Top 100 Games of 2010

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Famitsu’s ranking of Japan’s top 100  best selling games of 2010 has found its way online, and seems to reveal the Japanese gaming market has devolved into a staid mixture of endless RPG franchises and Mario games…

The ranking:

1. [NDS] Pokemon Black/White (Pokemon) – 4,914,813
2. [PSP] Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom) – 3,480,989
3. [WII] New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo) – 1,599,845 / 4,084,995
4. [WII] Wii Party (Nintendo) – 1,539,228
5. [NDS] Dragon Quest VI (Square Enix) – 1,297,344
6. [NDS] Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 (Square Enix) – 1,276,303
7. [NDS] Tomodachi Collection (Nintendo) – 1,196,148 / 3,508,096
8. [WII] Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo) – 900,539
9. [NDS] Inazuma Eleven 3 Spark/Bomber (Level 5) – 890,440
10. [WII] Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo) – 849,664 / 2,148,197

11. [PSP] Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker (Konami) – 780,969
12. [WII] Super Mario All-Stars (Nintendo) – 753,019
13. [PSP] Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Square Enix) – 733,248
14. [PSP] God Eater (Bandai Namco) – 617,828
15. [WII] Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo) – 577,042 / 2,119,848
16. [WII] Donkey Kong Country Returns (Nintendo) – 559,968
17. [PS3] Yakuza 4 (Sega) – 557,771
18. [PS3] Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage (Koei Tecmo) – 553,229
19. [PS3] Gran Turismo 5 (SCE) – 545,127
20. [WII] Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo) – 527,874 / 2,977,636

21. [PSP] Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airu Village (Capcom) – 516,000
22. [NDS] Pokemon Heart Gold/Superior Silver (Pokemon) – 506,507 / 3,889,104
23. [PSP] Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G PSP The Best (Capcom) – 498,178 / 534,323
24. [NDS] Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Pokemon) – 495,493
25. [WII] Mario Sports Mix (Nintendo) – 422,045
26. [PSP] God Eater Burst (Bandai Namco) – 408,395
27. [NDS] The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (Nintendo) – 404,964 / 725,904
28. [PS3] Sengoku BASARA 3 (Capcom) – 384,632
29. [PS3] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2011 (Konami) – 366,594
30. [NDS] New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo) – 355,639 / 6,015,225

31. [WII] Kirby’s Epic Yarn (Nintendo) – 353,798
32. [PSP] Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd (Sega) – 341,663
33. [NDS] Ni no Kuni (Level 5) – 332,311
34. [WII] Dragon Quest Monsters: Battle Road Victory (Square Enix) – 307,453
35. [NDS] Inazuma Eleven 3: World Challenge: The Ogre (Level 5) – 295,996
36. [PS3] Tales of Graces F (Bandai Namco) – 288,395
37. [PS3] Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition (Capcom) – 279,951
38. [NDS] Taiko Drum master DS Doloron! Yokai Daikessen! (Bandai Namco) – 279,568
39. [NDS] One Piece Gigant Battle! (Bandai Namco) – 265,653
40. [PSP] Kurohyou! Yakuza New Chapter (Sega) – 264,766

41. [NDS] Egoko Classroom DS (Nintendo) – 262,797
42. [PSP] Tactics Ogre (Square Enix) – 256,102
43. [PS3] White Knight Chronicles 2 (SCE) – 249,350
44. [NDS] Tongari Boushi and the Magic Shop (Konami) – 248,261
45. [PS3] Gundam Musou 3 (Bandai Namco) – 248,194
46. [NDS] Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo: Hero of Light and Shadow – 247,248
47. [PS3] Another Century’s Episode R (Bandai Namco) – 245,301
48. [PSP] AKB1/48: If you love an idol (Bandai Namco) – 235,944
49. [PSP] Keion! Afterschool Live (Sega) – 231,976
50. [NDS] Super Kaseki Horida (Nintendo) – 223,141

