Big in Japan August 15-21: Rhythm Heaven

Oddball rhythm game climbs back to top spot, dethroning Monster Hunter and Pokemon spin-offs; 3DS still in hardware pole position.

Update: We've corrected the hardware sales numbers at the bottom of the article, as the PS3 numbers were not stated. We apologize for this mistake.

While still in the top 10, both the Monster Hunter and Pokemon spin-offs took a small step down for the week of August 15-21 from the prior week's Media Create chart to make way for an old musical friend.

Hit golf balls tossed by a diminutive monkey and mandrill in Rhythm Heaven.

Monster Hunter Diary Poka Poka Felyne Village G finished the week at second place with 40,997 units sold, while Super Pokemon Rumble landed at fifth place with 32,144 units sold. Pushing them aside was the resurgent Rhythm Heaven on the Wii, which climbed back up to the number one spot with 48,190 units sold.

Multiple new titles also debuted on the top 10 list for the week. Compile Heart's RPG Hyperdimension Neptunia MK-II, the sequel to the much-maligned Hyperdimension Neptunia, finished at fourth place with 32,751 units sold.

Additionally, the PSP upgraded port of Growlanser IV, subtitled "Over Reloaded," made its mark at sixth place on the charts with 21,896 units sold. This version of the fourth game stars a mercenary named Crevaniel as he gets tangled up in a war between four countries and a prophecy carried out by a vengeful seraphim. The port will feature new story paths and new characters for fans to muck around with.

After its recent price cut, the 3DS continued its stay in first place on the hardware side of the charts. Nintendo's portable console sold 105,639 units for the week, while Sony's PSP and PS3 sold 40,888 and 29,666 units respectively. Meanwhile, the Wii continued to hold fourth place with 18,256 units sold.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF AUGUST 15-21

Software:
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. Rhythm Heaven / Nintendo / Wii / 48,190
2. Monster Hunter Diary Poka Poka Felyne Village G / Capcom / PSP / 40,997
3. Kirby Mass Attack / Nintendo / DS / 35,235
4. Hyperdimension Neptunia MK-II / Compile Heart / PS3 / 32,751
5. Super Pokemon Rumble / Nintendo / 3DS / 32,144
6. Growlanser IV Over Reloaded / Atlus / PSP / 21,896
7. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D / Nintendo / 3DS / 21, 465
8. Wii Sports Resort (Wii Remote Plus Pack) / Nintendo / Wii / 20,969
9. J. League Pro Soccer Club! 7 Euro Plus / Sega / PSP / 17,727
10. Toriko: Gourmet Survival! / Namco Bandai / PSP / 17,521

Hardware
3DS - 105,639
PSP - 40,888
PS3 - 29,666
Wii - 18,256
DSi XL - 4,329
DSi - 3,585
PS2 - 1,789
Xbox 360 - 1,427
DS Lite - 117
PSP Go - 13

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22 comments
metalkitten
metalkitten

Hyperdimension Neptunia really isnt a game that work for most reviewers... i played some and wondered what they complained about... however what doesnt work for na sells alot in japan - think its a matter of different kind of humour as a european i prefer very japanease games over western btw why is the psp just named psp - like is that psp 3000? i mean they put all ds versions up so why only psp and pspgo? - would be kinda a faulty list if psp means all the first 3 versions of psp since they didnt do that with the ds

superxtreme101
superxtreme101

@packtop I can not agree more, Nintendo is amazing and I have always loved their work. Although, it's a really good thing that they added the PS3 sales on the chart too, I was wondering why it was missing.

packtop
packtop

@superxtreme101 Nintendo is far from trouble seriously just take the 5 most sold game on the WII and it probably outsold the 10 best games of both the PS3 and 360 and i'm not talking about game bundled with the WII. Nintendo have a few games who sold over 20M, PS3 and 360 don't have any and the only game over 10m is black ops on the 360. And for handheld the best sold game for the DS is New super mario bros with over 25M and for the PSP it's Monsters hunter portable 3 with almost 5M. Also selling so much games only prove how much DS and WII they have sold which i'm sure also far outsold any other consoles and handhelds.

packtop
packtop

Now that's impressive still selling over 100k 1 week after the price drop. But 3DS really need some good game or sales will slowly go back to the way it was before the price drop.

cameio
cameio

OH MY GOD PS2 sell more than Xbox360 LOOOOOOOL

Flint247
Flint247

Alright, the 3DS is getting back on track. Get those great games ready, developers!! :D

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

Model Sales volume 3DS 105,639 PSP 40,888 PS3 29,666 Wii 18,256 DSi LL 4,329 DSi 3,585 PS2 1,789 Xbox 360 1,427 DS Lite 117 PSP go 13 FIX

zzamaro
zzamaro

@superxtreme101 Man, what is this? First of all, GameSpot miss to put a console in the game, you didn't notice because you are just blind by your fanboyism. Second, most of =/= half. There are only 5 games on a Nintendo console, that's quite different from "most of".

soulless4now
soulless4now

Now this 3DS is finally making some good progress if they keep the numbers up.

TheBlackKnight3
TheBlackKnight3

Wow. At this rate, in a one month period of the price drop and the release of Star Fox 64, the 3DS could sell 500,000.

GAMERALL
GAMERALL

The PS3 is the console that sold 29,666 units. The WII sold 18,256 contrary to the Hardware listing.

adrdeju
adrdeju

It's nice to see the 3DS turn things around. Now bring on the games!!

zzamaro
zzamaro

what happened to the PS3 numbers?

superxtreme101
superxtreme101

3DS sales > Everything else combined ...... Again And most of the top ten best selling games are on a Nintendo console and yet you people think Nintendo is in trouble *sigh*. Is that really what you want to believe? It's fine by me everybody has the right to think whatever he or she wants but hey it doesn't mean your right

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

PSP Go went up from 0 last week, which disappoints me. Ah well. :P Numbers are interesting, at least, as are the titles. Though I must point out, PS3 was accidentally left off of the hardware list.

Super-Poke-Bros
Super-Poke-Bros

Wow! The 360 is head to head with the Playstation....2.

endorbr
endorbr

Japan... the only country still buying games for the Wii.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

I always enjoy these Japanese sales charts. It's fun to see a market where bonkers games like Rhythm Heaven and Hyperdimension Neptunia can be top sellers, instead of here in the States, where it's the same old crap every month.