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Famitsu Lists the Best Selling Games in Japan

TwinBahamutTwinBahamut Staff HealerRPGamer Staff
edited January 2011 in Latest Updates
From multimillion smash hits to games that just barely qualify as selling well, Famitsu has compiled all the numbers on how your favorite RPGs have sold in Japan over the last year. See it all right here.

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  • AncientRuneAncientRune Member Full Members
    edited January 2011
    82. Xenoblade (Wii) - 141,059

    thats really low so it coming state side is looking grim.

    But Monster hunter portable 3rd was actually 1st and it only had numbers for 1 month, yes i see Pokemon but that is two separate purchases which makes the count inaccurate, I would like to see the sales split of the two versions though.
  • ShayminShaymin The Gratitude Pokemon Full Members
    edited January 2011
    AncientRune said:
    82. Xenoblade (Wii) - 141,059

    thats really low so it coming state side is looking grim.

    I dunno, depending on the budget the game had, they may have to localize it to try and make a profit.
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  • GaijinMonogatariGaijinMonogatari RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited January 2011
    Thanks so much for reducing the length of the next JP column -_-;
  • JungyinJungyin Member Full Members
    edited January 2011
    AncientRune said:
    Pokemon but that is two separate purchases which makes the count inaccurate, I would like to see the sales split of the two versions though.

    The thing is they are essentially the same game, so it makes sense to lump them together. It'd be kind of like making a list of best selling model cars and splitting them up according to paint job.
  • MasterChiefMasterChief I didn't learn anything! Full Members
    edited January 2011
    Seemed like you guys omitted a few entries in the list. However, I can't help but notice that we don't see a home console title until #17.

    And Pokemon Black/White will likely sell more than that in a month upon release here.
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  • OcelotOcelot is not declawed RPGamer Staff
    edited January 2011
    GaijinMonogatari said:
    Thanks so much for reducing the length of the next JP column -_-;
    Blame Mac! He started it at the 6 month mark last year. :)
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  • SiliconNooBSiliconNooB Member Full Members
    edited January 2011
    AncientRune said:
    82. Xenoblade (Wii) - 141,059

    thats really low so it coming state side is looking grim.

    But Monster hunter portable 3rd was actually 1st and it only had numbers for 1 month, yes i see Pokemon but that is two separate purchases which makes the count inaccurate, I would like to see the sales split of the two versions though.

    That really is a blow, Xenoblade is at the top of my most wanted list ... :(
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  • TwinBahamutTwinBahamut Staff Healer RPGamer Staff
    edited January 2011
    GaijinMonogatari said:
    Thanks so much for reducing the length of the next JP column -_-;
    Hey, if you wanted to do it, just say so! Putting all this information together with those links was more of a pain than it was worth!
  • XerainXerain Member Full Members
    edited January 2011
    I'm really starting to doubt the usefulness of pulling all the non RPGs from lists like this. As a fan of RPGs, I want to see how they stack up against the non RPGs. Maybe provide the non RPGs in a faded out fond color sot eh RPGs stat out more. Then add a quick stat pie graph to show how the major genres stack up.
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  • TwinBahamutTwinBahamut Staff Healer RPGamer Staff
    edited January 2011
    Xerain said:
    I'm really starting to doubt the usefulness of pulling all the non RPGs from lists like this. As a fan of RPGs, I want to see how they stack up against the non RPGs. Maybe provide the non RPGs in a faded out fond color sot eh RPGs stat out more. Then add a quick stat pie graph to show how the major genres stack up.
    It's enough work doing it like it is... :P

    More seriously, I don't think you really need to see the other games to see how well the RPGs compare. In this case, it is really the truth that Pokemon Black/White and Monster Hunter Portable 3 slaughtered all of their competition by a pretty wide margin, and it went down from there. All told, RPGs did really well for themselves in 2010, at least in Japan. There is a pretty huge difference between the absolute top-sellers and the average good-selling game, though, with the numbers ranging from just over 100,000 to nearly 5 million across a mere 100 entries.
  • GaijinMonogatariGaijinMonogatari RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited January 2011
    TwinBahamut said:
    Hey, if you wanted to do it, just say so! Putting all this information together with those links was more of a pain than it was worth!

    Yeah, except I believe the project was put on the list sometime while I was at work, I didn't check the list in the 20 minutes of internet time I had that evening, and it was up by the time I logged on in the morning.

    C'est la vie. Unfortunately, unless this week's Famitsu is both early on the shelves and ridiculously fruitful with the news, I don't think I'll have anything to put in JP anyway.
  • Private PrinnyPrivate Prinny Member Full Members
    edited January 2011
    Good to see that Yakuza 4 (17 o.O) , Tactics Ogre PSP, Fire Emblem and Valkyria Chronicles 2 made it to the list.

