Big in Japan August 2-8: Tales of Phantasia

Namco Bandai's turn-based strategy RPG unseats Sengoku Basara 3 in debut week; PSP, PS3 rule hardware charts.

Sengoku Basara 3 has proven to be better at toppling regimes than holding onto them. Into its second week on Media Create's weekly sales chart, Capcom's historically based beat-'em-up was unseated from the top position by Namco Bandai's latest installment in the Tales of Phantasia series, Narikiri Dungeon X, which debuted to 108,356 units sold.

Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X began as a Game Boy Color title.

In fact, Sengoku Basara 3 for the PlayStation 3 fell to third during the week of August 2-8, slipping behind Wii Party's 82,698-unit tally with 57,021 copies sold during the period. Adding in the eighth-place Wii edition's 15,387 units, the game sold a total of 72,408 copies.

A remake of the 2000 Game Boy Color title of the same name, Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X wasn't the only new debut on Media Create's chart. Scoring a fifth place finish was D3 Publisher's StormLover for the PSP. Two DS debuts from Namco Bandai rounded out the chart, as Battle Spirits: Digital Starter and Heart Catch PreCure! Oshare Collection sold 15,338 units and 15,091 units, respectively.

Sony maintained a firm hold on the Japanese hardware charts during the week, as the PSP topped handhelds with 30,397 units and the PS3 bested other consoles with 28,630 units sold. Nintendo's systems fell in line behind the PS3 and PSP, as the DSi LL and DSi combined to sell more than 39,000 units and the Wii shifted 18,238 systems. Microsoft's Xbox 360 took up its customary place at the bottom of the console sales chart with 5,639 units sold.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF AUGUST 2-8, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X / Namco Bandai / PSP / 108,356
2. Wii Party / Nintendo / Wii / 82,698
3. Sengoku Basara 3 / Capcom / PS3 / 57,021
4. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2 / Sega / PSP / 35,865
5. StormLover / D3 Publisher / PSP / 20,087
6. Super Mario Galaxy 2 / Nintendo / Wii / 16,695
7. Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem - Hero of Light and Shadow / Nintendo / DS / 15,845
8. Sengoku Basara 3 / Capcom / Wii / 15,387
9. Battle Spirits: Digital Starter / Namco Bandai / DS / 15,338
10. Heart Catch PreCure! Oshare Collection / Namco Bandai / DS / 15,091

Hardware:
PSP - 30,397
PS3 - 28,630
DSi LL - 21,018
DSi - 18,318
Wii - 18,238
Xbox 360 - 5,639
DS Lite - 4,372
PS2 - 1,524
PSP Go - 708

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KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

@Yajarobi LoL. X^D good excuse for Wii, but not for 360. there's a VAST difference in sales between Wii and 360, so sales slowing for 360 is questionable. LoL. but on a serious note... how much more people can POSSIBLY buy a Wii for crying out loud. X^D

karatosu
karatosu

They need to bring this over stateside. I loved Radiant Mythology, but that was made FOUR years ago. I need something new.

eternal_blade3
eternal_blade3

Meh, the games will generally stay exclusive to their console. And a lot of the reasons they're not released over here are partly because Japan likes pretty much all decent RPG's, and it's not really the case in America. But yeah, stuff like that I guess, ha. Anyway, I'm a big fan of the Tales series :D

Yajarobi
Yajarobi

Umm, I would assume PS3 would win in recent sales. everyone already HAS a Wii and 360

AceTheBat-Hound
AceTheBat-Hound

The reason why those games won't come to America is because they don't think the games will sell good.

