Top 30 Best Selling Japanese Games of 2012: “Not Again!”


Authoritative 2012 sales figures for Japan’s video game market have been released, with Nintendo’s array of child-friendly mega-franchises dominating sales more strongly than ever.

Japanese game sales for 2012, as compiled by Media Create, including format, 2012 sales and total sales:

1. DS – Pokémon BW2 – 2,919,977 (2,919,977)

2. 3DS – Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 1,969,955 (1,969,955)

3. 3DS – New Super Mario Bros 2 – 1,743,791 (1,743,791)

4. 3DS – Dragon Quest Monsters – 919,870 (919,870)

5. PS3 – Resident Evil 6 – 833,012 (833,012)

6. PS3 – One Piece Musou – 828,150 (828,150)

7. 3DS – Mario Kart 7 – 748,797 (1,908,966)

8. 3DS – Super Mario 3D Land – 689,374 (1,769,566)

9. Wii – Mario Party 9 – 641,348 (641,348)

10. Wii – Dragon Quest X Online – 609,783 (609,783)

11. 3DS – Monster Hunter 3G – 602,058 (1,587,556)

12. PS3 – Yakuza 5 – 518,224 (518,224)

13. PS3 – Dragon’s Dogma – 467,375 (467,375)

14. 3DS – Fire Emblem Kakusei – 455,268 (455,268)

15. PS3 – Tales of Xillia 2 – 428,913 (428,913)

16. 3DS – Paper Mario: Sticker Star – 402,133 (402,133)

17. PS3 – Winning Eleven 2013 – 399,340 (399,340)

18. 3DS – Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity – 373,699 (373,699)

19. Wii U – New Super Mario Brothers U – 369,392 (369,392)

20. Wii – Wii Sports Resort – 358,627 (1,161,600)

21. PSP – Super Robot Wars ZII – 344,018 (344,018)

22. DS – Pokémon Conquest – 341,250 (341,250)

23. 3DS – Taiko no Tatsujin Chibi Dragon – 340,533 (340,533)

24. PS3 – Resident Evil: Operation Racoon City – 338,889 (338,889)

25. 3DS – Kingdom Hearts 3D – 338,812 (338,812)

26. 3DS – Tousouchu Shijou Saikyou no Hunter – 337,472 (337,472)

27. Wii – Taiko no Tatsujin Wii – 321,959 (321,959)

28. 3DS – Kid Icarus: Uprising – 316,133 (316,133)

29. 3DS – Inazuma Eleven GO 2 – 314,016 (314,016)

30. 3DS – Resident Evil: Revelations – 296,040 (296,040)

Total sales (in terms of revenue at least) for both hardware and software were down approximately 1% on 2011 – not a bad showing given the moribund state of the market and its ageing consoles, or Japan’s supposed boom in “social gaming” (although in the case of Japan this is increasingly only an accurate name if “gaming” is taken in the sense of “gambling,” and a crackdown seems increasingly likely), although the continued dominance of Nintendo’s portable franchises is unlikely to be much comfort to gamers.

Game hardware sales in units for 2012 – with the exception of Nintendo’s newly released or Christmas friendly consoles, the operative word probably being “flat”:


With new consoles on the horizon, this will presumably be the last year Nintendo can expect such an easy ride.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:45 26/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Who are the idiots who bought RE6!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:50 27/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    People hate on it mostly because it isn't Survival Horror which is hard to pull off when you're playing as a bunch of experienced fighters with lots weapons.

    Resident Evil 6 fails as a Survival Horror but it's a pretty decent action game.

    Also, anyone who knows the lore behind Resident Evil and has enough foresight could've seen Resident Evil taking this direction if it was to advance storywise.

    Comment by Anonymous

    man resix was awesome

    Comment by Anonymous

    Who are the idiots that believe lies spread by the Jews who own Western gaming media!? There's nothing wrong with RE6.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:49 26/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Top 30 Selling USA Games of 2012:

    1 - Call of Duty
    2 - Call of Duty
    3 - Call of Duty
    4 - Call of Duty
    5 - Call of Duty
    6 - Call of Duty
    7 - Call of Duty
    8 - Call of Duty
    9 - Call of Duty
    10 - Call of Duty
    11 - Call of Duty
    12 - Call of Duty
    13 - Call of Duty
    14 - Call of Duty
    15 - Call of Duty
    16 - Call of Duty
    17 - Call of Duty
    18 - Call of Duty
    19 - Call of Duty
    20 - Call of Duty
    21 - Call of Duty
    22 - Call of Duty
    23 - Call of Duty
    24 - Call of Duty
    25 - Call of Duty
    26 - Call of Duty
    27 - Call of Duty
    28 - Call of Duty
    29 - Call of Duty
    30 - Call of Duty

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:00 27/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    that is nation of war !!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:27 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This is kinda sad but true.

