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Japan Sales Figures for the First Half of 1997

You ever wonder what the sales figures for video-games in Japan are? We all know that Final Fantasy VII sold in excess of 3 million copies, but what other imported favorites like Dracula X, Tobal 2, Mario Kart 64, and 新世 紀 Evangelion 2nd Impression? Do you know what the Top 30 games for the first half of 1997 in Japan are? Would you be surprised to know that Parappa the Rapper and IQ ~ Intelligent Cube both out sold hot fighters like Bushido Blade and FIGHTERS MEGAMIX? If you haven't been following the scene closely, you may be surprised with what the rest of this article reveals.

The following sales figures for the time period of 1/1/97 to 6/29/97 were co-opted from the 9/12 issue of Weekly Famitsu.

RANK TITLE CONSOLE UNITS SOLD
1. Final Fantasy VII (Square) PlayStation 3,189,408
2. Pocket Monster (Nintendo) GameBoy 1,185,774
3. Final Fantasy Tactics (Square) PlayStation 824,671
4. I.Q. ~ Intelligent Cube (SCE) PlayStation 650,921
5. Parappa the Rapper (SCE) PlayStation 557,446
6. Ace Combat 2 (Namco) PlayStation 398,962
7. 新世 紀 Evangelion 2nd Impression (Sega) Saturn 381,703
8. Bushido Blade (Square) PlayStation 378,128
9. Puyo Puyo通 決定盤 ( Conpail) PlayStation 375,608
10. Crash Bandicoot (SCE) PlayStation 342,267
11. Gameで発見!! Tamagotchi (Bandai) GameBoy 322,973
12. Mario Kart 64 (Nintendo) Nintendo 64 319,037
13. Tobal 2 (Square) PlayStation 303,570
14. Gambare Morikawa-kun 2 (SCE) PlayStation 279,981
15. Super Donkey Kong 3 (Nintendo) Super Famicom 260,105
16. Macross Digital Mission VF-X (Bandai) PlayStation 251,448
17. Final Fantasy IV (Square) PlayStation 247,606
18. SD Gundam G Century (Bandai) PlayStation 243,364
19. The Company (Human) PlayStation 242,277
20. Star Fox 64 (Nintendo) Nintendo 64 238,517
21. 下級生 (Elf) Saturn 237,177
22. 天外魔境 第四の黙示録 (Hudson) Saturn 228,271
23. Bio Hazard (Capcom) PlayStation 218,351
24. Puyo Puyo Sun (Conpail) Saturn 217,510
25. Wild Arms (SCE) PlayStation 215,007
26. Rage Racer (Namco) PlayStation 209,315
27. ChoroQ 2 (Takara) PlayStation 204,814
28. 新 Super Robot 大戦 ( Banpresto) PlayStation 204,496
29. 新世 紀 Evangelion (Sega) Saturn 200,361
30. EVE burst error (Imaginia) Saturn 190,404
Other Titles Worthy of Mention
31. Super Bomberman 5 (Hudson) Super Famicom 189,543
33. Soul Edge (Namco) PlayStation 184,528
34. Dracula X (Konami) PlayStation 183,826
39. FIGHTERS MEGAMIX (Sega) Saturn 170,963
44. Formula 1 (SCEI/Psygnosis) PlayStation 145,036
45. Alundra (SCE) PlayStation 139,319
46. Arc the Lad II (SCE) PlayStation 136,078
49. 機動戦艦 Nadesico (Sega) Saturn 131,902
58. Toukon Retsuden 2 (Tomy) PlayStation 116,191
60. Tomb Raider (Victorsoft) PlayStation 113,081
67. Enemy Zero (Warp) Saturn 105,163
68. Namco Museum Vol. 5 (Namco) PlayStation 104,643
74. Time Crisis + Guncon (Namco) PlayStation 93,813
75. Xevious 3D/G+ (Namco) PlayStation 93,581
84. Blast Dozer (Nintendo) Nintendo 64 82,947


Hardware Sales

Units Sold in the First Half of 1997
CONSOLE NUMBER OF UNITS SOLD
PlayStation 2,246,839
GameBoy 680,949
Nintendo 64 304,783
Saturn 295,748
Total Units Sold
CONSOLE NUMBER OF UNITS SOLD
GameBoy 15,020,000
PlayStation 7,500,000
Saturn 5,000,000
Nintendo 64 2,000,000


Top Ten Games per (32/64-bit) Console for 1997

PlayStation
RANK TITLE OF UNITS SOLD
1. Final Fantasy VII 3,189,408
2. Final Fantasy Tactics 824,671
3. IQ ~ Intelligent Cube 650,921
4. Parappa the Rapper 557,446
5. Ace Combat 2 398,962
6. Bushido Blade 378,128
7. Puyo Puyo通 決定盤 (Conpail) 375,608
8. Crash Bandicoot 342,267
9. Tobal 2 303,570
10. Gambare Morikawa-kun 2 279,981
Saturn
RANK TITLE OF UNITS SOLD
1. 新世 紀 Evangelion 2nd Impression (Sega) 381,703
2. 下級生 (Elf) 237,177
3. 天外魔境 第四の黙示録 (Hudson) 228,271
4. Puyo Puyo Sun (Conpail) 217,510
5. 新世 紀 Evangelion (Sega) 200,361
6. EVE burst error 190,404
7. Pro 野球 Greatest Nine '97 183,379
8. FIGHTERS MEGAMIX 170,963
9. The King of Fighters '97 151,089
10. 機動戦艦 Nadesico 131,902
Nintendo 64
RANK TITLE OF UNITS SOLD
1. Mario Kart 64 319,037
2. Star Fox 64 238,517
3. 実況 Powerful Pro Baseball 4 181,294
4. Blast Dozer 82,947
5. 実況 J League Perfect Striker 63,823
6. 超空間 Nighter: Pro Baseball King 63,201
7. Doraemon 58,914
8. Super Mario 64 45,954
9. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire 33,196
10. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter 23,647

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