Big in Japan: Halo 3: ODST cracks top 10, PS3 wins Sept.

Xbox 360 makes rare appearance on weekly chart otherwise dominated by Tomodachi Collection, Pokemon, and Tales of Vesperia; Sony's slim console prevailed last month.

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The last time an Xbox 360 game cracked Media-Create's top 10 chart was the week of July 27-August 3, when Gears of War 2 landed at number six. This week, another Microsoft Games Studios 360 exclusive, Halo 3: ODST, infiltrated ninth place on the chart by selling 29,734 units during the week of September 21-27.

Halo 3: ODST infiltrated the Japanese top 10.

The 360 shooter was the sole newcomer in the top 10, which otherwise saw a reshuffle of last week's biggest sellers. Once again, Nintendo had the most games in the top 10: Tomodachi Collection (DS, 1st), Pokemon HeartGold (DS, 2nd), Pokemon SoulSilver (DS, 3rd), and Wii Sports Resort (Wii, 6th).

In fourth place was the PlayStation 3 version of Namco Bandai's formerly 360-exclusive Tales of Vesperia, followed by Konami's PSP baseballer Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Portable 4. Square Enix took seventh with SaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu Goddess of Destiny (DS) and eighth with Dragon Quest IX (DS). Last and, numerically speaking, least, was Konami's Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 4 for the PSP.

On the hardware front, the DSi continued its palm-sized reign with 63,342 units but was followed by a resurgent PS3 with nearly 40,000--far ahead of the Wii's 11,731 units. Indeed, according to Famitsu publisher Enterbrain, the introduction of the cheaper PS3 Slim made Sony the September console victor. According to a Bloomberg report quoting Enterbrain, 309,939 PS3s were sold from August 31 to September 27, more than the DS Lite and DSi's combined 297,060 units. It marks the first month since the PS3's introduction in 2006 that it was the top-selling platform in Japan.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 21-27, 2009

Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1) Tomodachi Collection / Nintendo / DS / 96,584
2) Pokemon HeartGold / Nintendo / DS / 67,911
3) Pokemon SoulSilver / Nintendo / DS / 64,083
4) Tales of Vesperia / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 48,642
5) Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Portable 4 / Konami / PSP / 41,929
6) Wii Sports Resort / Nintendo / Wii / 36,422
7) SaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu Goddess of Destiny / Square Enix / DS / 31,981
8) Dragon Quest IX / Square Enix / DS / 30,086
9) Halo 3: ODST / Microsoft / Xbox 360 / 29,734
10) Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 4 / Konami / PSP / 14,101

Hardware:
DSi - 63,342
PS3 - 39,960
PSP - 17,334
DS Lite - 15,057
Wii - 11,731
Xbox 360 - 4,854
PS2 - 2,347

Discussion

318 comments
andre110496
andre110496

hey people i was wondering since i heard all this good and awesome stuff about halo! i was wondering if you guys could help me find the right halo game which one should i go ahead and buy halo 3 or halo 3 odst please somebody help me nobody will answer me at any other site so i have come to you guys to help me! so anyone who sees this please help me on finding the right halo game because i have never had a halo game before and i want one really bad!!! thanks people who help me!!!

gggamezzz
gggamezzz

Bring Goddess of Destiny to America! I loved the original and I still play it to this day.

desolation00
desolation00

@-Canas- Hey, you can dance in bright flashing colors and giant hair-do's AND shoot things. Just look at Space Channel 5. :D

grove12345
grove12345

Wow people we know 360 doesnt perform to well in Japan. But i think you see more 360 games on the top 10 in Japan than a PS3. And if im wrong still 360 has been up on sales more often than not. The real suprise is how poor the legenday Japanese own Sony PS(3) is doing. Ya its doing good this month. but if u check pass sales. DS and Wii, and 360 and even PS2 outsold the PS3 in units and games. Hey im glad PS3 is picking up in sales. Maybe now Japan will hop on the next gen train this year and i can get Monster Hunter on a good console, with free interenet play.... dont be jerks Sony fanboys. Ps3 has been at the bottom of the list for a LONG time.

