Big in Japan Jan. 24-30: The Last Story, Valkyria Chronicles 3

Mistwalker's latest Wii RPG and Sega's PSP strategy sequel take top two spots as new releases dominate Japanese sales charts.

If the Wii role-playing game The Last Story really is the final game from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, at least the revered developer gets to go out on top. Tracking firm Media Create has released its Japanese sales charts for the week of January 24-30, with The Last Story in the best-seller spot for its debut week.

The Last Story may yet serve as a happy ending for Sakaguchi's career.

The Last Story sold 114,722 copies in its first week on sale, leading a flood of new releases that claimed seven of the top 10 spots on the charts. Sega's PSP strategy RPG Valkyria Chronicles III was a relatively close second, selling 102,779 copies for the week. Other notable new releases in the top 10 included the latest Kenka Banchou title from Spike (fourth place with 58,977 sold) and the Japanese debut of BioWare's Dragon Age: Origins for the PS3 (sixth place with 42,854 sold).

As might be expected, the three titles that retained a spot in the top 10 were the three best-sellers from the week prior. Former sales champ Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (Final Mix) slipped all the way to ninth place, selling 20,528, while the previous week's third-place finisher, Donkey Kong Country, rounded out the top 10 with 19,214 sold. The January 17-23 runner-up, Capcom's Monster Hunter Portable 3, showed the most staying power of the group, finishing the week in seventh place with 33,338 sold.

On the hardware front, the pecking order remained the same. Sony's PSP led the pack once again with 34,648 sold, followed by the PS3, which managed to move 25,149 new systems into Japanese gamers' homes. Although the Wii remained in third place, it did see a notable uptick in sales, with 19,448 sold compared to 14,547 the week prior.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF JANUARY 24-30, 2011
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. The Last Story / Nintendo / Wii / 114,722
2. Valkyria Chronicles 3 / Sega / PSP / 102,779
3. Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii wake ga Nai Portable / Namco Bandai / PSP / 88,493
4. Kenka Banchou 5: Otoko no Housoku / Spike / PSP / 58,977
5. Toaru Majutsu no Index / ASCII Media Works / PSP / 56,017
6. Dragon Age: Origins / Spike / PS3 / 42,854
7. Monster Hunter Portable 3 / Capcom / PSP / 33,338
8. Dream C Club Zero / D3 Publisher / Xbox 360 / 21,734
9. Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep (Final Mix) / Square Enix / PSP / 20,528
10. Donkey Kong Country Returns / Nintendo / Wii / 19,214

Hardware:
PSP - 34,648
PS3 - 25,149
Wii - 19,448
DSi LL - 11,891
DSi - 9,611
Xbox 360 - 3,513
PS2 - 1,938
DS Lite - 1,059
PSP Go - 280

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drangel_jam
drangel_jam

@shadowysea07 'phew! GS, how about "latest" instead of "last?" In this industry, it's very odd to finish a project without envisioning the next one, so, at any given moment, most studios are techinically working on more projects than one, rather the resources allocations are 99-to-1-%. So saying "last" does carry a terminal implication.

bhmg
bhmg

I love my psp ^^

soulless4now
soulless4now

Playstation is dominating this week...minus PSP Go. It sells less as each week passes by.

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

@mrhagane ohhh well thanks for postin that, aw man that woulda sucked for him to just up an leave so soon from mistwalker!!!!

wahyudil
wahyudil

last story english version ... when? when? when? when? when?

ZIVX
ZIVX

@hippiesanta That's not legally possible since Nintendo owns the IP to The Last Story

IdolConverge
IdolConverge

I really hope the Last Story gets published over here, seems like a great title for Wii owners. Also glad to see Sega getting more good games out the door, only to get the good sales they deserve. Hope they can manage good sales with Yakuza 4 over here.

monson21502
monson21502

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shadowysea07
shadowysea07

@strayfies learn2usemath it would take more than 10 years to put out 11 more games. at the least it would take 22 years

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

@mario-nin-freak because alot of good rpgs have been released on it as of late as well. not to mention that since the psp2 was announced obviously the psp will be on sale in some places.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

@drangel_jam don't worry the last story is not his last game. this whole last game nonsense was started by a mistranslation on his twitter or something i believe. he's still gonna be making games probably until the day he dies :P

pakrulz
pakrulz

Nice to see the PS3 and PSP at the top regularly. PS2 seems to be going down but still consistent but i cant help but chortle at the PSP Go sales!

jenrard
jenrard

hahahah psp Go failed once again

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

Lost Odyssey has a great story, I wish he'd make a sequel. But I don't need it to be chronological, or relate to the same characters, or world. Sure, some characters are cliche and even cheesy, but the ending is one of the best endings I've ever experienced in a video game.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

Why is The Last Story Sakaguchi San's last game? Isn't his studio profitable? Doesn't he have more stories to tell? Has he run out of feature juice? Does he insist that games have to play like old turn based traditional RPGs? I aint saying it's a bad thing, but maybe, just maybe, people to try something new or different.

