Sony honors Japanese top sellers

Sony Japan doles out feel-good accolades for more than a dozen of its best-selling games at its 2006 PlayStation Awards show.


Final Fantasy XII led Sony Computer Entertainment Japan's list of winners at this year's PlayStation Awards. The July 25 awards show recognized PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable titles that have become best sellers, based on sales data gathered through April 30.

This year's awards placed the titles into three categories: double platinum, for games that have sold between 2 million and 3 million copies; platinum, for 1 million to 2 million; and gold, for 500,000 to 1 million.

Square Enix's Final Fantasy XII--set for an October 31 release in the US--took home the only double-platinum award, despite being one of the most recently released games on the list. A dozen other games--11 PlayStation 2 titles and one on the PSP--scored appearances in the other two categories.

In the platinum category, the two latest Winning Eleven titles were honored, along with Square Enix's Disney-themed role-playing game Kingdom Hearts II. Among the gold-category honorees were Resident Evil 4, Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 12, Dirge of Cerebus: Final Fantasy VII, and five other titles, including the lone PSP game, Monster Hunter Freedom.

A complete list of this year's winners--with their platforms, publishers, and Japanese release dates--is below:

Double Platinum
--Final Fantasy XII (PS2, Square Enix, March 16, 2006)

--World Soccer Winning Eleven 9 (PS2, Konami, August 4, 2005)
--Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 (PS2, Konami, April 27, 2006)
--Kingdom Hearts II (PS2, Square Enix, December 22, 2005)

--Resident Evil 4 (PS2, Capcom, December 1, 2005)
--Monster Hunter Freedom (PSP, Capcom, December 1, 2005)
--Monster Hunter 2 (PS2, Capcom, February 16, 2006)
--Samurai Warriors 2 (PS2, Koei, February 24, 2006)
--Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 12 (PS2, Konami, July 14, 2005)
--Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (PS2, Square Enix, January 26, 2006)
--Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi (PS2, Bandai Namco, October 6, 2005)
--Tales of the Abyss (PS2, Bandai Namco, December 15, 2005)
--Super Robot Wars Alpha 3 (PS2, Banpresto, July 28, 2005)

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