    I sure hope this trend will convince the developers to continue on some of my most loved series with some new entries in the future.
  • AncientRuneAncientRune Member Full Members
    edited January 2011
    Not the whole list but COD Black Ops sold 18 million copies
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    edited January 2011
    AncientRune said:
    Not the whole list but COD Black Ops sold 18 million copies

    ...What? Do you mean 1.8 million? Because I think 18 million is nearly impossible.
  • Severin MiraSeverin Mira News Director/Reviewer RPGamer Staff
    edited January 2011
    AncientRune said:
    Not the whole list but COD Black Ops sold 18 million copies

    In the world yes, which is completely irrelevant to this. In this list for Japan it sold just under 200,000 coming in at 59th.
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  • Strawberry EggsStrawberry Eggs The Bemused Administrators
    edited January 2011
    SiliconNooB said:
    That really is a blow, Xenoblade is at the top of my most wanted list ... :(
    The situation with Xenoblade's localization is getting a bit funny, but the signs still seem to be positive. The name "Monado: The Beginning of the World" was re-trademarked on December 20th, however, the game was taken off Nintendo's site before that. Also, they have Web domains for Xenoblade as well as The Last Story (both redirect to Nintendo, though). This all may indicate that they are going to formally announce the game as Xenoblade rather than Monado sometime soon.

    There's no guarantee this game will be released, of course, but I'm much more positive this game will be localized than, say, Tales of the Abyss 3D.
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  • silktailsilktail mild peril Full Members
    edited January 2011
    AncientRune said:
    82. Xenoblade (Wii) - 141,059

    thats really low so it coming state side is looking grim.
    Does being low on this list actually mean it did poorly though?

    After all these are the top selling games, so presumably there were many more games which didn't even make this list and Xenoblade sold better than them.
  • MacstormMacstorm Ysy St. Administrators
    edited January 2011
    Also, we already got or are getting some of the games that sold less than it did already.
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  • RebochanRebochan Who needs Rinoa anyway? Full Members
    edited January 2011
    Strawberry Eggs said:
    The situation with Xenoblade's localization is getting a bit funny, but the signs still seem to be positive. The name "Monado: The Beginning of the World" was re-trademarked on December 20th, however, the game was taken off Nintendo's site before that. Also, they have Web domains for Xenoblade as well as The Last Story (both redirect to Nintendo, though). This all may indicate that they are going to formally announce the game as Xenoblade rather than Monado sometime soon.

    There's no guarantee this game will be released, of course, but I'm much more positive this game will be localized than, say, Tales of the Abyss 3D.
    Ah, had not heard about the retrademark. That's a good sign. Unfortunately, with Nintendo, they tend to keep release dates so quiet that you literally never know what they're doing until they decide to say something. And if it's a lower tier title like Xenoblade, they probably won't announced the localization until it's literally about to be released.
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  • SiliconNooBSiliconNooB Member Full Members
    edited January 2011
    silktail said:
    Does being low on this list actually mean it did poorly though?

    After all these are the top selling games, so presumably there were many more games which didn't even make this list and Xenoblade sold better than them.


    141,000 copies sold is not a healthy figure for a JRPG in the domestic Japanese market ... :(
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  • Strawberry EggsStrawberry Eggs The Bemused Administrators
    edited January 2011
    It is a new IP on a console. Perhaps that's to be expected. Arc Rise Fantasia sold pretty poorly in Japan, and it's actually sold more in North America by now.
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  • SiliconNooBSiliconNooB Member Full Members
    edited January 2011
    Xenoblade was released a number of months ago, these are about the numbers I'd expect for a Tri-Ace game released on the 360 in Japan, not for an awesome looking first party Nintendo JRPG made by the Xenosaga team for a very popular Japanese console ...
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  • MasterChiefMasterChief I didn't learn anything! Full Members
    edited January 2011
    To the troll who brought up CoD, here's how it did in Japan:
    59. [PS3] Call of Duty Black Ops subtitled edition (Square Enix) - 198,374
    None of the other versions made it onto the top 100 (remember, there are subbed and dubbed versions for both 360 and PS3).

    The full Famitsu list can be found here.

    Here's one that should break the hearts of all Okami fans.
    99. [NDS] Okamiden (Capcom) - 113,198
    As the game came out Sept. 30 over in Japan, that's pretty pathetic. But I guess it's like someone who used to work at Gamestop told me: It's so Japanese that even Japanese people don't even know about what's in there.
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