Japan Video Game Charts: Bestsellers In First Half Of 2011, This Week Topped By LA Noire

It’s the middle of the year, and the Famitsu [JP], Japan’s (and probably the world’s) biggest video game magazine, decided it’s a good time to release the top 10 of the best-selling video games in Japan in the first half of this year, apart from a list of the top selling titles this week.

Top 10 of the best selling games in Japan in the first half of 2011:

1. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP, Capcom): 968,269 units
2. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional (NDS, Square Enix): 469,469
3. Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy (PSP, Square Enix): 454,522
4. Dynasty Warriors 6 (PS3, Koei): 443,873
5. Ryu ga Gotoku Of the End (PS3, Sega): 376,193
6. Donkey Kong Returns (Wii, Nintendo): 368,527
7. Dai-2-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z (PSP, Bandai Namco): 364,881
8. Phantasy Star Portable 2  (PSP, Sega): 352,511
9. Wii Party (Wii, Nintendo): 349,951
10. SD Gundam G Generation World (PSP, Bandai Namco): 332,278

As you can see, the list includes only games made by Japanese companies.

But in the same issue, the Famitsu shows the top 10 of the best selling video games in Japan this week, too. And this list is topped by Rockstar’s L.A. Noire and includes titles by other foreign game developers (on 2, 3, 4, and 9). Last month, the Famitsu gave L.A. Noire an almost perfect score of 39/40.

1. L.A. Noire (PS3, Take-Two): 58,436 units
2. Infamous 2 Sony (PS3, Take-Two): 33,474
3. Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (PS3, D3): 30,189
4. Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (XBOX360, D3): 17,817
5. Wii Play: Motion Nintendo (Wii, Nintendo): 17,008
6. Little Battler Xperience Level-5 (PSP, Level 5): 15,807
7. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS, Nintendo): 14,985
8. Steins Gate (PSP, Kadokawa Shoten): 13,700
9. GoldenEye 007  (Wii, Nintendo): 13,216
10. Wii Sports Resort (Wii, Nintendo): 12,877
11. L.A. Noire  (XBOX360, Take-Two): 12,621