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Here’s The 50 Best Selling Video Games In Japan During 2013

Wondering which video games the Japanese bought the most of last year? Well we now know, thanks to Media Create. The chart tracking firm has published the best-selling games in Japan during 2013 and as you might expect there’s plenty of Nintendo related titles on the impressive list. Here’s the top 50 best-sellers in Japan last year.

  1. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 # (Capcom) {2013.09.14} (¥5.990) – 3.110.240 – 3.110.240
  2. [3DS] Pokemon X # (Pokemon Co.) {2013.10.12} (¥4.800) – 1.967.479 – 1.967.479
  3. [3DS] Pokemon Y # (Pokemon Co.) {2013.10.12} (¥4.800) – 1.759.117 – 1.759.117
  4. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf # (Nintendo) {2012.11.08} (¥4.800) – 1.628.044 – 3.597.999
  5. [3DS] Tomodachi Life # (Nintendo) {2013.04.18} (¥4.800) – 1.612.037 – 1.612.037
  6. [3DS] Dragon Quest VII: Fighters of Eden (Square Enix) {2013.02.07} (¥6.090) – 1.237.825 – 1.237.825
  7. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons Z (GungHo Online Entertainment) {2013.12.12} (¥4.400) – 1.005.658 – 1.005.658
  8. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo) {2013.03.20} (¥4.800) – 1.003.188 – 1.003.188
  9. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2013.10.10} (¥7.770) – 649.091 – 649.091
  10. [PS3] JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle # (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.08.29} (¥7.980) – 483.378 – 483.378
  11. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 # (Nintendo) {2012.07.28} (¥4.800) – 459.556 – 2.203.347
  12. [PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance # (Konami) {2013.02.21} (¥6.980) – 424.743 – 424.743
  13. [PS3] One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 # (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.03.20} (¥8.190) – 414.017 – 414.017
  14. [3DS] Disney Magic World # (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.08.01} (¥5.480) – 399.173 – 399.173
  15. [PS3] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix) {2013.11.21} (¥7.770) – 396.635 – 396.635
  16. [WIU] Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo) {2013.11.21} (¥5.985) – 392.087 – 392.087
  17. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Dream Team # (Nintendo) {2013.07.18} (¥4.800) – 387.579 – 387.579
  18. [PSV] God Eater 2 # (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.11.14} (¥5.980) – 371.027 – 371.027
  19. [3DS] Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (Capcom) {2013.07.25} (¥5.990) – 357.666 – 357.666
  20. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo) {2011.12.01} (¥4.800) – 317.939 – 2.226.905
  21. [PS3] Dynasty Warriors 8 # (Koei Tecmo) {2013.02.28} (¥7.560) – 317.822 – 317.822
  22. [3DS] Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (Nintendo) {2013.06.13} (¥4.800) – 309.526 – 309.526
  23. [WII] Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition # (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.11.29} (¥5.040) – 288.435 – 610.394
  24. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.02.28} (¥5.800) – 276.349 – 276.349
  25. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch (Level 5) {2013.07.11} (¥4.800) – 276.302 – 276.302
  26. [PS3] Gran Turismo 6 # (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2013.12.05} (¥6.980) – 275.687 – 275.687
  27.  [PS3] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2014 (Konami) {2013.11.14} (¥7.980) – 269.730 – 269.730
  28. [PS3] Call of Duty: Ghosts – Subtitled Edition (Square Enix) {2013.11.14} (¥7.980) – 264.566 – 264.566
  29. [PS3] Gundam Breaker (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.06.27} (¥7.980) – 264.452 – 264.452
  30. [3DS] Shin Megami Tensei IV # (Atlus) {2013.05.23} (¥6.980) – 257.901 – 257.901
  31. [PS3] Earth Defense Force 2025 (D3 Publisher) {2013.07.04} (¥6.980) – 255.673 – 255.673
  32.  [PS3] Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Real Reborn # (Square Enix) {2013.08.27} (¥3.300) – 244.379 – 244.379
  33. [3DS] Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (Level 5) {2013.02.28} (¥5.500) – 243.064 – 243.064
  34. 034. [3DS] Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Best Price!) # (Capcom) {2012.11.15} (¥3.800) – 239.788 – 363.383
  35. [3DS] Taiko no Tatsujin: Chibi Dragon to Fushigi na Orb (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.07.12} (¥5.040) – 238.662 – 579.195
  36. [PSV] Toukiden: The Age of Demons # (Koei Tecmo) {2013.06.27} (¥6.090) – 233.264 – 233.264
  37.  [PS3] Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX (Square Enix) {2013.03.14} (¥6.980) – 229.604 – 229.604
  38.  [3DS] Run For Money Tousouchuu: Shijou Saikyou no Hunter-Tachi Kara Nigekire! (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.07.05} (¥5.040) – 225.949 – 563.422
  39.  [PSP] Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment # (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.03.14} (¥6.280) – 224.662 – 224.662
  40. [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds # (Nintendo) {2013.12.26} (¥4.800) – 224.143 – 224.143
  41. [PS3] The Last of Us <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2013.06.20} (¥5.980) – 222.328 – 222.328
  42. [PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2013 (Konami) {2013.10.24} (¥3.980) – 215.248 – 215.248
  43. [WIU] Pikmin 3 (Nintendo) {2013.07.13} (¥5.985) – 212.311 – 212.311
  44. [PS3] Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (Capcom) {2013.04.25} (¥4.990) – 203.180 – 203.180
  45. [WIU] New Super Mario Bros. U (Nintendo) {2012.12.08} (¥5.985) – 197.776 – 567.167
  46. [3DS] One Piece: Unlimited World Red # (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.11.21} (¥5.980) – 193.181 – 193.181
  47. [PSP] God Eater 2 (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.11.14} (¥5.980) – 193.025 – 193.025
  48. [PSP] Pro Baseball Spirits 2013 (Konami) {2013.03.20} (¥3.980) – 191.063 – 191.063
  49. [PSV] Soul Sacrifice # <ACT> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2013.03.07} (¥5.980) – 190.546 – 190.546
  50. [3DS] Paper Mario: Sticker Star (Nintendo) {2012.12.06} (¥4.800) – 189.443 – 591.576

