Big in Japan Feb. 15-21: Resident Evil 5 Gold gets the gold

Alternative Edition of Capcom zombie shooter ousts God Eater from top spot; Heavy Rain debuts in sixth place.

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After two weeks on top of the Japanese sales charts, Namco Bandai's PSP game God Eater was dethroned by another game about insatiable hunger. According to Japanese tracking firm Media Create, Capcom's zombie redux Resident Evil 5 Alternative Edition (called Gold Edition in the US) was the best-selling game for the week of February 15-21, selling 143,339 copies in its retail debut.

Sure, Namco Bandai's latest can eat gods, but it can't stop this.

Resident Evil 5: Alternative Edition includes all of the downloadable content released for the original survival horror game, as well as compatibility with the PlayStation 3 motion-sensing controller. Unfortunately, it will be some time before gamers know how well that compatibility works, because Sony won't be releasing the peripheral until the fall.

Though the Monster Hunter-like God Eater relinquished the top spot, it didn't fall very far. The multiplayer action game sold 64,192 copies for the week, more than enough to hold off a trio of sales-chart-loitering titles for Nintendo's systems: New Super Mario Bros. Wii (44,415 sold), Dragon Quest VI for the DS (41,412 sold), and Tomodachi Collection (31,299 sold).

Resident Evil 5: Alternative Edition wasn't the only game new to the top 10 for the week. Quantic Dream's PlayStation 3-exclusive noir-tinged thriller Heavy Rain was the sixth-best-seller of the week, selling 26,775 copies. Konami's Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2010 Reverse of Arcadia for the DS also made its first appearance on the charts, selling 24,132 copies for the week.

Sony was the big winner on the hardware charts, with the PSP outselling every other system for the seventh straight week and the PS3 leapfrogging the Wii and DSi LL (called the DSi XL in the West) to land in second. The chart position for Sony's portable has benefitted not just from a lineup of best-selling new releases like God Eater and Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, but also from Nintendo's segmentation of the DS lineup of systems. Combining sales of the DSi LL, the DSi, and the DS Lite, Nintendo's portables outsell even the PSP by more than 12,000 units.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF FEBRUARY 15-21, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1) Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition / Capcom / PS3 / 143,339
2) God Eater / Bandai Namco / PSP / 64,192
3) New Super Mario Bros. Wii / Nintendo / Wii / 44,415
4) Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie / Square Enix / DS / 41,412
5) Tomodachi Collection / Nintendo / DS / 31,299
6) Heavy Rain / Sony / PS3 / 26,775
7) Wii Fit Plus / Nintendo / Wii / 25,631
8) Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2010 Reverse of Arcadia / Konami / DS / 24,132
9) Star Ocean: The Last Hope: International / Square Enix / PS3 / 15,097
10) Wii Sports Resort / Nintendo / Wii / 11,303

Hardware:
PSP - 32,796
PS3 - 32,130
Wii - 31,652
DSi LL - 24,388
DSi - 15,380
DS Lite - 5,053
Xbox 360 - 2,453
PS2 - 1,883
PSP Go - 1,371

Discussion

81 comments
awesome
awesome

Ive got a Psp Go, i luv it, but i wish it was doing better sales-wise in its motherland...

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

Lost in Nightmares could use a save feature. Speaking of which, I much prefer the typewriter method over autosave.

_SolidSnake07_
_SolidSnake07_

RE5: Gold is simply put awesome! :) I've been playing Lost in Nightmares for some time now, and I can't wait for the next DLC pack... Capcom's return to former glory, and their intentions for a RE reboot are already noticeable in the L.I.N. DLC :)

hige21
hige21

psp go was such a mistake 4 sony

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

ouuuu yeah!!!!!!!! RE5 GE crushed the other ones u re getting back Capcom nice to see that actually

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

PS3 kicks ass! heavy rain is a good game shame 360 fanboys missed out this great game :D

Venom341
Venom341

@coldsauce09 Last I checked RE5 was a survival action game with zombies. That doesn't relate to anything detective in my book.

Franzkill
Franzkill

Nice to see that Heavy Rain is garnering attention on Japan.

paxv1
paxv1

if the PSarc was to come out this march i know that a lot of people will be picking up RE5 the gold edition and the PSarc remote. but to bad they moved it back.

coldsauce09
coldsauce09

japanese loves detective games and solving puzzles thats why heavy rain was on the list.

simon_levane
simon_levane

Will the Gold edition include the VS. mode?

Edeyie
Edeyie

RE5 Gold Edition can't wait

Realacide
Realacide

Keep up the below decent sales PSPgo maybe someday you'll get the sales numbers of your big bro the Fat PSP.

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

@Flip2Flow - Japanese gamers don't like Western games at all. The only people who are buying Heavy Rain in Japan are foreigners living over there.

