Pokemon is Japan's Best Selling Game of the Year

By Kenneth Richardson

December 29, 2010

Everyone knew that when the new Pokémon games came out and shattered numerous sales records that they were the top contenders for the country’s bestselling titles of the year. We can now confirm that Pokémon Black and White are cumulatively the highest performing games of the year in the land of the rising sun.

It ran away with the top spot with more than 4.7 million copies flying off the store shelves. It beat the number two seller, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd by more than one and a half million copies difference. Pokemon Black and White will release on North American shores on March 6th. Hit the break for a list of Japan’s best selling software and hardware.


The Top 10 software titles of 2010 (2009 releases in bold):

  1. Pokemon Black/Pokemon White (DS) – 4,734,064
  2. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PS3) – 3,163,750
  3. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) – 1,692,401
  4. Wii Party (Wii) – 1,385,541
  5. Dragon Quest VI (DS) – 1,354,841
  6. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 (DS) – 1,305,750
  7. Tomodachi Collection (DS) – 1,112,298
  8. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) – 931,534
  9. Inazuma Eleven 3 Snake/Bomber (DS) – 930,580
  10. Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (PSP) – 844,980

And the hardware sales (+/- vs 2009):

  • PSP (all): 2,729,718 (+604,199)
  • DS (all): 2,719,544 (-1,054,354)
  • Wii: 1,592,563 (-155,398)
  • PS3: 1,542,258 (-126,680)
  • 360: 231,258 (-118,405)
  • PS2: 83,030 (-114,116)
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Kenneth Richardson

Kenneth is a Graphics and Game Design student who's worked as an author for DualShockers.com since June of 2010. His favorite gaming genres are Fighting, Role Playing and Sadistic Action games like Ninja Gaiden and Bayonetta. In addition to gaming, he is also strongly interested in music, fashion, art, culture, literature, education, religion, cuisine, photography, architecture, philosophy, film, dance, and most forms of creative expression.

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