Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon best Halo Reach in Japan

Halo Reach may have broken sales records last week, but it seems that Japan’s gaming audience just wasn’t interested. Although Bungie’s latest entry in the Halo series sold a respectable number of copies, it came in fourth on the sales charts, following Pokemon Black & White, Front Mission Evolved, and Yu-Gi-Oh Tag Force 05, of all things. It’s not surprising that Pokemon Black & White did so well, but Yu-Gi-Oh? C’mon!

According to, Pokemon Black & White for the Nintendo DS topped the sales charts for the week of September 13, selling a whopping total of 2,557,779 copies. Front Mission Evolved for the PS3 came in second with 51,084 copies sold. But the real kicker was Yu-Gi-Oh Tag Force 05, which managed to outsell Bungie’s big new shooter with 45,879 copies sold last week. Halo Reach was a very close fourth with only 44,413 copies sold.

Above: Of course, Halo Reach seems to be selling like hot cakes everywhere else. The game raked in over $200 million in sales in the United States and Europe during its first day of release

Above: A commercial for the Pokemon wannabe on the PSP that managed to outsell Halo Reach last week

Sep 24, 2010


  • FlyinMX - September 27, 2010 7:48 p.m.

    Why are you so bitter Tyler? Just because something you don't like is more popular than something you like somewhere else doesn't mean anything. I'm among the minority that likes yu-gi-oh 5d's and I'll be getting Halo Reach eventually. Seriously there was no need to sound like a spoiled brat over this.
  • NappyAfro - September 26, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    I'm not sure what's more offensive. That Yu-Gi-Oh outsold Pokemon, or the fact that Tyler is calling Yu-Gi-Oh a Pokemon wannabe when it's clearly always been based on being a card game exclusively since the day it was conceived.
  • Zeb364 - September 26, 2010 6:10 p.m.

    And this is why I have no respect for Japanese gamers. Halo Reach may not have been the groundbreaking game some people wanted it to be but it's easily way better than any Yu-gi-oh! game. They're the reason so many of these ridiculous franchises still exist, like Dynasty Warriors. And it's on the PSP no less, a broken joke of a platform that most developers have officially abandoned. And I'm curious if they count B/W together as one total or as two separate games, which they are (not that I expect it will allow Reach to beat them).
  • Major Vasily - September 26, 2010 2:06 p.m.

    Remind me again why should I care about Japan?
  • seanhayden - September 26, 2010 4:03 a.m.

    Yu-Gi-Oh isnt a Pokemon Wannabe... Its actually a really good Trading card game. Easy to follow, but requires strategy too. But the games suck. so yeah.
  • jpbr139 - September 26, 2010 2:10 a.m.

    @Hydrohs: Agree
  • The_King_of_Nothing - September 25, 2010 10:24 p.m.

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! I love it.
  • Grimmjow - September 25, 2010 9:12 p.m.

    well, seeing as how Bungie is an American company, and Xbox isnt all too popular in Japan, to even mention that its isnt as popular as other games (especially when those games are based off of two very popular Japanese franchises) would be like posting up that someone mixed peanut butter and jelly in a sandwich, its not news worthy and nobody will be surprised by it
  • ShokuaHyuga - September 25, 2010 7:32 p.m.

    Calling Yu-Gi-Oh a Poke'mon wannabe is a cheap shot and untrue; that being said, it is rather surprising that Halo is losing in the ranks to a video game about card games.
  • tirkaro - September 25, 2010 12:18 p.m.

    Good. Looks like Japan still has some taste then.
  • Clovin64 - September 25, 2010 9:26 a.m.

    crumbdunky makes a good point. Why does Japanese developers want to Westernise their games when Japanese gamers don't seem to care as much for Western games? Sure, the Jap devs will probably please all the idiots in the US and UK who just want all games to be Halo/COD clones, but they will probably alienate the actual Japanese gamers, as well as people like me who couldnt care less about boring army grunt/space marine shooters and actually enjoys what comes out of Japanese developers.
  • n00b - September 25, 2010 6:26 a.m.

    @slowdrum13 ya lets all continue to enjoy our gritty beefy space marine shootin games.
  • Crabhand - September 25, 2010 4:58 a.m.

    I get why Pokemon outsold Reach, it's an awesome series. And I get that Halo isn't much of a big deal in Japan. But a fucking Yu-Gi-Oh game on the PSP? Wtf Japan.
  • Mamudo - September 25, 2010 2:52 a.m.

    Not surprising at all. Pokemon, nuff said. And yes believe it or not Yugioh! is still pretty popular.
  • Cyberninja - September 25, 2010 2:47 a.m.

    i would buy a yugioh game before i would get halo anyday. because i dont play many shooters but i like yugioh because its the best trading card around but thats just my opinion.
  • crumbdunky - September 25, 2010 2:06 a.m.

    In other news:rain remains wet, dogs bark and scientists confirm possibility of the Sun rising in the sodding morning. Surely this was so predictable even Pachter could have written the article, no? Shooters don't do well in Japan in general and most of the few 360 owners out there bought it to play the timed exclusive(when they were assumed to be ACTUAL exclusives)jrpgs and the MH game on the system so not even that many Japanese 360 gamers are likely to be Halo heads. I'm a series fan but I've noticed that gamers new to the series can often be a bit puzzled as to what the big deal is. Whether it's just not what they expect or what IDK but it's something I've come across a lot. Maybe with a lot of Japanese gamers being in that position it's another factor in this unsurprising tale. Whatever, it warms my heart, oddly, to see tastes are still pretty different in Japan to what they are in the US/UK and also makes me think about the current move in Japanese development towards anything western. What does it do for their OWN gamers if they don't actually like western games very much? I'd personally say they'd be better off making Japanese flavoured games than trying to ape what we in the west already do naturally-you play to your strengths, naturally, don't you?
  • Crimmy - September 25, 2010 1:49 a.m.

    I only care about the card game. All other things Yu-Gi-Oh! are stupid. But I'll take this as news that my fave card game is still well alive.
  • Cwf2008 - September 25, 2010 1:10 a.m.

    Pokemon: Understandable. After all it is the greatest game ever made. Yugioh though?! WTF
  • Felixthecat - September 25, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    This is barely surpirisng. MS don't have as much rep in Japan as Pokemon/Yu-Gi-Oh do and therefore I don't think of this as news. And yes, Yu-Gi-Oh is still popular in Japan. Also, Pokemon B/W will both probably be better than Halo Reach anyway.
  • Hydrohs - September 25, 2010 12:26 a.m.

    The amount of ignorance in this thread is astounding.

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