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

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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
(4,532,557)
PSPCapcom
07.Rhythm Heaven654,403WiiNintendo
08.Tales of Xillia627,346PS3Namco Bandai
09.Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional602,664DSSquare Enix
10.Wii Sports Resort579,220
(802,974)
WiiNintendo
11.Wii Party546,738
(2,223,629)
WiiNintendo
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
(5,400,613)
DSNintendo
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 Geimin.net.

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.