Big in Japan August 22-28: Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD version

PS3 action-RPG topped a quarter million sold in first week as new releases topped the charts; 3DS again led hardware sales by a wide margin.

The Japanese exclusive PSP Remasters series seems to be bearing monetary fruit for Capcom and Sony, if the recent Media Creates sales charts are any indication. The PSP Remastered version of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd for the PlayStation 3 placed first on the charts for the week of August 22-28, with 287,829 units sold.

HD monsters beat cyborg girls and giant mechs in Japan.

Imageepoch's Black Rock Shooter: The Game debuted in second place with 105,277 units sold. The game casts players as a robot girl with a big gun called Black Rock Shooter that has to help humankind survive an alien invasion in a future version of Earth. The game is played out as a real-time role-playing game, where players have to shoot down enemies and dodge their attacks while keeping the in-game heat gauge in check. An English version of the title has been announced by NIS America, though a release window hasn't been set.

The PSP title Mobile Suit Gundam: New Gihren's Ambition placed third with 75,611 units sold, while two of Tecmo Koei's meal tickets finished at fourth and fifth. Samurai Warriors 3 Empires sold 70,254 copies while the PSP version of Dynasty Warriors 7 sold 25,308. Former champion Rhythm Heaven for the Wii got bumped down, thanks to the onslaught of new titles; the game sold 25,063 units, good enough for sixth place.

On the hardware front, the 3DS is still doing well as it sold 60,781 units for the week. The PS3 got a slight sales boost with 33,141 units sold, possibly due to the release of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD version. The PSP sold 31,310 units while the Wii sold 11,342 units for the week.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF AUGUST 22-28

Software:
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Version / Capcom / PS3 / 287,829
2. Black Rock Shooter: The Game / Imageepoch / PSP / 105,277
3. Mobile Suit Gundam New Gihren's Ambition / Namco Bandai / PSP / 75,611
4. Samurai Warriors 3 Empires / Tecmo Koei / PS3 / 70,254
5. Dynasty Warriors 7 Special / Tecmo Koei / PSP / 25,308
6. Rhythm Heaven / Nintendo / Wii / 25,063
7. Monster Hunter Diary Poka Poka Felyne Village G / Capcom / PSP / 23,151
8. Kirby Mass Attack / Nintendo / DS / 18,901
9. Super Pokemon Rumble / Nintendo / 3DS / 15,764
10. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D / Nintendo / 3DS / 13,423

Hardware
3DS - 60,781
PS3 - 33,141
PSP - 31,310
Wii - 11,342
DSi XL - 3,235
DSi - 2,384
PS2 - 1,580
Xbox 360 - 1,393
DS Lite - 110
PSP Go - 20

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80 comments
Ergo_Proxy656
Ergo_Proxy656

Damn it, Capcom, if Konami found a way to make Metal Gear Solid Peacewalker work, it's perfectly reasonable to think that you can make Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD work too! So bring it over here!

VilandasUK
VilandasUK

If this game isn't going to come out in Europe and other place's, I swear gamers and fans will rise and we will start world war 3 :lol:

mariobro9999
mariobro9999

MONSTER HUNTER MONSTER HUNTER!!! yay thats cool. I really want to play this, especially in HD. Bring the hype people we need this.

chyng85
chyng85

PSP is still strong~!

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

Good to see the PSP still doing well after all these years. Very interesting.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ Zelseisdabest : That is because Nintendo haters have bigger mouths....er...are more vocal than Nintendo fans.

Zelseisdabest
Zelseisdabest

its funny how there are like 20 billion 3DS haters but the 3DS is killing everyone in sales on the backend of august lol

dennis8
dennis8

just let them make a new monster hunter portable title for vita and im sold.. sony and capcom has got my money in the bag..

jasongm
jasongm

Okay so i'm not the only one that wants MHP3rd HD so bad then?

