A ranking of Japan’s best selling games of 2010 not only proves a major embarrassment to Sony, with not a single title on the PS3 making the list, but also manages to raise some depressing questions about the tastes of the Japanese gaming public…
The ranking, by Rank Ohkoku:
1. Pokémon Black and White
2. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd
3. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
4. Dragon Quest VI
5. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2
6. Wii Party
7. Tomodachi Collection
8. Inazuma Eleven 3
9. Super Mario Galaxy 2
10. Wii Fit Plus
However, statistics for overall sales of all games seem to show the Wii with only a narrow lead over the PS3, with the PS3’s sales being dispersed over a much larger number of titles.
It should also be noted PS3 titles are generally more expensive (and several top selling Wii titles were actually older or budget priced), so the outlook for Nintendo is actually rather less favourable than it might at first appear.
That only a small minority of sales on the Wii are from non-Nintendo developers has also been pointed out as a sign of the platform’s weakness – not that it can have been called anything other than a massive success to date.