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. Title 2011 Sales Sys Publisher
01. Mario Kart 7 1,160,169 3DS Nintendo
02. Super Mario 3D Land 1,080,192 3DS Nintendo
03. Monster Hunter 3G 985,498 3DS Capcom
04. Final Fantasy Type-0 746,203 PSP Square Enix
05. Final Fantasy XIII-2 704,236 PS3 Square Enix
06. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd 682,651
PSP Capcom
07. Rhythm Heaven 654,403 Wii Nintendo
08. Tales of Xillia 627,346 PS3 Namco Bandai
09. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional 602,664 DS Square Enix
10. Wii Sports Resort 579,220
Wii Nintendo
11. Wii Party 546,738
Wii Nintendo
12. Kirby’s Return to Dreamland 537,128 Wii Nintendo
13. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D 483,432 3DS Nintendo
14. Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy 465,198 PSP Square Enix
15. Dynasty Warriors 7 455,996 PS3 Tecmo Koei
16. Just Dance Wii 453,411 Wii Nintendo
17. Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. 453,084 PS3 Namco Bandai
18. Nintendogs + cats 443,400 3DS Nintendo
19. Pokémon Black/White 433,876
DS Nintendo
20. Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 425,771 PS3 Konami
21. The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z 423,972 PS3 Namco Bandai
22. Yakuza of the End 416,050 PS3 Sega
23. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Ver. 415,943 PS3 Capcom
24. Dragon Quest Anniversary Collection 403,953 Wii Square Enix
25. Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity 376,534 PSP Sega
26. Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle 361,503 3DS Level 5
27. Dark Souls 353,549 PS3 From Software
28. AKB1/48: I Fell in Love With an Idol in Guam 350,350 PSP Namco Bandai
29. Kirby: Mass Attack 349,899 DS Nintendo
30. The Little Battlers 346,608 PSP Level 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.