Top 10 in Sales - Japan: 2012 Edition

by William D'Angelo, posted on 25 March 2013 / 3,705 Views

Welcome to the ‘Top 10’ weekly feature. Each week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in a particular genre, platform, most recent month, even sprinkling in the top 10 selling games from a past year. All sales specified will be worldwide, unless stated otherwise. If there is a particular top 10 you want to see leave a comment and it may be featured in a future top 10.

Over the next month we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in 2012 by region. This week we will be taking a look at the top 10 selling games in Japan in 2012. Last week we looked at the top 10 selling games in Europe in 2012 and the week before that the top 10 selling games in the USA in 2012.

Looking at the top 10 bestselling games in Japan in 2012, seven of the games were released in 2012 and the other three were released in 2011. For the titles released in 2012 one was released in March, one was released in April, two were released in June, one was released in July, one was released in October, and one was released in November.

The seven titles in 2012 sold a combined 9.97 million units or 82.7 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The three games released in 2011 sold a combined 2.08 million units or 17.3 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

The top 10 bestselling games in Japan in 2012 sold a combined 12.05 million units. This is 16.9 million units less than the top 10 in the USA sold and 8.73 million units less than the top 10 in Europe sold. No games in Japan sold three million units in 2012, however the top two sold more than two million units. Also the top three sold more than one million units. The entire top 10 sold more than 500,000 units.

Six games are first party, all published by Nintendo. None were published by Sony or Microsoft. The third party publishers include two Capcom titles, one Square Enix title and one Namco Bandai title. The six titles published by Nintendo sold a combined 8.81 million units or 73.1 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

The two Capcom titles, Resident Evil 6 (PS3) and Monster Hunter 3G (3DS), sold a combined 1.47 million units or 12.2 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The Square Enix title, Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D (3DS), sold 0.93 million units or 7.7 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The one Namco Bandai titles, One Piece Pirate Musou (PS3), sold 0.84 million units or 7.0 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

The top 10 bestselling games in Japan in 2012 as a graph shows how three titles sold well above the rest of the games. These three titles are the only titles in Japan to sell more than one million units for the year. They also sold combined more than the other seven games in the top 10 did combined. 6.75 million units sold for the top three titles compared to 5.30 million units for the next seven bestselling titles.

Looking at the top 10 by platform six of the titles are for the 3DS, two for the PlayStation 3, one for the DS and one on the Wii. The six 3DS titles sold a combined 6.85 million units or 56.8 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The two PlayStation 3 titles sold a combined 1.68 million units or 13.9 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The one DS titles sold 2.91 million units or 24.1 percent of the total games sold in the top 10. The one Wii title sold 0.61 million units or 5.1 percent of the total games sold in the top 10.

Here are the rest of the sales outside top 10 in Japan in 2012: There were 9.52 million home console and handhelds sold for the entire year. This is a 4.2 percent drop year-on-year. There were also 51.70 million games sold in 2012. This is a 4.0 percent drop year-on-year.

The top 12 titles sold more than 500,000 units and the top 54 titles sold more than 200,000 units. The top 121 titles sold more than 100,000.

Nintendo sold more games in the Japan in 2012 than the other two first party publishers, Microsoft and Sony. Nintendo sold 15.86 million games across its four platforms, the Wii, Wii U, DS, and 3DS. Sony sold 1.18 million games for the PlayStation 3, PSP, and PlayStation Vita. Microsoft sold just 0.19 million games for the Xbox 360 in Japan.

Namco Bandai was the biggest third party publisher selling 9.19 million games. Capcom sold 4.35 million, Square Enix sold 3.76 million games and Konami sold 3.76 million games. Sega sold 2.1 million games, Level 5 sold 1.58 million games and Tecmo Koei sold 1.19 million games.

Below is the rest of the top 100 titles in Japan, or click here to view the complete chart.