Thanks, Jacob B

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Dan Adelman Wanted Grim Fandango On Wii U

Former Nintendo indie boss Dan Adelman has mentioned that he really wanted to get the classic Grim Fandango to come to the Wii U, however his efforts were unsuccessful. A remake of Grim Fandango is currently in the works for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

“Grim Fandango,” he reminisced. “I mentioned the idea of an HD remake to Tim Schafer about 7-8 years ago. I was so jealous that PlayStation got that. Curse you, Adam Boyes!”

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EA Explains Why It Brings Games To Smart Devices Instead Of Nintendo 3DS

The chief operating officer of EA, Peter Moore, has explained why his company prefers developing titles for smart devices instead of Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. The company, which stopped producing titles for the two dedicated gaming handhelds, thinks that opting for smartphones and tablets would provide more favorable results in the long run.

“We were supportive of both of those platforms,” Moore said. “But then you’ve got finite resources and you’ve got teams that say, ‘We really think that two or three years from now, these are the platforms that people are going to be consuming games on.’ And you look at the quality of what you can do on phones and tablets… Sometimes strategy is not about what you do but what you don’t do, and you have to make some hard calls when you’ve got only so many people. To my point, we’ve got to be planning for FY 17 and 18. Do you think the Vita and 3DS are going to be around in some shape or fashion by then on a scale level?”

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Here’s The Official LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids Trailer For Nintendo 3DS

Warner Bros has released a trailer for their forthcoming handheld LEGO title, LEGO Ninjago. The highly popular LEGO Ninjago videogame franchise is back with high-kicking action and adventure. LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids comes to the Nintendo 3DS handheld and PlayStation Vita this summer. Based on the first five new episodes of the animated TV series, “LEGO Ninjago Rebooted,” players will battle and defend the New Ninjago City where the Ninjas face a technological threat by the evil Overlord and his robotic army of Nindroids. Using swift combo attacks, unique fighting moves, special weapons and new vehicles, the Ninjas must fight with all their might to save Ninjago.

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Brutal, Bloody Game ‘Aztez’ Coming To Wii U

Team Colorblind has announced that its debut game, Aztez, will be released on Wii U this year. Described as a “brutal, bloody, expressive, difficult, and replayable action game,” Aztez has players expand and maintain the Aztec empire through turn-based strategy while managing violent outbreaks via real-time beat ‘em up sequences. The title is also in development for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One.

“We’re happy to announce that Aztez is officially coming to PS4, Vita, Xbox One, and Wii U,” the developer wrote on its website.

“Our first release will still be on Steam (PC/Mac/Linux), with consoles releases as soon as possible afterwards. If we could, we’d love to launch on everything at once, but really there are just the two of us and launching on a console is a ton of work. We’ll have more timeframe details as we get closer to release!”

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Sony Says Nintendo 3DS Shows “Dedicated Handheld Device Has Not Gone”

MCV have ran an interview with PlayStation UK MD Fergal Gara and talks to him about a variety of subjects. One of the things on discussion is the 3DS, which Gara says shows that the dedicated handheld market isn’t dead as many would have you believe.

“Well that just shows that playing on a dedicated handheld device has not gone, as many will try to suggest. We want to have a healthy share of that handheld market. But we are playing fairly differently to Nintendo 3DS, when you think that is a dedicated handheld device with a very strong showing amongst kids. Vita is positioned differently. Yes it appeals to kids but also to committed gamers and as a companion device for PlayStation 4. 3DS shows that the sector is still there and that Nintendo is doing very well in it, so there is a market to harness.”