    I'm American and it seems like all my friends only want to play is shooters.

    Gears etc

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:56 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    My former friends play nothing but battle field and CoD now. Fucking disgusting. Fuck America. I had this country.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    06:17 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    shit at least my friends still play blazblue, DMC, RE, and shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:21 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    with games like that it's not a case of which next gen consol is better its which one are your friends getting

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    08:41 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is there a game that you can shoots pesky kids?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:38 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eve Online. They have released Dust 514 open beta, and yes, the ships of Eve Online can rain righteous orbital bombardment at the pesky kids once the signal is given.

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    Comment by toten
    08:57 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    yea It's called Call of Duty

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:36 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Dude... way to forget Call of Duty for number 31...

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    Comment by DirectX100
    01:34 27/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I vote Crysis...

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    Comment by Anonymous

    And if you were to count the iPad as a game system, the top game would be Angry Birds!

    While Japanese casual gamers seem to buy the 3DS, American casual gamers have completely abandoned all game systems for tablets and smartphones. (And who can blame them, Sony and Microsoft have pretty much ignored casual gamers while pandering to hardcore gamers.)

    Why should hardcore gamers care? Because casual and family gamers traditionally subsidize the systems. Some casuals got tricked into buying PS3s because BluRay, but that isn't going to happen again. The Xbox 720 and PS4 are going to live or die by the support of hardcore gamers only.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:57 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol at thinking kids that play shooters are 'hardcore'. You almost made me choke up for a moment there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:41 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    guess I'm the odd man out. I'm a casual gamer that plays regularly but not excessively on xbox live

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    06:21 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    you're in denial, but there IS help! Xbox Anonymous! there, they talk about sleepless nights, twitchy trigger fingers, and long lapses in memory.

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    Comment by ChaosConsuming
    12:37 28/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I do not care to classify myself as any type of gamer other then a gamer.

    I have over 600 games.

    I play most every genre.

    I don't care what console a game is on.

    I play any game that looks like fun.

    I simply love games.

    An example, I bought Chivalry on Steam and I plan to buy the new Simcity when it comes out in march. I'm going to buy dishonored when I have enough money to buy it. I bought Sleeping dogs because it's on sale. I play Airmech because it's fun and different. I play Skyrim because it's open ended. I play Empire : Total War because you have to think to play it. I play Torchlight 2 because I like a good hack and slash. I play Xcom :UFO Defense because I like an old school turn based strategy game. I play Baldurs gate 2 because it's the best game ever.

    In my opinion you're not a "Gamer" unless you can play everything and have been doing so for atleast 25 years.

    Anon 9:00

    You don't even know what a gamer is.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    06:22 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    btw, hardcore bethesda/bioware fanatic here.

    Comment by Anonymous

    While Japanese casual gamers seem to buy the 3DS, American casual gamers have completely abandoned all game systems for tablets and smartphones.

    then they are worthless human trash

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:50 26/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Pokemon has more strategy than Call of Duty.

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    Comment by Solace
    07:14 26/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Call of Duty has strategy?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 29/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's called camping. Oh and scream down a headset being a 12 year old boy distracts other players with headsets on and cuss every death you recieve.

    Pokemon > Aimed at kids, played by adults.
    CoD > Aimed at adults, played by kids.

    ...This seems to be the trend since year 2000 and up.

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    Comment by warjoke
    10:23 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    1. shoot people
    2. reload
    2. hide under obstacles while reloading
    3. shoot more people
    4. shoot more people
    5. reload
    6. scream
    7. shoot more people
    8. scream some more
    9. shoot more people

    so yeah

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    07:34 01/02/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    1. use PDW
    2. hold down R trigger until empty, use L trigger sparingly
    3. use UAV
    4. Reload
    5. Repeat step 2
    6. use care package
    7. reload
    8. repeat step 2
    9. deploy sentry gun
    10. camp in a corner until victory
    11. trash talk all teammates and opponents.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yeah it does, but the game makes the strategies for you and you just follow the objectives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:58 26/01/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    You have to know where and when to camp, that takes a lot of experience and is very tactical.

