Japanese game-mag publisher Enterbrain released figures in this week's issue of Famitsu ranking the top 30 best-selling games in Japan so far in 2009. The winner, as you'd expect, is Capcom's Resident Evil 5, with...oh, wait, no it's not, this is Japan, so the winner is actually Nintendo's DS RPG Mario & Luigi 3, with over 590,000 copies sold. (RE5 came close, though, breaking 570,000 copies between the PS3 and 360 releases.)
The real surprise though, lies in the other ranking Enterbrain released this week: the top ten best-selling console budget rereleases so far this year. Cranking out these figures, 1UP discovered that Capcom's Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is actually the best-selling game in all of Japan in '09, the 3140-yen "PSP the Best" version shifting nearly 700,000 copies in 2009 alone after the full-priced game dominated Japan sales figures all last year. They're not sure what it says about the Japanese game industry's health when a budget rerelease is the hottest seller of 2009, but hopefully things will step up a bit by the end of the year.