Top 30 Games of 2009 in Japan

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The 30 top selling games of 2009 amply demonstrate the Japanese market continues to revolve around Nintendo, RPGs and the occasional dash of Sony, with precious little in the way of originality or novelty on display, not that these games are necessarily bad.

The chart, as compiled by Ascii:

Title Date 2009 Sales Total Sales
1 DS Dragon Quest IX 09/07/11

4,089,136

4,089,136

2 DS Pokémon Heart Gold 09/09/12

3,301,873

3,301,873

3 DS Tomodachi Collection 09/06/18

2,059,236

2,059,236

4 Wii New Super Mario Brothers 09/12/03

1,897,089

1,897,089

5 Wii Wii Sports Resort 09/06/25

1,499,058

1,499,058

6 PS3 Final Fantasy XIII 09/12/17

1,455,505

1,455,505

7 Wii Wii Fit Plus 09/10/01

1,205,424

1,205,424

8 Wii Monster Hunter III 09/08/01

949,095

949,095

9 PSP Monster Hunter Portable
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08/10/30

878,880

1,080,715

10 DS Inazuma Eleven 2 09/10/01

851,175

851,175

11 DS Mario & Luigi RPG3!!! 09/02/11

708,311

708,311

12 DS Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days 09/05/30

571,981

571,981

13 PS3 Biohazard 5 09/03/05

552,553

552,553

14 PS3 Ryu ga Gotoku 3 09/02/26

525,826

525,826

15 Wii Wii Fit 07/12/01

499,251

3,470,235

16 DS Professor Layton 4 09/11/26

481,311

481,311

17 PSP Fantasy Star Portable 2 09/12/03

415,522

415,522

18 Wii Mario Kart Wii 08/04/10

404,751

2,447,964

19 PSP Shin Sangokushi Musou MULTI RAID 09/02/26

397,080

397,080

20 DS Pokémon Fushigi no Dungeon 09/04/18

383,226

383,226

21 Wii Taiko no Tatsujin Wii 08/12/11

375,895

625,391

22 PS3 Winning Eleven 2010 09/11/05

370,831

370,831

23 DS Rhythm Tengoku Gold 08/07/31

361,292

1,763,270

24 PS3 Tales of Vesperia 09/09/17

352,961

352,961

25 PSP Tales of The World 09/01/29

339,523

339,523

26 DS Pokémon Platinum 08/09/13

325,911

2,536,712

27 PSP Gundam vs Gundam NEXT PLUS 09/12/03

323,531

323,531

28 DS Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode 08/10/23

314,832

861,393

29 DS Gyakuten Kenji 09/05/28

313,891

313,891

30 PS2 SD Gundam G Generation Wars 09/08/06

306,985

306,985

2009 seems not to have been the most inspiring year for the Japanese gaming market, with a succession of formulaic RPG sequels, Pokémon titles and casual games dominating the charts.

Even more disturbingly, of the top 30 games of 2009 only 2 are non-sequels, with one being a Sims style rearing game and the other a fashion game. 7 of the top 30 were not even released in 2009.

Originality and innovation in game design seems at some point to have become a commercial liability in the Japanese market, perhaps even more so than elsewhere.

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