Diablo III, Pro Evo Soccer 2013 tops Asian sales charts

GFK group reveals numbers for home and portable consoles for Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea.

The best-selling games in Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan in 2012 have been announced, according to market research agency GFK group.

In Hong Kong, soccer title Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 was the best-selling game for last year, selling 50,500 units. This was followed by Kinect Adventures, One Piece: Pirate Warriors, Resident Evil 6, and Sleeping Dogs.

Demon-hunting and soccer seems to be on everyone's gaming priority in parts of Asia.

Over at South Korea and Taiwan, Diablo III was the consumer's choice. Diablo 3 raked in 364,200 copies in South Korea while the Taiwan managed to sell 132,900 copies of the PC title.

In related news, GFK group also revealed sales numbers for home (PS3, Xbox 360) and portable (3DS, PSP, PS Vita) consoles. For Hong Kong, sales units for home and portable systems were 161,100 and 138,800 respectively. South Korea's numbers were 245,700 home console units and 152,400 portable consoles, while Taiwan's numbers were 137,500 home consoles and 111,800 portable consoles.

The full top five software list for each of the regions are below from the month of January 2012 until December 2012 :

Hong Kong

Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 – 50,500
Kinect Adventures – 47,000
One Piece: Pirate Warriors – 44,800
Resident Evil 6 – 43,200
Sleeping Dogs – 29,600

South Korea

Diablo III – 364,200
Wii Sports Resort – 90,000
Just Dance 2 – 76,300
Kirby Mass Attack – 56,100

Taiwan

Diablo III – 132,900
One Piece: Pirate Warriors – 40,900
Kinect Sports: Season Two – 25,600
Resident Evil 6 – 24,300
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23 comments
BoozerX
BoozerX

Hong Kong understand what make a fotball game better than others.

nirmalbalaji
nirmalbalaji

Good to see PES gains the market share and outshines FIFA atleast in some parts of Asia.

deathwish026
deathwish026

stuff all the cry babys... diablo 3 is a fun rpg the end!

freestyler_85
freestyler_85

South Korea .. why isn't Starcraft 2 on that list?? why???

Yagami-san
Yagami-san

Diablo 3 undeserving of its sales numbers. How many of those refunded their copies?

rpvarela
rpvarela

The biggest problem with D3, IMO was how... meaningless and empty the level progression felt. I always thought Diablo II took little too long for you to get to max level (I never got there myself). But the problem is Diablo III went on to do the complete opposite, which I think is much worse.

I guess they tried a WoW approach to progression: you level up considerably faster because it's a MMO, and not an "average" RPG, you want to level up faster so you can get with your buddies and experience the end-game content, but when you do that to a game like Diablo III that has no end-game content at all, people are going to blaze through the levels and then ask themselves: "Where do I go from here? What do I do now?" And that's when the game becomes unmemorable.

I don't see an easy way to fix that... Blizzard tried those paragon levels, but that doesn't help. It's still mindless grinding over and over the same levels you've already experienced.


Anyway, just my two cents...

nore105
nore105

Wait what? I thought Blade and Soul was the most popular game in the East? At least the most popular MMO?

Xalaze
Xalaze

I'm just sad, that Diablo 3, wasn't the game that one would expect. Blizzard will of cause milk WoW 2-3 years more, then make a new MMO where everyone will get dissapointed. And from there - Blizzard will be dead, if they don't change direction, and listen to their community. I for one, will never buy a Blizzard game again, as they are now.

carolino
carolino

btw Blizzard. why not rename Diablo 3 for something better like:

サタン, みょうじょう 3

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

Sorry to say, but what's up with my asians and "clicking" games?  With the exception of Evo of course.


XspidervenomX
XspidervenomX

I just played Diablo 3 Starter addition , than realized it was only 20 hours long and for 60$ and requires pay to pay to play model. Auction house or you cant finish on the real hard difficulties.. PC gaming keeps getting worse and worse..

KillzoneSnake
KillzoneSnake

people in hong kong know PES better than Fifa :)

TimeFrame
TimeFrame

All those numbers seem low.. but hey.. I guess when it's not global sales they're bound to be a lot less..

enartloc
enartloc

they forgot to add that south korea had the highest number of refunds for diablo 3

JKnaperek
JKnaperek

lol not surprised that the Koreans are the only ones left playing Diablo 3.

jhonMalcovich
jhonMalcovich

I am glad that D3 is doing well actually. I didn´t play it at launch, but a year after, so I didn´t see any flaws Metacritic users were yelling about. The game resulted to be super-adictive and totally platyable without AH, at least, upto Inferno. But I didn´t play Inferno because I am not that big fan of Diablo. But I completed the normal difficulty on one weekend, playing non-stop, and it was a blast.

I tried Torchlight 2, but it looks less polished and the artstyle is not that good as in D3. Too cartoony for my taste. Before you burn me for T2, I did like the game. I think there are enough space for both titles. What I am saying, D3 is not that bad as people depicted it, actually is very good and AAA, at least after patches. Probably my impressions are based on the fact that I didn´t touch it at launch, but played it in more polished form. If you own a D3 copy, undust it, download the recent patches, and try it again. I bet you will apreciate it more.


carolino
carolino

So many got fooled ( including me)

Won´t happen again blizzard

ZOD777
ZOD777

I am surprised that Sleeping Dogs didn't sell better in Hong Kong.  Isn't the game's setting based in Hong Kong?  I guess Fifa isn't as big in Asia.

VeeArSick
VeeArSick

Apparently Final Fantasy XIII-2 didn't sell anything. Lol. Sarcasm aside, going by that list, it's not too impressive of a feat. None the less, I'll give credit where credit is due. Congratulations Diablo III.

Innos007666
Innos007666

@freestyler_85  Have you even read the article? Maybe because Star Craft 2 came out in 2010.

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

@XspidervenomX  They got their business model from Glu mobile.  Hey if you liked D3, you'll like Gun Bros. $700+ for a Kraken weapon.