Japanese Holiday Sales Pt. 2: The Softer Side of Sales

May 9, 2011 Written by Heath Hindman

Part two of our four-part series monitoring the Japanese sales over the country’s week-long holiday shows an old favorite leading the way in software sales. While PSP took everyone to school on the hardware charts, it was actually a DS game — a simple reboot at that — that claimed the most software sales. What can we say? People just can’t get enough Dragon Quest.

1. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 Professional (DS)
2. Final Promise Story (PSP)
3. El Shaddai (PS3)
4. Patapon 3 (PSP)
5. Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS (DS)
6. Super Robot Wars Z (PSP)
7. Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 (PSP)
8. Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 (PS3)
9. Starry Sky in Winter – Portable (PSP)
10. Monster Hunter Portable 3 (PSP)
11. Wii Party (Wii)
12. Nintendogs + cats (3DS)
13. Pilot Wings Resort (3DS)
14. El Shaddai (Xbox 360)
15. Detective Conan: Aoki Houseki no Ronbukyoku (DS)
16. Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection (PSP)
17. Otome ha Boku ni Koishiteru Portable Futari no Eruda (PSP)
18. Gachitora! Abarenbou Kyoushi in High School (PSP)
19. Haku Ouki Yugiroku DS (DS)
20. Pokemon Black & White (Editions combined) (DS)

It seems that you just can’t keep Dragon Quest down on its home turf, as DQMJ2: Professional‘s topping of the software charts comes at the same time as Wii-bound Dragon Quest X reclaimed the top spot in Famitsu’s periodic countdown of the most-wanted games. PlayStation 3 RPG Tales of Xillia had held the number one spot for several months prior.

Final Promise Story was the subject of much hype and fanfare, as its pre-orders were selling out in a lot of places, and one of my local game stores had constructed something of a monument in its honor; I really wish I’d gotten a picture. We’ll see how the titles hang on as the sales numbers from the rest of the holidays are tallied up, so be sure to check back.