Phantom_2
Phantom_2

@koushin thats exactly right. According to some study i read a few years ago, Japanese gamers aren't in to multiplayer online games. Rather, they prefer to play with people in person. Because multiplayer is such a big selling point for the 360, japanese gamers avoid it. To them multiplayer feels intrusive. They are in no way hating american products. They buy Ipods and other apple products like no tomorrow.

leeko_link
leeko_link

@ KCKING23 Well Namco didn't bring PS2 versions Tales of Symphonia, Tales of Rebirth, and Tales of Destiny 2 to US either so I think any hope of them bringing PS3 versions of Tales of Vesperia and Tales of Graces are out of the question. Usually unless that "Tales of" game is a PlayStation exclusive like Destiny, Legendia, and Eternia, the better port/remake itself won't come especially if it was already released for another console first. It didn't happen with Phantasia (first on Super NES), didn't even bother with Symphonia (first on GameCube), didn't even happen with Vesperia (first on Xbox 360), and probably won't with Graces (first on Wii) too. Of course there's one thing you can do, learn Japanese and import them for play since you know PS3 is region free to play any region games.

masori
masori

@HollowNinja They hate money

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

"PSP - 30397" vs "Xbox 360 - 5639" - ROFL LOL!

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

So then... why exactly does Namco Bandai still insist on not releasing their Tales games over here?

chologz
chologz

wish it could have a english version

michelle_moraes
michelle_moraes

It is frustrating those "Tales of" since they aren't making it here... -_-'

clockworkengine
clockworkengine

@Evolution-XO Actually Japan is known for being obsessed with certain parts of American culture and tradition, such as baseball.

KCKING23
KCKING23

i hope you guys bring vesperia and grace ps3 version to america

Evolution-X0
Evolution-X0

Kinda funny, mostly everyone is interested in Japan's culture whilst the Japanese doesn't even give a flip about what the hell goes on outside there borders.

Wizardero
Wizardero

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Aentikraist
Aentikraist

daamn!!!! hahahaah take the psp go off the charts plz hahahaa thats what i call fading off in the world :9

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

tales of phantasia... AGAIN?! SNES, GBC, PS1, GBA, PSP, and probably a couple more i can't remember. GIVE ME THOSE DS GAMES THAT ARE STILL STUCK IN JAPAN :x

aots_twilight
aots_twilight

Damn you Namco Bandai. Stop teasing us and release the other "Tales of" series stateside. You can start by finally releasing the true sequel of Tales of Destiny.

immortal224
immortal224

why top seller games of psp are only releasing in japan?

leeko_link
leeko_link

Darn anything related to Tales of games nowadays seem to not interest me anymore. Why interest in a title when it's not even gonna released over here anyways.

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2 I still need to finish the 1st one :?

glennvolio
glennvolio

The amount of Wii Party on this list saddens me.

CreedHun
CreedHun

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shadowysea07
shadowysea07

@lamprey263 actually their releasing one untitled tales game on the ps3 along with tales of graces port. they just put most ported remakes like phantasia and escort titles like tales of radiant mythology 3 on the psp. none of these will see the light of day outside japan sadly

sagameister3
sagameister3

Yea I definitely wouldn't mind playing another tales of series on the psp, hopefully they release statewide.

lamprey263
lamprey263

So has Namco Bandai followed suit with other Japenese developers and abandoned the consoles for cheaper, more profitable handheld titles? If so then that's a shame, they really don't have much competition on the consoles as far as JRPGs are concerned, though I think their games are slightly too linear for my liking they're still okay, and it's not like FFXIII wasn't linear either.

Koushin
Koushin

@shadowysea07 This isn't a console war is right. I own all the systems. I think you missed the entire point. BTW, nice blanket statement about Japanese people being xenophobic...sighs...You guys don't really get it do you...? BTW, plenty of small Japanese dev. teams make games on the XBOX360. In addition, there are plenty of XBOX360 fans in Japan. As I stated simply before this got silly, it is Microsoft's failure not to attract the Japanese core market with better products and understand their customers better. Japanese people have a reputation in being the second largest consumers of Western entertainment (i.e., movies, books, and music). So Japanese buying a foreign influenced or IP product is a very common act. What is you basis for your argument? These major assumptions about other country's gaming markets is exactly why some games don't get marketed outside of Japan. Always thinking you know how the other side thinks and functions. News for you my friend, you're way off...

