Big in Japan June 13-19: Zelda 3D

Level 5's PSP mech game Danball Senki takes top spot as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time remake propels 3DS to top of the hardware chart.

Even with a new entry in Sega's popular Yakuza series, the top two spots of Media Create's Japanese sales chart for the week of June 13-19 were occupied by offerings from Level 5 and Nintendo. Taking first place was Danball Senki for the PSP with 166,187 units sold. The action role-playing game is about a boy named Ban Yamano who controls a customizable LBX robot and has to battle other kids with LBX robots. As a bonus for customers, the game comes with an AX-00 model that gamers can assemble from scratch.

Remote-controlled robot action is the flavor of the week on the Media Create chart.

Settling at second place is the remake of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, which sold 164,110 on its debut in the sales charts. A 3D version of the Nintendo 64 original, the game includes extras like modified Master Quest dungeons and a Boss Challenge mode.

Also making its debut is the adventure game/visual novel Steins; Gate Hiyoku Renri no Darling for the Xbox 360. The title allows gamers to affect the direction of the game via the choices onscreen, as well as use phone triggers to make choices through answering random phone calls and clicking on highlighted text from phone text messages. Unlike the past Steins; Gate title with dark overtones, the game's story is lighthearted and contains romantic elements.

While the PSP has seen a boost in hardware sales to 31,741 units from the previous week's 26,681 systems sold, it wasn't enough to top the 3DS. Driven in part by the release of Ocarina of Time 3D, Nintendo's new handheld topped 40,000 units sold for the week.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF JUNE 13-19

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit Sales

1. Danball Senki / Level 5 / PSP / 166,187
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D / Nintendo / 3DS / 164,110
3. Yakuza: Of the End / Sega / PS3 / 53,775
4. Steins; Gate Hiyoku Renri no Darling / 5pb / Xbox 360 / 31,666
5. Steins; Gate Double Pack / 5pb / Xbox 360 / 11,041
6. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D / Capcom / 3DS / 9,062
7. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional / Square Enix / DS / 7,997
8. Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS / Nintendo / DS / 6,609
9. Wii Party / Nintendo / Wii / 6,556
10. One Piece Unlimited Cruise Special / Namco Bandai / 3DS / 6,549

Hardware

3DS – 40,649
PSP – 31,741
PS3 – 16,081
Wii – 6,678
DSi XL – 5,464
DSi – 5,322
Xbox 360 – 2,875
PS2 – 1,346
DS Lite – 109
PSP Go – 55

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44 comments
OldStupidGeezer
OldStupidGeezer

@Sirbobislost not all of us got that game. it was a pre-order bonus disc. the place i pre-ordered from didnt give me my disc. they claimed they were all out of them, even though i saw them in the display case. they claimed they were already spoken for. the 3ds master quest is my first time playing it. ocarina on n64 didnt age well. it looks really bad in many areas. the 3ds really cleans it up well

jellyman68
jellyman68

And chimpmeister makes it painfully obvious that his opinions are formed on nothing but his own bias!

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

actually wii stll holds first overall since the price drop so ya nice one and still 3ds owns the roost actually the handhelds do lol

chimpmeister
chimpmeister

Thank God the Wii is finally dying fast, the sooner this gimmicky POS system dies out, the better. Hopefully the 3DS (another ridiculous gimmicky system from Nintendo, way overpriced and underpowered) will die out too, especially when the Vita launches later this year/early next year at the exact same pricepoint!

pakrulz
pakrulz

Wii is almost as bad as 360now! PS rules the roost!

Triton
Triton

Understood, Franchise - but not same game. This should give them a boost to sales if they do remake all the ones that sold like hotcakes in the past. Remake them and the fans will follow. But really wish they would work on new and creative stuff. Maybe they are stalling for sales while better games are in the pipeline. I would like to buy the 3ds, but really need to see something that would justify my green backs.

armandoisgreat
armandoisgreat

Just goes to show that a good game can definitely boost the 3ds's sales, but it's true opponent in the sales war is yet to come...

