Big in Japan Feb. 20-26: Tales of the Heroes, Harvest Moon

Two Namco Bandai-published titles and a new Harvest Moon take the top spots; hardware sales down for major consoles.

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With the release of a new Naruto game and another spin-off from the Tales role-playing game series, gamers can expect a revenue hike on Namco Bandai's side. Such is the case with this week's Media Creates sales update for the week of February 20 to February 26.

Tales franchise + Dynasty Warriors gameplay = profit.

Tales of the Heroes Twin Brave took the top spot with 85,309 units sold. The action game spin-off for the PSP features a boatload of characters from different Tales of RPGs; players may be reminded of titles like Sengoku Basara or Dynasty Warriors when playing this title. The latest Harvest Moon title, subtitled The Land of Origin, debuted at second place with 81,131 units sold.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Storm Generation for the PlayStation 3 was at third place with 65,758 units sold. This fighting game is almost identical to past Ultimate Storm titles, but it introduces a new status meter that limits the amount of techniques required to avoid enemy attacks. The game also introduces awakening modes for certain characters; upon fulfilling certain battlefield conditions, characters can become powered-up bestial versions of themselves. North American version will be out on March 13, while the European version will hit shelves on March 30.

The PS3 version of Asura's Wrath also made its debut in Japan; the game was at fifth place with 30,308 units sold. The action title was praised for its story but was panned for its lackluster combat system. For more information, check out GameSpot's recent review.

Highlights outside the top 10 include the PS3 version of Binary Domain, which was at 11th place with 14,905 units sold; the PS3 version of Gal Gun, which was at 16th place with 9,002 units sold; and former top-spot holder New Love Plus, which was at 17th place with 8,644 units sold. Resident Evil: Revelations was finally bumped out of the top 10 spot; the survival horror title for the 3DS was at 13th place with 12,210 units sold.

Hardware sales took a short dip in sales for the week. Regardless, the 3DS still reigned supreme in sales numbers with 76,322 units sold. Sony sold 27,111 units of the PS3, 15,928 units of the PSP, and 11,186 units of the Vita.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF FEBRUARY 20-26

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave / Namco Bandai / PSP / 85,309
2. Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin / Marvelous AQL / 3DS / 81,131
3. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generation / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 65,758
4. I Have Few Friends Portable / Namco Bandai / PSP / 56,969
5. Asura's Wrath / Capcom / PS3 / 30,308
6. Nendoroid Generation / Namco Bandai / PSP / 21,991
7. Super Mario 3D Land / Nintendo / 3DS / 21,400
8. Mario Kart 7 / Nintendo / 3DS / 20,744
9. Monster Hunter 3G / Capcom / 3DS / 17,841
10. Idolmaster G4U Pack Vol. 5 / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 17,038

Hardware
3DS – 76,322
PS3 – 27,111
PSP – 15,928
PS Vita – 11,186
Wii – 7,878
Xbox 360 – 1,508
PS2 – 1,269
DSi XL – 977
DSi - 662

Discussion

16 comments
mindgamers
mindgamers

'I Have Few Friends' is based on Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai, I like the humor but too bad galge games is not my type.

foxfacer2d2
foxfacer2d2

pspvita could really need a God of war right now

Zer093
Zer093

More Tales games to the west please! I Have Few Friends Portable will never come over here seeing as it's based off of a not-well-known (but very good) anime about a group of misfits who form a club to get more friends. I still have no clue how that game would work...

SinXGuard
SinXGuard

Am I the only one who seems very interested in "I have a Few Friends Portable"? It honestly does sound like a good game...

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

I lol at how Gamespot never pointed out that the PS Vita decreased in sales again. @TheMaveroid Agreed.Used to play it a lot on PSOne,though I don't play it already.

josephl64
josephl64

@benleslie5 you would be correct

TheMaveroid
TheMaveroid

I am glad that Harvest Moon is going strong over there.. Its really sad that Harvest Moon is considered gay over here... Seriously, whenever I tell someone that I consider the original Harvest Moon one of my favorite games and Tales of Two Towns a 'good-ish 3DS game', people start laughing and saying that I am a girl. Really sad... Maybe that's why video games will never be conceived as something that is culturally significant outside of Japan. Hmph

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero ranger

Only in Japan a game named ''I have few friends'' sell well. lol

Blanka13
Blanka13

i cant wait for the new naruto game

benleslie5
benleslie5 ranger

Is "I have Few Friends Portale" related to the Anime series Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai?