Big in Japan July 9-15: Time Travelers

Vita and 3DS versions of the Level-5 adventure title debuted at the bottom of the top 10; Pokemon Black/White 2 is still on top.

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Even with the release of Level-5's adventure game Time Travelers, Pokemon Black and White 2 is still holding on to its top position in the recent Media Creates sales update for the week of July 9 to 15, selling 122,242 units and pushing its total sales to more than 2 million units.

Monster collecting was in style, while time travelling was yesterday's news.

Time Travelers made its entrance at the lower part of the top 10. The PS Vita version was in eighth place, with 9332 units sold, while the 3DS version capped off the bottom part of the top 10, with 9054 units sold. The adventure game puts players in the shoes of multiple protagonists linked together by a catastrophe called the Lost Hole incident from 18 years ago in an alternate version of Tokyo. While the game is also for the PSP, that version will only be on sale from July 19.

Other newcomers in the chart include the next entry in the Namco Bandai rhythm game Taiko no Tatsujin. The 3DS version, subtitled "Chibi Dragon to Fushiga no Orb", was in second place, with 65,462 units sold. Nintendo's first 3DS soccer game, Pocket Soccer League: Calcio Bit, was in third place, with 26,449 units sold.

Former top-spot holders Atelier Ayesha and Persona 4: The Golden resided below the top 10, with the former at 12th place, and 6813 units sold, and the latter at 15th place, with 6001 units sold. The PS3 version of Anarchy Reigns did not last long in the top 10, either; the game was in 16th place, with 5717 units sold.

In terms of recent hardware sales, the 3DS was still on top, with 47,063 units sold, while the PS3 trailed behind at 14,813 units. Sony's two handheld systems were still above the 10,000 unit mark; the PS Vita was at 13,427 units, while the PSP was at 11,004 units.

Top Japan game sales of July 9-15

Software
Rank/ Title / Publisher / System / Unit Sales
1. Pokemon Black/White 2 / Nintendo, Pokemon Company / DS / 122,242
2. Taiko no Tatsujin: Chibi Dragon to Fushiga no Orb / Namco Bandai / 3DS / 65,462
3. Pocket Soccer League: Calcio Bit / Nintendo / 3DS / 26,449
4. Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D / Square Enix / 18,245
5. The Little Battlers: Explosive Boost / Level-5 / 3DS / 18,152
6. Toriko Gourmet Survival 2 / Namco Bandai / PSP / 15,187
7. Etrian Odyssey IV / Atlus / 3DS / 14,639
8. Time Travelers / Level-5 / PS Vita / 9332
9. Mario Party 9 / Nintendo / Wii / 9090
10. Time Travelers / Level-5 / 3DS / 9054

Hardware
3DS – 47,063
PS3 – 14,813
PS Vita – 13,427
PSP – 11,004
Wii – 6747
PS2 – 1197
Xbox 360 – 930
DSi – 581
DSi XL – 559

Discussion

1 comments
Zanoh
Zanoh

Here's a big question: Which version should one get, and why> Personally I am leaning towards my 3DS, but I'd like to hear everyone's view.

Gamelander
Gamelander

Interesting looking games; I really appreciate the 'Big in Japan' articles, as they are a very much needed window to view a bit of Japan's games and gaming industry. As a gamer, I find it odd that Japanese and other Asian games are always grouped as such and have little exposure here; the reason I say this is because most gamers who have been playing video games for a while, were most likely raised playing a lot of Japanese games, especially RPG fans.

chyng85
chyng85

I would like to grab a DSi XL for myself, but the price is still high for me...

lily_tiger
lily_tiger

"The adventure game puts players in the shoes of multiple protagonists linked together by a catastrophe called the Lost Hole incident"

 

Ummm......

 

No. Too easy.

tarv4973
tarv4973

The Vita is finally outselling the PSP on a consistent basis.  Just need a price cut to better compete with the 3DS which is still outselling every other system combined in Japan.

MaxPainAlchmst
MaxPainAlchmst

anyone knows what is the game used for the thumbnail of this article, the graphics doesn't seem it's a vita/3ds game ?

Gurzociurlo
Gurzociurlo

I really hope that Time Travelers comes out here in the west, it looks amazing! Good thing I bought a 3DS!

Noctis1
Noctis1

Id like the game Toriko, so many good games gone to waste. All the games that are released based on anime, few have come to EU/US. Someone should invent a translator something, dont have time to learn how to read japanese

steelmouth
steelmouth

damn the PS3 is runing circles around the X360 in Japan no wonder some people still believe in the still to arrive "year of the PS3"

Halloll
Halloll

all handheld games, summer must have started.

Desynkronic
Desynkronic

-looks at Xbox 360 sales- :/ this is why we cant have nice japanese stuff. I solely need a ps3 just for a better chance of Jrpgs n stuff.

Spurgness
Spurgness

Hopefully we get Etrian Odyssey IV.

Caffiene_free
Caffiene_free

Where's the frontpage image from with the glowing blue girl and blonde girl o.o???

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

Really, Pokemon 100 is the top selling game. Sigh.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I thought Time Travelers would've sold a bit more since it's Level 5.

Guess not...

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

 @chyng85 check k marts as i snagged one for 70 bucks back in april since alot of kmarts were being closed 

y3ivan
y3ivan

 @Desynkronic you can forget about ps3 too if your in to JRPGs. Most of them are on 3ds.

Ovirew
Ovirew

 @kiramasaki Unfortunately, game companies can rehash and rehash the same game over and over again with minor differences, and it will still sell.  It's what happens with Pokemon, it's what happens with FPS games, and to some extent bigger or smaller most games.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

@kiramasaki Kids buy this game. There are always kids willing and wanting to play this game, actually, it's pretty much just kids who buy this game in Japan.

Ovirew
Ovirew

 @y3ivan I don't remember the 3DS having many JRPGs.  Unless you include DS stuff.

TommyBarban
TommyBarban

the visual style reminds me of Eternal Sonata, looks like a good one

SonicNextGen2
SonicNextGen2

 @Oldboy08  @kiramasaki 

Not just kids, Pokemon has a wider demographic in Japan ranging to 18 years and even higher. The series isn't uncommon.

Monopoman
Monopoman

 @abHS4L88  @soulless4now 

Funny that you claim that then the 3DS version went on to sell less copies.

 

Has to be the first case of a multi-platform handheld game selling better on the Vita.

soulless4now
soulless4now

 @abHS4L88 They need to bring this stateside since they have Level 5 here in the states now, but I want Ninokuni first. :3

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @soulless4now 

That's already been confirmed, I just hope this one does because I LOVE me some good JRPGs.