Nintendomination: Nintendo Grabs Top Spot of Top Selling Games

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The battle for the top spot of best selling games in Japan has always been pretty bloody, with some games even failing to scratch moderate sales. Now, Nintendo joins an elite club, with their announcement that they’ve managed to secure the top spot of the top selling games in Japan.

Grabbing top spot, thanks to their game Yokai Watch 2: Ganso/Honke, they are enjoying a renaissance of sorts. It’s a dual game from Level 5. In this year of modest sales, having top spot in a list that features quite a plethora of titles and others is an achievement. Nintendo enjoys the top billing both in a hardware and software point of view.

From an extensive list covering the 1st of January up to the 29th of June, a list was released that showed that Yokai Watch was, unsurprisingly, the holder of the top spot. Mario Kart 8 is also doing good so far, grabbing fourth-place thanks to their being the top-selling home console game. Here are the top 30 games, as reflected from the list released by

1. Yokai Watch (3DS)
2. Dragon Quest Monsters 2 (3DS)
3. Kirby Triple Deluxe (3DS)
4. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
5. Pokemon X/Y (3DS)
6. Puzzle & Dragons Z (3DS)
7. Mario Party Island (3DS)
8. Knack (PS4)
9. Gundam Extreme VS Full Boost (PS3)
10. Dark Souls II (PS3)
11. Wii Party U (Wii U)
12. Yakuza Ishin! (PS3)
13. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS)
14. Samurai Warriors 4 (PS3)
15. Persona Q (3DS)
16. Sengoku Basara 4 (PS3)
17. New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U)
18. Harvest Moon: Story of Seasons (3DS)
19. 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-hen (PS3)
20. Sword Art Online ? Hollow Fragment ? (Vita)
21. Monster Hunter 4 (3DS)
22. Freedom Wars (Vita)
23. J Stars Victory VS (PS3)
24. Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
25. Fossil Fighters Frontier (3DS)
26. Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)
27. 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-hen (Vita)
28. Battle for Money Sentouchuu (3DS)
29. J Stars Victory VS (Vita)
30. Hatsune Miku ? Project Diva ? F 2nd (Vita)

If you’ll look closely, at the top ten, you’ll see Kirby in the third position and Mario Party Island in the seventh. While these are pleasant surprises, a speculation might be that these games might have a cult following in Japan. Couple with the “kawaii” design of Kirby, it might be the reason why these games are enjoying a mild surge.

Japan is more or less a Nintendo-held territory, and with the performance of games like Level 5’s Yokai Watch, expect Nintendo’s Wii U to continue its domination in the region.

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