Big in Japan August 8-14: Monster Hunter and Pokemon spin-offs

Sega soccer title and Kirby game bumped down by latest Capcom and Nintendo titles; 3DS sales shoot back up due to price cut.

Gamers should never underestimate the power of offshoot titles, particularly if they come from large franchises like Monster Hunter and Pokemon. For the week of August 8-14 on the Japanese Media Creates sales chart, Monster Hunter and Pokemon spin-off titles took the top two spots, respectively. Monster Hunter Diary Poka Poka Felyne Village G sold 98,269 units in its debut, while Super Pokemon Rumble sold 86,294 units.

Fun fact: Capcom stated that the majority of Monster Hunter Diary's players are women.

Capcom's spin-off title is an action game focused on the Monster Hunter world's Felyne race. Players control a group of Felynes as they hunt down monsters to restore their village to its former glory. Super Pokemon Rumble lets players duke it out amongst themselves using toy versions of existing Pokemon in an arena. Unlike the mothership titles, all battles between Pokemon toys are done in real time and through a top-down perspective a la Smash TV. The game will feature toy versions of Pokemon from all five generations of the series, including the recent Unova region Pokemon.

Meanwhile, Kirby Mass Attack gets bumped from second to fourth place with 52,173 units sold, while J. League Pro Soccer Club! 7 Euro Plus dropped considerably to seventh place with 30,291 units sold. Rhythm Heaven for the Wii climbed a notch with 63,590 units sold. The 3D version of Ocarina of Time returned to the top 10 at sixth place with 31,772 units sold. Two other Wii titles, Wii Sports Resort and Disney Epic Mickey, hung tough on the top 10, the former in ninth place with 20,524 units sold and the latter in 10th place with 15,536 units sold.

On the hardware front, the 3DS was the best-selling hardware for the week due to the recent price cut of the system. The system sold 196,077 units, compared to just 4,132 units for the week before. Thanks to Nintendo's announcement last month, the 3DS in Japan now costs 15,000 yen ($195), with the discount going into effect on August 11. Sony's two consoles are still within the top three, with the PSP selling 40,389 units and the PS3 selling 20,239 units. Despite a number of Wii titles on the software charts, the console itself is just below the top three consoles with 19,607 units sold.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF AUGUST 8-14

Software:
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. Monster Hunter Diary Poka Poka Felyne Village G / Capcom / PSP / 98,269
2. Super Pokemon Rumble / Nintendo / 3DS / 86,294
3. Rhythm Heaven / Nintendo / Wii / 63,590
4. Kirby Mass Attack / Nintendo / DS / 52,173
5. Uta no Prince Sama Repeat / Broccoli / PSP / 32,180
6. The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time 3D / Nintendo / 31,772
7. J. League Pro Soccer Club! 7 Euro Plus / Sega / PSP / 30,291
8. Toriko: Gourmet Survival! / Namco Bandai / PSP / 28,174
9. Wii Sports Resort / Nintendo / Wii / 20,524
10. Disney Epic Mickey / Nintendo / Wii / 15,536

Hardware:
3DS: 196,077
PSP: 40,389
PS3: 20,239
Wii: 19,607
DSi XL: 4,213
DSi: 3,531
Xbox 360: 1,576
PS2: 1,513
DS Lite: 90
PSP Go: 20

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41 comments
Rovelius
Rovelius

@comb5 Oh, ok. I agree with this. :P

comb5
comb5

@Rovelius I know this is a super late response, but I was just going through my inbox. You totally read my comment wrong. I said there were 40+ incredible games to be played on the PS2, not the 360. So for someone who's never owned one before there is still a lot of fun to be had with the console.

TheDustyMonkey
TheDustyMonkey

Anyone else notice how, even though most people tell you xbox is the best system, Nintnendo's products continually dominate sales in both consoles and games. Go 3DS! Go!

packtop
packtop

@superxtreme101 Well with Mario 3D,Mario kart7,Kid Icarus,Animal Crossing,Mario Paper etc coming by the end of the years and the beginning of next year. All of them except maybe Kid Icarus(since it's a sequel of a 20 years old game it's hard to know how well it will do) are all games that normaly sell some millions of copies easily and will most likely boost sales of 3DS. But if that don't happen the 3DS won't live much longer...

superxtreme101
superxtreme101

@packtop Well yeah it would be quite surprising but I think their sales will start to pick up once the first-party games are launched (LM2, Kid Icarus or Super Mario 3D) I am really hoping for a NEW Metroid 3D.

