Amazon.jp has revealed its top 10 games sold from Dec. 1, 2012 to Nov. 30, 2013. With little surprise, the Nintendo 3DS continues to dominate the ever growing Japanese mobile market, and Nintendo’s software continues to soar.
- Monster Hunter 4 (3DS)
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)
- Pokemon X (3DS)
- Grand Theft Auto V (PS3)
- Pokemon Y (3DS)
- Dragon Quest VII (3DS)
- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle (PS3)
- Tomodachi Collection: New Life (3DS)
- Yakuza 5 (PS3)
- Ace Attorney 5 (3DS)
Seven of the top 10 games sold were for Nintendo’s portable device, and four of the games were from Nintendo’s own halls. Capcom also scored big with two games, with Monster Hunter continuing its popularity wave and Ace Attorney making a comeback. The game was not released physically in America.
Square Enix also scored big with the new Dragon Quest VII remake, and I hope it gets to localizing this gem in English soon. I’ve heard it’s the best game from the series in years.
Surprisingly, this is the first year in quite some time with no Mario game, seeing as Nintendo’s Super Mario 3D World didn’t do as well as the popular New Super Mario Bros. series. This is why we can’t have nice things, people!
On the console front, the PlayStation 3 snagged the remaining three slots with two Japanese games and one Western developed game. Yakuza remains a popular series and a huge money-maker for SEGA in Japan, and Grand Theft Auto V was also a hit. Strangely, it separated the two Pokemon releases.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle is more of a nostalgic favorite for fans of the anime rather than a great game.
Further down the list shows more PlayStation 3 games like Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and The Last of Us. Of course the Nintendo 3DS still has games too, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Shin Megami Tensei IV among them.
It’s safe to say that the 3DS is doing an admirable job emulating the original DS’ success in Japan. The PlayStation 3 still continues to show a lot of life as well, indicating a strong 2014 for the fading console. Any early contenders for 2014’s list, do you think? Does the PlayStation 4 or Wii U have a chance?