tablets and smartphones have taken over like they have over here.

This results in a wide open market for Nintendo to dominate.

But I'm curious, where would Nintendo stand on a US sales chart? Would they dominate the US as much as they do in Japan.



luckybreak said:

Worse case scenario for nintendo if wii u doesn't do well:
they stick to making handheld games only (for their own systems) not phones.

simple as that. company never going down in flames.



Arcamenel said:

I really am hoping for a revival of the Pokemon series in the west. Granted it's never done bad per se but I'd definitely like if it did just as well here as it does in Japan. It's just the best. :c



unrandomsam said:

@luckybreak They could do what they are doing now for 10 years with not real damage to their cash reserves. They just need another hit at some point for it to be worth carrying on.



element187 said:

@unrandomsam you got that right. Sony got a taste for that dudebro market and they are chasing it exclusively. It's almost like Japan is an after thought to Sony...... That's ok, I prefer Japanese games over everything else (I'm still playing the snot out of SMT IV everyday), so Nintendo can feel free to dominate Japan all they want, cause the Japanese focus of their games is gaming bliss.



MarioFan1985 said:

I want to pretend that I didn't see this coming. But, I'm quite happy that Everybody's Favorite Plumber (that's my own nickname for Mario ) is still the champion of Nintendo and he won't let some prissy little monsters take it from him. Plus, Japan really knows the real concept of video games, focusing more on general gameplay instead of on graphics and sound like a lot of American games do.



BulbasaurusRex said:

Congratulations to Famitsu for getting the definition of the "21st Century" correct. Now if only people would realize that despite the naming theme the same rule should also apply to decades. For example, the 2000's decade should be 2001 to 2010, otherwise you're splitting the decade between centuries and including 1 B.C. with 1-9 A.D.

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