Incarta
Incarta

The Vita is going to kill the 3DS over christmas. Should be interesting to see how the numbers go after that...

unreal_master
unreal_master

@hannify really 3k? Monster hunter tri sold like 100k its first week.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

monster hunter again huh? Didn't see that coming...would it kill Japanese gamers to put down the portable for a bit and see what else is out there?? Variety people!

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

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TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

PSP Go - 20 (hilarious) I'm getting both MH and SW3 Empires for my birthday, among other things, so it's hard to look and see how many people are currently enjoying them. I can't wait.

Vickman178
Vickman178

@moviequest14 Nintendo is not profiting on the 3DS it costs 101$ to make the actual system but thats not including the costs of packing,shipping,marketing etc.Nintendo is losing money at that price point.

Kenshiro_Kenoh
Kenshiro_Kenoh

well atleast you dont see call of duty in their top 10

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

3ds is doing well! the ultimate battle: 3ds vs psp vita cant wait for it we will see if 3ds can hold the fort

ash162
ash162

So capcom when does the rest of the world get monster hunter??

leeko_link
leeko_link

@ Xplode_77 It ain't rocking that much though, the reason it's still selling in Japan is cuz Sony still had a bunch of PS2 Slim leftovers there to get rid of. Also comparing a last gen console like the PS2 to a legendary console like the Super NES is like comparing John Cena to HBK. It still sells cuz it's making money for the company.

GodBladeMegaten
GodBladeMegaten

The ps2 is probably the only console to hold out with high sales for so many years and still have a high customer support and a huge freaking library of games and its good to see the PSP still going hard on sales! XD poor psp so, it failed! *goes away to the emo corner to cry over his broken PS2*.....and I was in the middle of Tales of The Abyss when it broke ;-;

nate1222
nate1222

@moviequest14 I agree. Most who are buying 3DS right now are doing it for a few current goodies, but mostly the games that are coming down the pipe. As far as manufacturing costs, that's Nintendo's mistake. Most people don't really care about the 3D effects. I don't, and I'm someone who's actually eyeballing the 3DS. The 3DS doesn't look like a bad gaming device. But Nintendo's pursuit of a feature that most consumers don't even care about has led to jacked up costs and crappy battery life. And Nintendo's gonna have to find ways to elleviate that. Otherwise, folks like me are just gonna stick it out with our DSes and be done with it.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ pszone : They are still making a profit,just not as much...rumor is that it costs around $101 to make.And if people aren't buying the 3ds for games I have no idea what they would buy it for,I believe most are just buying it for the great games that are soon to come.

cameio
cameio

Poor Xbox 360, the PS2 kill it LOL

nate1222
nate1222

@Xplode_77 The SNES is still rocking...off the industry's radar. If you count all the hardware revisions by companies like Yobo and Hyperkin. The Retro Duo (a bootlegged SNES and NES cartridge player) is in muchos peoples' possesion right now. Then, there are people like my step-Dad who still own their old SNESes. His still plays perfectly, despite being a pukey green color thanks to aged grey plastic. He's had to replace the AC power cord and use a Gamecube AV cable (SNES, N64 and GC all used the same AV input). And there are companies that still manufacture SNES/Genesis hook-up cables and controllers. There's an entire side-industry dedicated to low cost Retro gaming. Just the big 3 (Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft) continue to squander that consumer base with lack of backward compatibility and planned obsolescence.

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

@nate1222 To be honest, I think it's great the PS2 is still rocking. It's a great system with a lot of great games. Why isn't the SNES rocking? :lol: poor PSP Go, nobody likes you! (save 20 people or so...)

nate1222
nate1222

Damn...the PS2 is still rocking over there. Despite the industry's best efforts, they just can't kill that damn thing.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

No surprise at all that Monster Hunter is number one again in Japan.

pszone
pszone

moviequest14 want to tell you that reason 3ds back on top because price drop. Its not a gd thing im got no against nindendo because i own super nes but for the price drop nindendo loseing more money. But ya ds and dsi was very very big but know 3ds not selling because of the games. Will U out next year and nindendo need a game exclslive on reasle date but its not going too so will u wont see until there exclslive.

pszone
pszone

Moster hunter gone to the ps3 wait its a psp game made HD very clever to save money to make a real ps3 moster hunter but capcom made ps3 exclslive domga whats like moster hunter. aslo ps3 beaten psp and ya that the ps2 took over the xbox360 what i find it funny lol

Aureatus
Aureatus

I live in Japan.... Big in Japan? So what... it is a nitch market and they only like their own culture... who cares....

