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Nintendo Rules The Roost In Japanese Annual Software Sales Figures For 2012

Across all formats, it seems the Big N has led the charge in game sales. What a year 2012 was for Japanese 3DS fans!

We’re back! Special thanks to everyone who has shown patience and support during our recent server migration. We’re up, running and ready for 2013, but not before we take one last look at 2012, a year in which the 3DS exploded in popularity; particularly in Japan.

Japanese website 4Gamer has published Media Create figures covering all systems and formats and how they performed in 2012. Luckily, Siliconera has once more been on hand to reveal the top 30 best-performing games that have been setting cash registers ablaze across the Nintendo motherland. The 3DS has shown great strides indeed, but top spot goes to a certain monster-catching DS game you might have heard about.


Hey guys, you’re top of the leaderboard! Cheer up!

Indeed, Pokémon Black Version 2 and White Version 2 rule the roost, but that didn’t stop Nintendo games taking the next three spaces on the list. Though a DS game took the number one spot, the 3DS took second, third and fourth place with Animal Crossing: New LeafNew Super Mario Bros. 2 and Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D respectively.

It’s not surprising seeing heavy-hitting franchises like Super Mario and the beloved-by-Japan Dragon Quest series taking some high positions for total 2012 sales. But considering that Animal Crossing arrived in Japan remarkably late in the year, for it to have become the second highest selling game for the entirety of 2012 is staggering!

As other formats finally begin to show, it’s not long down the list before some more 3DS favourites show themselves. Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land continued to pull in respectable figures, taking seventh and eighth place in the 2012 all-software charts. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate checked in at eleventh, whilst Fire Emblem: Awakening literally battled its way to fourteenth position.

All in all, the 3DS clocked up 15 entries in the annual top 30 sales, giving our plucky handheld 50% of the chart dominance in Japan! In total, Nintendo software ranging from the 3DS to the DS and Wii to Wii U makes up the mast majority of the chart, proving that it’s been a fine year indeed for Nintendo.

What does 2013 have in store for Nintendo in Japan and our own territories? We can’t wait to find out. The first influx of fresh 3DS hardware will soon be upon us, and we’re eager to try them for ourselves!

By on 28 January 2013
Salubriously silly indie-novelist Tony likes Nintendo, doodling cartoons and various rambunctious shenanigans. His handheld of choice is the Cosmo Black 3DS, he tweets nonsense over on @HeyTonyOfficial, and a Norwich coffee shop has named a sandwich after him.

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