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Nintendo Software Dominates the Holiday Season in Japan

by Ron Duwell | January 7, 2014January 7, 2014 6:30 pm PST

Nintendo has had another big software holiday season in its home country of Japan. Does the news shock anybody anymore?

Famitsu has revealed the ten best selling games of Japan’s holiday season, eight of which appear on a Nintendo platform. So what are the games which blocked Nintendo’s flawless victory? None other than Final Fantasy X|X2 HD Remaster, of which both the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 versions cracked the top ten list.

Just for quick reference, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII did not make the list, getting beat out by a port of a thirteen year old video game.

As for the Nintendo games, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds took the top spot selling 225,418 units. Nintendo’s first party software also includes Pokémon X and Y, Wii Party U, New Super Mario Bros. U, Super Mario 3D World, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Of course, Monster Hunter 4 also crashed the party, and Puzzle & Dragons Z made its Nintendo debut at the second place mark with 198,968 sold. Check out the entire list below.

  1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds — 225,418 (3DS)
  2. Puzzle & Dragons Z — 198,968 (3DS)
  3. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster — 182,638(PS3)
  4. Pokémon X and Y — 156,483 (3DS)
  5. Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster — 134,645 (Vita)
  6. Wii Party U — 87,262 (Wii U)
  7. New Super Mario Bros. U — 75,131 (Wii U)
  8. Super Mario 3D World — 71,159 (Wii U)
  9. Monster Hunter 4 — 40,338 (3DS)
  10. Animal Crossing: New Leaf — 37,300 (3DS)

On the hardware front, the Nintendo 3DS continues to sell well at 208,893 units. The Wii U also did surprisingly well, selling 79,174 units.

The PlayStation 4 is launching on February 22nd, and it remains to be seen how Sony’s next gen machine will stack up against the Nintendo giant which lurks in Japan.

VG247

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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