Big in Japan December 6-12: Monster Hunter Portable 3

Capcom's PSP action game retains top spot as Studio Ghibli-Level Five collaboration Ninokuni, Donkey Kong Country Returns spar for second.

Along with the flagging rhythm genre, slumping sales of Wii games and portable titles have been blamed for the US game industry's 2010 woes. However, the picture in Japan is considerably different. Media Create released its Japanese sales figures for the week of December 6-12, and games for the PSP, DS, and Wii claimed eight of the top 10 chart spots.

Monster Hunter Portable 3 has sold more than 2.5 million copies in its first two weeks on sale.

Monster Hunter Portable 3 dominated in its second week of release, adding 629,541 copies to its first-week total of 1.95 million copies sold. Capcom's multiplayer-focused action game far outsold the closest competition, with the Studio Ghibli-Level Five collaboration Ninokuni: Shikkoku no Madoushi selling 179,548 copies in its week of release. The DS role-playing game narrowly beat out Wii platformer Donkey Kong Country Returns, which led Nintendo's offerings with 163,310 copies sold.

Nintendo had a strong week on the whole. In addition to Donkey Kong Country Returns, the company claimed the middle of the charts with Pokemon Black and White, Mario Sports Mix, Wii Party, Super Mario All-Stars, and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem in fourth through eighth place, respectively. The final two spots were occupied by the PlayStation 3's only two representatives on the chart, Namco Bandai's Tales of Graces F and Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.

On the hardware front, the PSP easily claimed the top spot with a boost from the Monster Hunter Portable 3 launch, even if the 158,029 systems it sold was less than half the previous week's total. The Wii retained second place with 79,424 systems sold, while the DSi and DSi LL (DSi XL in the West) leapfrogged the PS3 to take third and fourth place. Finally, after an extended breather in the middle of the pack, the PSP Go returned to the bottom of the charts, selling just 1,904 systems.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF DECEMBER 6-12, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Monster Hunter Portable 3 / Capcom / PSP / 629,541
2. Ninokuni: Shikkoku no Madoushi/ Level Five / DS / 170,548
3. Donkey Kong Country Returns / Nintendo / Wii / 163,310
4. Pokemon Black and White / The Pokemon Company / DS / 79,819
5. Mario Sports Mix / Nintendo / Wii / 68,430
6. Wii Party / Nintendo / Wii / 55,412
7. Super Mario All-Stars / Nintendo / Wii / 53,670
8. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem / Nintendo / DS / 51,828
9. Tales of Graces F / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 39,640
10. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood / Ubisoft / PS3 / 36,098

Hardware:
PSP - 158,029
Wii - 79,424
DSi LL - 59,709
DSi - 55,993
PS3 - 41,882
Xbox 360 - 3,695
DS Lite - 3,309
PS2 - 2,054
PSP Go - 1,904

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Discussion

45 comments
mariobro9999
mariobro9999

yes!!! this is cool I really cant wait to paly MHP3 on my psp. That game is soo much fun and im excited for the return of the other wepons like in the old ones.

steelmouth
steelmouth

i see the going is still tough for the x360 in Japan, kinect ant help much as i thought

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@anomaly3001 what about america? halo and cod..........thats a ton of variety just there

losmescaleros
losmescaleros

Why does the Nintendo DS logo flash at the end of the video?

Briareos43
Briareos43

Japan lucky to have Monster Hunter. That game is pure skill. I see alot of gamers trash talk the series but they just don't get it. Why is Monster Hunter so popular in japan. Its a social game. young and old can play it at their own pace. Its all about helping each other and having fun. Many gamers can't even play single player games. They only play multiplayer. So that type of gamer is casual. Monster Hunter has solo play too. gamers that love to brag on themselves and have a short attention span, Will always and forever hate anything they are not good at. Millions of japanese gamers love this game. And I'm supose to believe a couple of village idiots!!!???!! So when i read any blogg stating negative comments about Monster Hunter. It just shows me that not everyone is a true gamer. Monster Hunter Fans are the smartest gamers out there. The game is too hard for the weak minded. It tailored for you to discover fighting tactics and items for use while hunting. Too many games spoon feed you on what to do. Monster Hunter doesn't. Someone would have 3 games in thier collection and all of a sudden they think "I'm the worlds best gamer and I know the truth about whats good and bad with games. If i hate a game, guess what? I don't play it or comment on it. I move onto the next.

