It'd be impossible to discuss Japan's Xbox Live usage stats, recently released by Microsoft (and posted after the break), without pointing to the overwhelmingly Japanese-developed composition of them. Taking first place among the top XBLA purchases of 2009 was last year's Virtual On port -- a game so popular in Japan that it currently holds second place in the region's all-time bestsellers list. Games like Ikaruga and Trigger Heart Exelica populate the rest of the XBLA stats, though Western-developed Castle Crashers notably takes the number one position in all-time popularity.

The sheer Japanosity of these stats is even more apparent in the download numbers for all that other stuff. From demos (75 percent Japanese-developed) to Games on Demand (90 percent) to DLC (also 90 percent), Japanese players clearly have a hankering for homemade games -- even on their Western-developed consoles.

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Xbox Live Arcade

Top 10 (2009)
  1. Virtual On Oratorio Tangram (4/29/09)
  2. Battlefield 1943 (7/8/09)
  3. Castle Crashers (8/27/08)
  4. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (7/29/09)
  5. Trials HD (8/12/09)
  6. R-Type Dimensions (2/4/09)
  7. Shadow Complex (8/19/09)
  8. Ikaruga (4/9/08)
  9. The King of Fighters '98 Ulitmate Match (7/1/09)
  10. Mega Man 9 (6/24/09)
Top 10 (All Time)
  1. Castle Crashers
  2. Virtual On Oratorio Tangram
  3. Ikaruga
  4. Bomberman Live
  5. Battlefield 1943
  6. Trigger Heart Exelica
  7. Uno
  8. Castlevania Dracula X
  9. Fatal Fury Special
  10. Rez HD

Games on Demand

Top 10 (2009)
  1. Each Defense Force 3 (9/8/09)
  2. Idol Master (8/11/09)
  3. Idol Master Live 4 You! (8/11/09)
  4. Bullet Witch (8/11/09)
  5. Raiden Fighters Aces (11/17/09)
  6. The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion (10/6/09)
  7. Virtua Fighter 5 Live Arena (9/15/09)
  8. Armored Core 4 Answer (10/13/09)
  9. Tenchu Senran (9/22/09)
  10. Senko no Rondo Rev.X (9/8/09)
DLC

Top 10 (2009)
  1. Idol Master Live For You
  2. Dream Club
  3. Idol Master
  4. Fallout 3
  5. Otomedeus Gorgeous!
  6. Ace Combat 6
  7. Street Fighter IV
  8. Tales of Vesperia
  9. Agarest Senki Riapiarans
  10. Rumble Roses XX
Top 10 (All Time)
  1. Idol Master
  2. Idol Master Live For You!
  3. Ace Combat 6
  4. Dream Club
  5. Rumble Roses XX
  6. Tales of Vesperia
  7. Soul Calibur IV
  8. Fallout 3
  9. Otomedeus Gorgeous!
  10. Beautiful Katamari Damacy

Demos

Top 10 (2009)
  1. Bayonetta (10/15/09)
  2. Lost Planet 2 (8/19/09)
  3. Forza Motorsport 3 (9/24/09)
  4. Left 4 Dead 2 (11/3/09)
  5. Ninja Blade (1/5/09)
  6. Resident Evil 5 (12/5/08)
  7. H.A.W.X (2/11/09)
  8. Magnacarta 2 (7/24)/09
  9. Halo Wars (2/5/09)
  10. Time Leap (6/18/09)
Top 10 (All Time)
  1. Resident Evil 5
  2. Ace Combat 6
  3. Lost Planet
  4. Bayonetta
  5. Tales of Vesperia
  6. Trusty Bell (Eternal Sonata)
  7. Ninja Blade
  8. Tenchu Senran
  9. Armored Core 4
  10. Rainbow Six Vegas

Game Videos

Top 10 (2009)
  1. Dream Club First Video (4/21/09)
  2. Metal Gear Solid Rising E3-2009 Teaser Movie (7/8/09)
  3. Dead Rising 2 4/30/09)
  4. Dream Club "Yume Miru CagedBird Amane (HD) (5/25/09)
  5. Gears of War 2 "Rendezvous" Trailer Japanese Subtitles (HD) (4/21/09)
  6. Dream Club "Zettai Idol Sengen" Riho Futaba (HD) (5/25/09)
  7. Capcom Top Secret Announce (Lost Planet 2) (2/23/09)
  8. X Blade Japanese Video (4/13/09)
  9. Magnacarta 2 (4/21/09)
  10. Assassin's Creed II Japanese Subtitle E3 Trailer (6/19/09)
Top 10 (All Time)
  1. Dream Club First Video
  2. Resident Evil 5 '07 Latest Trailer Movie
  3. Metal Gear Solid Rising E3-2009 Teaser Movie
  4. Tales of Vesperia Trailer 1
  5. Idol Master TGS 2006 Promotion Movie
  6. Star Ocean 4 Trailer 2
  7. Dead Rising 2 Trailer
  8. Star Ocean 4 Trailer 1
  9. Gundam Operation Troy Trailer (HD)
  10. Last Remnant Trailer 2

This article was originally published on Joystiq.