Big in Japan July 11-17: Star Fox 64 3D

Nintendo's rail shooter makes the charts but trails Konami's Powerful Pro Baseball and Namco Bandai's latest Taiko no Tatsujin as 3DS sales pick up.

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The recent listings of the Media Create sales charts (via Siliconera) have been taken over by a boatload of new Japanese releases. The most recognizable on the list is the 3DS iteration of Star Fox 64. The game debuted in the sales charts at sixth place with 32,475 units sold. For more recent information, check out GameSpot's coverage on the game's multiplayer components.

Slippy and company take sixth place amid big-headed baseball players and drum mania.

The current first- and second-place residents are Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2011 for the PS3 and Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX (Deluxe) for the PSP. The former sold 117,759 units, while the latter sold 80,215 units. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2011 is the latest entry in the Jikkyo Powerful Pro Yakyu baseball simulation series featuring players with exaggerated heads and arcade-style gameplay.

This is the second game in the series to be released on the PS3, with the first being Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2010. The PSP version of the game entered the charts in fourth place, with 73,247 units sold. The two versions of the game combined for a total of 191,006 units in their first week.

Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX (Deluxe) is a rhythm game where players play drums via button presses to match the beat of the song being played. The latest PSP title features 70 songs, ranging from "Heavy Rotation" by Japanese pop group AKB48 to "Monster Hunter Medley" from Capcom's Monster Hunter series.

UnchainBlades Rexx, a role-playing game from developer Furyu, which consists of staff members from past RPG series like Grandia and Lunar, made its debut on the charts for the PSP and 3DS. The PSP version sold 18,256 units to make seventh place, while the 3DS version sold 5,592 and trailed in 20th place. The game is dubbed as an "ultimate 3D dungeon RPG" where players control a warrior named Fang who has to maneuver through an ever-evolving dungeon.

Gamers who may be familiar with the Puyo Puyo puzzle game series spanning back to the Dreamcast and Game Boy Advance days will be pleased to know that the latest version, titled Puyo Puyo, debuted at fifth place with 34,903 units sold. Capping off the last three spots in the top 10 were Ocarina of Time 3D (15,636), the Wii Remote Plus pack bundle of Wii Sports Resort (14,725), and Danball Senki (12,085).

On the hardware front, the 3DS now takes the top spot with 46,637 units sold. Even with the number of new PSP releases, Sony's portable system is currently one step below Nintendo's 3D device, selling 26,551 units on the week of July 11.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF JULY 11-17

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit Sales
1. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2011 / Konami / PS3 / 117,759
2. Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX / Namco Bandai / PSP / 80,215
3. Inazuma Eleven Strikers / Level-5 / Wii / 74,227
4. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2011 / Konami / PSP / 73,247
5. Puyo Puyo / Sega / DS / 34,903
6. Star Fox 64 3D / Nintendo / 3DS / 32,475
7. UnchainBlades Rexx / Furyu / PSP / 18,256
8. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D / Nintendo / 3DS / 15,636
9. Wii Sports Resort (Wii Remote Plus Pack) / Nintendo / Wii / 14,725
10. Danball Senki / Level-5 / PSP / 12,085

Hardware
3DS - 46,637
PSP - 26,551
PS3 - 23,322
Wii - 14,237
DSi XL - 4,693
DSi - 4,384
Xbox 360 - 1,734
PS2 - 1,405
DS Lite - 131
PSP Go - 14

Discussion

31 comments
DJCartmell
DJCartmell

Well I'm pleased as a 3DS owner that the sales are picking up but I do wish in hindsight Nintendo delayed the release date of the device to Autumn or Winter of 2011 for the sake of having a better launch line up along with the releases of the new games not coming across as too long a wait period for them.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@thelegendlives5 Nah, I noticed. 14 x 4 = 56 PSP Go's. Tiny. Even 100,000 PSP's or PS3's in a month. Tiny. Click thumbs down if you like, but those numbers are minuscule. Thinking anything else is silly.

thelegendlives5
thelegendlives5

@PixelAddict Perhaps you didn't notice those are weekly, not monthly, figures?

