Japan’s Top 20 Best Selling Games of the 21st Century [ ARTICLE ]

Things are a little different in the Land of the Rising Sun. Especially when you look at what the top 20 best selling games are there since the 21st century began. I’m so used to feeling like an outcast in a place where FPSs and sports titles dominate the charts, it’s unusually for me to see a chart that more accurate lines up with my personal interests. A nice brief moment of solidarity. Draw whatever conclusions you want from this in the comments below.

16,424,000NDSNew Super Mario Bros.Nintendo2006-05-25
25,827,000NDSPokémon Diamond / PearlPokémon Co.2006-09-28
35,489,000NDSPokémon Black / WhitePokémon Co.2010-09-18
45,337,000GBAPokémon Ruby / SapphirePokémon Co.2002-11-21
55,239,000NDSAnimal Crossing: Wild WorldNintendo2005-11-23
65,082,000NDSBrain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a DayNintendo2005-12-29
74,568,000WIINew Super Mario Bros. WiiNintendo2009-12-03
84,503,000PSPMonster Hunter Freedom 3Capcom2010-12-01
94,156,000NDSDragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry SkiesSquare Enix2005-12-08
104,003,000NDSMart Kart DSNintendo2005-12-08
113,936,000NDSPokémon HeartGold / SoulSilverPokémon Co.2009-09-12
123,847,000NDSBrain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!Nintendo2005-05-19
133,823,0003DSAnimal Crossing: New LeafNintendo2012-11-08
143,724,000WIIWii SportsNintendo2006-12-02
153,691,000NDSTomodachi CollectionNintendo2009-06-18
163,675,000WIIMario Kart WiiNintendo2008-04-10
173,562,000WIIWii FitNintendo2007-12-01
183,555,000PS2Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed KingSquare Enix2004-11-27
193,143,000WIIWii Sports ResortNintendo2009-06-25
203,076,000GBAPokémon FireRed / LeafGreenPokémon Co.2004-01-29

You can also head on over to NeoGAF to see the entire list of the top 100 video games in Japan of the 21st century, top 3 video games by system, top hardware, and top 10 games of the 20th century.

Note that this list is sales from January 1st, 2001 to September 29th, 2013. It doe not combined “best” re-releases nor does it include downloads bought directly on PSN, eShop or Xbox Live. It does include download cards sold by retailers and copies bundled with hardware.

source: NeoGAF
via: Crunchyroll


  • Shard

    Wow, if you count FR/LG and HG/SS as equivalent to their predecessors, then the main games of all of the first five generations of Pokemon made it on there.

  • Stepharneo

    Wait, how did New Super Mario Bros. Wii sell more copies than the pack in title for the console (Wii Sports)? Did some people buy more copies of that game than they owned Wii’s?

    • Probably different bundles. It’s also possible that Japan had versions that did not include Wii Sports at launch or that included Wii Sports Resort or Wii Fit.

    • Quin C

      I’m not sure about Japan, but I’m from New Jersey and Wii Sports cost like 20 dollars extra than just the vanilla wii only bundle, so that may be it.

    • Armane

      Generally bundle titles aren’t counted, and Wii Sports wasn’t included with the Wii in Japan.