What Were Japan's Top 30 Best-Selling Video Games of 2012?

The usual standards top the list, joined by a few surprise gems (and turds)

Japanese sales charts are usually pretty different from North America's, especially when it comes to video games--at least in some respects. Whereas our charts are topped by Call of Duty, Madden, FIFA, and Pokémon, Japan's charts are usually dominated by Dragon Quest, Monster Hunter, whatever the latest Musou/Warriors title is, and, uh... Pokémon.

 

Sales tracker Media Create released a list of the top thirty best-selling games in Japan for the year 2012, proving exactly what I just said.

 

TITLE 2012 SALES TOTAL SALES PLATFORM
1. Pokémon Black/White 2 2,919,977 2,919,977 DS
2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf 1,969,955 1,969,955 3DS
3. New Super Mario Bros. 2 1,743,791 1,743,791 3DS
4. Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D 919,870 919,870 3DS
5. Resident Evil 6 833,012 833,012 PS3
6. One Piece: Pirate Warriors 828,150 828,150 PS3

7. Mario Kart 7

748,797 1,908,966 3DS
8. Super Mario 3D Land 689,374 1,769,566 3DS
9. Mario Party 9 641,348 641,348 3DS
10. Dragon Quest X 609,783 609,783 Wii
11. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate 602,058 1,587,556 3DS
12. Yakuza 5 518,224 518,224 PS3
13. Dragon's Dogma 467,375 467,375 PS3
14. Fire Emblem: Awakening 455,268 455,268 3DS
15. Tales of Xillia 2 428,913 428,913 PS3
16. Paper Mario: Sticker Star 402,133 402,133 3DS
17. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 399,340 399,340 PS3
18. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates of Infinity 373,699 373,699 3DS
19. New Super Mario Bros. U 369,392 369,392 Wii U
20. Wii Sports Resort (with Wii Motion Plus pack-in) 358,627 1,161,600 Wii
21. The 2nd Super Robot Taisen Z 344,018 344,018 PSP
22. Pokémon Conquest 341,250 341,250 DS
23. Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb 340,533 340,533 3DS
24. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City 338,889 338,889 PS3
25. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance 338,812 338,812 3DS
26. Run for Money Tousouchuu 337,472 337,472 3DS
27. Taiko Drum Master: Super Splendid Edition 321,959 321,959 Wii
28. Kid Icarus: Uprising 316,133 316,133 3DS
29. Inazuma Eleven Go 2: Chrono Stone - Neppu/Raimei 314,016 314,016 3DS
30. Resident Evil: Revelations 296,040 296,040 3DS

 

So yeah, let's all look at that list and start a rousing, hilariously inaccurate cry of "Nintendo is doomed, all their franchises are being run into the ground." Yeah, they're being run into the ground by the giant piles of money that are weighing them down. You already know what our favorites for 2012 were, but did any of your favorites make Japan's top thirty?

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