Japan Yearly Chart

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

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1997  >

Pos Game Weeks Yearly Total
1
8,641,377
Pokemon Red / Green / Blue Version (GB)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
97 6,094,680 8,641,377
2
3,269,373
Final Fantasy VII (PS)
Square, Role-Playing
49 3,269,373 3,269,373
3
1,802,438
Derby Stallion (PS)
ASCII Entertainment, Sports
25 1,802,438 1,802,438
4
1,443,861
Tamagotchi (GB)
Namco Bandai, Simulation
28 1,443,861 1,443,861
5
1,347,244
Game de Hakken!! Tamagotchi 2 (GB)
Namco Bandai, Simulation
12 1,347,244 1,347,244
6
1,311,082
Final Fantasy Tactics (PS)
Square, Role-Playing
29 1,311,082 1,311,082
7
1,282,136
Hot Shots Golf (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Sports
25 1,282,136 1,282,136
8
1,045,335
SaGa Frontier (PS)
Square, Role-Playing
26 1,045,335 1,045,335
9
1,002,592
PaRappa The Rapper (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Misc
57 866,743 1,002,592
10
1,699,770
Mario Kart 64 (N64)
Nintendo, Racing
56 811,075 1,699,770
11
808,214
Gran Turismo (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Racing
2 808,214 808,214
12
804,787
Chocobo no Fushigi Dungeon (PS)
Square, Role-Playing
2 804,787 804,787
13
787,684
Intelligent Qube (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Puzzle
49 787,684 787,684
14
950,668
Puyo Puyo Sun Ketteiban (PS)
Compile, Puzzle
6 746,083 950,668
15
643,138
Diddy Kong Racing (N64)
Nintendo, Racing
7 643,138 643,138
16
1,579,732
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (SNES)
Nintendo, Platform
59 630,396 1,579,732
17
622,873
Star Fox 64 (N64)
Nintendo, Shooter
36 622,873 622,873
18
618,672
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Platform
3 618,672 618,672
19
597,884
Tales of Destiny (PS)
Namco Bandai, Role-Playing
2 597,884 597,884
20
592,280
Densha De Go! (PS)
Taito, Simulation
3 592,280 592,280
21
778,160
Crash Bandicoot (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Platform
57 590,569 778,160
22
558,467
Ace Combat 2 (PS)
Namco Bandai, Simulation
32 558,467 558,467
23
539,517
Super Robot Taisen F (SAT)
Banpresto, Strategy
15 539,517 539,517
24
524,503
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu '97 Kaimakuban (PS)
Konami, Sports
19 524,503 524,503
25
522,980
Monster Rancher (PS)
Tecmo, Simulation
24 522,980 522,980
26
488,555
Front Mission 2 (PS)
Square, Strategy
15 488,555 488,555
27
466,581
Momotarou Dentetsu 7 (PS)
Hudson Entertainment, Simulation
2 466,581 466,581
28
461,850
Yoshi's Story (N64)
Nintendo, Platform
2 461,850 461,850
29
434,045
Breath of Fire III (PS)
Capcom, Role-Playing
17 434,045 434,045
30
426,349
Bushido Blade (PS)
Square, Fighting
26 426,349 426,349
31
424,850
Neon Genesis Evangelion 2nd Impression (SAT)
Sega, Role-Playing
33 424,850 424,850
32
380,768
J-League Pro Soccer Club wo Tsukurou! 2 (SAT)
Sega, Sports
7 380,768 380,768
33
375,321
Resident Evil Director's Cut (PS)
Capcom, Action
15 375,321 375,321
34
373,097
Pet in TV (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Strategy
33 373,097 373,097
35
361,092
Mini-Yonku GB: Let's & Go!! (GB)
ASCII Entertainment, Strategy
33 361,092 361,092
36
352,538
Final Fantasy VII International (PS)
Square, Role-Playing
14 352,538 352,538
37
349,611
Tobal 2 (PS)
Square, Fighting
25 349,611 349,611
38
1,353,291
Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu e... (SNES)
Enix, Role-Playing
57 345,177 1,353,291
39
331,014
Time Crisis (PS)
Namco Bandai, Shooter
28 331,014 331,014
40
327,096
Grandia (SAT)
ESP, Role-Playing
3 327,096 327,096
41
1,609,817
Super Mario 64 (N64)
Nintendo, Platform
80 317,588 1,609,817
42
299,472
Super Bomberman 5 (SNES)
Hudson Soft, Puzzle
35 299,472 299,472
43
N/A
Gameboy Gallery (GB)
Unknown, Misc
5 298,735 N/A
44
296,617
The Conveni: Ano Machi wo Dokusen Seyo (PS)
Human Entertainment, Simulation
34 296,617 296,617
45
296,576
Shin Super Robot Taisen Special Disk (PS)
Banpresto, Strategy
22 296,576 296,576
46
293,486
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (SAT)
Atlus, Role-Playing
8 293,486 293,486
47
287,483
Final Fantasy IV (PS)
Square, Role-Playing
30 287,483 287,483
48
1,159,492
Kirby's Dream Land 2 (GB)
Nintendo, Platform
146 283,180 1,159,492
49
589,516
Puyo Puyo Sun (SAT)
Compile, Puzzle
47 280,678 589,516
50
280,017
Macross Digital Mission VF-X (PS)
Namco Bandai, Simulation
25 280,017 280,017
51
277,885
Kakyuusei (SAT)
Elf, Strategy
30 277,885 277,885
52
273,125
Bomberman 64 (N64)
Hudson Soft, Puzzle
15 273,125 273,125
53
272,666
SD Gundam G Century (PS)
