These Were The 30 Best-Selling Games Of 2011 In Japan


Japanese sales tracker, Media Create, have released a list of the 30 best-selling games in Japan in 2011. The tracking period was January 3rd, 2011 – January 1st, 2012. You can view the complete list of titles below:


No.Title2011 SalesSysPublisher
01.Mario Kart 71,160,1693DSNintendo
02.Super Mario 3D Land1,080,1923DSNintendo
03.Monster Hunter 3G985,4983DSCapcom
04.Final Fantasy Type-0746,203PSPSquare Enix
05.Final Fantasy XIII-2704,236PS3Square Enix
06.Monster Hunter Portable 3rd682,651
07.Rhythm Heaven654,403WiiNintendo
08.Tales of Xillia627,346PS3Namco Bandai
09.Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional602,664DSSquare Enix
10.Wii Sports Resort579,220
11.Wii Party546,738
12.Kirby’s Return to Dreamland537,128WiiNintendo
13.The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D483,4323DSNintendo
14.Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy465,198PSPSquare Enix
15.Dynasty Warriors 7455,996PS3Tecmo Koei
16.Just Dance Wii453,411WiiNintendo
17.Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.453,084PS3Namco Bandai
18.Nintendogs + cats443,4003DSNintendo
19.Pokémon Black/White433,876
20.Pro Evolution Soccer 2012425,771PS3Konami
21.The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z423,972PS3Namco Bandai
22.Yakuza of the End416,050PS3Sega
23.Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Ver.415,943PS3Capcom
24.Dragon Quest Anniversary Collection403,953WiiSquare Enix
25.Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity376,534PSPSega
26.Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle361,5033DSLevel 5
27.Dark Souls353,549PS3From Software
28.AKB1/48: I Fell in Love With an Idol in Guam350,350PSPNamco Bandai
29.Kirby: Mass Attack349,899DSNintendo
30.The Little Battlers346,608PSPLevel 5


A few highlights that could perhaps serve as a basis for discussion:

1. Should Final Fantasy Type-0 have sold better?


2. Should Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy have sold better? The original Dissidia: Final Fantasy had sold close to a million copies by 2009.


3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is on the best-sellers list. Skyward Sword, however, didn’t perform nearly as well.


Data obtained from 4Gamer, Media-Create and

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.