51. [NDS] Kingdom Hearts re:coded (Square Enix) – 221,399
52. [NDS] Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem (Nintendo) – 213,191
53. [PS3] Jikkyo Powerful Pro Baseball 2010 (Konami) – 212,871
54. [WII] Taiko Drum Master Wii: Dodon to 2daime (Bandai Namco) – 209,201 / 418,284
55. [PSP] Pro Baseball Spirits 2010 (Konami) – 206,786
56. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix) – 206,057 / 1,904,313
57. [PS3] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Samurai Blue Challenge (Konami) – 203,160
58. [NDS] Inazuma Eleven 2 Fire/Blizzard (Level 5) – 201,773 / 1,145,388
59. [PS3] Call of Duty Black Ops subtitled edition (Square Enix) – 198,374
60. [NDS] Love Plus+ (Konami) – 188,541

61. [PS3] End of Eternity (Sega) – 184,662
62. [PSP] Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X (Bandai Namco) – 180,650
63. [PSP] Kenka Bancho 4 ~One Year War~ (Spike) – 179,354
64. [PS3] Gekijouban Macross F ~Itsuwari no Utahime~ Hybrid Pack (Bandai Namco) – 178,125
65. [PS3] Lost Planet 2 (Capcom) – 174,865
66. [NDS] Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies Ultimate Hits (Square Enix) – 171,940
67. [PS3] Pro Baseball Spirits 2010 (Konami) – 170,033
68. [NDS] Harvest Moon: Twin Villages (Marvelous Entertainment) – 169,171
69. [PSP] Gundam Assault Survive (Bandai Namco) – 166,683
70. [PSP] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2010 (Konami) – 163,620

71. [NDS] Super Robot Wars L (Bandai Namco) – 161,387
72. [PS3] Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope International (Square Enix) – 158,067
73. [PS3] Super Street Fighter IV (Capcom) – 153,924
74. [PSP] Valkyria Chronicles 2 (Sega) – 153,487
75. [WII] Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Nintendo) – 151,816 / 2,032,654
76. [WII] Momotaro Dentetsu 2010 (Hudson) – 148,988 / 274,482
77. [PSP] Phantasy Star Portable 2nd (Sega) – 147,311 / 590,527
78. [NDS] Mario Kart DS (Nintendo) – 145,761 / 3,709,271
79. [PSP] The 3rd Birthday (Square Enix) – 145,263
80. [WII] Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (Capcom) – 145,149

81. [PSP] Lord of Arcana (Square Enix) – 142,388
82. [WII] Xenoblade (Nintendo) – 141,059
83. [NDS] Tokimeki Memorial Girls Side 3rd Story (Konami) – 140,063
84. [NDS] Etrian Odyssey III (Atlus) – 139,576
85. [PS3] Dead Rising 2 (Capcom) – 138,691
86. [PSP] Ace Combat X2: Joint Assault (Bandai Namco) – 136,806
87. [PS3] NieR Replicant (Square Enix) – 134,015
88. [PSP] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Samurai Blue Challenge (Konami) – 130,291
89. [PSP] Shining Hearts (Sega) – 130,258
90. [NDS] Masked Rider Gun Bride Battle War (Bandai Namco) – 126,928

91. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots PS3 The Best (Konami) – 125,259 / 189,973
92. [PSP] Last Ranker (Capcom) – 123,381
93. [360] Monster Hunter Frontier Online (Capcom) – 123,192
94. [WII] Taiko Drum Master Wii 3daime (Bandai Namco) – 121,668
95. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto Episodes from Liberty City (Take 2 Interactive Japan) – 120,600
96. [PSP] Eiyuu Densetsu: Zero no Kiseki (Nihon Falcolm) – 118,520
97. [PS3] Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar Games) – 114,671
98. [NDS] Medarot DS Kabuto/Kuwagata (Rocket Company) – 114,401
99. [NDS] Okamiden (Capcom) – 113,198
100. [WII] Sengoku BASARA 3 (Capcom) – 111,948

Hardware

NDS – 2,963,709 / 32,124,298
PSP – 2,890,476 / 16,276,931
WII – 1,728,293 / 11,230,292
PS3 – 1,558,480 / 5,949,887
360 – 208,790 / 1,406,663
PS2 – 92,149 / 21,895,911

PS2 Top 3

1. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010 Samurai Blue Challenge (Konami) – 72,438
2. Pro Baseball Spirits 2010 (Konami) – 72,004
3. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010 (Konami) – 47,269 / 107,158

360 Top 3

1. Monster Hunter Frontier Online (Capcom) – 123,192
2. Kinect Adventure! (Microsoft) – 71,030
3. Halo Reach (Microsoft) – 53,126


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    Avatar of Nin
    Comment by Nin
    21:37 19/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I have no problem with this.

