Big in Japan Apr. 19-25: Nier Replicant

Square Enix's PlayStation 3 action RPG debuts atop the charts as hardware sales continue to slump.

Japanese game sales started this month strong, with tracking firm Media Create reporting nine titles selling more than 30,000 copies for the week ended April 4. Things slowed down after that, with only five titles managing to meet that mark in the following two weeks combined. That malaise continued deep into the month, as Media Create today released its Japanese sales figures for the week of April 19-25, showing that just a single title managed to top 30,000 copies sold.

Nier Replicant sold well for the week. Everything else? Less so.

The good news is that Square Enix's action-role-playing game Nier Replicant cleared that line, selling 60,174 copies for the week. Its sister release, Nier Gestalt for the Xbox 360, finished just outside of the top 10, selling fewer than 12,500 copies. (Versions of Nier Gestalt were released in North America this week for both the Xbox 360 and the PS3. Nier Replicant is not yet confirmed for an international debut.)

Nier Replicant wasn't the only new release in the top 10. Atlus' Tokyo Mono Harashi isn't part of the publisher's Persona series, but the third best-selling game of the week does share both a genre and a scholastic setting with the popular role-playing game franchise. Another PSP RPG, Falcom's Ys: Felghana no Chikai, slipped into the top five, selling a modest 16,167 copies. The final new entry in the top 10 isn't terribly new at all, as the PS3 Game of the Year Edition of Bethesda Softworks' Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion managed to sell 12,479 copies in its first week on shelves.

Continuing the slow sales trend, hardware numbers were also down for the week. The PSP and the PS3 were the only systems to sell more units week-over-week, although they improved their sales figures by only 123 and 39 units, respectively. The pair also finished in first and second place for the week overall, with the PSP hitting 28,758 sold and the PS3 trailing with 25,629.

Overall, the console and handheld pecking order was well preserved for the week. The Wii finished in third place overall, followed by a trifecta of DS systems, the Xbox 360, the PSP Go, and the PS2.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF APRIL 19-25, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Nier Replicant / Square Enix / PS3 / 60,174
2. New Super Mario Bros. Wii / Nintendo / Wii / 28,757
3. Tokyo Mono Harashi / Atlus / PSP / 21,953
4. Tomodachi Collection / Nintendo / DS / 19,681
5. Ys: Felghana no Chikai / Falcom / PSP / 16,167
6. Pro Baseball Spirits 2010 / Konami / PSP / 15,607
7. Wii Fit Plus / Nintendo / Wii / 15,217
8. Mario Kart Wii / Nintendo / Wii / 13,671
9. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition / Bethesda / PS3 / 12,479
10. Pokemon Ranger: Hikari no Kiseki / Nintendo / DS / 12,408

Hardware:
PSP - 28,758
PS3 - 25,629
Wii - 23,691
DSi LL - 16,676
DSi - 10,640
DS Lite - 2,789
Xbox 360 - 2,214
PSP Go - 1,544
PS2 - 1,490

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28 comments
Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Square Enix seems to be doing alright this year. Hopefully this game will do all right and show the world that FF is not their only strong point.

johny300
johny300

that shows how great The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is and im waiting for oblivion 5.

johny300
johny300

the ps3 is selling great in japan and good in us and the xbox is selling poor in japan and in us is selling great and the conclusion is that ps3 is selling better.

johny300
johny300

come on gamespot where is nier review.

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

Interesting that the PS3 has been outselling wii fairly consistently in Japan (I think the nearly non-existent sales of the 360 allows the PS3 to consildate the HD market). I don't think Nier Replicant is going to come out in the USA. Square made that version to appeal to Japanese audiences and hopes that Gestalt will appeal more to the western audiences. I mean the differences between two are mostly cosmetic anyway.

Seiki_sands
Seiki_sands

I think I'm really going to enjoy Nier. Elder Scroll GOTY, huh? Better late than never. Last weeks debut of No More Heroes Paradise fell to #29 on PS3 and off the chart on the 360 360's best selling games were: Nier at #11, Ketsui Jigoku Tachi (another vertical bullet hell shoot em up) at #15, and Elder Scrolls GOTY at #19 Western games of note (other than the ones mentioned): God of War III at #33 God of War Collection at #44 The only other thing that caught my eye was Knights in the Nightmare is apparently on the PSP now.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I never figure the DSi LL would be sell more than the others figuring the second generation is being developed. Oh well sales is sales

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

@megamario I don't have that one, so I don't know how good it is:P

X-RS
X-RS

i know square is the publisher but shouldnt the article say who the developer of nier is?

Noctisversus
Noctisversus

@genesis_123: I seriously agree with you... its stupid of SE to not release an english version of replicant... Btw, The game is too JRPG to really use an old guy... If they wana attract the western counterpart... at least try not make it feels so much like a typical SE JRPG, and make it something more like MGS.. if they cant do that, then let those who always support a typical SE JRPG - where you will most of the time see a young protagonist- get what they always expect from you!.( well, i din said all of the people, u may disagree).. So... SE! Please release atleast an english sub for replicant!! Ur just not good in designing an middle age heroic character like Kojima!!! Please do wat ur always good at and stay there!

dlihcraw
dlihcraw

Newer DSs = higher sales, older DSs = lower sales Newer PSPs = lower sales, older PSPs = higher sales Is the PSP Go officially dead yet?

ipikisis
ipikisis

Japanese games are very good, I think the best Japanese games that are translated, like final fantasy but also has many others that are great

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Genesis_123
Genesis_123

Clearly Nier Replicant is the superior title up there. SE would be morons to not give it an international release. I wonder how elder scrolls got in there? It's an awesome game but it's been out forever. You think everyone would already have it :P

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

The PSP needs to put some great games on the shelf, Maybe the Prince and Peace Walker will hit a milestone in PSP sales, in the coming month.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

WOW WII AND PS3 DS AND PSP NECK AND NECK , SHOWS THAT WII AND PS3 AS WELL AS DS AND PSP ARE STAYING POWER IN THIS INDUSTRY FOR YEARS TO COME

megamario9
megamario9

@mario-nin-freak WRONG!! they made warioware D.I.Y which is like THE GREATEST GAME EVAR!

elbert_b_23
elbert_b_23

nice to see a great sony week they need it, its also great on how xbox gets what it deserves in japan

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

Wow, you'de expect nintendo to be at the top in Japan, but nintendo hasn't really made any good games lately:( That will soon end on may 23 though, YAY!!!:D

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

Oblivion? I guess a excelent game never really dies isn't? Wohoo! 360 beats GO AND PSP! way to go MS!!!! (they should really forget about japan and use all that money they are wasting there to make killer games for the rest of the world)

lamprey263
lamprey263

whuah, Oblivion made the list!!! the game is western and been out 3 years over there, it's shocking it made it in the top 10.