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

Monster Hunter Freedom U was fun when I first bought it, but it got boring after beating the majority of the quests... Not sure if MHP3 will be much different.

Saintofwar
Saintofwar

Don't care how well it's doing in Japan, just give me a release date for everyone else!

thelegendlives5
thelegendlives5

wow PS3 and PSP games are dominating the charts in Japan.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ Lord_Regnier : Which is still an impressive feat on the part of Sony considering just about anyone that would want a ps2 should've/already owns one by now (especially considering since so many are already in the market none of those include used sales.).

moviequest14
moviequest14

previous comment by myself:''Also to note...at least Nintendo's mini-successors to ds (dsi,ds lite,dsixl) are selling well unlike some competitors mini-successors..... *cough*pspgo*cough*'' Don't hate the typer,hate the facts, that is 100% true fact.No matter how you try to sugar-coat it 20 product sales in one week is ABYSMAL and it is fact that 3ds has the most sales this week (and is almost,I say ALMOST, the 2nd and 3rd highest selling software numbers COMBINED) all every single thing I have said in this comment is 100% fact with not one piece of opinion added as ''evidence'' yet see how many thumbs down I get.

OreoPoptart
OreoPoptart

they sold more PS2 than 360? wow how?

berebd
berebd

Yay and im one of the 287,829!!! And @ zzamaro Nah japanese people use allot of enlish words!

supertom221
supertom221

Monster Hunter 3rd... for the PS3.... SOMEONE MAKE A MOD OF THIS GAME WITH ENGLISH!!! I can't wait for it to come out in English!!! GRAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!!! ..... Good times.

irelite1
irelite1

finally on a good console and we still don't have word of a US release

Supabul
Supabul

Would Capcom not just make Monster hunter for PS3, the jap's love it and all they give them is a HD port from the PSP and its not suppose to be all that great of a port

jadjei
jadjei

@rehtycs29 Xenoblade was developed by monolith soft one of Nintendo's first party. So it's a first party exclusive.

ggregd
ggregd

If you're gloating over the low XBox sales, remember this is Japan and Sony and Nintendo are Japanese companies. XBox games are also geared much more to western gamers' tastes. FPS's just aren't popular in Japan.

benleslie5
benleslie5

Isn't there going to be a Monster Hunter Portabe 3rd coming to the Playstation Vita?

bhmg
bhmg

What is the point in selling a lot of 3DS if we dont receive GAMES?! I play my old psp more than my 3ds...I this a reason to laugh or cry?! Still waiting for vita and hoping sony do better than nintendo!

zzamaro
zzamaro

Maybe this sounds IGNorant but looking @ the MH cover, I wonder why part of the cover has english text and then japanese text? shouldn't be all in japanese?

moviequest14
moviequest14

Also to note...at least Nintendo's mini-successors to ds (dsi,ds lite,dsixl) are selling well unlike some competitors mini-successors..... *cough*pspgo*cough*

LeeJayBird
LeeJayBird

@GamerYnoX They're already doing an HD remake of the God of War games titled "God of War Origins" and it comes out on the 13th of this month.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@ Ovirew : If I am correct rumor is already out that in the not too distant future monster hunter will be coming to 3ds.

samus_my_life
samus_my_life

holy crap waaaaawoooo yeah MHP3 amazing i played this game on psp local with my friends lolz i love it yeah sure i will get HD if they have it on PSP lol