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Top 15 Games of 2009 First Half: Nintendo Faces Crisis?


The sales figures for the Japanese video game market in the first half of 2009 hold few immediate surprises, being completely dominated by Nintendo and Sony, with strong sales from portable systems, but closer inspection reveals a potential disaster in the making for Nintendo…

The ranking:

1. Mario & Luigi RPG3!!! DS 631,165
2. Monster Hunter Portable PSP 556,650
3. Ryu ga Gotoku 3 PS3 485,630
4. Biohazard 5 PS3 467,819
5. Wii Fit Wii 432,191
6. Kingdom Hearts 358/2Days DS 385,799
7. Rhythm Tengoku Gold DS 384,191
8. Shin Sangoku Musou Multi Raid PSP 382,191
9. Pokémon Fushigi no Dungeon DS 338,568
10. Tales of the World 2 PSP 316,797
11. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Wii 313,668
12. Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode DS 285,944
13. Machi-e Youkoso Doubutsu no Mori Wii 256,057
14. Mario Kart Wii Wii 254,631
15. Hoshi no Kirby DS 250,437

Certainly a superficially strong performance from Nintendo, but some cannot help but notice that most of the releases come from 2008, with Wii Fit actually a 2007 release, which does not inspire much confidence in Nintendo’s 2009 prospects; how long can they go on selling 2008’s lineup?

Even Nintendo admits there is a severe problem here…


Via Hachimaki.

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