sonictank
sonictank

i wish that fire emblem and tales of phantasia would come here :(

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

@JPH85 you are slightly right japanese gamers don't like the xbox because they prefer home country products. they are pretty xenophobic which is sad but hey its their loss. developers work on any console they aren't biased they go where the money is and whats easier to develope on. alot of games got made for the 360 first because the tools were sent to developers faster than the ps3 not to mention its far cheaper to develope for. as for games not getting outside japan that usually takes a company to localize them which more often then not most aren't willing to. especially with sony since they have stricter rules for it.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

@Koushin please save that discussion for the console wars thread this is neither the time nor the place

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

not surprised since its arguably the best remake version of phantasia since the ps1 remake but still i'm surprised they've remade it 5 times now. hopefully we get a ps3 remake someday :D that i would definitly port. sad that this game along with graces and the untitled new tales game wont make it over to the states DX

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

@gexer64 actually its already been on the psp before this.

gexer64
gexer64

How many times do they plan to release Tales of Phantasia? SNES/PS1/GBA and now the PSP? I'd probably still buy it too....

MADDjoe
MADDjoe

This is why psp doesn't do well in the states they never bring any of the good rpg games past the Japanese boarder.

nice2400
nice2400

man, psp go is not worth buying

fueled-system
fueled-system

Thanks Namco for ignoring everybody else who wants to play tales games...its my favorite series to...

blackace
blackace

PSP sales increased because of Tales of Phantasia and that StormLover game. Nothing good came out for the DS. Sales are low in Japan anyways. Sales in U.K and U.S. are 3-4x's greater. I'm just waiting for the 3DS. That's all I want hardware wise now. Hopefully M$ will announce their own handheld, but I don't think it'll happen until next-gen. The PSP Go was a complete failure. Why hasn't Sony pulled the plug on that thing?

Koushin
Koushin

@JPH85 You are mistaken. Japanese developers create games on Microsoft's platform because the dev kits are more in tuned to the PC so the transition is easier for smaller companies to develop games. Also Microsoft (to be fair) seemingly is more generous on trying to get developers from Japan on board. But just because there are a bunch of games like this doesn't mean that they are of high quality. That's where the real problem lies. If they were then the sales would reflect that. Their most valiant effort was with Monster Hunter Frontier recently. And that did give a small boost in sales. However, that game is accessible easily by PC for Japanese players. Perhaps, if they worked harder on trying to truly understand the average core Japanese gamer, they'd be in a better position. On top of that, I personally know many people on my XBL that are proud Japanese XBOX360 owners. There are many out there if you look online. Everything you said in that small post just hit every stereotype about the Japanese gaming industry. Come to Japan, if you don't believe me...

thattotally
thattotally

So instead of localizing Tales games in the US, advertising them and making money, Namco are doing this? Yeah that's... that's great Namco. You keep doing that :|

JPH85
JPH85

@Koushin That's where you're wrong. It has more Japanese RPGs that the PS3, but the thing is that the Japanese developers like to create Japanese games on the PS3 (the games that don't even get released in the US). Japanese developers prefer to develop on a Japanese console.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Um, The PSP Go has been outsold by the 10 year old PS2. But the PSP was supposed to be the hip,new,stylish,last&greatest kick ass cool. Download only next greatest handheld system. That was to take on Apple's iphone,/ipad. Sony was to "outcool" Apple with the PSP Go. I would have to say that the PSP Go has failed. This is in Japan where they are suppose to love newish tech things. Sony the PSP Go digital download only system has now failed. It was outsold by everything else..In Japan..The Go had failed...

Koushin
Koushin

@looking_boy It's not that, XBOX360 doesn't support the Japanese general gamers enough (i.e., games that don't target Japanese demographics). It only attracts hardcore gamers and fans of Western games.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

It still didn't do as well as Hatsune Miku: project Diva 2nd's sale last week.