Big in Japan Dec. 5-11: Monster Hunter 3G

3DS version of Capcom's multiplayer action RPG beats out Mario titles and Skyrim in latest Japanese chart update; Nintendo's 3D handheld dominates hardware sales.

The Monster Hunter series is huge in Japan, so much so that even a port of a three-year-old PC installment of the franchise for the largely marginalized Xbox 360 was an instant best-seller in the country. Monster Hunter 3G for the 3DS is proving no exception to that popularity, as the game debuted at number one with 521,959 units sold on the Media Create's sales chart update for the week of December 5 through December 11.

Why so angry, Bracchidios? Your game is number one on the charts.

The game is a follow-up to the Wii title Monster Hunter 3, and features different control schemes for underwater segments, reworked camera controls, 3DS StreetPass functionality, and local wireless play. New monsters in this version include Bracchidios (featured on the game's cover) and Guran-Miraosu, while returning monsters like the Gigginox and Uragaan have new attacks so that players are forced to revamp their hunting strategies. On a related note, the Slide Pad extension made its debut in Japan on the game's release; the attachment adds a second analog circle pad to the 3DS, along with another pair of shoulder buttons.

Coming in second and third for the week were Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land, with 183,834 and 89,743 units sold, respectively. The PlayStation 3 version of Skyrim finished in fourth place with 75,865 units sold, while the Xbox 360 version was at ninth place with 37,037 units sold.

On the hardware front, the 3DS dominated the sales chart as Nintendo sold 350,321 units, likely due to the combination of Monster Hunter, the two Mario titles, and the Slide Expansion bundles offered in Japanese retailers. The PSP, Wii, and PS3 also experienced small leaps in sales. Sony sold 51,191 and 44,661 units of the PSP and PS3, respectively, while Nintendo sold 46,018 units of the Wii.

JAPAN GAMES SALES: WEEK OF DECEMBER 5 - 11

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. Monster Hunter 3G / Capcom / 3DS / 521,959
2. Mario Kart 7 / Nintendo / 3DS / 183,834
3. Super Mario 3D Land / Nintendo / 3DS / 89,743
4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim / Bethesda / PS3 / 75,865
5. Kidou Senshi Gundam: Extreme VS / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 56,584
6. Magician's Quest: The Merchant's Store of Sorcery / Konami / DS / 46,042
7. Dragon Ball: Ultimate Blast / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 44,593
8. Kirby's Return to Dreamland / Nintendo / Wii / 44,570
9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim / Bethesda / Xbox 360 / 37,037
10. Just Dance Wii / Nintendo / Wii / 30,935

Hardware
3DS – 350,321
PSP – 51,191
Wii – 46,018
PS3 – 44,661
DSi XL – 4,007
Xbox 360 – 3,211
DSi – 2,609
PS2 – 1,268
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Master_2
Master_2

Wii suddenly beat PS3, now that is something you don't see everyday

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

gee monster hunter is big in japan again...big surprise. :roll:

metalkitten
metalkitten

people just need to realize that japan is not as much into the huge games in western like skyrim (which still did pretty good on the list) my own personal taste is along the one of japan and im tired of western mainstream games i think europe is in between of na and japan when it comes to sales - i think we do pick up and like more japanease games than na but we have huge sales in western games too anyway grats nintendo for another great week for u personally this week i dont think there is any game in that top i want though for once!

FatmanAB
FatmanAB

@dxdevilex0 not to mention ... it might also released for the vita as well (inclu RE revelations) capcom is a prostitute of $$$$$$$ (same thing happend with re4 going multi)

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

@Trenchman MH4 might be released exclusively for 3DS and might be released worldwide.

steelmouth
steelmouth

Big to Skyrim for represernting the 360

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

So now, Monster Hunter is bigger than Mario. Mario land 3D debuted with 370,000 and MH has 521,000?

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Today since it is Friday, all ambassadors get the last 10 GBA games. Its an awesome list of games. The list is varied, and it will be great. Awesome hardware sales.

Trenchman
Trenchman

I would love to see a US release date for Monster Hunter 3G and Monster Hunter 4. They may not sell as well in the west, but I would think that sales would be worth the text translation. Hell, they could probably find fans willing to translate the game for free and their names in the credits. C'mon Capcom.

ElevenHandMan
ElevenHandMan

@SolidTy It is impressive, I'm amazed Monster Hunter can sell THAT well in Japan, and they still decide not to port it over to the west. It literally makes no sense. However, the reason I tagged you is because I'm confused why you had to recap the recap of what's big in Japan?

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

@dxdevilex0 despite being made by Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda isnt as popular in Japan as it is in the west.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

Just realised that Skyward Sword is missing from the list.

N4o7A
N4o7A

MONSTER HUNTER!!!! GIMME!!

