Big in Japan Feb. 1-7: God Eater

Namco's PSP action adventure game of divine digestion sells nearly 300,000 copies in first week on shelves.

Japan's love for the Monster Hunter series apparently extends beyond the brand to games reminiscent of Capcom's multiplayer action adventure games. For the week of February 1-7, Japanese tracking firm Media Create is reporting that Namco's new PSP release God Eater topped the charts, selling 295,405 copies in the island nation.

The scientific name for a God Eater is (or at least should be) "deiphage."

Like Capcom's series, God Eater allows up to four players to team up with customized characters and take down supernatural beasts in dozens of missions. The game may be friendlier to solo players than its inspiration, as it will allow for AI-controlled teammates when venturing alone.

The previous week's best seller didn't fall very far, as Square Enix's DS remake of Dragon Quest VI finished in second, selling 189,802 copies. It was trailed in third place by another of the role-playing game specialist's titles, the PlayStation 3 debut of last year's Xbox 360-exclusive Star Ocean: The Last Hope. The Tri-Ace-developed RPG double-dip sold just over 72,000 copies, easily besting the studio's most recent title, the Sega-published Resonance of Fate (End of Eternity in Japan). After debuting in second place the week before, the PS3 edition of Resonance of Fate fell to seventh place, selling 25,640 copies.

The last new release of the week to make the top 10 was Pop'n Music Portable, with 19,138 copies sold. Although the Konami rhythm game series has been around for more than a decade, this is the first time it has arrived on Sony's handheld, and it's the first portable version since 2000.

The week's hardware race was less than exciting, with the same systems charting in the same order as the previous week. On top of that, every system saw week-over-week sales declines except for the last place PSP Go, which saw a sales twitch with 1,738 systems sold for the week, up from 1,645 the week before.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF FEBRUARY 1-7, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1) God Eater / Bandai Namco / PSP / 295,405
2) Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie / Square Enix / DS / 189,802
3) Star Ocean: The Last Hope: International / Square Enix / PS3 / 72,026
4) New Super Mario Bros. Wii / Nintendo / Wii / 62,174
5) Tomodachi Collection / Nintendo / DS / 38,164
6) Wii Fit Plus / Nintendo / Wii / 27,104
7) End of Eternity (Resonance of Fate) / Sega / PS3 / 25,460
8) Pop'n Music Portable / Konami / PSP / 19,138
9) Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep / Square Enix / PSP / 14,780
10) Wii Sports Resort / Nintendo / Wii / 13,314

Hardware:
PSP - 43,163
Wii - 36,149
DSi XL - 28,080
PS3 - 25,450
DSi - 19,116
DS Lite - 5,410
Xbox 360 - 3,651
PS2 - 2,047
PSP Go - 1,738

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47 comments
Blazakenki
Blazakenki

God Eater looks so sick! can't wait to play it on my PSP. It is gonna be off the records!!! Final Fantasy Xlll looks pretty sweet too. We're having this thing in canada where if you trade in your wii and 2 select games you get a free console and i think a game.(on the EBgames poster it said in canada only)

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

@Selki_sands That's actually kinda sad. I wonder what happened. I'm stoked for the US release!

Seiki_sands
Seiki_sands

@Kou-Nurasaka Nope, FFXIII is not even in media creates top 50 for the week after this one Feb8-14th. Square Enix's other games are Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep at #20, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at #32 (SE publishes it in Japan), and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare at #50. http://www.m-create.com/ranking/ The top 10 are 1. God Eater PSP 2. Dragon Quest 6 DS 3. New Super Mario Bros. WII 4. Prince of Tennis DS 5. Tomodachi DS 6. Quiz Magic Academy DS 7. Wii Fit Plus WII 8. Star Ocean 4 PS3 9. Zangeki no Reginleiv Wii (Dynamic Slash) 10. Sacred 2 PS3

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

Does it bother anyone else that FFXIII isn't in the top ten? Maybe its at 11, I don't know, but that just seems weird. Anyway, Square-Enix isn't hurting considering there are 3 games in teh top ten that belong to them.

Dualmask
Dualmask

I would be all over God Eater if it came to America. It's got that perfect blend of Phantasy Star Portable and Monster Hunter flavor that fits really well on the PSP.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

@ MATERAZZI_23 is it? in that case sony are doing well overall =D

MATERAZZI_23
MATERAZZI_23

@fps_d0minat0r But that 22k is for one week in Japan, and the 60k is for the entire month in the U.S.

FF360
FF360

I do live in japan, yes we do get games like modern warfare 2 and mass effect 2, they are popular but nowhere near on the level as psp or ds games seem to be. most of my students have psps. recently they've been playing kingdom hearts birth by sleep. plus when ff13 came out it made the news on television haha.

mamiqdadi
mamiqdadi

I don't live in Japan but games like End of eternity , Star Ocean , Kingdom hearts , and Dragon quest I enjoy because I belong to an older generation when these games where also popular outside of Japan I like Nintendo games also

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

@ THE-ZOZ They are completely different. Rpgs and fighting games rule the roost in Japan and particularly games that show strong anime influences. So Final Fantasy might be really popular in the states, but its like a way of life over there. There is nothing wrong with either sides taste, but I must admit their rpgs have become far to emo for me to enjoy nowadays.

