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Non-games selling non-poorly in Japan

It's no secret that Japan has got Brain Age on the brain. Brain Age and its sequel, which was just now (kind of) announced for the US, have broken all kinds of sales records and been pretty much the sole motivator for the insane success of the DS.

But what is less well-known is that, in addition to driving the creation of a ton of copycat software, training fever is pervasive enough to drive sales of that stuff. In other words, Brain Age has created a market for non-games, just like Nintendo hoped it would.

Gpara compiled a list of 95 DS non-games ordered by Media Create sales numbers, and NeoGAFfer Jonnyram has translated the first ten. These things don't cost much to make, and they are bringing in stacks of money. That's Economics Training at work. Or it would be if that existed. Give it a couple of weeks.
  1. Brain Age 2: 4,266,000
  2. Brain Age: 3,403,000
  3. Eigo Zuke (English Training): 1,937,000
  4. Big Brain Academy 1,519,000
  5. General Knowledge Training/Common Sense Training:1,381,000
  6. Cooking Navi: 815,000
  7. Kanji Test: 523,000
  8. Tokoton Kanji Brain: 406, 000
  9. IQ Suppli DS: 219,000
[Via NeoGAF]

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1. Am I alone in desperately wanting the common sense training game to come to Europe? I think we have a real need for that sort of thing here.

Posted at 8:29PM on May 23rd 2007 by Ewa

2. Lol you make think europe needs common sense training, but you have no idea how helpful that would be for the population here in the USA. Common sense? Look at our president....

Posted at 9:56PM on May 23rd 2007 by Crass

3. I hope that this non-game virus will never, ever spread outside Japan. It's destroying gaming as we know it.

Apart from a couple of well known franchises (FF, Dragon Quest) so called "real games" do not sell anhmore.

Why spend two years developing something which sells 100000 copies, if you can knock up "Brain Puzzle English Training for Gullible Non-Gamers Part 445" in two months and sell two million copies?

Really sad.

Posted at 7:42AM on May 24th 2007 by jou

4. In reply to #3. "real games" will always come out. Despite what you say money is not the sole reason games get made, sure it is a big factor, but game developers make games because they love games. The non game is a big deal right now but it will eventually pass. I hope it will become popular enough to carve out a niche for itself and not completely fade away, or at least get popular enough to get some releases in the U.S.
On a side note, you are a douche bag. Ha Ha HA HA ha

Posted at 12:00PM on May 24th 2007 by blasphemizer

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