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Tidbits From Famitsu’s Top 50 Sellers Of 2009

    0 Enterbrain, the publisher behind Famitsu, recently published their top 50 game sales ranking chart for 2009 on the magazine’s website. Below is a partial chart with some games our readers might find interesting. The complete chart can be perused at the link above.


    Keeping with the trend in recent years, Nintendo DS software occupied the most spots on the chart. Unsurprisingly, Dragon Quest IX took the top spot, with 4,100,968 units sold in just a few months. What is of more interest are the numbers for Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode (Style Savvy / Nintendo presents: Style Boutique in North America / Europe), which actually released in 2008 and continued to sell through 2009, albeit at a slower pace. Current numbers put it at just below 1 million, which, while less than what was probably expected of it internally, is enough to justify further development as a new IP.


    Level-5’s Inazuma Eleven 2, too, was a breakout hit last year, outselling its predecessor by a wide margin. While the popularity of the manga and anime certainly seem to have helped awareness of the franchise, the fact that Level-5 opted for a simultaneous release of two separate SKUs with differences — like Pokémon — is very telling. It will be interesting to observe if other publishers decide to follow the same trend with portable franchises like Monster Hunter going forward.


    The success of SD Gundam G Generation Wars on PS2 at 307,754 units is another point of interest that shows just how strongly fans tend to associate franchises with platforms. With sales of PSP software to rely on, and the relative ease of porting its games to the PS2, one wonders if Namco Bandai will experiment with multiplatform games the way Sony have with Motorstorm: Arctic Edge and wipEout: Pulse in the future.


    Also, Final Fantasy XIII is now the highest-selling third-party game on a home console at 1,698,256 units, followed by Monster Hunter Tri at 968,033 units.


    1.Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies4,100,968DSSquare Enix
    2.Pokémon HeartGold / SoulSilver3,382,597DSNintendo
    3.New Super Mario Bros. Wii2,485,150WiiNintendo
    4.Tomodachi Collection2,311,948DSNintendo
    5.Final Fantasy XIII1,698,256PS3Square Enix
    8.Monster Hunter Tri968,033WiiCapcom
    9.Inazuma Eleven 2: Fire / Blizzard943,615DSLevel-5
    13.Professor Layton and the Devil’s Flute552,085DSLevel-5
    14.Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days522,260DSSquare Enix
    15.Yakuza 3509,223PS3SEGA
    17.Rhythm Heaven1480,326DSNintendo
    25.Tales of Vesperia337,783PS3Namco Bandai
    26.Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode1330,079DSNintendo
    30.Tales of the World: RM2317,730PSPNamco Bandai
    32.SD Gundam G Generation Wars307,754PS2Namco Bandai
    33.Ace Attorney Investigations303,445DSCapcom
    36.Final Fantasy CC: Echoes of Time259,705DSSquare Enix
    39.Gran Turismo247,869PSPSCE
    42.Dissidia: Final Fantasy1242,136PSPSquare Enix
    47.Tales of Versus231,351PSPNamco Bandai


    1. Released in 2008. Total sales as follows: Rhythm Heaven: 1,830,997 Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode: 879,427 Dissidia: Final Fantasy: 902,398
    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at 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.

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