Big in Japan Dec. 27-Jan. 2: Monster Hunter Portable 3

Capcom's PSP beat-'em-up maintains chart-leading position during uneventful cusp week; PSP sells nearly 100,000.

Just because Christmas has come and gone doesn't mean Japanese gamers have a mind to slow their spending on gaming software, especially with a hot new game like Monster Hunter Portable 3 on the market. This week, Media Create reports that Capcom's wildly popular PSP beat-'em-up sold 283,931 units, making it the best-selling software title in Japan for the December 27-January 2, 2011, period.

Japan continues its crusade against the monsters in Monster Hunter Portable 3.

Monster Hunter Portable 3 led a week that saw no new releases crack Media Create's top 10 software sales chart. Donkey Kong Country Returns and Wii Party came closest to challenging Capcom's PSP hit, as the Wii duo sold a respective 107,487 and 102,933 units during the week. Namco Bandai's PSP adventure game AKB1/48: Idol to Koishitara… and Nintendo's Mario Sports Mix round out the top 5.

Handheld titles dominated the back half of Media Create's top 10, with Pokemon Black and White outselling Level 5's Ninokuni: Shikkoku no Madoushi on the DS by just over 3,000 units. Level 5 also scored a top 10 finish with Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen! The Ogre, an arcade soccer game. Square Enix's The 3rd Birthday and Namco Bandai's Gundam Musou 3 rounded out the week's top 10.

On the hardware front, Sony's PSP continued its reign as the most popular gaming machine in Japan, selling 99,703 units during the week. The Wii and PS3 finished the week in a dead heat, with Nintendo's system besting Sony's console 77,307 units to 76,422. Sony's DSi duo followed with a combined 95,837 units. Notably, the PSP Go, which has suffered anemic sales since it launched in November 2009, turned in a better-than-usual performance with sales of 9,083 units.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF DECEMBER 27-JANUARY 2, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Monster Hunter Portable 3 / Capcom / PSP / 283,931
2. Donkey Kong Country Returns / Nintendo / Wii / 107,487
3. Wii Party / Nintendo / Wii / 102,933
4. AKB1/48: Idol to Koishitara… / Namco Bandai / PSP / 63,513
5. Mario Sports Mix / Nintendo / Wii / 58,109
6. Pokemon Black and White / The Pokemon Company / DS / 57,576
7. Ninokuni: Shikkoku no Madoushi / Level 5 / DS / 53,295
8. Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen! The Ogre / Level 5 / DS / 45,306
9. The 3rd Birthday / Square Enix / PSP / 45,105
10. Gundam Musou 3 / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 43,283

Hardware:
PSP - 99,703
Wii - 77,307
PS3 - 76,422
DSi - 48,039
DSi LL - 47,798
PSP Go - 9,083
DS Lite - 3,741
Xbox 360 - 3,708
PS2 - 2,480

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28 comments
megakick
megakick

Gundam Musou 3 in the top 10? they are never going to stop making dynasty warriors clones if people keep buying them.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

You have to give it to the Japanese, they ain't happy unless they are hunting monsters. Finally they can get their own back, after Godzilla.

gabsponge
gabsponge

@mario-nin-freak You think that's strange? The psp2 doesn't even have an official release date, unlike the 3ds. How come you don't find the ds sales strange?

FusionRain
FusionRain

Dude you should see all the different color PSP systems they have there. They got gamer lounges where you can go and play games like Monster Hunter with people there. Thats why when you see games like FF Dissidia that have a whole bunch of ad hoc rooms, it's because they can get full in Japan. We don't use ad hoc that much here so looking at a bunch of empty offline lobbies is kinda weird.

starusue
starusue

Is it ever gonna come out in the USA? i hope it dose XD

Oniresurrect
Oniresurrect

I hope 3rd Birthday being 9th won't slow down its US launch.

Pete5506
Pete5506

PS2 is still selling, I love seeing that

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

zzamaro Posted Jan 7, 2011 2:46 pm PT wait, psp go almost hit 10,000 wow, why could have happen? people notice pspgo getting more reliable

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

wow it seams like who ever bought a psp this week also at least picked up one version of the ds combined all 3 dses and it just about barely edges psp sales out

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

Go PS2! almost beat that 360 this week, next week maybe! also, PS3 sales looking good :D and damn, maybe I should get a PSP? so many have been sold lately in Japan.

whitejackel
whitejackel

wooot go Monster Hunter! been playing you sense ps2 where u first started!

Cillerboy
Cillerboy

wow ps3 and wii doing really well! good stuff :P

fester420
fester420

wow, ps3 outsold 360 25 times over

zzamaro
zzamaro

wait, psp go almost hit 10,000 wow, why could have happen?

WllDan7
WllDan7

"Sony's DSi duo followed with a combined 95,837 units." Sony now owns DS in japan? When did that happen?

SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

Monster Hunter release date for US and EU please, Capcom! :)

zzamaro
zzamaro

great for monster hunter and donkey kong

YoBrandino
YoBrandino

Kinda understand seperating the DS Lite and DSi sales and the PSP and SP Go sales, but not so much the DSi and DSi LL sales. I also hope to see Ninokuni come the US. I didn't realize the DS & PS3 games would be so far a part. With the DS one out there, and no date for the PS3 one yet? If Ninokuni PS3 comes to the US, it will probably be the push I need to really desire the PS3.

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

Strange how japanese people are buying PSP's when the PSP2 should be coming soon.

Shadow-Elite
Shadow-Elite

Uh oh... The 3rd Birthday (Parasite Eve) isnt doing too well :(

Just-Adam
Just-Adam

On an unrelated note to these sales , I really hope the Ni no kuni game for the PS3 gets a western release .. it looks like it will be an awesome jrpg ..

creation8888
creation8888

AKB1/48: Idol to Koishtara -- I like this game. I hope they make more AKB48 games!

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Dang, DKCR's doing pretty good in Japan. It deserves all the praise it gets. A great "Return" indeed for our favorite ape! :D

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Nice sale! I wish it'd sell as many outside Japan! :(