Japan Yearly Chart

The year's top-selling games at retail ranked by unit sales

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Pos Game Weeks Yearly Total
1
2,546,697
Pokemon Red / Green / Blue Version (GB)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
44 2,546,697 2,546,697
2
1,352,290
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
43 1,352,290 1,352,290
3
1,292,229
Super Mario 64 (N64)
Nintendo, Platform
27 1,292,229 1,292,229
4
1,205,202
Tekken 2 (PS)
Namco Bandai, Fighting
40 1,205,202 1,205,202
5
1,026,499
Derby Stallion 96 (SNES)
ASCII Entertainment, Sports
42 1,026,499 1,026,499
6
1,008,308
Kirby Super Star (SNES)
Nintendo, Platform
41 1,008,308 1,008,308
7
1,008,114
Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu e... (SNES)
Enix, Role-Playing
4 1,008,114 1,008,114
8
949,336
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (SNES)
Nintendo, Platform
6 949,336 949,336
9
888,695
Mario Kart 64 (N64)
Nintendo, Racing
3 888,695 888,695
10
2,137,891
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (SNES)
Nintendo, Platform
58 867,397 2,137,891
11
866,959
Resident Evil (PS)
Capcom, Action
41 866,959 866,959
12
759,876
Arc the Lad II (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Role-Playing
28 759,876 759,876
13
750,108
Mini-Yonku Shining Scorpion: Let's & Go!! (SNES)
ASCII Entertainment, Racing
2 750,108 750,108
14
3,164,740
Dragon Quest VI: Maboroshi no Daichi (SNES)
Enix, Role-Playing
56 719,840 3,164,740
15
657,374
Tobal No.1 (PS)
Square, Fighting
22 657,374 657,374
16
617,606
Bahamut Lagoon (SNES)
Square, Role-Playing
31 617,606 617,606
17
599,523
Rage Racer (PS)
Namco Bandai, Racing
4 599,523 599,523
18
559,992
Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu (SNES)
Nintendo, Strategy
33 559,992 559,992
19
538,672
Street Fighter Alpha 2 (PS)
Capcom, Fighting
21 538,672 538,672
20
517,293
Sakura Wars (SAT)
Sega, Adventure
14 517,293 517,293
21
497,474
Super Famista 5 (SNES)
Namco Bandai, Sports
38 497,474 497,474
22
459,492
Dai-4-Ji Super Robot Taisen S (PS)
Banpresto, Strategy
31 476,151 459,492
23
453,830
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 3 (SNES)
Konami, Sports
32 453,830 453,830
24
447,192
PoPoLoCrois Monogatari (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Role-Playing
25 447,192 447,192
25
770,524
Sega Rally Championship (SAT)
Sega, Racing
53 436,236 770,524
26
431,180
NiGHTS into dreams... (SAT)
Sega, Platform
26 431,180 431,180
27
425,105
Super Bomberman 4 (SNES)
Hudson Soft, Puzzle
36 425,105 425,105
28
413,539
Fighters MEGAMiX (SAT)
Sega, Fighting
2 413,539 413,539
29
407,380
World Stadium EX (PS)
Namco Bandai, Sports
23 407,380 407,380
30
871,216
Arc the Lad (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Role-Playing
79 407,045 871,216
31
400,394
Fighting Vipers (SAT)
Sega, Fighting
16 400,394 400,394
32
391,077
Persona (PS)
Atlus, Role-Playing
15 391,077 391,077
33
375,304
Tokimeki Memorial: Forever with You (SAT)
Konami, Simulation
24 375,304 375,304
34
360,983
Nonomura Byoin no Hitobito (SAT)
Elf, Adventure
36 360,983 360,983
35
356,508
Cyber Troopers Virtual-On (SAT)
Sega, Fighting
5 356,508 356,508
36
351,965
International Track & Field (PS)
Konami, Sports
27 351,965 351,965
37
351,307
Mobile Suit Gundam version 2.0 (PS)
Namco Bandai, Action
40 351,307 351,307
38
1,287,326
Virtua Fighter 2 (SAT)
Sega, Fighting
57 349,249 1,287,326
39
336,223
Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams (SAT)
Capcom, Fighting
24 346,395 336,223
40
340,183
Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge (SAT)
Capcom, Fighting
21 340,183 340,183
41
312,037
Wave Race 64 (N64)
Nintendo, Racing
14 312,037 312,037
42
310,960
Panzer Dragoon II Zwei (SAT)
Sega, Shooter
35 310,960 310,960
43
308,736
Street Fighter Alpha 2 (SAT)
Capcom, Fighting
16 308,736 308,736
44
305,157
RPG Tsukuru 2 (SNES)
ASCII Entertainment, Role-Playing
40 305,157 305,157
45
301,385
Decathlete (SAT)
Sega, Sports
20 301,385 301,385
46
300,104
E0: Enemy Zero (SAT)
Warp, Adventure
3 300,104 300,104
47
298,686
Dragon Force (SAT)
Sega, Strategy
35 298,686 298,686
48
287,716
Guardian Heroes (SAT)
Sega, Role-Playing
23 293,923 287,716
49
291,962
J-League Victory Goal '96 (SAT)
Sega, Sports
31 291,962 291,962
50
289,810
Picross 2 (GB)
Nintendo, Puzzle
11 289,810 289,810
51
283,296
The King of Fighters '95 (SAT)
SNK, Fighting
25 283,296 283,296
52
276,607
Shin Super Robot Taisen (PS)
Banpresto, Strategy
1 276,607 276,607
53
272,741
Pilotwings 64 (N64)
Nintendo, Simulation
