Top 21 Japanese games all Nintendo

Mario Factory proves completely dominant on the latest sales charts from Media Create.


As it does every week, game-industry research firm Media Create released its chart of the most popular games in Japan. Ever since the release of the DS, a large percentage of top-20 games have been for Nintendo's handheld, thanks to the brain-training game craze in the island nation.

But ever since the Wii was released last year, Nintendo's presence on Media Create's weekly chart has risen steadily. This week, the Mario Factory achieved total dominance, occupying the top 21 slots on the chart. Four of those were Wii titles--Super Paper Mario (2nd), Wii Sports (3rd), Wii Play (5th), and Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree (7th). The rest, including top title Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, were all for the DS.

1) Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (DS)
2) Super Paper Mario (WII)
3) Wii Sports (WII)
4) Yoshi's Island DS (DS)
5) Wii Play (WII)
6) Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (DS)
7) Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree (WII)
8) New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
9) Momotarou Dentetsu DS (DS)
10) Kahashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu: Motto Nou o Kitaeru Otona DS Training (DS)
11) Gyakuten Saiban 4 (DS)
12) Mario Kart DS (DS)
13) Eigo ga Nigate na Otona no DS Training: Motto Eigo (DS) Duke
14) Planet Puzzle League (DS)
15) Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day (DS)
16) Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS)
17) Layton Kyouju no Fushigi na Machi (DS)
18) Otona no Joushikiryoku Training DS (DS)
19) Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker (DS)
20) English Training: Have Fun Improving Your Skills (DS)
21) Kotoba no Puzzle: Mojipittan DS (DS)

The top-rated non-Nintendo game was Monster Hunter Freedom 2 for the PSP, which tracked its prey down in the 22nd slot.

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I know this post is 2 years old, but OMG!!! Dont think its like this now!

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nintendo is going to rule the video gaming world if they keep this up! two thumbs up :)

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omg mostly ds games up there i need my ds back. ASAP

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Awesome! All ur gams r blong 2 Nintendo!

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Hehe. Go Ninty! Wii own Japan... err... DS owns Japan!

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Go Nintendo. Screw those Sony fools.

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I want this game it looks fun man. I know I love Sonic but Mario is my passion too. where can i buy this game! MAN!!!

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i love ninty they actually develop their own games unlike sony who just buy games already in development wii360 all the way

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I wanna play me some gyakuten saiban that game is awesom

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i think this gen is nintendos charm i cant remember when i played the best marioparty but 8 was surely it , lol

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nintendo is wayy better than sony

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i love nintendo, i have all their consoles and systems. i just hope the sony gaming industry doesn't go broke just yet, i wanna try out that new model of the PSP =D

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Wow, Nintendo is killin' em this go 'round. Sony's fortunes are definitely suffering in Japan right now, and it seems Microsoft has no hope of being competitive there. It's a shame for Nintendo that Japan's overall game sales are in decline right now.

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Thats so cool! Now almost all of japan is back to playing games :D

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@ Bench_Scientist This is NOT a top 20 chart. They mentioned that Nintendo has had a large percentage of top 20 charts in Japan since the DS launch, and now they're pointing out that OVERALL, from ALL GAMES sold in Japan, the top 21 are Nintendo's. Understood or do I have to spell it out? Anyway, that's very impressive, given that most Wii heavy-weights aren't even out yet. Although Japanese gamers are a bit quirky (not to say weird), I believe that Nintendo will do great this gen, but something like that would NEVER happen in the US. I mean, "English Training: Have Fun Improving Your Skills "? C'mon!

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Its fantastic, scary, and weird. Sony's response would be a poor and weak one if they were to mimic Nintendo's plan of getting the mainstream in the way they are. Somebody outa make a mainstream mature game, easy to play as Wii Sports/Play but a different type of setting etc. more mature stuff. I guess I could accpet that if they tried to blatantly rip them off. On the other hand I'd like to see Sony and Microsoft approach with a whle new style of games a la Touch Generation or the Wii____ games.

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Simply put, I must say I am impressed.

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The facts speak for themselves. Those who wrote Nintendo of in the Gamecube days should eat their words!!!

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Jesus!!!!! Thats Not domination... Thats brutality.....Come on Nintendo lets get the 1st party Gems in

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@Dominant It's just saying that they're doing so well, that they have dominated even past the best part, overkill basically. The 22nd is just so people know what it is, i know i was wondering what it was

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21 top games?? from Nintendo!!!! W00t!!!! Japan is now owned by Nintendo! Can that happen in America, EU and AU too??