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

These sales figures just remind me of how amazingly small the Japanese gaming market is. These unit counts are tiny.

pszone
pszone

star fox not selling as gd but 3ds saleing gd know means pp buying it for old retro games ask me.

Flint247
Flint247

Glad to see the 3DS pick up the pace. :) This is why we shouldn't judge a system so quickly. PSP Go... wow.

McBoogerballz
McBoogerballz

............godsh, i should've bought a japanese 3ds...my 3ds has no freaking gamesssss

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

@mariokart64fan No you are. 3DS sales picked up last month but dropped after 2 weeks. The new Red Flare 3DS caused the boost since hardware sales increase when a new color or revision is introduced. There's no way in hell Star Fox can cause 3DS to reach these numbers when Ocarina of Time 3D had sold 5 times more copies at launch just for 3DS to even reach 40,000+.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

and psp has been out selling ps3 since the drop if the green flag its handheld territory atm nice pick up for wii though

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

corrupt you sir are wrong 3ds has been pickiung up pace since ocrina of time starfox only makes matters better for 3ds

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

The japanese sure like super-deformed characters in their games! lol

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

Big in Japan July 11-17: Flare Red 3DS That's the only reason 3DS saw a huge boost in sales. Had nothing to do with Star Fox 64 3D (debuting at #6) or Zelda. @robertwarnes91 Too late for that. Idolm@ster 2 is coming to PS3 this fall in Japan. If a 3rd one was ever made, it would be multiplat.

ekalbtwin
ekalbtwin

Good to see the 3ds building speed. Its weird how handhelds trends are so different than consoles.

nurnberg
nurnberg

Even if there was good Japanese games like jrpgs on the 360, I think the Japanese would still not buy it. Japanese don't care about the 360, and never will. I agree with them by the way!

blackace
blackace

The 3DS is slowly starting to take off. When is SF64 coming to the U.S. Ok, I looked it up. It's out Sept 11. I've gotta pre-order it. Still waiting for Kid Icarus.

Tarfang2
Tarfang2

omg the xbox 260 outsold the playstation!!!!!! 2

zzamaro
zzamaro

So japanese people are doing barrel rolls in 3D right now, huh

zzamaro
zzamaro

I love how GS puts SF64 in the title, and it's on the #6 spot. I thought GS always put the #1, #2 spots and somtimes the #3 sellers in the title.

franzito
franzito

Besides, Japanese folks will always be freak about their products, so, their sales' rate will ever differ from us overseas.

franzito
franzito

Star Fox 64 was a great game but is a another rerelease. So, it tends not to get a sales' boom like LoZ:OoT for 3DS...

Setho10
Setho10

Lol. PSP Go -14. Way to go Sony.

taddia
taddia

3ds is doing exactly as ds did: Awful sales the first months of life, gradually growing to stellar sales in the future ^_^

motang
motang

Wow 3DS outsold the PSP and the PS3 and PSP is roughly 3000 units between them.

St_muscat
St_muscat

I might be a little late to the party here but 3DS seem to finally be taking charge over there.

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

@GAMERALL Microsoft needs to force Namco to make more Idol Master installments.

FlamingFury
FlamingFury

Xbox 360 primarily has games that cater towards Western Audiences (shooters, dual stick shooters on XBLA, etc etc) whereas PS3 has a heck of a load of JRPG's. It's the main reason I prefer the PS3, and it's the same for Japan. Japan likes them some JRPG's.

GAMERALL
GAMERALL

@swiftsilk It's not that Sony is Japanese, it's that the X360 doesn't have many games targeted at Japanese gamers. Unlike the PS3 which has many games targeted at Western gamers. The 360 needs more exclusive JRPGs and Adventure games. L.A. Noire was the top selling game in Japan last week, but because it was multiplatform-ed it didn't cause a spike in the 360's sales there.

swiftsilk
swiftsilk

@dipsetboy17 Its a big margin, but sony is japanese. I bet there isnt such a gap in the states....or eu for that matter

dipsetboy17
dipsetboy17

look at the difference between the ps3 and xbox 360 lol. wow.