FatmanAB
FatmanAB

Monster Hunter IS THE MAIN Reason Why Capcom EVEN still Alive They Were Like Shooting ThemeSelfs When Releasing A Milked Fighting game (mvc3) ... Milk it with Overpriced and Useless DLC (jill Valantine Character for 7 $ !!!!) The Game just About to reach 1 mil AND THEY F^&@ING KILL IT with rerelease the game with all character avaliable with +8 Characters and Stages (Wich Should be Avaliable in the first place) And What Make This Looks Stupid ?!?! THEY RELEASE IT in the same YEAR !!!! (mvc3 in feb ? umvc3 in nov) for 40 bucks Sigh ....... of course the game sold Poorly (23 k only) ... And so the same idiotic marketing happend with Street Fighter AND SOOOON with tekken X street fighter (Belive me it WILL) Milking the series with Stupid Marketing And loosing MORE fans (not to mension megaman RE fans inclu) = FAIL + LOSE oh Monster Hunter What A good SAVIOUR you ARE !!!!!

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

And the real reason MH 3G was done on the 3Ds is revealed.Instant sales. Rather than making it on a system where it will have a longer life span, they put it on the 3DS for a quick buck and for cheap. Just like what they did with the Wii.Remember: Capcom admitted it themselves they did it for no other reason than an experiment and for cheaper costs.Tri was originally gonna be for the ps3(where it would of had alot more content and a longer life span) but decided to make it on the Wii to cut costs and for instant sales. Oh well i still got Portable 3rd.Ill just wait for inevitable Vita/PS3 MH that we all know is on the way.

Super-Poke-Bros
Super-Poke-Bros

Good to see the 3DS is back on track now. I've played Monster Hunter Tri but...I don't know, I keep playing, but it feels like the game hasn't started. Progress is slow. I might have to start playing it again, or maybe get a fresh start on the 3DS.

Thirdrail1
Thirdrail1

No Japanese system with Monster Hunter is doomed in Japan. It's just that simple. They still have a long road ahead of them in the NA and EU markets.

Nintendo can't afford to leave games like 3G out of their international library if they're really serious about competing with the iPhone and Android in the US. I imagine we'll see a port of this one.

Either way, I'm good! One of those 521,959 copies should arrive in my mailbox later today. =]

DLobotomist
DLobotomist

with handheld dominating the market in Japan I'm pretty sure when vita releases Dec in Japan it will be right there with the 3ds ... how ever which one will do better it depends on the games.... and yes MH is huge favorite not just in Japan but also in China.....

WllDan7
WllDan7

The 3ds outsold all systems combined by almost two thirds. And people said it was doomed.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@JaxxRaxor : Thanks a ton for the info :D And we can only hope... :P

Megaman_Omega
Megaman_Omega

They outsold the competition 7:1? And i always thought Nintendo was doomed like the tro- erm gentlemen keep saying for 20 years.

Grimbear13
Grimbear13

Please just bring it stateside :( I REALLY want both a new Monster Hunter game since my Wii died and a third game for my 3DS.

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

Good thing will have 3DS for Xmas

gokuofheaven
gokuofheaven

Great, bring it over here soon. Looking forward to the frankenstick.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Keep it up 3DS! In fact,keep it up entire gaming industry. These past several weeks have been a great time to be involved in the hobby.

franzito
franzito

Japanese folks just can't get over "Pokémania spawns". And 3DS sales... impressive, even though I wouldn't buy it just for playing 2 or 3 good games.

pikaby
pikaby

Guran-Miraosu Gamespot, that is the FREAKING BIGGEST SPOILER in MH3G and you goddamn ruined it.

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

Is Monster Hunter a MMO????? I was introduced to it through Gin Tama....

Victorious_Fize
Victorious_Fize

Wondering once the Vita debuts... will it catch up and win?

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

@Virtual_Erkan Even the PS2 outsells the 360 in Japan some weeks.

Virtual_Erkan
Virtual_Erkan

PSP is still selling and outselling PS3 and X360??

risako9
risako9

What's better than games? Of course, games that are played with friends!

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

-3DS sales more than the hardware sales combined and doubled(though it was partly because of the monster hunter killer bundle) -3D Land still going strong for a full month after released -Wii sales more than PS3 -More than half of the software in top 10 is from Nintendo consoles -The DS family is still selling(7000+ seriously?) Nintendo is pwning yet another week.

X_Colbert_X
X_Colbert_X

@HollowNinja Believe it or not, people enjoy Monster Hunter. Some people even enjoy it more than other games--Skyrim included.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

Holy huge numbers for Monster Hunter and 3DS! It was sold out everywhere I went to look for it...

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

Monster Hunter beat out a masterpiece like Skyrim? Disappointing. Also, where's the PC version of Skyrim?

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

@moviequest14 The game has not been announced for release outside of Japan. I think the chances are low because only Monster Hunter Tri has had decent sales outside of Japan, and 3G is just an expansion. But it still possible. Monster Hunter 4, which will be debuting on the 3DS, should have a western release as its a main title.

LJELLZ
LJELLZ

Big numbers for the 3DS!

moviequest14
moviequest14

Anyone know if 3g will eventually see a N.A release or if it will be eastern-exclusive?