Nintendo still dominates in Japan

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While a large number of Western gamers regularly shun Nintendo, favouring the rote multiplayer shooters that seem to populate the other systems, the same can’t be said for our Japanese gaming chums. In the land of the rising sun, Nintendo is still very much king. According to Famitsu’s sales charts (via neoGAF), most of the 20 best-selling games in Japan last year were for Nintendo platforms.

Take a look:

  • 01. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level 5) {2014.07.10} (¥4.937) – 3.050.178
  • 02. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon Co.) {2014.11.21} (¥4.937) – 2.464.850
  • 03. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate # (Capcom) {2014.10.11} (¥6.264) – 2.381.177
  • 04. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2014.09.13} (¥5.616) – 2.066.022
  • 05. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Shin Uchi (Level 5) {2014.12.13} (¥4.968) – 2.007.327
  • 06. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch (Level 5) {2013.07.11} (¥4.800) – 994.346 / 1.280.799
  • 07. [WIU] Mario Kart 8 # (Nintendo) {2014.05.29} (¥6.156) – 842.053
  • 08. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru to Ruka no Fushigi na Fushigi na Kagi # (Square Enix) {2014.02.06} (¥5.490) – 748.139
  • 09. [3DS] Kirby Triple Deluxe (Nintendo) {2014.01.11} (¥4.800) – 687.957
  • 10. [WIU] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U # (Nintendo) {2014.12.06} (¥7.776) – 478.366
  • 11. [3DS] Pokemon X / Y # (Pokemon Co.) {2013.10.12} (¥4.800) – 477.496 / 4.454.325
  • 12. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour (Nintendo) {2014.03.20} (¥4.800) – 467.935
  • 13. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z (GungHo Online Entertainment) {2013.12.12} (¥4.400) – 442.780 / 1.448.477
  • 14. [PS4] Knack # <ACT> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2014.02.22} (¥5.145) – 400.115
  • 15. [PS3] Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Full Boost # (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.01.30} (¥7.980) – 372.827
  • 16. [PS3] Dark Souls II <RPG> (From Software) {2014.03.13} (¥7.800) – 339.592
  • 17. [PSV] Freedom Wars <ACT> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2014.06.26} (¥6.264) – 287.012
  • 18. [WIU] Wii Party U # (Nintendo) {2013.10.31} (¥4.935) – 281.107 / 799.873
  • 19. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami) {2014.03.20} (¥2.980) – 260.852
  • 20. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4 # (Koei Tecmo) {2014.03.20} (¥7.560) – 255.938

It takes until 14 on the chart before we see something that isn’t on a Nintendo platform – and Knack’s only on that list because it was bundled with Japanese PS4’s. Taking a look at hardware info, it seems the 3DS is king. The PlayStation Vita comes in second, with the Wii U at third (overall) with the PS4 at third for just this year – a very different picture to the rest of the world.

  • 3DS – 3.153.045 / 17.847.056
  • PSV – 1.147.936 / 3.423.075
  • PS4 – 925.570
  • Wii U – 604.856 / 2.123.283
  • PS3 – 450.034 / 10.018.534
  • One – 45.958

The Xbox One is doing even worse than the 360 did – and is now reported to be selling around 300 units a week.

You may argue of course, that Japan’s overall importance in the global gaming market has shrunk considerably and is no longer as important. That’s certainly true – but that doesn’t mean it should be discounted entirely. And with its undeniable popularity there, it’s unlikely that Nintendo won’t continue focusing on Japan.

Last Updated: January 22, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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