LordelX
LordelX

I can still buy a DS Lite? Better pick one up...but where?

Sporkgasm
Sporkgasm

Wow, PSP Go sales increased dramatically over last week. That's the one to watch, folks.

packtop
packtop

@superxtreme101 well it's the first week since the drop price so it isn't really a surprise but if they still sell over 100k next week then it could start to be surprising.

superxtreme101
superxtreme101

Math Equation 3DS sales > 2 x ( everthing combined) Holy Crap

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

@packtop But pokemon is still more popular and if pokemon BW was made as a launch title for the 3DS instead of the DS,the 3DS would have won so easily.

Rovelius
Rovelius

@comb5 Care to list the 360's 40+ ''incredible'' games?

Deoxys_57
Deoxys_57

i guess nintendo is still going strong, i hope they make a megaman for 3ds (or just a remake of an old one)

packtop
packtop

@dxdevilex0 So ? Monsters hunter also have a MMO,manga, toys and lot of other things too.

kejigoto
kejigoto

Wait I thought the 3DS was dead and Nintendo was done? Six of the top ten games are on Nintendo platforms and the 3DS sold more units than everything else combined and doubled. Looks like the haters were wrong. Again.

edant79
edant79

Good to see the 3ds on top.

Flint247
Flint247

Wow, that's a lot of 3DSs. o.o

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

@packtop That's because pokemon has anime for kids,manga for teens,games for people of all ages and toys for kids which are all very popular

grbolivar
grbolivar

BTW why is still PSP selling like hot cakes? not that I have anything against it, it just puzzle me...

grbolivar
grbolivar

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packtop
packtop

Pokemon would have won easily if the 3DS would have been just a few months older. Only about 12k lower when you consider that the 3DS is about 6 months olds and the PSP is about 4-5 years old. It's kinda obvious way more peoples have a PSP then a 3DS and still Pokemon is only around 12k lower. I can't believe pokemon is still so popular after all years... And damn like i though price cut is all Nintendo needed to sell more 3DS now all they need is good game and sorry Vita but your chance to win against the 3DS is getting lower and lower.

Sniper-Gamer
Sniper-Gamer

PSP Go is still selling? What a piece of crap that thing was!

vallan2
vallan2

Not surprising, with the price cut and all. But hopefully this will lure 3rd party devs back to making games for the 3DS, Megaman Legends 3(D), anyone?

vallan2
vallan2

This level of support for the 3DS should really get the ball rolling on 3rd party devs, if they look @ the numbers they'll see that it's definitely worth the investment

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

@X-TOR-DEN-AIR That would sell a lot too. Japan loves their Monster Hunter, it's their WoW and they are just addicted to it.

ekalbtwin
ekalbtwin

Bu bu but I thought the 3ds was dead! Its nice to see kirby doing well, he is really under rated some times.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

Wow,from around 30000+ to 196077,just wow... I don't even think that the PSV will sell that even if it's selling at a loss... Keep it up,Nintendo!

superxtreme101
superxtreme101

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benleslie5
benleslie5

Only 20 for PSP Go? I'm still surprised they still selling since SONY announced a new version of the PSP releeased for 99 euros

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

Sales of the 3DS are greater than the sales of every other console combined. But analysts and Crytek told me that people don't want portable consoles.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

These spinoffs do well in Japan but tank everywhere else--just ask Square Enix. Every time I see one I feel like the Japanese game industry dies a little.

TrueIori
TrueIori

@lol someone trolling hard.

steelmouth
steelmouth

make sense that X360 and ps2 are fighting neck and neck after all they both second generation consoles from thier manufactures,

Bboyjhin
Bboyjhin

man so there is a higher chance in japan to find a girl who likes games nice

RatchetV1
RatchetV1

lol @ 360 competing with the PS2. notice how the original xbox isn't on this list. PS2 , PS3 & Sony themselves are just better (: (my opinion, of course.) ((a very GOOD opinion))

comb5
comb5

Nearly the same amount of PS2s being sold as 360s, mind=blown.... But it's not like there are 40+ incredible games to still be played on the PS2 though.

X-TOR-DEN-AIR
X-TOR-DEN-AIR

what would happen if Capcom made monster hunter for the 3ds

hunterseeker200
hunterseeker200

Xbox 360: 1,576 PS2: 1,513 The battle continues ..........

Rovelius
Rovelius

Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD for US... NOW.