Mugen76
Mugen76

Yeah! PawaPota 4 making it to #5 on this list! Buy more PawaPota!

wescash
wescash

Can't wait for soul silver and heart gold to reach North America! Lol at 360 sales.

-Canas-
-Canas-

Since when does Japan like shooting things? I thought all their games involved dancing in bright flashing colors and giant hair-do's

JimBurber
JimBurber

Japan doesn't seem to care much for this generation of Consoles... maybe they are skipping this generation :D

FF_fan2004
FF_fan2004

And the award for outstanding achievement of a nigh impossible feat goes to: Microsoft, for getting into the top 10 list in Japan. Achievement Unlocked: Game got into Japan. Achievement Unlocked: Game got into top 10 games in Japan.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

horrible sales overall. What is wrong with the Japanese MKT?

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Good point monson21502. It seems like a lot more Japanese developers are on board, or more excited about it. Good for Microsoft, seeing as how they are trying desperately to get a share of that market.I'm not as excited about a more Wii-like console.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Good point monson21502. It seems like a lot more Japanese developers are on board, or more excited about it. Good for Microsoft, seeing as how they are trying desperately to get a share of that market.I'm not as excited about a more Wii-like console.

monson21502
monson21502

project natal will be bigger over in japan. maybe bigger then it will be here in the states.

ThisNameIsDumb
ThisNameIsDumb

i understand what you're saying, it's just that this game didn't need to be released, especially at a 60$ price. there are realistically 3 things changed/added to odst... new maps ( same gameplay ) a new campaign ( virtually similar to all the other iterations, pretty short ... ) and a different control system. all these differences could have easily be a 20$ dlc and not a full game, personally when i buy a 60$ game i expect a wide difference. Halo odst different deliver enough for me, that's all i'm getting at.

Intrakitt
Intrakitt

ThisNameIsDumb: How many FPS's really change their gameplay from iteration to iteration? Think about it...all FPS games consist of is just running around and shooting stuff, in first-person (hence the whole FPS thing). How many games in general change their formula? Role-playing games still make you level up and attack things repeatedly to do so. They also have a heavy emphasis on collecting random stuff...Adventure games in the Tomb Raider style haven't changed one bit. The newest ones i.e. Uncharted have more or less perfected the movement controls, but there's really not much room for them to expand on the whole. I would say ODST is a great deal different in style than Halo 3. For one you're not Master Chief so you can't jump super high in the air, your shields don't recharge, and you have weaker melee attacks. Sounds pretty different to me...I still think Halo has made some great changes to the genre that other games are still trying to catch up to. Like the whole vehicles thing. Halo's vehicles control perfectly and they have since the first one. How many games have you seen that try to copy that? A crapload...Also, what's more fun then pulling off a successful sticky grenade a half-mile across the map? Nothing! As far as first-person games on consoles are concerned, Halo is ace and likely always will be, especially when other games can't seem to catch up. This is why each title consistently gets high scores.

Intrakitt
Intrakitt

method115: If you liked Halo 1 you will most likely enjoy Halo 3: ODST. I'm not exaggerating because I am kind of in the same boat as you. I thought Halo 2 and 3 were just decent, but when I played ODST, even though it's really short, it's got a really great campaign. I liked the whole open world approach and hope that Reach goes the same route. Plus the pistol from the original is pretty much back in full form. Kick-ass!! With that being said, if you are interested in buying ODST but have no intention of getting into Halo 3's multiplayer, than wait until the price drops or until you can find it for about 30 bucks cheaper online. It'll definitely be worth a purchase then.

