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.
|1||6,424,000||NDS||New Super Mario Bros.||Nintendo||2006-05-25|
|2||5,827,000||NDS||Pokémon Diamond / Pearl||Pokémon Co.||2006-09-28|
|3||5,489,000||NDS||Pokémon Black / White||Pokémon Co.||2010-09-18|
|4||5,337,000||GBA||Pokémon Ruby / Sapphire||Pokémon Co.||2002-11-21|
|5||5,239,000||NDS||Animal Crossing: Wild World||Nintendo||2005-11-23|
|6||5,082,000||NDS||Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day||Nintendo||2005-12-29|
|7||4,568,000||WII||New Super Mario Bros. Wii||Nintendo||2009-12-03|
|8||4,503,000||PSP||Monster Hunter Freedom 3||Capcom||2010-12-01|
|9||4,156,000||NDS||Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies||Square Enix||2005-12-08|
|10||4,003,000||NDS||Mart Kart DS||Nintendo||2005-12-08|
|11||3,936,000||NDS||Pokémon HeartGold / SoulSilver||Pokémon Co.||2009-09-12|
|12||3,847,000||NDS||Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!||Nintendo||2005-05-19|
|13||3,823,000||3DS||Animal Crossing: New Leaf||Nintendo||2012-11-08|
|16||3,675,000||WII||Mario Kart Wii||Nintendo||2008-04-10|
|18||3,555,000||PS2||Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King||Square Enix||2004-11-27|
|19||3,143,000||WII||Wii Sports Resort||Nintendo||2009-06-25|
|20||3,076,000||GBA||Pokémon FireRed / LeafGreen||Pokémon 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.