THE-ZOZ
THE-ZOZ

I`m just wondering if japan gets games like : mass effect 2 or MW2 ect.... because it seems US and Europe gaming markets are different than japan!?

twv25
twv25

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tehepicpwnzor
tehepicpwnzor

@3zone5: The Japanese probably think we're a bunch of losers for buying nothing but FPS.

xXvenom5150Xx
xXvenom5150Xx

@nate1222 Have you played NSMB for Wii? I think it is alot better than the DS version but that is just me. Lol

oneligas
oneligas

god eater? wonder if it tastes like chicken

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

even though ps3 killed xbox in japan, its not enough because they might be 22k higher in japan but their like 60k down in america. if any game can change that figure in america, its got to be god of war 3. @ 3zone5 if you were born and lived in japan, you would be buying the same stuff. theres probably people on japanese sites saying "why are these americans and europeans so interested in MW2".

Jhoalot
Jhoalot

I Want this game so badly.

nate1222
nate1222

@Sphire I'm not much different. I prefer my DSlite to the current (7th) gen. And the only reason I want a Wii is for its VC line-up. Accept Tatsunoko Vs Capcom. NSMB Wii looks good, but the DS version is better.

nate1222
nate1222

Well, since I can't find a Wii anywhere (income-tax time), I may snag a PSP instead. God Eater looks like a freaking GETTER!

pakrulz
pakrulz

God eater sounds badass, i want that!

3zone5
3zone5

Wtf, all handheld and Wii-games, this is like... there simply aren't any words for it. Japanese never had a really good taste when it comes to making games except for a few exception.

64-bit
64-bit

interview with who?

kejigoto
kejigoto

And the Sony execs go wild! Some type of positive news for the PSP Go! Could this be the corner they've been hoping to turn?! Stay tuned until next week folks when we find out if Sony can continue to ride this monstrous wave of sales to glory!

mylsd
mylsd

whataguy69: Dragon Quest is garbage?!?! Maybe not your cup of tea, but to call it garbage ... it makes you seem like a gamer who has ... well there's just no nice way to finish that sentence.

Bloodhawk_DX
Bloodhawk_DX

Meh, who cares what the Japanese think in gaming?

whataguy69
whataguy69

I don't understand Japanese gamers. All those games in the top 10 list are dirt bag garbage to me and if I got any of those games for free, I'd sell them on Craigslist.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Every game in Japan consistently changes unless its a Nintendo one. / Square Enix rules with the DS and Sega and Namco Bandai have to compete with the PSP. Nintendo will always win in its software.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

DS technically wins since the combined DS's (DS Lite, DSi, and DSi XL) beat the combined PSP sales (PSP and PSPGo).

itBit
itBit

the 360 rules imo

Sphire
Sphire

Japanese gamers really don't seem to be into this-gen's consoles much. Ps3's only sold over 4 mil, and only half bought ffxiii. Now SO4 and EoE aren't selling great. And these are RPGs! It's like they're all content with handhelds and the Wii.

monson21502
monson21502

oh wait i know. get locked in a room with nothing but a psp go with best 100 umd games with it.

monson21502
monson21502

poor 360. wonder what the punishment is for buying one over there?

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

I lol'd at the ps2 outselling the pspGO! Glad to see NSMBWii is still in the top10.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Wow, the psp is still outselling everything while the psp go isn't.

smm217
smm217

I'm glad God eater did good. Too bad there's no sign of a USA release, it seems like the kind of game I would buy.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Did the math and Nintendo won by like 15,000 units. Sorry for posting incorrect data. Sony did beat Nintendo in software.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

PSP was on top but the results are almost equal in hardware by Sony and Nintendo. Yes, I also added PSP GO and ps2 and Nintendo won by like a 1000. Neither Nintendo or Sony can declare they are winners in the island nation. Incredible.

edant79
edant79

Just 1 week.....standard PSP on top, and PSP Go on bottom. Maybe they should just combine the two.

Jhoalot
Jhoalot

I knew that God Eater would sell a lot a USA version would help then a lot. But they didn't make it, bad for then.

666_Laventine
666_Laventine

Birth by Sleep slowly fading off the charts. Looks like I may have to second guess on getting Resonance of Fate. FFXIII should appease my RPG apetite, but I think I may have to wait for a price drop for RoF. Me guess it might not take long.

Kou-Nurasaka
Kou-Nurasaka

I disagree. Specialty stores and Ebay have still made my PS2 one of my favorite consoles of all time. There are a ton of good games for the PS2, though my time is currently being used up on SO:International.

Rickiej
Rickiej

@Pablo620 Yeah, it may be a tenth of the sales of the PS3 but it's alot for a console 9 years old!

Pablo620
Pablo620

Its hard to imagine so many people still buying PS2s so many years later. 2,000 people is alot and that is just one week in one country