Pos Game Weeks Yearly Total
1
Pokemon Black / White Version 2 (DS)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
28 2,908,695 2,908,695
2
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
Nintendo, Action
8 2,066,259 2,066,259
3
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
23 1,766,962 1,766,962
4
Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D (3DS)
Square Enix, Action
31 928,830 928,830
5
One Piece Pirate Musou (PS3)
Namco Bandai Games, Action
44 853,624 853,624
6
Resident Evil 6 (PS3)
Capcom, Action
13 833,381 833,381
7
Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
Nintendo, Racing
57 752,702 1,941,940
8
Monster Hunter Tri (3DS)
Capcom, Role-Playing
56 727,236 1,713,910
9
Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
61 689,681 1,781,900
10
Mario Party 9 (Wii)
Nintendo, Misc
36 637,263 637,263
11
Dragon Quest X (Wii)
Square Enix, Role-Playing
22 612,888 612,888
12
Yakuza 5 (PS3)
Sega, Action
4 516,309 516,309
13
Dragon's Dogma (PS3)
Capcom, Adventure
32 490,541 490,541
14
Fire Emblem: Kakusei (3DS)
Nintendo, Strategy
37 480,049 480,049
15
Tales of Xillia 2 (PS3)
Namco Bandai Games, Role-Playing
9 423,437 423,437
16
Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
4 398,838 398,838
17
Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (PS3)
Konami Digital Entertainment, Sports
13 390,466 390,466
18
New Super Mario Bros. U (WiiU)
Nintendo, Platform
4 373,556 373,556
19
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth (3DS)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
6 360,202 360,202
20
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (PS3)
Capcom, Shooter
36 355,030 355,030
21
Dai-2-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z Saisei-hen (PSP)
Namco Bandai Games, Strategy
39 352,062 352,062
22
Pokemon + Nobunaga no Yabou (DS)
Nintendo, Strategy
42 351,523 351,523
23
Tousouchuu: Shijou Saikyou no Hunter-Tachi Kara Nigekire! (3DS)
Namco Bandai Games, Action
26 347,776 347,776
24
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3)
Square Enix, Shooter
6 346,821 346,821
25
Taiko no Tatsujin: Chibi Dragon to Fushigi na Orb (3DS)
Namco Bandai Games, Misc
25 343,783 343,783
26
Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
184 343,265 3,148,592
27
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (3DS)
Square Enix, Role-Playing
40 335,508 335,508
28
Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)
Nintendo, Action
41 332,051 332,051
29
Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition (Wii)
Namco Bandai Games, Misc
5 320,391 320,391
30
Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone (3DS)
Level 5, Sports
3 311,449 311,449
31
Mario Tennis (3DS)
Nintendo, Sports
32 304,177 304,177
32
Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS)
Capcom, Action
49 299,597 299,597
33
Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (3DS)
Square Enix, Role-Playing
12 286,612 286,612
34
SD Gundam G Generation: Overworld (PSP)
Namco Bandai Games, Strategy
14 279,064 279,064
35
Dai-2-Ji Super Robot Taisen OG (PS3)
Namco Bandai Games, Strategy
5 263,251 263,251
36
Style Savvy: Trendsetters (3DS)
Nintendo, Misc
14 259,214 259,214
37
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (3DS)
Nintendo, Sports
44 252,473 252,473
38
Persona 4: The Golden (PSV)
Atlus, Role-Playing
29 248,242 248,242
39
Armored Core V (PS3)
From Software, Simulation
49 241,781 241,781
40
Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin (3DS)
Marvelous Entertainment, Simulation
45 240,902 240,902
41
Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition (Wii)
Nintendo, Platform
24 240,181 240,181
42
Tokyo Jungle (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Action
30 238,785 238,785
43
One Piece: Romance Dawn - Bouken no Yoake (PSP)
Namco Bandai Games, Fighting
2 226,250 226,250
44
Just Dance Wii 2 (Wii)
Nintendo, Misc
23 224,667 224,667
45
Just Dance Wii (Wii)
Nintendo, Misc
64 224,404 681,869
46
Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney (3DS)
Level 5, Adventure
5 224,307 224,307
47
Persona 4: Arena (PS3)
Atlus, Fighting
23 213,732 213,732
48
Tohoku Daigaku Karei Igaku Kenkyuusho - Kawashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu - Mono Sugoku Nou o Kitaeru 5-Funkan no Oni Training (3DS)
Nintendo, Misc
23 213,591 213,591
49
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Sports
6 212,472 212,472
50
Next Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (PSV)
Sega, Misc
18 212,136 212,136
51
Nintendo Land (WiiU)
Nintendo, Action
4 209,086 209,086
52
Wii Party (Wii)
Nintendo, Misc
130 208,641 2,445,025
53
Kobitodzukan: Kobito Kansatsu Set (3DS)
Nippon Columbia, Misc
23 205,764 205,764
54
Kirby's Return to Dreamland (Wii)
Nintendo, Platform
62 203,261 736,032
55
Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
Nintendo, Racing
247 195,193 3,594,575
56
Shining Blade (PSP)
Sega, Role-Playing
42 194,722 194,722
57
Monster Hunter Freedom 3 (PSP)
Capcom, Role-Playing
109 193,711 4,802,807
58
Kurohyou 2: Ryu ga Gotoku Ashura Hen (PSP)