NND1
NND1

I have never really been a Halo fan but I picked this up and IT ROCKS!!!! plus Halo 3 complete is on Disk 2

method115
method115

Thats good for MS. I only have a 360 but I've just never been into Halo past the first one. Really haven't been into FPS's in general lately so no surprise. I am playing Half life 2 again with the orange box never played the expansions so I'm start the whole game over.

UnknownForm
UnknownForm

I'm just surprise that ODST got on the top 10 list in Japan...0_o...

DFen
DFen

well Im not much of a fan of the halo series but Im guessing that when halo reach releases it'll probably have alot more changes made compare to the odst version

ThisNameIsDumb
ThisNameIsDumb

i'm a fan of halo 3, but odst was not worth buying... the gameplay is virtually the same as halo 1, 2 and 3. the online play is unchanged, the campaign is short and ( in my opinion ) boring. eh... atleast i got a 20$ gift card for buying =P and i'll be selling the game to my friend for 55$ so i'm actually positive...

kah-fire
kah-fire

Just to let you know i am right now playing NFS: Shift and Dirt 2...thats 200 bucks gone...and am waiting on Forza 3 and Arkham Asylum...another 200 bucks...this is insane....and Africa is known for swollen bellies and famine...crap!!!!!!

kah-fire
kah-fire

Okay...i know this is a little off, but how is it that there is no mention of Africa in anything, apart from stereotypes as in RE5...freakin Kijuju, Far Cry 2...am getting killed here...there is a vastarmy of gamers from Africa and we tight like that..thatnk goodness we aint got fanboyism here yet, but am sure we can kick major ass online....if we had high speed connectivity and all that. This is what we go thru...we pay 100 dollars pergame regardless of how old that motha is, we pay 1000 dollars for the PS3 Slim, same for the 360 Elite...and we play games at least in my case nothing less than 5 hours a day...i play so hard i sleep for like 4 hours a night...gotta work during the day. It just kills that these Sony and Microsoft people feel Africa aint sh*t yet we put lotsa dough in they pockets. We have no outlet for official hardware...it's like the only country in Africa to these mighty execs is South Africa, andi guess it's because they got white people living there...great!!!!! Keep marginalising us...our time is gonna come...the VooDoo Console is gonna rise from outta here and we will have our own sh*t and man!!!!! I gotta stop thisrant...but you get the feeling...they gotta acknowledge we EXIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

FF_fan2004
FF_fan2004

@frazzle00 I had very strict parents that wouldn't let even let me have my own Barbie doll. I can't believe I just wrote that. My first ever console was a Sega GameGear. My god that brick guzzled enough batteries that I could have built a scale model of the Eiffel Tower.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

the day ps2 outsells wii is the day nintendo needs a new console

Acuatico
Acuatico

@frazzle00 You have some of the best comments on gamespot. You guys should take a second to read what he wrote.

endocrine
endocrine

Big deal, no mainstream games were released that month. I bet if ODST was released in November, December, or January, ODST would not even break the top 25. Tales of vesperia is a year old game and it almost doubled ODST. Sorry, but I am not impressed at all.

master_hookshot
master_hookshot

"Go raid Japan, my son, and bring back Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, and, uh... maybe a DSI. My friends will be jealous of my Japanese DSI" Sadly, Joe never returned to give his father the new Pokemon games, but he wouldn't of understood them anyways.

spotty6
spotty6

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SpikedStrider
SpikedStrider

Looking at the Titles listed in the Japan market, it is no wonder the 360 is not getting the love. I love my 360 and it has a lot to do with the games they offer. Nothing above including ODST has my interest. I guess they are just a completely different demographic.

enoslives7
enoslives7

microsoft should just give up on Japan....they are getting trounced!! Sony should have listened to the fans and dropped the price about 2 years ago. WE TOLD YOU SO SONY!!!

ar5n1c
ar5n1c

Mgs.... Nuff said

thekey
thekey

@ SalarianChemist The 360 version of Modern warfare2 would not sell better because of the extra maps. It would be because there are more 360s out there. plain and simple. @fazterstyle1 You all don't have MGS4 you all have MGS Rising. You all can have your REs, your Tekkens, and your Devil may crys. We have God Of Wars, infamous, Uncharted 1-2, Killzone 2, LBPs, and Folkure. etc. noted Dead or Alive was and is and excellent game.(Matter what system it's on.) Project Natal sounds like a good idea, but I wouldn't trust anything electronic M$ puts out. And Splinter cell???? I don't don't know we'll have to wait and see on that one.

