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curl-6 said:
DKC is Western.
Not only were all 5 main entries developed either in the United Kingdom or the United States, but they're distinctly different in tone and style from Japanese developed platformers of the time like the 2D Marios of the same era. They don't look or feel like Japanese games.

Yeah, it's a rebranding and redesign of a universe. DK is a level up on Mario platform's.

DK western is a new DK, is not the same characters 



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Good thread idea.

Since GTA V (and probably Minecraft too at some point) will also be a next gen game its sales will keep chugging along; could end up 3rd.



Agente42 said:
curl-6 said:
DKC is Western.
Not only were all 5 main entries developed either in the United Kingdom or the United States, but they're distinctly different in tone and style from Japanese developed platformers of the time like the 2D Marios of the same era. They don't look or feel like Japanese games.

Yeah, it's a rebranding and redesign of a universe. DK is a level up on Mario platform's.

DK western is a new DK, is not the same characters 

Yeah, plus the look of the DKC games are more influenced by in Rare's case realism and CG animation, and in Retro's case an off-kilter look more reminiscent of Western cartoons with more detail than in the cleaner style of cartoon graphics seen in most Japanese games of a similar type.

David Wise's music has a style very unlike Nintendo's scores for games like Mario, Yoshi, Kirby, etc.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

I'm going to probably come back and update this thread in six months or so. My predictions for what'll happen by the end of June:

  • Minecraft will be released on PS5 and possibly the XSX, quickly selling another 6 digit figure of copies. This, combined with the continually high sales of the Switch version, means that Minecraft's lead is not going anywhere in the near future.
  • Luigi's Mansion 3 will keep on selling well, and will outsell Donkey Kong 64 possibly well before June. It might even become the ninth million-seller on this list by that time.
  • The game most likely to be added to this list is Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Note that Black Ops 4, the last entry in the sub-series sold especially well, and that Black Ops Cold War will likely benefit from cross-generation sales on both the PS4 and PS5.


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Wow. I've never played Minecraft in my life.



My prediction in 2021.

SW: 30m

PS5 16m

XBS: 7.5m

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Oneeee-Chan!!! said:
Wow. I've never played Minecraft in my life.

You have good taste.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

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They love Donkey Kong!



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Salnax said:

Honorable Mentions and Near Misses

  • Tetris was originally developed in Russia, but I feel that the versions of Tetris are too different to be considered a single game. Furthermore, the best-selling versions of Tetris in Japan are all developed by Japanese companies. Still, if you feel that an IP's country of origin is what really matters, Tetris on the Game Boy is #2 on the list above with 4.23 million sales.
  • Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS was ported by the American-based Nintendo Software Technology Corporation. I didn't count the porting of a game as developing it, but if this game is treated as a seperate entity, then it makes it on the list with 1.19 million retail and digital sales.
  • SimCity on the Super Famicom sold a whopping 900,000 copies in Japan alone. However, it is hard to consider it a western game when the port was developed and published by Nintendo under a license from Maxis. Similarly, if we combine the Saturn and Super Famicom versions of SimCity 2000, we end up with about 470,000 sales, an impressive number.
  • A number of entries in series represented in the list above narrowly missed the cut. These include Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto IV and Liberty City Stories, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Call of Duty: WWII, and Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 1,
  • The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is the biggest western RPG in Japanese history, with over 400,000 sales.
  • Although FIFA pales in comparison to the Winning Eleven (PES) series in Japan, the 1998 entry for PlayStation, FIFA World Championship, sold about 400,000 copies.

Trivia

  • Of the 24 games with at least 500,000 sales, 11 are from the United States, 8 are from the United Kingdom, 2 are from Canada, 2 are from Sweden, 1 is from France.
  • The games on this list mostly come from two time periods: the first wave, which includes 8 of these games, lasted from 1994 to 1999. Then from 2000 to 2008, only 3 games on this list were released. Then the second wave of 11 games came from 2009 to 2013. We are currently in another relative quiet period for Western games, as the only big games from 2014 to 2020 have been Luigi's Mansion 3 and Black Ops 4.

If you don't count Sim City and Tetris for that reason, then you would need to remove all the Donkey Kong and Luigi games since those are IPs from Japanese developer, and probably Nintendo EAD did have some hand in the development, like some overview or even gameplay/engine (Nintendo has an entire division just for those)

Last edited by Bofferbrauer2 - on 17 November 2020

Minor Update: I found some information stating that Donkey Kong Land, known in Japan as "Super Donkey Kong," sold about 1.07 million copies for the Game Boy in Japan. So if you were one of those people lamenting that Donkey Kong only represented a small majority of million-sellers on this list, I have got some good news for you.

The Game Data Library, possibly the best source of Japanese game sales figures in the non-Japanese parts of the internet, is currently undergoing an overhaul. I should be able to give this thread a proper update once that is done.



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Donkey Kong Land shipped in total 1.08 million units in Japan.

Donkey Kong 64 too was a million seller in Japan.

Shipment totals in Japan:

Donkey Kong Country (SNES): 3.00M
Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES): 2.21M
Donkey Kong Country 3 (SNES): 1.77M
Crash Bandicoot 3 Warped (PS1): 1.45M
Crash Bandicoot 2 (PS1): 1.33M
Luigi's Mansion 2 (3DS): 1.31
Donkey Kong 64 (N64): 1.10M
Donkey Kong Land (GB): 1.08M
Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii): 1.00M
Luigi's Mansion 3 (NSW): 0.92M (soon to be announced as a million seller)

Last edited by Endymion - on 27 January 2021