blaze_boy30
blaze_boy30

-The Last Story -Valkyria Chronicles 3 -Monster Hunter Portable 3 I'd love to see them get a stateside release but since the PSP does so much better in Japan I'm they'd released anywhere else. I'd definitely love to play the Last Story in English as well.

blaze_boy30
blaze_boy30

-The Last Story -Valkyria Chronicles 3 -Monster Hunter Portable 3 I'd love to see them get a stateside release but since the PSP does so much better in Japan I'm they'd released anywhere else. I'd definitely love to play the Last Story in English as well.

monson21502
monson21502

holly crap a 360 game is in the top 10. i must be dreaming:shock:

RyanSaotome
RyanSaotome

Don't forget that the PSP is essentially the only place to get visual novels outside of PCs too, and visual novels are big time in Japan (as can be seen by those Ore no imouto sales). That will also drive PSP sales, especially among the otaku type

LordelX
LordelX

The PSP is the most popular system here in Japan by far, simply because most households still only have one television. That's why the NGP will do well over here as well.

666_Laventine
666_Laventine

I really hope they may consider localizing The Last Story. I remember seeing it in an issue of Game Informer thinking how it would totally be an awesome RPG to play.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

ryan in the world psp has not sold as much as wii ps3 360 combined lol wii is the top selling behind ds so thats not even remotely possible

ValentineRain
ValentineRain

It makes me happy to see RPG sales doing well overseas. Can't wait to see the ports for some of these.

RyanSaotome
RyanSaotome

All of these people surprised about PSP selling in Japan? Its like people here don't know that PSP has nearly sold as much in Japan as PS3, wii and 360 combined. PSP is a massive hit in Japan, and thats where a good chunk of its 60 million sales (more than systems like NES, SNES, 360, n64 etc) come from. Its always been this strong in Japan, because the type of games PSP has are more focused at the Japanese market

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

I want TLS and VC3 sooooo bad. Port them now plx.

mrhagane
mrhagane

wonder, why sakaguchi not make game for next gen console... i like to see sakaguchi beat on his own game (FF series) Lol

mrhagane
mrhagane

@youngsexynerd : good news for you :In July 2010, Sakaguchi announced on Mistwalker's blog that The Last Story may be the final title of his career. However, this turned out to be a translation error in which he meant that he was working on this as if it was his last game.[8] source:wikipedia

Albaficas
Albaficas

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HollowNinja
HollowNinja

@mario-nin-freak In Japan, retro consoles sell well. The PS2 is actually not dead in Japan.

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

his last game???? does that mean no lost oddysey 2? or no more great original rpgs form mistwalker? ahh why does a genuis have to leave??

TheLemonGelati
TheLemonGelati

Especially if it ends up being Sakaguchi's last project, it'd be a shame if we never get to play it. He's definitely one of the greats.

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

I hope they localize the Last Story, Xenoblade, Pandora's Tower, Captain Rainbow, Soma Bringer, A.S.H., and Reginleiv.

ZIVX
ZIVX

You must understand that The Last Story can never legally go on any other platform except Nintendo's. It's a Nintendo IP, yes like Mario and Zelda and Pokémon. They're not going to let Sakaguchi go again.

andrei_10
andrei_10

lol the psp is both the best and worst seller because: the psp is the first and the psp go is the last xD

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

Why in the world are Japanese people suddenly storming the PSp if they just heard about the NGP:P

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

I'd really like Last Story on 360 or PS3.

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

really wish the last story will make it to PS3 as i dont plan to buy a wii.. also wish they would localized kenka banchou, it's pretty awesome

spooky102
spooky102

I'm really looking forward to The Last Story to be released in other regions. Also, a lot of people have the Wii in Japan so it may not sell as much but trust me it will keep on selling adn the DS isn't doing so well because the 3DS will soon be out in Japan.

eldin4444
eldin4444

The only one who brought a Wii in Japan is because their other Wii is broken.

SkySora95
SkySora95

it seems that the ps2 is still alive even after 11 years....

howie1926
howie1926

Wow...looks like the PSP is making a comeback...

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

Good to see that Valkyria Chronicles made a very strong start, here's me hoping that the fourth game will come next year on NGP or PS3.

icekids
icekids

@isaacmj,,,Mega Sony Rocks :P

isaacmj
isaacmj

@icekids I think almost anybody owns a Wii in Japan so it won't sell as much, besides, January is a tipical slow month for Nintendo game releases. The DS is falling in sales because of the anticipation of the 3DS which launches in February 27 in Japan, so most people would rather wait and buy the 3DS. I'm not saying "X" console is better than "Y" console but you should interpret these numbers combined with a little bit of context.

kiopta1
kiopta1

Not always but for me...if its "big in Japan" it not big for me (I am talking games here).

icekids
icekids

PSP>>>DSi PS3>>>WII NGP>>>3DS PS2>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>ALL :P Note: 6 titles PSP on Top 10 :)