AmongShadows
AmongShadows

This game OWNS!! I've spent more hours on Monster Hunter than all GoW games combined. I haven't played Ghost of Sparta yet though.

myjota
myjota

Japan loves their Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii's ( craps) )))))))))))))))))))))))

Ilikemyname420
Ilikemyname420

Sweet a new tales game *taps foot waiting for NA release*

nitrocole
nitrocole

God damnit! I wanna play me some MH3!! :o

sman3579
sman3579

Japan loves their monsters.

anomaly3001
anomaly3001

Japanese gamers seem to like the same ol stuff over and over again!

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

It's funny, even the Japanese realize what a waste the Go is.

lithus
lithus

I agree w/ itsTolkien_time. Japanese gamers/consumers are the most eccentric out there. And that isn't exactly a compliment. It's almost like the "tackier and sillier" the better. Monster Hunter really?!

itsTolkien_time
itsTolkien_time

Dang, Japan still swallows up Monster Hunter like it's some sort of godly ambrosia. I guess I will never understand why this happens for every release. And handhelds fly of the shelves. Over 129,000 DSs and almost 160,000 PSPs. Compare that to the less than 127,000 home consoles sold that week. Handhelds double that and more!

riariases
riariases

maaan i wish they included dual wielding in MH Tri. Hopefully in the next console addition... or possibly if they get one for the 3DS.

whitejackel
whitejackel

@OGKNav i hear yeah! the MH games are awsome and who cares where the game was made if its good then play it. Like MH.

Halloll
Halloll

Japanese people love grinding

pakrulz
pakrulz

Japan is in sharp contrast to the rest of the world although i like this one better!

OGKNav
OGKNav

I'm glad Monster Hunter has been getting the respect it deserves SOMEWHERE on earth, for the past few years. Western gamers are so biased now-a-days, it's not even funny anymore.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

@ wiisdual ,, ,a survey does not mean nothing , so what if they think its too expensive, but what about apples ipod and ipad , arent those more expensive fact is 3ds will be the newest handheld on the market when it comes out no competition will be there, and japan will buy it why cause it is nintendo and 300 is not that expensive if it was boy why is ps3 selling , huh oh wait it fell to 5th place this week , but it was doing good til now , point is, 300 is not as expensive as 2000-3000 - the price of 3d tvs plus a 30 0 ps3 , and its glasses free to so ya i dont call that expensive

Pete5506
Pete5506

Never thought I would see the PSP on top

monson21502
monson21502

poor 360 shunned again. if i were ms ied pull out of japan asap

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Checked nintendolife and they said Mario Party 2 will come this Monday for NA and Friday for Europeans. HURRAY. Buy your cards and start a party of 4.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

NIce. A survey revealed that Japanese gamer's think that 3DS is way too expensive and only half know of it. Probably the reason of that is here / 3DS may not sell well in Japan. 150,000 and 300,000 in the one of the past weeks.

Koushin
Koushin

@Oldboy08 It depends on how big the game is. Usually big titles (Uncharted, Killzone, LBP) are localized here in Japan. If it's something more specific that would only service Western gamers, you may want to import it or find an import game shop since PS3 is region free. I personally only buy the AAA Western games. :)

ahnzz
ahnzz

bring monster hunter portable 3 to the us and ill buy a new psp

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

i hope when im in Japan, they still release all the western games, because 2011 is gonna be a huge year for PS3 gaming and im not sure how many will come to Japan, im hoping all of them...:D

sagameister3
sagameister3

I would really like to see that tales of game released here in the states.

ElevenHandMan
ElevenHandMan

@SolidTy And it's in its second week. Don't forget the first week MHP3 was released in Japan in sold over 1.95million!

linkdarkside
linkdarkside

Pokemon Black and White still on the top 10 ,amazing cant wait till it it comes to America.

linkdarkside
linkdarkside

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shafe-man
shafe-man

I'm amazed at Pokemon Black and White. It's sold almost 5 million, in JAPAN ALONE! That's almost 4% of the population. I can't imagine how much it will sell when it hits our shores.... it looks . The PSP performs way better in Japan than here. The Japanese like quick,enaging gaming, while Americans like huge, cinematic games. AKA consoles.

benleslie5
benleslie5

I didn't even know that Assassin's Creed was popluar in Japan

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

Its great to Donkey kong country returns sell well, that games a masterpiece! Damn black and white is STILL selling? cant blame them, it IS pokemon and it IS japan

SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

Looking forward to some more Monster Hunting. Too bad localisation takes forever...

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

pretty cool western games are makin it over in Japan

oneligas
oneligas

it's nice to see a western developed game crack the top ten in japan