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The Japanese market is infamous for largely sticking to games and hardware developed in their own country. This thread is devoted to celebrating Western-developed games that have found a large audience there.

Note: Since VGChartz is currently focusing more on global shipments rather than individual countries, I'm using a combination of official statements and Famitsu information to calculate sales, including digital info when available. Sales may be higher than shown below.

Updated as of May 2022

1. Minecraft (6.73 million sales)

Developer: Mojang (Sweden)

Breakdown

  • PS3: 380.000 digital
  • PS4: 504,559 retail + 440,399 digital
  • PS Vita: 1,105,696 retail + 357,935 digital
  • Switch: 2,801,507 retail + 546,295 digital
  • Wii U: 369,757 retail + 182,812 digital
  • X360: 24,394 retail
  • X1: 11,510 retail + 855 digital

2. Donkey Kong Country (3.25 million sales)

Developer: Rare (United Kingdom)

Breakdown

  • GBA: 251,878 retail sales
  • SNES: 3,000,000 retail sales

3. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (2.31 million)

Developer: Rare (United Kingdom)

Breakdown

  • GBA: 103,780 
  • SNES: 2,210,000

4. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble (1.87 million)

Developer: Rare (United Kingdom)

Breakdown

  • GBA: 100,175 retail
  • SNES: 1,770,000 retail

5. Grand Theft Auto V (1.81 million sales)

Developer: Rockstar North (United Kingdom)

Breakdown

  • PS3: 880,877 retail + 2,519 digital
  • PS4: 774,453 retail + 115,749 digital
  • PS5: 1,551 retail
  • X360: 33,894 retail

6. Donkey Kong Country Returns (1.31 million)

Developer: Retro Studios (USA)

Breakdown

  • 3DS: 331,697 retail + 870 digital
  • Wii: 979,539 retail

7. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (1.31 million)

Developer: Next Level Games (Canada)

Breakdown

  • 3DS: 1.31 million (includes at least 1,057,707 retail + 968 digital)

8. Luigi's Mansion 3 (1.13 million)

Developer: Next Level Games (Canada)

Breakdown

  • NS: 1,130,000 total (includes no less than 829,847 retail and 98,771 digital)

9. Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (1.10 million)

Developer: Naughty Dog (USA)

Breakdown

  • PS: 1,099,708 retail

10. Donkey Kong Land (1.07 million)

Developer: Rare (United Kingdom)

Breakdown

  • GB: 1,070,000 retail

11. Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (0.92 million)

Developer: Naughty Dog (USA)

Breakdown

  • PS: 917,105 retail

12. Donkey Kong 64 (0.85 million)

Developer: Rare (United Kingdom)

Breakdown

  • N64: 848,375 retail

13. Crash Bandicoot (0.69 million)

Developer: Naughty Dog (USA)

Breakdown

  • PS: 694,104 retail

14.  Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (0.67 million)

Developer: Treyarch (USA)

Breakdown

  • PS4:  511,722 retail + 155,094 digital

15. Just Dance Wii (0.67 million)

Developer: Ubisoft Paris (France)

  • Wii: 666,644 retail

16. Diddy Kong Racing (0.65 million)

Developer: Rare (United Kingdom)

Breakdown

  • N64: 653,426 retail

17. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (0.63 million)

Developer: Treyarch (USA)

Breakdown

  • PS3: 575,373 retail
  • Wii U: 21,471 retail
  • X360: 36,517 

18. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (0.60 million)

Developer: Rockstar North

Breakdown

  • PS2: 601,445 retail

19. The Last of Us (0.60 million)

Developer: Naughty Dog (USA)

Breakdown

  • PS3: 235,571 retail
  • PS4: 167,616 retail + 180,049 digital
  • PS5: 13,463 retail

20. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (0.59 million)

Developer: Infinity Ward

Breakdown

  • PS3: 493,230 retail
  • X360: 99,487 retail

21. Battlefield 4 (0.58 million)

Developer: DICE (Sweden)

Breakdown

  • PS3: 232,348 retail + 4,895 digital
  • PS4: 114,163 retail + 209,983 digital
  • X360: 13,354 retail
  • X1: 415 digital

22. Ratchet & Clank (0.56 million)

Developer: Insomiac (USA)

Breakdown

  • PS2: 562,658 retail

23. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (0.56 million)

Developer: Rockstar North (United Kingdom)

Breakdown

  • PS2: 557,132 retail

24. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (0.56 million)

Developer: Infinity Ward (USA)

Breakdown

  • PS3: 500,640 retail
  • X360: 56,129 retail

25. Call of Duty: Black Ops (0.55 million)

Developer: Treyarch (USA)

Breakdown

  • PS3: 482,537 retail
  • X360: 66,966 retail
Last edited by Salnax - on 15 October 2022

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