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Pokemon Black and White 2 was the best-selling game in Japan in 2012

Pokemon beat Animal Crossing as Nintendo clean up

In the US and the UK, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 was the best-selling game of 2012 but it's a different story in Japan where Pokemon Black and White 2 has topped the sales charts for the year.

Yes, according to Famitsu, Pokemon Black and White 2 beat Animal Crossing: New Leaf to take number one in the chart, selling 2.879 million.

While Nintendo games didn't feature in the US or UK top tens, the Japan chart was dominated by the company. Eight games from the top ten have been released exclusively for 3DS or Wii.

The best-selling Wii U game is New Super Mario Bros U at number 17. Here is the top 20:

1. Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 (DS)

2. Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)

3. New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)

4. Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D (3DS)

5. One Piece: Pirate Warriors (PS3)

6. Mario Kart 7 (3DS)

7. Resident Evil 6 (PS3)

8. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Edition (3DS)

9. Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)

10. Dragon Quest X (Wii)

11. Mario Party 9 (Wii)

12. Yakuza 5: Yume, Kanaeshi Mono (PS3)

13. Dragon's Dogma (PS3)

14. Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)

15. Tales of Xillia 2 (PS3)

16. Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS)

17. Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (PS3)

18. New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U)

19. Taiko Drum Master: Chibi Dragon to Fushigina Orb (3DS)

20. Wii Sports Resort (Wii)

[ Source: NeoGaf ]

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  1. shy guy 64 Thursday 17th Jan 2013 at 09:36

    that makes sense

  2. 5OUNDWAVE Thursday 17th Jan 2013 at 09:59

    good 2 see pro evo in the list , the japanese have taste !

    hopefully next year the wii u version will be in the top 20

  3. sciqueen Thursday 17th Jan 2013 at 14:47

    This is why the UK needs to be more like the Japanese. Just look at that variety! Unlike our FPS/FIFA/Sims dominated charts :/

  4. King Slazo Thursday 17th Jan 2013 at 14:55

    good 2 see pro evo in the list , the japanese have taste !

    hopefully next year the wii u version will be in the top 20

    Please don't just quote yourself and double post, there's an edit button for a reason.

    And its not surprising that there's a big difference between the east and the west, we have completely different cultures. Plus BW2 have the advantage of there being two of them, so technically New Leaf won by a wide margin.

  5. cheatmaster30 Thursday 17th Jan 2013 at 15:59

    Considering how well many Pokemon games sell, this should have surprised absolutely no one.

  6. 5OUNDWAVE Thursday 17th Jan 2013 at 16:44

    the edit button wasn't there when i went back to fix it king slazo

  7. TheSlenderman Thursday 17th Jan 2013 at 16:46

    Pokemon? Top of the Japanese charts? *drops phone in shock* :shock:

  8. ThePokekid78 Thursday 17th Jan 2013 at 17:12

    This is why I want to be Japanese; they appreciate quality.

    In the UK it's a case of "if it's not CoD or FIFA then it sucks"

  9. thenintendoer Thursday 17th Jan 2013 at 18:31

    agree with most people this is kind of list id like to see nintendo games actually in the charts a balance of all consoles and no fifa or cod games in sight :)

  10. Xenobladeperson Thursday 17th Jan 2013 at 18:45

    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Edition (3DS)


    That came out last year. ¬_¬

  11. KH81314 Thursday 17th Jan 2013 at 19:09

    I only own 8 of these games but thats only because some of them aren't out in North America yet. Still, great news for pokemon and cant wait for the next one.

  12. lazy_by_choice Thursday 17th Jan 2013 at 23:54

    Pokemon rightfully deserved the top spot!! I'm not surprised by the outcome :)

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