Best-Selling Games in Japan So Far in 2016: Dark Souls 3 #1 on PS4, Dragon Quest Builders #1 on Vita

July 28, 2016 Written by Jason Dunning

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Tallying up the games sold at retail from December 28, 2015 to June 26, 2016, Famitsu has released a list of the best-selling games in Japan so far in 2016.

The first four spots are taken up by 3DS games, with Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 #1 overall, selling 610,000 copies. The first PlayStation 4 title, Dark Souls 3, shows up in 5th with 313,000 sold, and the first PlayStation Vita title, Dragon Quest Builders, placed in 7th with 288,000 sold.

Keeping in mind that digital sales aren’t counted, but digital download cards bought at retail and bundles are, here’s the best-selling games in Japan so far this year:

Best-Selling Games of 2016 So Far (Lifetime Total in Brackets)

50. Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition (PS4) – 70,131 (91,255)

49. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (3DS) – 72,015 (246,689)

48. World: Next Order (PS Vita) – 75,325

47. Gundam Extreme VS-Force (PS Vita) – 76,169 (146,154)

46. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (PS4) – 76,269 (350,539)

45. Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire (3DS) – 77,763 (3,000,492)

44. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Wii U) – 81,700

43. Street Fighter V (PS4) – 81,854

42. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PS4) – 85,640

41. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2016 (PS3) – 85,722

40. Gundam Breaker 3 (PS4) – 88,205

39. Rhythm Heaven The Best (3DS) – 89,534  (696,877)

38. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (3DS) – 94,961 (1,377,841)

37. Attack on Titan (PS4) – 99,330

36. Overwatch: Origins Edition (PS4) – 99,714

35. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X (PS Vita) – 101,239

34. Hyrule Warriors Legends (3DS) – 102,500

33. Dragon Quest Builders (PS3) – 107,119

32. Yakuza: Kiwami (PS3) – 108,717

31. Dragon Quest Builders II (PS3) – 110,351

30. Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (3DS) – 110,597

29. Attack on Titan (PS Vita) – 112,510

28. Gundam Breaker 3 (PS Vita) – 113,712

27. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2016 (PS Vita) – 122,181

26. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2016 (PS4) – 133,772

25. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse (3DS) – 138,964

24. Star Ocean 5 (PS4) – 140,026

23. The Division (PS4) – 141,384

22. Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U) – 143,168

21. Yakuza: Kiwami (PS4) – 144,787

20. Pokken Tournament (Wii U) – 148,092

19. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4) – 167,261

18. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (3DS) – 181,769

17. Yo-kai Watch Busters (3DS) – 183,876

16. Kan Colle Kai (PS Vita) – 184,943

15. Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow (3DS Download) – 188,228

14. Dragon Quest Heroes II (PS Vita) – 195,318

13. Dragon Quest Builders (PS4) – 205,709

12. Ace Attorney 6 (3DS) – 238,516

11. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (PS Vita) – 239,164 (717,642)

10. Super Mario Maker (Wii U) – 240,307 (914,501)

9. Dragon Quest Heroes II (PS4) – 260,097

8. Splatoon (Wii U) – 269,056 (1,333,953)

7. Dragon Quest Builders (PS Vita) – 287,521

6. Monster Strike (3DS) – 310,167

5. Dark Souls 3 (PS4) – 313,187

4. Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS) – 330,809

3. Monster Hunter Cross (3DS) – 345,656 (2,787,633)

2. Yo-kai Sangokushi (3DS) – 539,181

1. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3 (3DS) – 609,603

For publishers, Nintendo was at #1 with 2.83 million. Square Enix followed in 2nd with 2.39 million, and Bandai Namco was in 3rd with 1.42 million.

Looking at hardware, the PlayStation 4 managed to defeat the 3DS, and the PlayStation Vita easily topped the Wii U:

Best-Selling Hardware of 2016 So Far (Lifetime Total in Brackets)

  1. PlayStation 4 – 716,849 (2,847,582)
  2. 3DS – 667,907 (20,704,863)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 533,008 (4,915,425)
  4. Wii U – 218,215 (3,161,802)
  5. PlayStation 3 – 32,950 (10,239,691)
  6. Xbox One – 3,172 (67,223)

Both versions of Yo-kai Watch 3 didn’t come out until July, but after just two weeks on the market, they’ve combined to move 801,000 copies – far ahead of Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3.

[Source: Famitsu, Kotaku, NeoGAF]