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    Comment by Epsilon
    06:37 27/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're delusional

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    Comment by Rene
    07:20 26/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    CoD has no strategy but Pokemon is effectively this:

    Find one power move your Pokemon has.
    Use it till PP runs out.
    Restore PP.
    Go back to step one.

    Very rarely was I ever forced to use a different Pokemon in any Pokemon game. Especially when you over trained.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:28 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    >Restore pp


    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 27/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Where's Gran Turismo 5?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:54 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That doesn't matter. You can over level in Dark Souls and 1 shot bosses with chaos fireballs, and that's still considered a 'difficult' game.
    In fact, you can grind your way past any challenge in any RPG. What's your point?

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    06:14 02/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    most wrpgs use level scaling btw.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:45 27/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only in single player.

    In competitive multiplayer, pokemon has lot of strategy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:41 27/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh talking about in-game? hahahaha...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:11 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You are forgetting a very important thing called "Competitive Play" Which is, incidentally, what makes Cod "deep". Just going through the simplest parts of it you still have to take tiers/ traits/ stats/ good partners for your pokemon/ what type of strategy will you use (Weather, trick room, sweeping, tanking) check for potential counters and make strategies accordingly. Oh, and since everyone is at lv100 and there are no items, you have 2 steps that you can't even use, instead try to make sure that you K.O. the resting opponent before it heals itself again. Lastly there are tons, and TONS of numbers you have to memorize for competitive play, such as the 252 ev's related to every stat, and the base/max that a stat can have.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fukkens Aggron man

    Hyper Beam / something else
    Fire Blast

    as well as having a mean defence, and basically headbutting the shit out of yer other pokemons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:58 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    thats the worst set list for an aggron I have ever seen...

    aggrons have almost twice the atk stat vs their special atk stat.

    all four of those attacks are special attack based.

    a more accurate/effective list would be something like
    heavy slam

    in order to use the 110 attack stat that aggrons have.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:01 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Until you come across a fighting or ground type, especially something that knows low kick.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:02 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thats really just playing through the single player campaign... When it comes down to competitive multiplayer battles, you could write a fucking 4 volume textbook how everything you need to know.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:37 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    In a way, it's played the way actual wars are fought: Attrition. That is something we keep forgetting about.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 27/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You could write multiple volumes on the tactical warfare aspects of the combat system in Minecraft if you really wanted to. Or any other multiplayer game for that matter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:24 28/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0) counter strike?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:19 29/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can fill half a friggn library on the combat in EVE Online and you would still suck if the only thing you did was read it. It's all about the actual game. Skills make kills.

    If that skill is a power move - well duh. If that skill is to get the crosshair slightly faster onto your enemies head then he does - duh again. Comparing CoD to Pokemon is like comparing a cottoncandy stick to an orange. Got nothing to do with another.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:16 27/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    pretty sure that comment was about pokemon, not call of duty, which really is just mindless shooting forever

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    Comment by Rene
    10:10 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Maybe if you were teaching a simpleton. The way CoD and other FPS are set up is designed in a way to encourage higher level gain. When you hit the cap on the level, you have every weapon available and typically use the more powerful and accurate ones.

    There's very little skill in underslung grenade launcher spamming or holding a choke point. It becomes a war of attrition rather than skill when a guy can run around the map knifing or quick scoping or 'noob'-tubing.

    There was at one point a skill test in these games but frankly it went out the window very, very long ago.

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    Comment by ChaosConsuming
    06:30 27/01/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I don't care much for CoD, But calling it mindless shooting is a bit inaccurate.

    CoD is incredibly fast paced and requires players to pay attention to everything around them at all times. Acquiring targets quickly and making shots count takes alot of practice. Keen hand eye coordination and the ability to instinctively react to situations that pop up out of nowhere takes time and dedication to develop.

    I do agree the gameplay seems rather repetitive to anyone who doesn't play the game constantly (this includes Pokemon), but that carries on with any game that has a hardcore following. A good example would be watching a professional Street Fighter competition. To the average person it just looks like and bunch of punching and kicking, but an enthusiast is able to spot the patterns and combinations that make the players tactics effective against their opponent.

    Simply put it looks simple but the skills of the players are what steers the course of every game.

    I'm in no way trying to get people to play CoD, I can't stand playing it myself, but atleast consider the things the game takes to play well before you go and say something is better then the other (ESPECIALLY if they aren't even in the same genre).

    Comment by Anonymous

    Competitive pokemon gaming. Besides, CoD has less strategy then Battlefield 3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:27 27/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    if you want a strategy game why don't you just play chess?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:00 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Meanwhile in Korea. Top 30 = Starcraft 2

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