    Avatar of Abel Liegod
    Comment by Abel Liegod
    01:25 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Peace Walker and Birth By Sleep is kinda low for me...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    those two were pretty good games over here on this side of the world. they're not for everyone, but they're good.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Nice to see FF13 bribed someone to be on the list.

    Avatar of Kwonnie
    Comment by Kwonnie
    04:13 20/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    One non-Japanese game up there or so.

    Avatar of Zinbieel
    Comment by Zinbieel
    05:25 20/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I also noticed that. I wasn't aware the english video game market has such a small audience in japan.

    Avatar of Shiyo
    Comment by Shiyo
    07:20 20/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    LOL

    22. [NDS] Pokemon Heart Gold/Superior Silver (Pokemon) – 506,507 / 3,889,104

    Superior Silver

    Avatar of Darkrockslizer
    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    06:46 20/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    49. [PSP] Keion! Afterschool Live (Sega) – 231,976

    56. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix) – 206,057 / 1,904,313

    yeah that's how it should be

    Avatar of Kitsunemimi6
    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    06:24 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    1. [NDS] Pokemon Black/White (Pokemon) – 4,914,813
    (Nothing surprising about that...)

    NDS – 2,963,709 / 32,124,298
    (Considering how the PSP is doing in Japan, this is a bit shocking...)

    This is a very good time for me right now, seeing such a list, I have no problem with it either...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:56 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    56. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix) – 206,057 / 1,904,313

    i dunno, i'd take lightning over k-on any day.. sales indicate interest in a game, not how great it is. i've never played a game based off of an anime that was better than any final fantasy i've played. (well i haven't played 14.. make that FF rpgs then!)

    if they made a guitar hero-like k-on game, yeah, i'd play it, i'm into games like that. but i'm going to get bored of a game in which they just sing and play music and dress up..

    Comment by Anonymous

    No PC games. so disapoint

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:18 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @5:57 Oh, OK. I guess I'm going blind. I just looked at that Kochiya cosplay, so that might be the cause. fap fap fap...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:01 20/01/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    The 360 at the very end with 3 titles makes you laugh and makes it almost "worth it" seeing the obligatory 4-14yo nintendo games dominating the charts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:22 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And the comments/comment rating shows you the age range is just htat, 5-14yo's.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:56 25/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    judging from how high some games are on the list, go include moe-loving otaku as well..

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:29 20/01/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Where is Call of Duty: Black Ops? Them Japs don't know what their missing. Nazi zombies rule!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:57 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    59. [PS3] Call of Duty Black Ops subtitled edition (Square Enix) – 198,374

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:14 20/01/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Where the hell is Madden 11?

    Avatar of Demonboy
    Comment by Demonboy
    01:49 20/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Damn... The PS2 is STILL on the list. God-damn. Truly the best system of our time... It may be last, but still, the sheer fact that it's ON the list proves something.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:10 19/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    NDS + Pokemon FTW

    Avatar of Morthoseth
    Comment by Morthoseth
    23:01 19/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    best selling =/= top games

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your logic is retarded. Best selling and top are the same thing.

    Avatar of Garyuu
    Comment by Garyuu
    01:34 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No. You're just retarded. He's saying that the best selling games aren't necessarily the best quality games.

    Wii Sports is one of the best selling games on the Wii, yet it isn't particularly good (it was just bundled with the Wii, so that's why it did well).

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:04 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Monster Hunter ain't a rpg, just so we are clear on that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:17 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    cant believe all those shitty ds,nds,psp platforms standing for "top games" lol,i couldnt enjoy a game on a 4inch screen....and pokemon? seriously? there couldnt be anything more flat and outright boring than a pokemon game, whats wrong with them ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:15 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sees Exercise is still the craze wii taking the places and MGS NOOO want that in the top 10 its at 11 lol

    At least the Xbox360 can compete with a PS2 but hey its Japan bias its got 2 prominent game groups and sega so yeh.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:10 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    HOORAY, WII PARTY 4 EVA!

