Big in Japan August 9-15: Wii Party, Sengoku Basara

Nintendo minigame collection and Capcom historical action game hold sway as no new releases crack the Japanese top 10.

The week of August 9-15 was a quiet one for Japanese game retailers, with no new releases managing to crack the Media Create top 10 sales chart. Even a new release might have been hard-pressed to top the list, as Nintendo's minigame collection Wii Party continued to post gaudy numbers, selling nearly 125,000 copies in its sixth week of release.

Whoa whoa whoa. Since when do Miis have thumbs?!?!?

The PlayStation 3 version of Capcom's historical action game Sengoku Basara 3 was a distant second, topping 35,000 copies sold and giving Sony's console its only representative on the charts. The PSP held its own, with Namco Bandai's latest Tales of Phantasia and Sega's Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2 taking fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Games for Nintendo's Wii and DS claimed seven of the top 10 chart spots, but only two of the top five. Level Five's Inazuma Eleven 3 for the DS finished third with sales over 28,000, and Nintendo's handheld was also represented by Eigokoro Kyoushitsu, Tomodachi Collection, and the latest Taiko no Tatsujin title. Besides putting a game at the top of the charts, the Wii also saw Super Mario Galaxy 2 hit sixth place, with Dragon Quest Monsters: Battle Road Victory landing in ninth.

While Nintendo was all over the software charts, Sony fared best in the hardware wars. The PSP and PS3 were the best-selling systems of the week, moving 35,734 units and 33,057 units, respectively. However, that magic touch didn't extend to the PSP Go, which had a particularly uninspired week, selling just 608 new systems and bringing up the rear yet again. The DSi LL was Nintendo's best-selling effort, moving nearly 28,000 new systems into users' hands. The Wii was close behind, topping 25,000 systems sold.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF AUGUST 9-15, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Wii Party / Nintendo / Wii / 124,489
2. Sengoku Basara 3 / Capcom / PS3 / 35,324
3. Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! Spark and Bomber/ Level Five / DS / 28,215
4. Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X / Namco Bandai / PSP / 27,822
5. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2 / Sega / PSP / 24,017
6. Super Mario Galaxy 2 / Nintendo / Wii / 20,873
7. Eigokoro Kyoushitsu DS / Nintendo / DS / 16,895
8. Tomodachi Collection / Nintendo / DS / 15,243
9. Dragon Quest Monsters: Battle Road Victory / Square Enix / Wii / 14,803
10. Taiko no Tatsujin DS: Dororon! Youkai Daikessen!! / Bandai Namco / DS / 14,299

Hardware:
PSP - 35,734
PS3 - 33,057
DSi LL - 27,923
Wii - 25,072
DSi - 24,850
Xbox 360 - 5,065
DS Lite - 4,809
PS2 - 1,675
PSP Go - 608

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metalgear-solid
metalgear-solid

Sengoku Basara 3 selling nicely. Definitely getting once it hits PS3s in the rest of the world.

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

Project diva 2 is still doing well, but its so god damn expensive to import

Doolum
Doolum

i think people out there should understand that PSP Go was released to satisfy people with small hands who doesnt like the UMD slot(sarcasm)i wanted 1 as well but when i tried one it was lil bit small for my palm and my fingers had to play contortionists to reach the buttons.Anyways,good going Sony with PSP and PS3 sales. This does show that now that most Japanese holds a Wii,they are turning toward Sony for some high graphics and HD display games.Maybe things will change a wii bit for Xbox when Monster Hunter Frontier is released in Japan(If its released)

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

sony should just finish off the psp go forget that they even made such a mistake

susil65
susil65

ps3 and psp doing awesome

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

damn people are still buying ps2's D= its sells more then go lol

pbz5
pbz5

psp go a failure why... i just bought mine 2 months ago and this failure!

