Big in Japan July 26-August 1: Sengoku Basara 3, Project Diva 2

Capcom's historical warlords slasher shares leaderboard with Sega's colorful beat-matching game; PSP, PS3 system sales double week-over-week.

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Let the record show that Japanese gamers prefer historically based beat-'em-ups to anime-inspired J-pop rhythm games--but only by a slim margin. Capcom's Sengoku Basara 3 on the PlayStation 3 took top billing during the final week of July in Japan, selling 242,698 units, a figure that just outpaced the 241,467 copies sold by Sega's rhythm game, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2.

Flaming pole…to the chest.

Additionally, Sengoku Basara's lead grows larger when combined with the 49,821 copies the game sold for the Wii--good enough for fifth place.

The week's third-place award went to Nintendo's Wii Party, which previously occupied the top spot. It moved 82,713 copies during the week. The Mario Party successor debuted in early July in Japan but isn’t scheduled for release in Western markets until this fall.

Other new releases cracking the Japanese top 10 included Namco's Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbaride Card Battle Taisen (fourth place with 64,268 sold), Metal Max 3 (sixth place with 46,954 sold), and Ys vs. Sora no Kiseki: Alternative Saga (eighth place with 30,047 sold).

Sony's PSP continued its stay atop the hardware charts moving 48,603 systems during the week. Just 3,000 units behind the portable was the system's big brother, the PS3. The high-definition console sold 45,234 units during the week, which was good for a spike of more than 25,000 units over the week prior thanks to new 160GB and 320GB models hitting the market. The DSi LL (known as the DSi XL in the West) retained the number three spot this week, notching another 23,120 units.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF JULY 26-AUGUST 1, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Sengoku Basara 3 / Capcom / PS3 / 242,698
2. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2 / Sega / PSP / 241,467
3. Wii Party / Nintendo / Wii / 82,713
4. Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbaride Card Battle Taisen / Namco Bandai / DS / 64,268
5. Sengoku Basara 3 / Capcom / Wii / 49,821
6. Metal Max 3 / Kadokawa Shoten / DS / 46,954
7. Inazuma Eleven 3: World Challenge!! Spark - Bomber / Level 5 / DS / 34,049
8. Ys vs. Sora no Kiseki: Alternative Saga / Nihon Falcom / PSP / 30,047
9. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2010 / Konami / PSP / 22,132
10. Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem - Hero of Light and Shadow / Nintendo / DS / 21,340

Hardware:
PSP - 48,603
PS3 - 45,224
DSi LL - 23,120
Wii - 20,038
DSi - 17,950
Xbox 360 - 6,929
DS Lite - 4,058
PS2 - 1,444
PSP Go - 777

Discussion

13 comments
crazypete36
crazypete36

I just can't beleive that the Devil Kings series as well as the Warriors series is so popular in Japan and here the series will be lucky if they get a 2/5 stars or even a good review. man how different the culture is between the Japanese and the Americans. However, nothing beats Ninja Warrior!! :p

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

@TheTrueMagusX1 I was stating my oppinion, I know they have a different oppinion:P

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

Interest the psp is doing so well in Japan & Europe. Coolyfett is very happy to own one.

Rei_16
Rei_16

Good thing I pre-ordered my Project Diva 2 PSP bundle...

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Video games are recession resistant in Japan. LOL, how would someone explain the sales of Starcraft. Its kind of true that PC gaming is dying. PC gaming has less software sells than consoles now. / Checked the facts at VG chartz. Also hilarious how PSP won't sell well in Americas or Europe as the DS except in Japan.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

I still cant see this to match with Star Ocean 4's boost to 360 to sell 778% in the launch week.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Seems like the wii momentum really is starting to slow down now.

monson21502
monson21502

nice boast for ps3, rather see them on top then wii

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

I'd buy a PSP for Hatsune Miku. Isn't Sengoku Basara coming to the States? I swear I saw something during E3... *Googles*

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

@mario-nin-freak Whether they are good or are not, there is a huge cultural divide in America and Japan as far as gaming goes. They have different tastes then we do here, and in all actuality one is not better then the other. Its just a different culture as i.e American Humor is different then say British humor. Its the same comparison. Your statements are kind of ironic as well as that you have a Japanese game character as your avatar.

fester420
fester420

combined DS sales-45,128 combined PSP sales-49,380

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

I'm glad I don't live in japan, the games aren't as good:P

Godly_Kongming
Godly_Kongming

Sad that Sengoku will sell horrible in the states. Most americans just want another wrestling or sport game....lame.