Big in Japan August 1-7: Kirby Mass Attack

Kirby's latest handheld adventure second to Sega's new soccer game in latest Japanese sales chart; 3DS slips to fifth place in hardware race.

Japanese gamers love soccer, puffballs, and exaggerated takes on Iron Chef, if the latest Media Create charts for Japan are anything to go by.

Kirby and his clone army are on fire this week in Japan.

The week of August 1-7 belonged to the debut of J-League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou 7 Euro Plus. According to the tracking firm, the Sega-published soccer game for the PSP sold 101,022 units and finished atop the software charts for the week.

Just below the soccer game was HAL Laboratory's new Kirby game on the DS. Titled Kirby Mass Attack, the game made its debut in second place with 74,915 units sold. Described as a "side-scrolling real-time strategy" game, Kirby Mass Attack has players use a stylus on the DS touch screen to guide multiple clones of Kirby to go from point A to point B, navigating through pitfalls and solving puzzles that obstruct their path. Fans of the puffball can check out the game in English on September 19. For more information, check out GameSpot's recent preview of the game.

Sitting at third place is Toriko: Gourmet Survival for the PSP with 62,882 units sold. The action title is based on the current hit manga that started in 2008. The series' premise is about a man named Toriko who hunts down rare animals using his martial art skills and cooks them for dinner.

Other notable software releases include the debut of last year's Epic Mickey in Japan, now under the moniker "Disney Epic Mickey: Mickey Mouse and the Magic Brush." The 3D platformer designed by Warren Spector sold 27,257 copies and is seated at sixth place. Yuji Naka's latest title from Prope Studio, Family Fishing, is just below Epic Mickey with 22,365 units sold. Last week's former number-one title Rhythm Heaven dropped to fourth place with 62,597 units sold, while former number-two title Queen's Gate: Spiral Chaos for the PSP dropped to 13th place with 12,445 units sold.

As for hardware, the Wii finished the week in third place, behind Sony's first-place PSP and runner-up PlayStation 3. The Wii sold 17,004 units on the week, while the PSP and PS3 sold 35,619 and 18,338 units respectively. With an announced price drop in the works, the 3DS dropped to fifth place with 4,132 units sold.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF AUGUST 1-7

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. J-League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 7 Euro Plus / Sega / PSP / 101,022
2. Kirby Mass Attack / Nintendo / DS / 74,915
3. Toriko: Gourmet Survival! / Namco Bandai / PSP / 62,882
4. Rhythm Heaven / Nintendo / Wii / 62,597
5. All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation / Namco Bandai / DS / 52,575
6. Epic Mickey / Nintendo / Wii / 27,257
7. Family Fishing / Namco Bandai / Wii / 22,365
8. Wii Sports Resort / Nintendo / Wii / 18,945
9. Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX (Deluxe) / Namco Bandai / PSP / 14,872
10. Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2 / Atlus / DS / 12,904

Hardware
PSP - 35,619
PS3 - 18,338
Wii - 17,004
DSi XL - 4,176
3DS - 4,132
DSi - 3,900
PS2 - 1,529
Xbox 360 - 1,406
DS Lite - 102
PSP Go - 0

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30 comments
Emono
Emono

Everyone who's saying 3DS is dead, you do know that it's sold 200,000 units in it's first post-price drop week right? and that's just in Japan. o.O

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

The price drop for 3DS is just about to happen, it's dropping 10,000 yen. that is why it sold so little.

cameio
cameio

WOW 3DS is dead already LOL

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

PSP Go is 0 because is a crappy attempt of a handheld!

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

as always,SONY doesn't hold back!

franzito
franzito

Kirby deserves it! CUTE!

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

Good to see the original DS is still kicking and screaming with some great games.

leeko_link
leeko_link

@ metalkitten All the DS models were slightly different, the only two that are almost the same are the DSi and DSi XL but I guess they want to separate the two due to size differences. As for PSP, all the 1000, 2000, and 3000 models were all the same in both design, features, and compatibility, the only minor differences between them are that they each weight different, had different visual graphics quality and different lighting quality. I still don't get why they even put the PSP Go in that list, that thing doesn't even sell anymore over there.

steelmouth
steelmouth

You see guys names matter, PSP GO was set to fail the moment they put GO there, now there it is crushing and going out am really feelin for the 360, MS have really gave it all they got but it still not moving dispite thier best efforts, hang in there ms hang in there

metalkitten
metalkitten

btw there are several psp....? not just the go and one more... why are all the different ds versions split up in this list and not psp? dsi, dsi xl and dslite...

metalkitten
metalkitten

psp go was never a success!?!? atleast nonbody i knew cared about it and it never sold good here as for the list i got most already - im not planning to buy a psp nor an x box 360 the only thing i might buy on that list is surprice surprice a slim ps2 if my phat old breaks (its still fine but i constantly worry since ithe ps3 was stupid enough to not be able to play ps2 games) also i gotta admit im surpriced the wii is 3d and so close to the ps3 considering its been around longer and already have placed themselves as one of the most sold console - who is left to buy it now?

monson21502
monson21502

ps2 pwned the 360.. japan has failed imo

crownedge
crownedge

Why are they still buying PSP's

sagameister3
sagameister3

Hmm maybe it's a typo and the psp go actually sold a '10' :)

pizzamuncher
pizzamuncher

I didn't think it was possible to have 0 sales.

Amnesiac23
Amnesiac23 moderator

I thought I wasn't reading the PSP Go numbers right for a minute there...but nope. It's a zero. Kind of makes me sad :(

EPaul
EPaul

lol it finally happened PSPGo= 0

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

Man, PSP Go had such GREAT sales. It would be a shame if they started to LOSE sales.

DarkIceKnight
DarkIceKnight

@zmanrwks psp still has some good games that can only be played on the psp

PoindeJ
PoindeJ

Epic Mickey finally got a Japanese release - nice. I wish the PSP Go had sold exactly ONE copy, just so that person could say "Wow, I was the ONLY person to buy a PSP Go this month. Man, I feel like a tool..." :P

zmanrwks
zmanrwks

Why are so many people buying the PSP when the Vita is around the corner?

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

So it finally happened, the Go hit 0. Most impressive. Unlike the rest of the hardware line-up, as the PSP is doing as good as most systems did in a bad month, and everything else...

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

3DS is low because of price drop coming soon, PSP Go is FINALLY at zero. Now when will Sony discontinue it.... And did anyone besides me notice that 7 out of the top 10 games are for Nintenod consoles? That's pretty good, usually Sony has the higher number.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Japan is such a strange market. Handhelds seem to be their big thing,and it's always bouncing back and forth between Sony and Nintendo. 360 just can't seem to get a break. Anyway,I'm excited for another good Kirby game.Begin,the clone wars shall. *Laughs at PSP Go*

johny300
johny300

PSP kicks the 3DS *** again.