El_Conrado
El_Conrado

@Triton Only Zelda and Starfox are updates of old games. (Updates everyone was asking for, mind you.) Everything else are honest-to-God sequels, some of games no one was even expecting, or entirely new offerings. So "past glories" my butter hole. As if this industry wasn't based on franchises already.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@OldStupidGeezer except the copy that came with windwaker on the GC

OldStupidGeezer
OldStupidGeezer

you are all calling it just a rehash. dont forget it also includes Master Quest. a game most americans never had a chance to play

Triton
Triton

Are the big "N" new games or all just remakes of past glory titles to help struggling sales with new system...

SuperMessy
SuperMessy

Wow, Ocarina of Time seems to be boosting up 3DS sales. Great game but I will probably pick it up when the 3DS gets a price drop. I don't want to spend $300+ for a game that I played over 10 times on my N64.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

@HaloPimp978 thats right...how could I forget that =_____= I bought in on the 16th...still, 3 days to sell 160,000 is impressive.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Looks like the 3DS finally doesnt suck in sales compared to the psp. Though its because of a rehash of a game, i just dont get that.I mean lets see. N64, gamecube,you could get in on the wii i believe from the virtual store, and now the 3DS.So is it going to be on the WiiU as well? Do you really have to recycle it almost every generation because you cant make much better? Just to get sales? Bleh.But then again look at Super Mario.Ya....

Nozizaki
Nozizaki

PSP Go sold 55 units... that'd be why it's been cancelled.

zell1
zell1

i am happy to see zelda doing so well

SUPERSAMMOSSAUC
SUPERSAMMOSSAUC

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mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

yay nintendo out sold psp by a bunch 50 thousand plus-3ds dses , and boy ps3 and wii have died out basically i remembered them both in the 20ks , not to long ago now their taking a hit for some reason , wow psp go 45 wow all time low

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

@Oldboy08 Actually it came out on the 16th in Japan, if you go to the wiki page. But its still impressive and it sell millions within the first week.

spooky102
spooky102

With more great 3DS titles being released soon the 3DS will surely sell a lot around the world.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

Zelda cam out on the 17th over there i think still impressive numbers and the 3DS recieves a big push on sales

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

resident evil looks like flop

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

Zelda came out earlier in Japan than NA. Read people

zzamaro
zzamaro

Good for Zelda but you know what? I played Ocarina of Time 12 years ago so I'll pass. Besides, if I wanted to play it again, I'll just pay a quarter of the price on the VC and save money on a game I already play 12 years ago.

XeonForce
XeonForce

Very impressive for a 6 day chart. Gotta love the Zelda!

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

W00t for Yakuza: Of the End, baby! Man, I hope they bring this to the West.

zequex
zequex

Just beat Ocarina of Time 3D last night. Started Master Quest this morning. This game is much more than a port. The improved visuals make you feel like your playing the game for the first time. I definitely recommend it to everyone whether you played the 64 version or not. It's still a masterpiece.

ChaosDynasty
ChaosDynasty

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ChaosDynasty
ChaosDynasty

For those who are wondering why xbox 360 is higher in sales this time. its because it has two steins;gate games released. These are VERY big and famous Visual Novel games in Japan.I being a fan of the series myself. lol. So it would boast 360 sales. I believe Steins;gate will be coming to psp on June 23 so that would boast psp sales soon.

ChaosDynasty
ChaosDynasty

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mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

3DS will be top selling all this year, due to lots of great 1st party titles and the PS Vita coming out later. But that's expected, could be wrong.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

All right, PSP Go's in the double digits. Next stop: Single digits! :P

superxtreme101
superxtreme101

PSP > PSP Go I only owned the normal PSP and I didn't get the 2000, 3000 or whatever and I'm hoping to get a 3DS

Strippin_Heat
Strippin_Heat

Seems that visual novels transcend console bias in Japan.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Is my eyes messing with me do I see 360 title in the top ten. There is something going wrong.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

The Zelda sales are from 1 day? it released on the 19th. I am interested to see next weeks totals. At train stations and on TV they are advertising it a lot. Pretty popular over here in Japan.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

psp down 2nd this time, saving money for vita