FaintRain
FaintRain

the japanese buy PSPs more than PS3s,figure that out

yunarce19
yunarce19

seems like everyone in japan already got their FFXIII.

ricardo-sene
ricardo-sene

Sony holds the first and the last position...

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

xbox 360 sales low as usual in JP they have it right idea :P

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

Lost in Nightmares has the kind of mood that RE5 should of had more of in the first place.

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

Sony should just stop manufacturing the PSP Go =_=..........seriously

metalkid9
metalkid9

seems like theyre big on recycled stuff

huntervaneg
huntervaneg

Good performance of Sony in Japan... Nintendo has to react and open their eyes... The serious battle continues, the final round is approaching!!!

huntervaneg
huntervaneg

I did not buy the original RE 5 edition... Now it is my chance to get my teeth on this gold edition... Great news for me!!

fireball2020
fireball2020

I would buy RE5: Gold, but no, Capcom isn't putting the DLC on retail disc for 360 -.-

eldin4444
eldin4444

WOW PS3 second place now that's surprising.

Kingdom011
Kingdom011

Sounds like its going to be a good year for the PSP, considering all the ones that are being sold in japan. And all the great games that are comin to it. Cant wait to get my hands on a psp this summer!

monson21502
monson21502

go sony. good to see a a good system sell well over there. unlike wii and the 50 versions of the ds, the japanses buy like pokemon

balls4hire
balls4hire

RE5 content is a ripoff but I come to expect that from Capcom, that little content for that much money!? No thanks but I won't mind renting it thanks.

True_Chaos_UK
True_Chaos_UK

They should re-release the resident evil 1 remake and zero on XBLA and PSN they would make a killing at the right price, even if it was the original versions I would still buy them maybe some sort of bad ass resident evil collection 0-3 plus Code Veronica .

iDefinition
iDefinition

Why does the PSP top the sales? Rather strange. The thing that.. 3 DS versions.. Nintendo, what's gone into you? First, you lie us the New Super Mario Bros is a SUPER MARIO BROS remake, while it clearly feels like a Super Mario World remake, next, you pull out new DS edition each year, and not to mention the DS successor rumors out now. Makes me wonder what's up with you. (Got carried over, but too lazy to backspace this) As for Capcom - nothing new, Capcom is already a great company. No surprise here whatsoever.

Gusty87
Gusty87

yay for Resident Evil 5!

nate1222
nate1222

RE5 is pretty freaking sweet. I'm still hooked on RE4 (Wii) and RE2 (GC).

zar144
zar144

Good to know that RE5:AE sells good, it deserves it.

maynardgilmour
maynardgilmour

Actually, now that I think about it, the phrase 'generic first person shooter' has become redundant...

maynardgilmour
maynardgilmour

I'll agree that there are too many generic first person shooters in the West but Mass Effect 2 isn't a first person shooter. There's shooting in it, but it isn't in first person and if it's anything like the first game it's got some RPG elements to it too...

TheArcade
TheArcade

PSP Go, what a joke. Shoulda stuck with the PSP 3000 Sony.

True_Chaos_UK
True_Chaos_UK

Alot of people over there must of bought re5 and the gold edition seems a bit pointless seeing as you cant even use the motion controls on it for about 6 months. @Dark Metal sonic seems like you think every game made in the west is an FPS, i didn't realise mass effect 2 could be played first person.

Dark_MetalSonic
Dark_MetalSonic

the japanese only support thier oun console like how the american only support xbox(FPS only). Japanese: RPG, making original games for westren(capcom), they are not afraid to make new type of games. American: FPS, FPS, gore, copying other games if its successful(Dante's Inferno), wow another FPS(Mass Effect 2), like killing in real life (Modern Warfare 2)

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Poor PSP Go! I do want one on top of my regular PSP but I just feel that Sony will end up releasing another one a few months down the line and I'll just end up annoyed.

tonyhawkiller
tonyhawkiller

yeah thats my favourite trailer so aweome and i play this lost in nightmares and i am thinking to do it youtube

NAWAF005
NAWAF005

haha PS2 is still outselling the PSP Go . lol

Flip2Flow
Flip2Flow

Sony is doing good these days. I'm happy and really surprised to see Heavy Rain in the list. Most Japanese gamers dislike western games. Anyway, two great Sony products on the top. :)

xxThyLordxx
xxThyLordxx

Resident Evil 5: white guy, black girl. Resident Evil 5 Gold: black guy, white girl.

BuiltForSin
BuiltForSin

@wiidsduelpack - True hardcore? It is a country with gamers who have went from progressive to predictable.. maybe it doesn't matter what system a particular game is on "as long" it is on an eastern platform. They have become more narrow than ever.. same systems, same genres.. they'll buy 4 different versions of the DS before they buy one XBOX360. They'll play 5 Resident Evils and 2 versions of the SAME Resident Evil before buying a Heavy Rain. True hardcore? No.. more like brainwashed and complacent.