Japan’s top ten games of 2009

As videogame news becomes thinner on the ground, you can expect the slack to be made up for with lots and lots of reflective top ten lists. Here’s one from Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu. It’s the top ten Japanese sellers of 2009, and as you might expect, it’s nearly all Wii and DS stuff. 

Here are the top ten games of Japan after 51 weeks electronic consumerism:

  1. [NDS] Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (Square Enix) – 4.046.945
  2. [NDS] Pokemon Heart Gold / Soul Silver (Pokemon Co.) – 3.233.000
  3. [NDS] Friend Collection (Nintendo) – 2.065.000 
  4. [WII] New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo) – 1.972.000
  5. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII (Square Enix) – 1.516.532
  6. [WII] Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo) – 1.406.753 
  7. [WII] Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo) – 1.165.000 
  8. [WII] Monster Hunter 3 (Capcom) – 939.707
  9. [PSP] Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP the Best) (Capcom) – 894.469
  10. [NDS] Inazuma Eleven 2: Threat of the Invaders – Fire / Blizzard (Level 5) – 817.000

As you can see, the only things breaking up the Wii/DS stranglehold are very predictable entries. Final Fantasy XIII on the PS3 and Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite on the PSP. Unsurprisingly, the Xbox 360 doesn’t get so much as a sniff. Anyway, that’s a top ten list of games for you to look at for a bit.

Jim Sterling