Big in Japan April 23-29: Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

Capcom's Resident Evil spin-off shooter dominated Japan sales for the week as Vita unit sales rise.

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Despite the lukewarm critical reception surrounding the spin-off Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Japan has paid no heed, with the PlayStation 3 version of the title sitting at first place on the recent Media Create sales update. The PS3 version of the game sold 252,525 units, while the Xbox 360 version was also in the top 10, with 16,285 units sold.

Zombie killing trumped life simulations and baby-making RPGs in Japan.

The PlayStation Vita also saw a significant bump this week, with a title in the top 10 for the first time since Gravity Daze and Tales of Innocence R. The PS Vita's Ciel Nosurge: Ushinawareta Hoshi e Sasagu Uta was at fourth place, with 33,324 units sold. The game is classified as a life simulator, with elements of a dating simulation and visual novel.

Players are tasked with taking care of a girl called Ion, who lives inside their PS Vitas. At the same time, the title implements a cloud-share system, where data from all players affects the narrative progression of the game. This hybrid title is developed by Gust, which is known for the Atelier series.

The PSP role-playing game Conception: Please Have My Children made its mark on the top 10 list at fourth place with 29,846 units sold. The game places players in the role of a student given the task of conceiving children with 12 "star maidens" to save the world of Granvania. The game asks players to create a party of up to 13 star children, each with his or her own different class types and skill sets.

Nintendo's Mario Party 9 also made its debut high on the top 10 list, claiming second place, with 152,883 units sold. Dynasty Warriors Vs. for Nintendo's 3DS also made its debut on the list, with the action title coming in at 10th place, with 15,578 units sold.

Otherwise, the usual suspects from the 3DS side were still around. Fire Emblem: Kakusei was still standing strong at third place, with 60,313 units sold. Super Mario 3D land was at ninth place, with 15,696 units sold.

Thanks to Gust's life-simulation title, PS Vita units experienced a surge in sales, going from 8,206 from the previous week to 12,299 units for the latest update. The PSP also saw a bit of a surge, thanks to new PSP titles, going from 11,779 units to 22,457 units. The 3DS, however, went down a little, to 74,282 units.

Top Japan game sales of April 23-29

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City/Capcom/PS3/252,525
2. Mario Party 9/Nintendo/Wii/152,883
3. Fire Emblem: Kakusei/Nintendo/3DS/60,313
4. Ciel Nosurge: Ushinawareta Hoshi e Sasagu Uta/Gust/PS Vita/33,324
5. Conception: Please Have My Children!/Spike Chunsoft/PSP/29,846
6. Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling/5pb/PSP/24,849
7. Idolmaster Anime & G4U! Pack Vol. 7/Namco Bandai/PS3/17,314
8. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City/Capcom/Xbox 360/16,285
9. Super Mario 3D Land/Nintendo/3DS/15,696
10. Dynasty Warriors VS/Tecmo Koei/3DS/15,578

Hardware
3DS - 74,282
PSP - 22,457
PS3 - 21,114
PS Vita - 12,299
Wii - 9,200
PS2 - 1,395
Xbox 360- 1,327
DSi XL - 895
DSi - 717

Discussion

19 comments
GamespotSux_IKR
GamespotSux_IKR

heeey~ Sold a little more than usual, Vita. Good job! ...you still suck

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

I'm seriously disappointed at how ORC got the top spot.But still good to see 3DS pwning.

ranzikiel
ranzikiel

ps vita seems to be fallin..i bought the psvita bundle with ninja gaiden,1 week after its february released..and i love it..but i never bought any game after that cuz games are freakin expensive..i just borrow games from my future bro in law..since he has 3 games atleast(rich kid)..but no trophies earned=<

steelmouth
steelmouth

its always a cause to celebrate and congradulation are in order when ever a 360 game  makes the japanese charts

gregori_designs
gregori_designs

I think it did better for ps3 in sales rather than xbox360 because in realty what other 3rd person multiplayer games do gamers have to look forward to on the play on ps3 not much for the 3rd person shooter fans on PS3...I do love RE and been a fan since PS1 but nothing quite replaces the GOW 3rd person franchise

foxfacer2d2
foxfacer2d2

resident evil operation raccoon city? the game sucked along with slant 6 it is just too bad that the concept was really good but it was destroyed

anticusho1984
anticusho1984

one good game pushes vita sales, I hope Sony has a plan to make the sales jump, it's a great piece of hardware and I want to get the most of it 

killlo
killlo

it be nice if you could buy a new ps3 game and also get a free vita version of the game

Agent-M
Agent-M

I guess Japanese gamers have lowered its standards.

Mark_HD
Mark_HD

PS Vita is doomed unless it gets a price cut and a lot of good games soon.

pszone
pszone

I cant belive psp beaten ps3 and psp vita weak as ever not gd. on other hand ps2 sale over xbox360 again .

GamerEye
GamerEye

I always find these sales figures interesting.

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

 @foxfacer2d2 it sucked cause you didn't know how to play it and you went in gunning which is stupid to do in that game

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Well doomed to a future of largely console ports. It needs a solid install base to attract games specifically made for the system.

lusafis518
lusafis518

 @Albelnox0  @foxfacer2d2 i thought it was a good game but i also went into this game knowing it was not a TRUE Resident evil game, i never played Socom so i cant compare it to other games like that. 

Strathdor
Strathdor

 @Albelnox0  @foxfacer2d2 Any child could play this game and beat it. It was the biggest joke of a game this year seriously it was a bad game you defending tells everyone you're just a fanboy.