According to Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, out of the 10 best-selling video games of 2012 in Japan, eight are exclusive to Nintendo platforms. Nintendo DS titles Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, which were released in Japan on June 23rd, 2012, have sold practically three million units in the country. Nintendo 3DS-exclusive Animal Crossing: New Leaf, also known as Animal Crossing: Jump Out, which was released in Japan toward the end of 2012, has sold over two million copies. Below is a list of the 10 best-selling games of 2012 in Japan; next to each title is a number in parenthesis, which represents how many units that game has sold during last year.
- [NDS] Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 (2,879,027)
- [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2,286,977)
- [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 (1,780,493)
- [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D (899,410)
- [PS3] One Piece: Pirate Warriors (825,860)
- [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (822,542)
- [PS3] Resident Evil 6 (821,053)
- [3DS] Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (776,171)
- [3DS] Super Mario 3D Land (738,109)
- [Wii] Dragon Quest X: Mezameshi Itsusu no Shuzoku Online (633,827)
According to Takao Unno, the director of Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, the protagonist in each of the core Pokémon games never speaks because the developers want the player to feel he or she is that main character. By keeping the main character silent, Unno hopes players develop strong bonds with the Pokémon and trainers they come across on their journey.
“As you know, the protagonist in the game never speaks. The idea is to make it feel like the player is that character as much as possible. By doing this we’re also hoping that the player has a better bond with the Pokémon they encounter, as well as the people they meet inside the game.”
-Takao Unno, director, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
While all Pokémon games are supposed to appeal to everyone, Nintendo’s Seth McMahill believes upcoming Nintendo DS titles Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 are made specifically for core fans of the series. For example, Misty, who is a Gym Leader in the original Pokémon games for Game Boy, is a part of the World Tournament in Pokémon Black 2 & White 2. The games will launch October 7th in North America, October 11th in Australia, and October 12th in Europe.
“If you look also at all the Pokémon that are included, like non-Unova Pokémon—Mareep’s in there, one of my favourites from Gold/Silver—they really kind of made this one the Pokémon player’s game. It’s really aimed at a player of the core series. A fan. Look at Join Avenue, an area where shops open up the more you communicate with other players. There’s the World Tournament, where you can fight old Gym Leaders. Misty’s in there. That takes me back to the Blueversion, before I even worked at Nintendo.”
“So, although this game appeals to anybody—obviously, I have to say that, as I work at Nintendo—as a Pokémon fan myself, when I first picked it up and started playing it, I was absolutely blown away. I was like, ‘This game is made for the fans.’ Anybody can play it, but a fan is going to love it, because they’ve opened up all those things.”
-Seth McMahill, Assistant Manager of Product Marketing at Nintendo
The Pokémon Company today made a Twitter account and Facebook page. Like its Facebook page and follow its Twitter account ”to get the latest Pokémon news straight from the source.” Upcoming Pokémon games for Nintendo DS, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, will launch October 7th in North America, October 11th in Australia, and October 12th in Europe.
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 director, composer Junichi Masuda doesn’t seem interested in an HD Pokémon Snap for Wii U, because most people own a camera that can take photos of whatever whenever they want. The thought of a core Pokémon game on Nintendo’s upcoming home console, however, intrigues Masuda. “It would be very cool if you could play Black 2 and White 2 on the Wii U,” he says.
Famitsu has published a list of the best-selling video games of July in Japan. Nintendo DS titles Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 are atop the list with 855,502 units sold. New Super Mario Bros. 2, which was released in Japan on July 28th, is number two with 430,185 units sold. Wii’s Kirby’s Dream Collection is third with 131,720 units sold. Out of the 10 best-selling games of the month, eight titles are exclusive to Nintendo platforms.
- [NDS] Pokemon Black 2 and White 2
- [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2
- [Wii] Kirby’s Dream Collection
- [3DS] Etrian Odyssey IV
- [PS3] Persona 4 Arena
- [3DS] Taiko no Tatsujin: Chibi Dragon to Fushigina Orb
- [3DS] Rune Factory 4
- [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D
- [PSP] Digimon World Re:Digitize
- [3DS] Danball Senki Baku Boost
Nintendo released a Japanese animated trailer for Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 in May, but has now uploaded a full English version to The Official Pokemon Channel on YouTube. The two Nintendo DS games will be released in North America on October 7th, Australia on October 11th, and Europe on October 12th.