Big in Japan July 19-25: Wii Party, Fate/Extra

Nintendo's minigame collection continues rocking the Japanese sales charts weeks after release, PSP action RPG enjoys strong debut.

Undaunted by curfews or residential noise ordinances, the Wii Party rages on. In its third week of release, Nintendo's latest minigame collection for the Wii once again topped the Media Create Japanese sales charts, selling nearly 99,000 copies from July 19 to July 25.

Later this year, US audiences will get the chance to party like it's $49.99.

The victory came despite a strong showing from a newly released contender. Marvelous Entertainment's latest installment in the Fate franchise, Fate/Extra for the PSP, came in second with a healthy 72,170 copies sold. Western audiences might know the anime/manga series best from the downloadable PSP fighter Fate/Unlimited, although this latest interpretation explores the source material as an action role-playing game.

The only other new release for the week was Tomy's Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! DS Flame Rumble XX - Kessen! Real 6 Chouka, which edged its way onto the chart in 10th place, with 19,540 sold. Other DS games in the top 10 included the latest Inazuma Eleven title (third place with 44,451 sold) and Nintendo's new Fire Emblem strategy RPG (fourth place with 39,459 sold).

The PSP took home the hardware crown for the week, selling 28,747 systems. In addition to the launch of Fate/Extra, continued sales of Konami's Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2010 and Capcom's Last Ranker helped move new sales of Sony's handheld. The DSi LL (DSi XL in the West) continued selling well despite the arrival of the 3DS on the horizon, notching another 24,189 sales for the week. The Wii and the PlayStation 3 continued to jostle for the title of top console, selling 21,092 and 19,420 systems, respectively. Meanwhile, the Xbox 360 finished the console race in its usual distant third, selling 6,056 systems for the week.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF JULY 19-25, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Wii Party / Nintendo / Wii / 98,564
2. Fate/Extra / Marvelous / PSP / 72,170
3. Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! Spark and Bomber/ Level Five / DS / 44,451
4. Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo Hikari to Kage no Eiyuu / Nintendo / DS / 39,459
5. Dragon Quest Monsters: Battle Road Victory / Square Enix / Wii / 35,795
6. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2010 / Konami / PSP / 29,184
7. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2010 / Konami / PS3 / 28,258
8. Super Mario Galaxy 2 / Nintendo / Wii / 21,313
9. Last Ranker / Capcom / PSP / 20,741
10. Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! DS Flame Rumble XX - Kessen! Real 6 Chouka / Tomy / DS / 19,540

Hardware:
PSP - 28,747
DSi LL - 24,189
Wii - 21,092
PS3 - 19,420
DSi - 18,202
Xbox 360 - 6,056
DS Lite - 5,059
PS2 - 1,475
PSP Go - 831

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Discussion

41 comments
Yukari_DeviL
Yukari_DeviL

Fate/Extra getting imported... would be like a dream come true! I just love Fate/Stay.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I can't explain why, but I actually want Wii Party too! (shields head from incoming faeces from fellow hardcore gamers)

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Why is my earlier comment in the negative. Is it because I want Fate/Extra and why the game sounds good.

enoslives7
enoslives7

Japan really loves their portable systems. I'm surprised to see the xbox360 is still on sale over there.....I figured microsoft would've thrown in the towel a while ago.

reztoc
reztoc

Man, the games suck here lately. I buy all my stuff from the U.S.

sergioalb64
sergioalb64

"The PSP took home the hardware crown for the week" Add DSi XL and DSi sales, and obviously that's not the fact. Then again, this has happened for many weeks; someone at GameSpot either can't add, or doesn't want to accept the fact that the DS is King of Game Hardware in Japan :)

Adidam
Adidam

Much better than the 'i phone 4' :-)

Adidam
Adidam

Much better than the 'iphone 4' :-)

fynne
fynne

I can't believe the DS LL is so popular

ZIVX
ZIVX

Fire Emblem is what I'm interested in

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Wii Party comes with Balance Ship minigame! A must buoy! (Please excuse the pun).

TheClown24
TheClown24

They do love their PSPs in Japan and with Monster Hunter Portable 3rd coming I doubt that it will change any time soon.

laptop12
laptop12

h-wow psp suddently rising, gonna find my psp somewhere in my messed up room again

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

I hope this new fire emblem one as good as the last one, the last one was so disapointing

monson21502
monson21502

im betting 360 sales get alot better once kinect launches. i can see the slim/kinect bundle doing well over there. if it doesnt i would just give up on japan if i were ms.

teknicz
teknicz

Can people not add? It's obvious that the demand for the DS far outsells the PSP. They really need to stop splitting up sales for different iterations of the same system that plays the same exact games because apparently idiots then think the PSP is outselling the DS.

daabulls23
daabulls23

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Jaden_Arbiter
Jaden_Arbiter

Since Fate/Stay Night is such a hit in Japan on the PSP why have they never come out with a prequel or sequel to the anime series in over four years?

Ratchet_Fan8
Ratchet_Fan8

always bad software in Japan,damn,who buys those crap?Firemblem and Dragon quest are the only things i see that have quality,Galaxy ok too PSPGO is a failure,PSP outselling DSILL (seriously,STOP MILKING NINTENDO!!!!) is a surprise PS3 and wii are close Neck-2-Neck,but there are no PS3 games on Top Software

Pete5506
Pete5506

The PSP Go has under 1000 units ever week

GulliversTravel
GulliversTravel

XBOX 360 sales seem to be stabilising, can they maintain above 4k for the remainder of the gen?

monson21502
monson21502

later this fall, the people will playing all the kinect party games like its 49.99 :wink:

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

The only interesting thing is that Wii Party and xbox 360 have strong constant sales. / Wonder how sales will rise when the major games arrive. Halo Reach seems to be the winner because it will release in September and other major games will release in Fall

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

I want Fate/Extra!!! @Chico_Azteca You didnt know about the next Fire Emblem game? While ok. You get a custom character and its a sequel to Shadow Dragon.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

lol@ Xbox 360 - 6,056 and PSP Go - 831

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

wait.... wait waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait new Fire Emblem? no one told me about it!

fester420
fester420

I doubt Sony is worried at all about how the PSP Go is doing since the PSP is selling so well. They said from the beginning it isn't a replacement for the PSP but an alternative to those who like it's features. I personally like my PSP Go, I couldn't stand the UMD drive and the extra long loading times. The main selling point for me is being able to use my DualShock 3 to play the games while using video out.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Fate/Extra? I just can't get enough of Type-Moon. I want, I want. I wish I could forgot about Fate/Stay just so that I can play it again.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

The Go has less then 1,000 units sold this week? :lol:

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Yay it's on top. Good thing I proordered it :)

lamprey263
lamprey263

jeez, I expected Mario Galaxy 2 to do a lot better on its native turf, it'll probably be off the list next week

elozl
elozl

nice, maybe Wii Party is a good game after all

monson21502
monson21502

only reason i called ds pokemon is.. why on earth would they keep buying them when the 3ds is so close? i think nintendo handhelds are like pokemon and the people of japan collect all skus and colors of them.

monson21502
monson21502

wow those pokemon are still selling well.. oops i ment dses

addictedgamer10
addictedgamer10

@OJdaLIONKing Was thinking just that about the PSP Go, so much for that great idea.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Glad to see Fate/Extra doing well, although I'm an unusual case since I actually read the original visual novel and have done some translation work on the sequel. Fate/Unlimited Codes was pretty fun, so I hope they export Fate/Extra...I doubt it though. Ouch on the PSP Go selling less than a thousand units, by the way.