Big in Japan April 11-17: Super Robot Taisen

Namco's latest mech battle royale for PSP leads packed slate of new releases on Japanese sales charts; Homefront and Pilotwings Resort debut as 3DS retakes hardware lead from PSP.

Media Create's Japanese sales charts for the week of April 11-17 saw a significant amount of turnover, with new releases accounting for seven of the top 10 games. The only remaining games from the previous week's chart were Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional, Earth Defense Force 2 Portable, and the tenacious Dynasty Warriors 7 (which clung to the 10th spot in its sixth week on the charts).

Not even a super deformed art style can make the iconic stars of Super Robot Taisen less recognizable.

As for the newcomers to the chart, they were led by Namco's latest super deformed giant robot battle royale, Dai-2-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z Hakai-hen, which sold 307,019 copies in its debut. The latest installment in the long-running turn-based strategy series features dozens of mechs licensed from popular franchises like Gundam, Mazinger Z, Macross, and Big O. The series is not entirely unknown in the West, as Atlus has localized previous "Original Generation" installments--created with generic mechs to avoid licensing issues--for Nintendo's portable systems, most recently with 2009's DS game Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier.

Three more spots in the top 10 were claimed by various versions of Konami's new release, Pro Baseball Spirits 2011. The PlayStation 3, PSP, and 3DS versions of the publisher's long-running baseball series ranked second, fourth, and ninth on the charts, respectively. Combined, the three games sold nearly 170,000 copies.

The remaining newcomers to the chart may be a bit more familiar internationally. Nintendo's Pilotwings Resort for the 3DS made its debut in sixth place, followed by THQ's first-person shooter Homefront in seventh. Atlus' well-regarded Persona series of role-playing games also produced a new chart topper, as the PSP remake of the 1999 PlayStation role-playing game Persona 2: Tsumi debuted in fifth place.

New also trumped old on the hardware side of the charts, as Nintendo's 3DS bested the PSP--28,252 units sold to 23,846 units sold--after Sony's handheld posted back-to-back weeks as the best-selling system. Prior to that, the 3DS had locked down the top spot on the hardware charts for six weeks, dating back to its February Japanese launch. The PlayStation 3 took its increasingly common third place position, selling 22,265 systems, falling behind the main handhelds but well ahead the 8,122 sold by its closest competition, the Nintendo Wii. Sony's PSP Go, which was discontinued in Japan this week, limped its way toward the end of its lifespan, selling 207 units for the week.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF APRIL 11-17
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Dai-2-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z Hakai-hen / Namco / PSP / 307,019
2. Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 / Konami / PS3 / 86,486
3. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional / Square Enix / DS / 86,364
4. Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 / Konami / PSP / 71,264
5. Persona 2: Tsumi / Atlus / PSP / 62,761
6. Pilotwings Resort / Nintendo / 3DS / 26,554
7. Homefront / Spike / PS3 / 22,111
8. Earth Defense Force 2 Portable / D3Publisher / PSP / 16,898
9. Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 / Konami / 3DS / 11,644
10. Dynasty Warriors 7 / Koei Tecmo / PS3 / 10,369

Hardware:
3DS - 28,252
PSP - 23,846
PS3 - 22,265
Wii - 8,122
DSi LL - 7,724
DSi - 6,809
Xbox 360 - 1,898
PS2 - 1,261
DS Lite - 423
PSP Go - 207

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23 comments
SLRMC93
SLRMC93

Its articles like this that make me wish my consoles were region free. :(

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

chaos they are rumored to announce wii 2 at e3 , so with that said , wii 1 is almost over quite frankly , and theyd walk away just by the fact it was a success unlike sega they will not be digging a grave

ChaosDynasty
ChaosDynasty

@mariokart64fan u are probably right about other countries, but u might need to bring some sales figures to back that up.sure wii is still selling alot out of Japan but countries like NA have a higher population.by MY assumption nintendo is worried about SALES RATE, which has been decreasing.does not take a 10-year old to figure that out just by looking at a chart/graph.Had the wii been selling at the same rate as the beginning of its 2-year in, nintendo would probably say "screw putting effort/money into wii2, we a still floating in cash from wii." They have saturated their fanbase too much, while Sony and M$ are riding the momentumm, now Nintendo have to come out with a console to catch in 3rd-party-support/online/hd with the other two. Sure nintendo will have like a 1-2 year lead but that can easily changed if the ps4 or next-xbox bring something truly amazing into the table. Sales ofcourse have an effect.The SALES/RATE tell nintendo, it is TIME to move on.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

You know another thing is that how come gamespot did not bother to post coverage on these Japanese games even if there is no chance for localization, you know true gamers import these games and both PSP and PS3 are region free. Its not like every frigging game should be a stupid next couple years future FPS where Americans are again the goody two shoes against a tiny nation that all of a sudden grows faster than a hard... virtual on love that game.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

How pathetic, gamespot uses a Japanese sales chart to give free hype for homefront, are they really that paranoid that Japan will make allies with a fantasy Evil Korean Empire? lol

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

chaos in japan key word in japan every where else wii is still selling quite alot , enough to keep it around for say, that dont mean they wont release wii 2 , they probably will , but your asumption wii sales is the reason no i dont think so , i think it s nintendo , they know when its time and quite frankly it is time hd tvs are standard and that is what nintendo waited for they waited for the market ,to be fully ready , and now they will jump on

ChaosDynasty
ChaosDynasty

The wii is doing worse than i expected. No wonder Nintendo finally decided after all this time to jump on the HD band-wagon with the Project-Cafe.

daabulls23
daabulls23

Pro Baseball Spirits must be awesome.

sheah1
sheah1

SRW. PSP. Europe release. Now.

Dx-Entity
Dx-Entity

Come on, we want a PS3 SRW! I'm also looking forward to what Bamco has in store for the NGP. (Too bad 3DS is region locked, I probably won't buy a JP 3DS just for 1 series I like)

nini200
nini200

Cant wait for a 3DS Super Robot Taisen. Until then, Sakura Wars on Wii has my attention. XD

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

3DS isn't doing so bad to say it tops the charts against the PSP (which has no successor yet) which will be quite a bit cheaper and got more games.

nanorazor
nanorazor

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shippou555
shippou555

Actully no, I will mostly miss the squads system. No idea why it was taken down in favor of...actully I have no idea they just took features its like Crysis 2 "DEEEEEEERP LETS PUT MORE STUFF SO PEOPLE ARE LESS CONFUSED LOLK"

shippou555
shippou555

Too bad the quality got down so much from SRWZ 1 to SRWZ 2. Well what can you expect of a PSP'd sequel? I will miss looking at 3D maps and not at little chopped off 2D heads. Couldn't stand them in A advance

basikninja2
basikninja2

So monster hunter portable 3rd is out huh? Well it still held in the top 10 for a VERY long time though,and I lol'ed at the PSP go

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

for a new console, im surprised 3DS is not at least 2x ahead of the competition..

zzamaro
zzamaro

I wonder if those are the final numbers for the PSP Go.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

When Dragon Quest X comes out, it will give the Wii a big boost.