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.

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
14 3,724,000 WII Wii Sports Nintendo 2006-12-02
15 3,691,000 NDS Tomodachi Collection Nintendo 2009-06-18
16 3,675,000 WII Mario Kart Wii Nintendo 2008-04-10
17 3,562,000 WII Wii Fit Nintendo 2007-12-01
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.

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.