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Eurogamer Says ‘Savour The Wii U And Vita – They’re Our New Dreamcasts’

Respected online gaming publication Eurogamer has written an article declaring that the Wii U and the PlayStation Vita are our new Dreamcasts. However, the publication says this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as despite neither achieving commercial success, they both have a good back catalogue of games.

“Commercial success may evade them, but these ailing consoles are future classics.”

“It’s one of the odd phenomena seemingly exclusive to video game fandom that some people really do care. Sales figures are used as self-validation for those that have picked the most popular side, and there’s no shortage of morbid mobs prematurely ringing the death knell for struggling hardware. The strangely partisan behaviour of players who pledge blind allegiance to corporations is a matter for another day, though – what’s important is to forget about all that, and embrace some of those commercial failures while they’re still around for us to celebrate them.”

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iOS and Google Play Games Spending Was 3 Times The Amount Of Dedicated Handhelds Q3 Of 2013

Apple’s iOS App Store and Google Play experienced huge game sales growth during the third quarter of 2013. This surge in App spending has vaulted these platforms above the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Vita for the first time ever. Analytic firm App Annie reports that the App Store and Google Play spending on games combined was three times the amount of that on dedicated handhelds in the third quarter of 2013.

“Smartphones’ ease of use, low price point (due to subsidies), and multi-functional use as gaming and primary communications device have given them a ubiquity across a broad demographic that portable consoles will never have.”

“Add apps that are fun and engaging, and that deeper penetration can equate to big dollars for game app developers.”

-  Marcos Sanchez, VP of corporate communications at App Annie

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Pachter Says Nintendo 3DS Will Survive In Crowded Mobile Space, Vita Won’t

Wedbush Morgan video game industry analyst Michael Pachter has told Game Informer that the Nintendo 3DS will continue to thrive despite smartphones and tablets, but the PlayStation Vita will “die a slow, painful death”. Pachter reiterated that Nintendo owns the dedicated handheld space and Sony misjudged the size of the market.

On the state of the PlayStation Vita:

The sales are horrible. My model says the Vita sold 4.2 million last year. It’s a pretty small number and I don’t think they are going to build a business selling 4 million a year — and that number could go down. Vita is a little bit too elegant and a little too expensive. I always feel like I’m going to break it. But then it has relatively few games because they are complicated to make and the market is so small. Very few publishers are spending money to make them. You had Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, that cost Ubisoft a lot. It’s a whole new adventure. Sony will spend the money with their internal studios, but you’re just going to see [Vita] die a slow, painful death.

It’s super high-end in the market; it’s too expensive for a casual gamer. I know that phones are subsidized, but you can get a smartphone for free when you renew your contract. You can get an HTC free, or spend $200 on a Vita. It’s too [hard] to pass up the free phone. They are never going to get the casual end of the market.

On whether connectivity with PlayStation 4 could boost Vita sales:

I don’t quite get it. First they were selling it as a controller, which was lame. I would rather just spend $50 on a controller. They were selling it as a controller because…I have to turn off the game on my TV because American Idol is on and I have to continue my session on my Vita? That’s what a DVR is for, you can watch American Idol later. I think most people who have competing concerns about use of the console versus watching TV have their console on a different TV from where their wife is. I agree those are cool features, but it’s limited.

On the future of Vita and Sony in the handheld market:

There is no future and they couldn’t do any better [than Vita]. The market is what it is because of Nintendo. Nintendo built the market and Nintendo has the best name in handhelds. I just think [Sony] misjudged the size of the market and launched it into this s—storm of mobile destroying the casual end of dedicated handhelds. And Nintendo’s not giving up much share on the hardcore side, because they have three games to every one Sony game, and they are good games.

 

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Wii U Outsold By Vita In UK During 2013?

Online gaming publication Eurogamer has posted hardware sales figures for 2013 in the United Kingdom. The publication says the PlayStation Vita outsold Nintendo’s Wii U in 2012, but members of NeoGAF believe that the site has removed 2012’s sales figures from life-to-date and are talking about the end result of 2013 sales.

Looking just at 2012’s figures, Wii U was out-performed even by PlayStation Vita, despite Sony’s struggling handheld itself falling 41.5 per cent in sales compared to 2012.

2013 Hardware Chart UK

  • Nintendo 3DS (including 2DS, XL) – up 4 per cent
  • Xbox 360 – down 30.7 per cent
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 3 – down 31 per cent
  • Xbox One
  • PlayStation Vita – down 41 per cent
  • Wii U – up 41.5 per cent
  • Wii – down 72 per cent

Thanks, Kevin