27 272,741 272,741
54
263,808
Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story I: Senritsu no Blue (SAT)
Namco Bandai, Shooter
15 263,808 263,808
55
257,401
J-League Pro Soccer Club wo Tsukurou! (SAT)
Sega, Sports
37 257,401 257,401
56
255,043
Virtua Cop 2 (SAT)
Sega, Shooter
6 255,043 255,043
57
254,241
Soul Blade (PS)
Namco Bandai, Fighting
2 254,241 254,241
58
248,237
Formula 1 (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Racing
3 248,237 248,237
59
245,628
Doukyuusei if (SAT)
NEC, Role-Playing
21 245,628 245,628
60
241,143
Donkey Kong Land 2 (GB)
Nintendo, Platform
6 241,143 241,143
61
238,841
Front Mission: Gun Hazard (SNES)
Square, Role-Playing
20 238,841 238,841
62
406,442
Battle Arena Toshinden 2 (PS)
Takara, Fighting
26 237,634 406,442
63
876,312
Kirby's Dream Land 2 (GB)
Nintendo, Platform
93 233,841 876,312
64
231,837
Virtua Fighter Kids (SAT)
Sega, Fighting
16 231,837 231,837
65
472,792
Super Puyo Puyo 2 (SNES)
Compile, Puzzle
39 231,176 472,792
66
228,622
Star Ocean (SNES)
Enix, Role-Playing
18 228,622 228,622
67
708,667
Ridge Racer Revolution (PS)
Namco Bandai, Racing
39 226,419 708,667
68
432,051
Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams (PS)
Capcom, Fighting
29 224,467 432,051
69
220,889
Penny Racers (PS)
Takara, Racing
41 220,889 220,889
70
1,289,000
Romancing SaGa 3 (SNES)
Square, Role-Playing
44 220,586 1,289,000
71
219,967
Lunar: Silver Star Story (SAT)
Kadokawa Shoten, Role-Playing
10 219,967 219,967
72
219,700
Namco Tennis Smash Court (PS)
Namco Bandai, Sports
17 219,700 219,700
73
215,459
Wild ARMs (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Role-Playing
2 215,459 215,459
74
213,890
Fushigi no Dungeon: Fuurai no Shiren GB: Tsukikagemura no Kaibutsu (GB)
ChunSoft, Role-Playing
6 213,890 213,890
75
212,902
Momotarou Dentetsu Happy (SNES)
Hudson Soft, Misc
4 212,902 212,902
76
211,664
Namco Museum Vol.2 (PS)
Namco Bandai, Misc
22 211,664 211,664
77
211,643
Dragon Ball Z Hyper Dimension (SNES)
Namco Bandai, Fighting
22 211,643 211,643
78
210,109
Tokyo Highway Battle (PS)
Genki, Racing
28 210,109 210,109
79
210,061
Neon Genesis Evangelion (SAT)
Sega, Adventure
28 210,061 210,061
80
209,212
OverBlood (PS)
Riverhillsoft, Action
22 209,212 209,212
81
209,210
Puyo Puyo Sun Ketteiban (PS)
Compile, Puzzle
-47 209,210 209,210
82
208,996
Cool Boarders (PS)
UEP Systems, Sports
18 208,996 208,996
83
468,084
Super Momotarou Dentetsu DX (SNES)
Hudson Soft, Misc
39 201,130 468,084
84
199,122
Treasure Hunter G (SNES)
Square, Role-Playing
20 199,122 199,122
85
197,657
Langrisser III (SAT)
NCS, Strategy
11 197,657 197,657
86
196,589
(PS)
Pioneer LDC, Adventure
23 196,589 196,589
87
192,980
J-League Excite Stage '96 (SNES)
Epoch, Sports
21 192,980 192,980
88
191,372
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu '96 Kaimakuban (SNES)
Konami, Sports
17 191,372 191,372
89
190,693
GunGriffon (SAT)
Game Arts, Simulation
27 190,693 190,693
90
187,591
Crash Bandicoot (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Platform
4 187,591 187,591
91
297,274
Far East of Eden Zero (SNES)
Hudson Soft, Role-Playing
30 185,091 297,274
92
182,410
Clock Tower (PS)
Human Entertainment, Adventure
3 182,410 182,410
93
181,857
Dragon Ball Z: Idainaru Dragon Ball Densetsu (PS)
Namco Bandai, Fighting
22 181,857 181,857
94
382,422
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner (SAT)
Atlus, Role-Playing
25 179,696 382,422
95
412,534
Mobile Suit Gundam (SAT)
Namco Bandai, Action
25 176,088 412,534
96
171,339
Vandal Hearts (PS)
Konami, Role-Playing
10 171,339 171,339
97
168,677
Tetris Attack (GB)
Nintendo, Puzzle
10 168,677 168,677
98
159,349
Nobunaga no Yabou: Tenshoki (SNES)
Tecmo Koei, Strategy
17 166,663 159,349
99
166,131
ESPN Extreme Games (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Sports
25 166,131 166,131
100
395,520
Tales of Phantasia (SNES)
Namco Bandai, Role-Playing
36 166,061 395,520

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Japan Hardware by Platform

Platform Yearly (change) Total
SAT 2,447,239(+51%) 4,326,256
GB 1,973,156(+80%) 13,688,125
N64 1,618,631(++80%) 1,618,631
SNES 1,175,137(-34%) 16,316,435
Total 7,214,163(+60%)  

Japan Software by Platform

Platform Yearly (change) Total
SNES 15,312,666(-32%) 109,553,047
PS 14,647,366(+68%) 24,026,582
SAT 11,143,709(+26%) 20,309,782
GB 4,328,759(+63%) 28,263,049
N64 3,118,531(++63%) 3,118,531
NG 118,399(-82%) 1,440,037
PCFX 29,322(-82%) 29,322
3DO 14,853(-83%) 101,279
TG16 10,445(-93%) 156,404
Total 48,724,050(+12%)