    Avatar of Garyuu
    Comment by Garyuu
    01:37 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fist of the North Star? That was one of the worst games of the year. People will buy anything if it has a famous name attached to it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pokemon...can't believe it ranked 1...jk jk...it was obvious what was gonna be ranked 1 Pokemon or Monster Hunter even though they kinda have the same storyline(Pokemon) or retain their predecent's features(sry but i can't find another way to explain it...but Monster Hunter), they still get us hooked on for some reason.

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    Comment by Pseudonymous
    04:40 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "American games are just not as appealing to them".

    ..?

    Its perfectly acceptable to dismiss a Western gamer who doesn't find Japanese games appealing, but laud their games simply for having a Japanese origin. Never mind if the game is mediocre or generic.

    Justifying bias logic seems tedious.

    Nod to Red Dead although I think it should be higher. Especially higher than COD.

    Avatar of Tekikano
    Comment by Tekikano
    05:00 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eh, top ten are ok with me, but the rest seem a bit random.

    Comment by GK
    04:54 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, where's Monster Hunter Tri?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:47 22/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh wow, Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side is on the list. D:

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    Comment by GodOfSpeed
    12:54 23/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    o well, Monster Hunter, Metal Gear Solid and Gran Turismo 5 are not JRPG games at the very least ;)

    And i have no problems with playing JRPG games though, they are awesome. :D

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    Comment by motaku96
    11:03 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's funny how Pokemon is still so popular after all these years. It's still basically the same ol' pokemon formula.

    Avatar of Bowen
    Comment by Bowen
    11:08 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well you can't doubt the marvelous soundtracks and time-addicting gameplay each successive game offers

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:50 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some of these titles were available at the beginning of 2010, while others barely made it for christmas sales. As such, this list is horribly flawed.
    Tales of Graces f has spectacular sales numbers, considering that it came out the first week of December.

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    Comment by oslja
    19:27 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    60. [NDS] Love Plus+ (Konami) – 188,541
    Only 60th?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:36 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yay for Pokemon!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:24 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder if Gamefreak saw pictures like that coming.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:01 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem I found with Black/White is the pokemon felt like they were taking basic household items or shapes that you see from certain weather elements, then attaching eyes and a mouth to 'em while calling them a pokemon.

    I do like the updated graphics and sound, plus the new story. Team Plasma is a bit refreshing and brings back some of the nostalgia I had playing Pokemon Red and Blue as a kid.

    Avatar of Ray
    Comment by Ray
    01:28 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That list looks like a fucking snoozefest.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:32 19/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty surprised about Red Dead Redemption reaching top 100.

    Guess japanese people haven't completely forsaken western games.

    Avatar of Bassanova
    Comment by Bassanova
    22:44 19/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still disappointing all the same since RDR is better than 98% of the other games on the list.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Right you are. I guess japanese do prefer reaching numbers over immersive story and gameplay.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:47 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only an idiot would be surprised at a western game not being on the top 100.

    Comment by PhillB
    22:22 19/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mt God!

    They're lost in an unending pattern.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 19/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only good thing to come out from the list is the fact that a rerelease of Resident Evil 5 performed better than that binary-coded feces that is FFXIII.

    Otherwise, it just proves that the Japs have terrible taste in gaming. I mean, cmon... Wii Fit at top 10???

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:47 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wii Fit is in the top 10 of every other market. You sir, are retarded.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:59 19/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ohhh hoohhh.. whatbout pc games? mmo's?

    also you guys forget majority of mmo games come from asia.. there isnt actually so many *western* mmo's that are originally *western* as at some parts mightve been made by asian programmers. also art in quite many games are made by asians.. even tho its *western*. ohh hhoohh hhoooo...

    so yeah.. majority of mmo's are just translated and/or changed code/graphics abit to tweak it abit...

    guess this list is only console games or japanese dont play pc at all?:D

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:11 19/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ugh Okamiden only sold 113198...
    Amaterasu deserve better then that...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:29 21/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know... And the original bombed completely in Japan as well. I really wonder why, it's an outstanding game.
    And seeing how the release of Okamiden in the US and Europe isn't at a favorable date at all (simultaneously with the release of the 3DS), a lot of potential buyers are probably gonna be skipping on it too. It's a pity, really. Just as you say, it deserves better...

    Oh well. I know -I- am buying it.






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