Mar28jw
Mar28jw

the japanese used to be the masters at making videogames now all they make is a load of rehashed crap,Final Fantasy still plays like it did 10 years ago and one of the biggest selling franchises in japan Dynasty Warriors is the same mind numbing repetitive button mashing crap it was when it was released as a launch title for the PS2,western devs far exceed them in talent and technology in the development of games now so who cares what their playing,Id rather be playing modern warfare than Pokemon thats for sure

fazterstyle1
fazterstyle1

in 2010 splinter conviction,alane wake and PROJECT NATAL will beat all of them

fazterstyle1
fazterstyle1

BaLLz_ON_FiRE hey i dont agree with u 360 have more games and mgs rising is now also on 360.....hahah u sony lozers u lose ur titles mgs,tekken,devil may cry,resident evil!!!! we have left 4 dead,halo,splinter cell conviction,gears of war,alan wake,dead or alive,mass effect,crackdown and many more

mythochondria
mythochondria

Every news, every article, every little thing pointing ps3 made well, xbox made well, wii made well can make you all start saying which system is better, which system sucks, because ps3 online is crap, because xbox is made like crap, and the japanese, and the americans, and the rpg's, and the fps, and I'm for sony, and I'm for microsoft....please guys. They don't need your whining, we don't need it either. Every console has its strong points and their flaws, just cut this crap, buy and play what you like and stop wasting keyboard buttons.

BaLLz_ON_FiRE
BaLLz_ON_FiRE

Every morning i wake up at 7:00 and the first thing I do is go worship SONY at my custom made altar I also have a picture of me and Kaz Hirai which he personally signed. I like paying the 20$ mountly subscription for Qore so I can get free themes demos and download and then watch game trailers. SONY is the best thing that happened to my life since then I surf the net day and night just to find every articles about teh sh1ttbox 360 and M$. Hahaha 360 LOLZERS We have FFXIII Verses MGS4 Killzone 2 Uncharted 2 MAG God of War 3 And almost 90 percent of our exclusives are japanese jrpg's and games that the OCCIDENT simply DOESN'T LIKE.

JillV
JillV

Nearly 30,000 copies of Halo 3 ODST sold in Japan and that's what gamespot gets excited about! man how pathetic! they ought to get excited about if it sold at least 100,000 copies or more.

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

nearly every single japanese 360 owner got ODST.... i don't know if that (number) is good or bad O_o

creepster32000
creepster32000

its not a slap in the face from sony lets say i wanted to buy that computer coffee table that microsoft came out with it cost between 5k-10k when it is more popular an it becomes cheaper the price will drop this is how the market works if you cant wait to have the technology you have to pay more to get it sooner then to wait for it to get cheaper!!

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

I was actually surprised how much I liked ODST, if they would just have a firefight matchmaking!!!

aero250
aero250

Good news for microsoft.

flawless_blade
flawless_blade

i think its nice to see the xbox doing a bit better in japan. add a bit more of the ol' competition to the mix. so yeah, i think its good there is a tiny bit more american gaming influence over in japan. so now, how about we get more imports stateside? oh, and uk and whatnot too. totally forgot about you guys. just give us some dang imports!

Cloud_Strife_74
Cloud_Strife_74

Microsoft is steping up to the gamers field once again

rgame1
rgame1

i am wondering how long can sony keep up the momentum over wii so far. We shall see...

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

is nintendo just giving away DSI on the street in japan