Big in Japan June 1-7: Kingdom Hearts DS reigns

358/2 Days sells over 100,000 in first full week of release; latest Ace Attorney, Dynasty Warriors games take second, third spots.

While last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo served to whip gamers into a frenzy over highly anticipated titles set to hit the US in the coming months and years, some of those titles were already burning up sales charts in Japan. For the week of June 1-7, Media Create's gaming sales charts were topped by DS titles Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (out this September in the US) and the Phoenix Wright spin-off Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth (due by the end of the year).

358/2 Days, the first multiplayer-equipped portable installment in the Final Fantasy-Disney crossover role-playing game series, sold more than 106,000 copies for the week, easily beating all comers. While a distant second, Ace Attorney Investigations' 42,000 sold was enough to put some separation between the courtroom adventure game and the remainder of the field.

Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires for the PlayStation 3 (due out later this month in the US) was the third best-selling game and the best-selling console title, managing to move 27,000 copies. Sales figures for the Xbox 360 edition of the same game were not released as it failed to make the top 10, but it was the best-selling title on Microsoft's console (and the only one to crack the top 50), ranking 17th overall.

While titles like Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for the PSP and Wii Fit maintained their long-standing status as residents in the top 10, the trend of "evergreen" titles was less visible than in weeks past. Of the other eight games in the top 10, none were more than three weeks old.

Japanese hardware sales for the week were unremarkable, with the DSi again ruling the roost with nearly 39,000 sold, followed by the PSP with 29,000 units moved. As is the norm, consoles sold in significantly fewer numbers, with the Wii ruling the living room (17,000 sold), trailed by the PS3 (10,000 sold), and the Xbox 360 bringing up the rear (6,500 sold). If there is consolation for Microsoft, it's that the 360 managed to outsell both the DS Lite and the PlayStation 2.

Week of June 1-7, 2009
Software:
1) Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS) - 106,104
2) Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth (DS) - 42,065
3) Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires (PS3) - 27,022
4) Arc Rise Fantasia (Wii) - 25,914
5) Sloane to MacHale no Nazo no Story (DS) - 25,545
6) Evangelion: Jo (PSP) - 14,968
7) Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP) - 13,671
8) Half-Minute Hero (PSP) - 9,348
9) Wii Fit (Wii) - 9,258
10) Pro Yakyuu Team o Tsukurou! 2 (DS) - 9,041

Hardware:
DSi - 38,783
PSP - 29,070
Wii - 17,177
PS3 - 10,173
Xbox 360 - 6,625
DS Lite - 5,664
PS2 - 4,096

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42 comments
Bigcol1611
Bigcol1611

Microsoft should cut there losses and get out of japan!

mariofool
mariofool

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Poisoned_Waffle
Poisoned_Waffle

I'd give both my kidneys to get Evangelion: Jo in English, but I can't complain too much since we're getting Ace Attorney Investigations. :3

dr-snowman
dr-snowman

i can't wait for it to come to nintendeo (even thought it was on advanced) i loved the ps2 versions

Lt_Maverick92
Lt_Maverick92

@E3Abe09 KH3 hasn't even been announced yet, so you'll be waiting for a LONG time for that

E3Abe09
E3Abe09

Kh3 will be the best but i still like this game

geomyr
geomyr

why September release for the us version of kingdom hearts why not make it early on july i cant wait about this game:(

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

There are so many games that never make it over to the west. This annoys me but it is a good business decision.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

the sad thing is sony nor nintendo nor even ms care to put those exclusive japan games over here good example fzero climax , i was wanting this since it was announced for japan , , never came here what ever happened to the top gear series ,, , i havent played a good top gear since rally 2 on the n64 but those werent true sequals to top gear 3000 ,, snes

BatrozX
BatrozX

I want all of those top 3 games. I've had them in my wishlist for a while. Good to hear that the new Ace Attorney is selling good, hope it comes state-side.

I_Object
I_Object

Good thing that the new Ace Attorney has beaten third place by a landslide.

gameking5000
gameking5000

I wish all those Japanese games could be translated and sold worldwide

NAWAF005
NAWAF005

kingdom hearts rocks !!!

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

Handhelds are the future! If you don't have one pick one and get one. These things are fun to play!!!

TXMostWanted
TXMostWanted

Has "Birth by Sleep" for PSP came out over there yet?

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

DS keeps coming with good games lately and Nintendo isn't publishing them. The best games from the Wii come from Nintendo. Will more publishers go to the Wii now?

Inconnux
Inconnux

So much for PS3 outselling the Wii... Things back to normal

TalesofRaGnArOk
TalesofRaGnArOk

So glad that I own a DS and PSP - Kingdom Hearts and Freedom Unite Half-minute hero is pretty fun too

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

all nintendo hardware combine is more then sony and ms combined

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

wii again , crushes the competition , ds nice games . suprised ds and wii makin loads of sales, psp is the only hope sony had this week not bad

Sechu
Sechu

I will definitely buy both 358/2 Days and Ace Attorney Investigations. By the way, the new DSi is just great.

magicianhunter
magicianhunter

I am happy i own a DS but I so want Monster Hunter too :(

sonictank
sonictank

PLEASE i want this game to hurry here!

Flipyap28
Flipyap28

The two games I want are in the lead...I want them so badly

Timbydude
Timbydude

358/2 Days and Ace Attorney Investigations are both going to be awesome.

purple_pride99
purple_pride99

Cant wait! This will be one of the best DS games to date.

the_danny
the_danny

now i want a review and a english version :D

NX75
NX75

Objection!

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

new reasons to own a DS: Kingdom Hearts, Zelda, and Goldsen Sun. the origional and the lost age were the funnest games on the gba.

Crispenz
Crispenz

wow, didn't know KH 358/2 days was even out yet.