Japan loves Nintendo in 2008

Attempting to add a little drama into this post by trying to make you guess which gaming company had nine of the top ten best selling pieces of software in Japan in 2008 would be like asking anyone on the street what 2 plus 2 is; 90 percent of the people would know the answer and those that didn’t are idiots and natural selection is going to take care of them anyway. However, if you are in that 10 percent and haven’t died off yet than we’ll just let you know that it’s Nintendo. Japan buys things on the Wii and DS according to the end of the year numbers.

In fact, in the top 30 games (listed after the jump) a dominant amount were on the Wii and the DS. The only major upset in this trend is the fact that Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G, the game that is one of the prime reasons the PSP still sells in the land of the rising sun, was the top selling piece of software for the year. Sony has got to be loving that. If you’re looking for any other home console on the list other than the Wii, you’ve got to drop down to number 13 for Sony and number “not gonna happen” for the 360. Oh, and just in case Sony gets a bit to uppity about their number one spot, Nintendo can point out that four of their games weren’t even released in 2008!

01. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP)
02. Pokemon Platinum (DS)
03. Wii Fit (Wii)
04. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
05. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
06. Rhythm Tengoku Gold (DS)
07. Dragon Quest V (DS)
08. Hoshi no Kirby: Ultra Super Deluxe (DS)
09. Animal Crossing City Folk (Wii)
10. Wii Sports (Wii)
11. Phantasy Star Portable (PSP)
12. Pokémon Ranger: Batonnage (DS)
13. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
14. Professor Layton and the Final Time Journey (DS)
15. Wii Play (Wii)
16. Dissidia Final Fantasy (PSP)
17. Super Robot Taisen Z (PS2)
18. Mario Party DS (DS)
19. DS Bimoji Training (DS)
20. Daigasso! Band Bros. DX (DS)
21. Mario Kart DS (DS)
22. Musou Orochi Sairin (PS2)
23. Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode (DS)
24. Chrono Trigger (DS)
25. Meccha! Taiko Drum Master DS: 7-tsu no Shima no Daibouken (DS)
26. Mobile Suit Gundam vs. Gundam (PSP)
27. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (DS)
28. Powa Pro Kun Portable 3 (PSP)
29. Persona 4 (PS2)
30. New Super Mario Bros. (DS)