Namco Bandai, Strategy
25 272,666 272,666
54
271,886
DX Game of Life 2 (PS)
Takara, Misc
24 271,886 271,886
55
266,630
DX Game of Life (PS)
Takara, Misc
94 266,630 266,630
56
259,492
Mobile Suit Z-Gundam (PS)
Namco Bandai, Action
4 259,492 259,492
57
258,840
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 4 (N64)
Konami, Sports
25 258,840 258,840
58
256,220
Tengai Makyou: Daishi no Mokushiroku - The Apocalypse IV (SAT)
Hudson Soft, Role-Playing
22 256,220 256,220
59
517,005
Shin Super Robot Taisen (PS)
Banpresto, Strategy
37 240,398 517,005
60
455,835
Wild ARMs (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Role-Playing
44 240,376 455,835
61
1,101,857
Resident Evil (PS)
Capcom, Action
94 234,898 1,101,857
62
234,418
Marie no Atelier: Salburg no Renkinjutsushi (PS)
Gust, Role-Playing
29 234,418 234,418
63
229,915
Choro Q2 (PS)
Takara, Racing
27 229,915 229,915
64
828,602
Rage Racer (PS)
Namco Bandai, Racing
35 229,079 828,602
65
436,323
Neon Genesis Evangelion (SAT)
Sega, Adventure
87 226,262 436,323
66
225,724
Point Blank (PS)
Namco Bandai, Shooter
22 225,724 225,724
67
224,992
Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha (PS)
Capcom, Fighting
25 224,992 224,992
68
218,637
Mega Man X4 (PS)
Capcom, Platform
23 218,637 218,637
69
217,747
Mystical Ninja starring Goemon (N64)
Konami, Action
22 217,747 217,747
70
217,701
Kirby's Star Stacker (GB)
Nintendo, Puzzle
35 217,701 217,701
71
214,322
Pro Yakyuu Greatest Nine '97 (SAT)
Sega, Sports
32 214,322 214,322
72
214,215
Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout (PS)
Namco Bandai, Fighting
20 214,215 214,215
73
214,180
Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete (SAT)
Kadokawa Shoten, Role-Playing
23 214,180 214,180
74
214,138
EVE: burst error (SAT)
Imagineer, Adventure
22 214,138 214,138
75
210,573
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS)
Konami, Platform
32 210,573 210,573
76
209,563
X-Men vs. Street Fighter (SAT)
Capcom, Fighting
6 209,563 209,563
77
208,721
RPG Maker (PS)
ASCII Entertainment, Role-Playing
6 208,721 208,721
78
461,622
Soul Blade (PS)
Namco Bandai, Fighting
41 207,381 461,622
79
206,610
Gallop Racer 2: One and Only Road to Victory (PS)
Tecmo, Sports
7 206,610 206,610
80
617,631
Fighters MEGAMiX (SAT)
Sega, Fighting
32 204,092 617,631
81
383,909
Clock Tower (PS)
Human Entertainment, Adventure
43 201,499 383,909
82
189,036
Cool Boarders 2 (PS)
UEP Systems, Sports
19 189,036 189,036
83
179,888
Dead or Alive (SAT)
Tecmo, Fighting
13 179,888 179,888
84
176,230
Princess Maker: Yumemiru Yosei (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Strategy
31 176,230 176,230
85
170,900
Blast Corps (N64)
Nintendo, Action
24 170,900 170,900
86
416,153
Formula 1 (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Racing
43 167,916 416,153
87
165,396
Itoi Shigesato no Bass Tsuri No. 1 (SNES)
Nintendo, Sports
23 165,396 165,396
88
924,170
Arc the Lad II (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Role-Playing
66 164,294 924,170
89
163,970
Resident Evil (SAT)
Capcom, Action
24 163,970 163,970
90
1,032,344
Arc the Lad (PS)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Role-Playing
132 161,128 1,032,344
91
160,959
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 3 '97 Haru (SNES)
Konami, Sports
25 160,959 160,959
92
158,450
Armored Core (PS)
From Software, Simulation
26 158,450 158,450
93
399,409
Donkey Kong Land 2 (GB)
Nintendo, Platform
59 158,266 399,409
94
903,403
Mini-Yonku Shining Scorpion: Let's & Go!! (SNES)
ASCII Entertainment, Racing
25 153,295 903,403
95
152,226
Kidou Senkan Nadesico (SAT)
Sega, Strategy
17 152,226 152,226
96
151,554
Moon (PS)
ASCII Entertainment, Adventure
12 151,554 151,554
97
151,309
Nobunaga no Yabou: Reppuuden (PS)
Tecmo Koei, Strategy
-87 151,309 151,309
98
149,877
K-1 Revenge (PS)
Xing Entertainment, Fighting
17 149,877 149,877
99
149,551
Power Stakes (PS)
Aques, Sports
15 149,551 149,551
100
148,336
Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story III: Sabakareshi Mono (SAT)
Namco Bandai, Shooter
21 148,336 148,336

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Japan Hardware by Platform

Platform Yearly (change) Total
GB 4,529,484(+130%) 18,217,609
N64 1,226,310(-24%) 2,844,941
SAT 967,323(-60%) 5,293,579
SNES 304,240(-74%) 16,620,675
Total 7,027,357(-3%)  

Japan Software by Platform

Platform Yearly (change) Total
PS 30,114,175(+106%) 54,140,757
GB 11,211,093(+159%) 39,474,142
SAT 7,356,781(-34%) 27,666,563
N64 5,024,856(+61%) 8,143,387
SNES 2,410,764(-84%) 111,963,811
Total 56,117,669(+16%)