AnelZukic
AnelZukic

I hate this separate places for the designs of DS, it's like you would put PS3, PS3 slim, PS3 with move, X360, X360 slim and X360 with Kinnect :? it's just wrong, the difference between are only two cameras and some new online features, and bigger/smaller screens. PSP bothers me also, but they are more diverse then the DS's :) Wii party is in the lead? gonna hate that game :P

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

How is psp go a failure. It may not sell alot but it clearly makes money at that price

pikaby
pikaby

Go Taiko no Tatsujin! :)

No_Hablo_Ingles
No_Hablo_Ingles

Separating the sales of the DSi LL, DSi and DSi is like separating the Playstation 3 or 360 sales based off the color and hardware...

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

I think they should do something like take the population of Japan (everyone, babys, kids, teens, adults, and old folks) and compair it to the number of units sold for these games and game systems. Since I have heard that every family in Japan owns at least 3 DSs (all of the DSs) according to the total amount sold in Japan. I wouldnt be surprised if the amount of game systems sold comes close to the amount of people living in Japan, or maybe even exceding it. Oh also congrats to Nintendo for again topping the charts with software (people need to understand that everyone, deffinetly in Japan, whos going to get a Wii/ DS has probably already made the purchase, though there will still be some of the late comers :P )

white_wind
white_wind

well, the only reason for the PSP Go was to "emphasize" on the DD trend. it made me consider getting downloadable games on my PSP3000 when even though I was totally against DD. it marked the begining of a new era of some sort.

Flint247
Flint247

Yeah, if I got a PSP, I would definitely go for the 3000 instead.

TBoogy
TBoogy

I am pretty sure the PSP go is the biggest failure ever. Glad I am not the only one who thought that paying more for a smaller screen was a bad idea.

monson21502
monson21502

@cameio, sure there is games for psp go. but you cant get them for 10 bucks each and movies for 4.99 each on it. you have to pay sonys set prices on them.

cameio
cameio

i bought a PSP Go before 3 days for $200 n am really enjoying it more than my Ds LL i don't know why people say there r no games! well there r a lots of games n they'r way better than Ds games at least for me and my friends

darkbuster_exe
darkbuster_exe

Wow... Sony should just pull the plug on PSP Go, & deny it ever happened, at this point.

monson21502
monson21502

surely japanese gam,ers aint paying over 50 bucks for dsi or psps when 3ds and psp 2 will be out so soon? thats worse then going out and paying 129 for a ps2 right now. imo

monson21502
monson21502

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soulless4now
soulless4now

lol Is it too soon to officially say R.I.P. to the psp go?

Pete5506
Pete5506

The PSP Go, people are buying them

Smithers2286
Smithers2286

Ok the DS outsold the PSP Gamespot. You need to keep your facts straight.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Ridiculous about the games in japan can't wait fir Wii Party.

nini200
nini200

Where's the Wii version of Sengoku Basara 3? I thought they were supposed to release together?

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

its hard for me to believe that video games started in japan for the most part. I live in japan. I have to tell you. American invented some things. The japanese do it better like cars and tv. Japan invented somethings and we do it better like sushi and video games. these games are all wack!!!

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

too bad we'll never get top ndx in the us D: well at least theres always hope of fan translations and importing. can't wait to see how well neptune did.

M212
M212

Sony should just discontinue the PSP Go. It's a commercial failure.

EdibleFood
EdibleFood

Also everyone in japan owns 5 nintendo dses by now

EdibleFood
EdibleFood

The 360 sales are downright embarrassing. So you are saying if everyone in my school bought a 360, it would outsell it's Japanese sales

Johnke
Johnke

even ps2 sales more than psp go :O

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

atleast Mario galaxy 2 is second in wii sales

hememi
hememi

@metalkid9 actually nintedo dominated with software and hardware

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

Maybe Just Maybe, with the strong sales of this new Tales game, they will bring it over? Please...we need more Tales games over here!!

mellow09
mellow09

Wow, the PSP Go can't even sell in Japan.

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

I had a feeling wii party would be a success. There never what we want but we buy it ayway:lol:

metalkid9
metalkid9

wow Nintendo is falling behind o_o