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.

Star Fox 64

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.


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

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

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