Sega, Action
41 192,592 192,592
59
Inazuma Eleven GO (3DS)
Level 5, Role-Playing
55 192,384 476,222
60
Nintendogs + cats (3DS)
Nintendo, Simulation
97 191,804 646,467
61
Digimon World Re:Digitize (PSP)
Namco Bandai Games, Action
24 189,888 189,888
62
Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Ketteiban (Wii)
Namco Bandai Games, Misc
58 188,161 362,439
63
Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2012 (PSP)
Konami Digital Entertainment, Sports
40 184,332 184,332
64
Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2012 (PS3)
Konami Digital Entertainment, Action
40 180,971 180,971
65
Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy (3DS)
Square Enix, Misc
46 176,383 176,383
66
Rune Factory 4 (3DS)
Marvelous Entertainment, Role-Playing
24 175,967 175,967
67
Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai (3DS)
Sega, Misc
43 174,447 174,447
68
Little Battlers eXperience: Explosive Boost (3DS)
Level 5, Role-Playing
26 173,224 173,224
69
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2012 (PS3)
Konami Digital Entertainment, Sports
24 168,472 168,472
70
Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 (PS3)
Tecmo Koei, Fighting
2 167,808 167,808
71
AKB1/149: Love Election (PSP)
Namco Bandai Games, Adventure
2 165,357 165,357
72
Monster Hunter Tri (WiiU)
Capcom, Role-Playing
4 162,320 162,320
73
Etrian Odyssey IV (3DS)
Atlus, Role-Playing
26 160,717 160,717
74
Toriko: Gourmet Survival! (PSP)
Namco Bandai Games, Role-Playing
74 154,348 328,240
75
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
Nintendo, Platform
161 152,628 4,626,876
76
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3)
Square Enix, Role-Playing
55 150,665 867,392
77
Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Racing
110 149,551 786,221
78
The Idolm@ster: Shiny Festa - Honey Sound / Funky Note / Groovy Tune (PSP)
Namco Bandai Games, Action
10 149,135 149,135
79
Little Battlers eXperience W (PSP)
Level 5, Action
11 144,837 144,837
80
Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone (3DS)
Nintendo, Action
16 141,212 141,212
81
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3)
Square Enix, Shooter
59 140,790 456,349
82
Go Vacation (Wii)
Namco Bandai Games, Misc
63 136,456 317,831
83
New Love Plus (3DS)
Konami Digital Entertainment, Simulation
45 135,410 135,410
84
Binary Domain (PS3)
Sega, Action
46 132,592 132,592
85
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja STORM Generations (PS3)
Namco Bandai Games, Fighting
45 131,902 131,902
86
Project X Zone (3DS)
Namco Bandai Games, Action
12 130,602 130,602
87
Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki (PSP)
Konami Digital Entertainment, Role-Playing
47 129,010 129,010
88
Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave (PSP)
Namco Bandai Games, Role-Playing
45 128,943 128,943
89
Super Dangan-Ronpa 2: Sayonara Zetsubou Gakuen (PSP)
Spike, Adventure
23 128,878 128,878
90
Fantasy Life (3DS)
Unknown, Role-Playing
1 125,948 125,948
91
Warriors Orochi 3 (PS3)
Tecmo Koei, Action
54 124,936 398,723
92
Dark Souls (PS3)
From Software, Role-Playing
67 124,775 503,793
93
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of the Land of Twilight (PS3)
Gust, Role-Playing
27 124,232 124,232
94
Pokemon Black / White Version (DS)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
120 124,214 5,629,434
95
Nayuta no Kiseki (PSP)
Nihon Falcom Corporation, Role-Playing
23 122,263 122,263
96
Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Masou Kishin II - Revelation of Evil God (PSP)
Namco Bandai Games, Strategy
51 120,247 120,247
97
Culdcept (3DS)
Nintendo, Misc
27 119,945 119,945
98
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (3DS)
Atlus, Role-Playing
18 119,016 119,016
99
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable (PSP)
Namco Bandai Games, Role-Playing
42 117,186 117,186
100
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (PSP)
Konami Digital Entertainment, Sports
61 116,432 277,888

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5 Comments

Meret (on 25 March 2013)

Nintendomination!


BossPuma (on 25 March 2013)

Wow, PSP games are STILL selling. I thought that machine was dead already.


Chark (on 25 March 2013)

Not in Japan. That's part the reason why the Vita wasn't selling better over there. Publishers still had new games coming out for PSP and most only started releasing/making Vita games this year or maybe sometime last year. Not enough started before release because they were still making good money on the PSP.


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Devil_Survivor (on 25 March 2013)

And, Still the undisputed champion of Japanese games sales.....NINTENDO :D.


SxyxS (on 25 March 2013)

No wonder that 3rd parties aren't making games for Nintendo, noone is buying them.


MystVearn (on 25 March 2013)

Nice try.


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Marco (on 25 March 2013)

best one piece game of all time is pirate warrios 2. and pirate warriors have the best sales of all times ^^