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it's really funny to me that some people always said nintendo games are for kids or how poor tase of the people who play IT just because they like something different than you or because your favorite cosole didn't sells so well or whatever. I'm kinda wonder soem people even never play those game before but think they're poor already. Well , to be honest don't you think this kind of behave is more childish? I'm not a kid and i saw many adults who love and enjoy to play those games like my whole family or many of my friends or even my colleagues and some of them have kids and they're likd to play it together. either god of war or mario is still fun to me i can enjoy them both. If you just don't play some games and not even give it a try and judged them already just becase some people said it's stupid or for kids only so , I think you already missed some good things.

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Okay...why would you throw in number 21(coincidentally a DS game) in a top 20 list...and then give mention to the 22nd (oddly enough a psp game)? If you are going to show number 21 why not just add 22 underneath it instead of writing a whole sentence explaining what the next game on the list would be?! "Why? because having 22 games on a top 20 list is just rediculous!" Just an FYI GS...there are only 20 games on a list of the "Top 20" Something smells fishy

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We're doomed, we're all doomed... a good way, obviously. But with Nintendo being so dominant in Japan and super strong in the rest of the world, it looks as if the answer to the console war could be coming sooner than some thing.

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Well, I am still like it the Mario games. The Japanese know about games...

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Yeah! Go Nintendo. Also Rob3Nelson, Nintendo isn't just for kids. I know I can't talk because I'm only 13 but still, that's just a huge stereotype. You know, my friend's mum still plays Pokemon. Also if that's your version of hell what's your version of heaven now?

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I love what Nintendo has been doing with the games industry in the last couple of years. It has really helped to breathe fresh air into a stale and repetitive industry and expand the market to new consumers. This is clearly reflected in it's hardware and software sales figures. Kudos to a company that decided to take a risk that paid off.

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@rob3nelson I am an adult of 25 and love to play these games (I even own 6 of them). You've also got to think that the majority of DS owners aren't children. I know what you said is just your opinion but I don't think I, and millions of others, agree with it at all.

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No offense, but my version of Hell: playing all 21 of these games non-stop for 24 hours. While I admire the Japanese in some ways, I do not admire their taste in games. But, of course, I'm an adult. If I were 8 years old, 24 hours of these games would probably seem like Heaven.

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no offence ment... i couldnt spell japaneez so i said japs... and how is saying they have bad taste in games off topic????????????? this is a top 20 game news thread aint it??? wonder if the 5 to 6 ppl that quoted me got snitched on????????????? coz they were off topic not me!!!

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Wow...Nintendo is god

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Considering... DS is the world most famous console, it is not strange that DS is filling more than half of ranking all the time. DS is in the level that should not compare to the other consoles sales.

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woot go nintendo! i might have to grab me a wii someday :) i got to try it for the first time to day and boy it doesnt feel as gimmicky as i previsouly thought!!!

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wow.... the japs really loves their nintendo. i dont know if 360 even exist over their. japan is like the gaming capital of the world, nobody cares whats up here in the states, europe or wherever. i think its a big achievement if a US game makes a hit over there.

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I'm not sure what kind of gamer I would be right now without the DS. I guess I'd just play MMORPGs all the time. The DS has a ton of great titles. Once a month or so I'll pick up something cool for 360/Wii/PS2 and play for a week or two, then go right back to the DS. It rules!

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This just proves Nintendo is Japan's Company, Microsoft is American's Company, and Sony is becoming nobody's company.

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This is no surpise for Japan. The Wii is a hit there like DDR there. They've never liked Microsoft and Sony is getting too pricey and American for them. But still, Nintendo's a great company.

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I got to tell ya...NINTENDO has been my video game company since I played the Super Nintendo. And it will always be!!!! GO NINTENDO

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Man, Nintendo is pratically owning the Japanese market right now.

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its funny how the conversation goes from poor games and a dying fad (the Wii) to japanese obesity compared to american. o and not all americans are fat, so shut it.

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The Japanese know what's up when it comes to games! Where they go, the rest of the world will follow.

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Nice to see Nintendo completely back on its feet.

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"the japs have pore taste.. they like raw fish and sucky gimmick games i like cheese burgers and good looking hd games!!!" Apparently you like being mildly racist as well.

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WalterPaladines says: "Words." No one cares. People are going to buy whatever best suits their tastes. Hit PageUp to see how effective your phone book sized arguement is at convincing people that the PS3 is a good value.