Big in Japan June 18-24: Pokemon Black/White 2

New iteration to Pokemon Black/White bumps PS Vita RPG from top spot, outselling it 50:1, PS Vita sales cool down.

Nintendo's Pokemon series never fails to grab Japan by storm sales-wise, and the latest update to the Media Create sales chart proves to be no exception.

The monster battling series returns to the top of the charts.

Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 for the Nintendo DS took first place on the top 10, bumping down former top dog Persona 4: Golden with 1,561,738 units combined. The new versions of Pokemon Black and Pokemon White introduce new locations in the southwest part of the Unova region, a Pokemon World Tournament that lets players fight every gym leader and champion from past generations of the series, and a Pokewood scenario that lets players put Pokemon in movies.

Persona 4: Golden was bumped down to third place with 29,293 units sold. Tokyo Jungle clung onto fifth place with 18,715 units sold to slot in at five, while the PS3 versions of Dragon's Dogma and Lollipop Chainsaw capped off the end of the top 10 list with 9,162 units and 7,898 units sold, putting them at nine and 10 respectively.

New titles that made their mark for the week were Kenka Bancho Bros. Tokyo Battle Royale for the PSP, which sold 21,797 units and took fourth spot, and K-On After School Live!! HD version for the PS3, which sold 13,581 units to place at six. The former is an action game styled like a classic beat-'em-up where players control one of the two brothers who has to clean up Tokyo of crime. The latter is an HD update of a PSP rhythm game based on the hit anime series.

On the hardware front, the PlayStation Vita lost its momentum from its previous sales record and dropped down to 13,589 units as a result. The 3DS got a slight increase in sales to 68,056 units.

Top Game Sales of Japan For June 18 to June 24

Software
Rank / Title / Publisher / System / Units
1. Pokemon Black/ White 2 / Nintendo / DS / 1,561,738
2. Dragon Quest Monsters : Terry's Wonderland 3D / Square Enix / 3DS / 58,228
3. Persona 4 The Golden / Atlus / PS Vita / 29,293
4. Kenka Bancho Bros. Tokyo Battle Royale / Spike Chunsoft / PSP / 21,797
5. Tokyo Jungle / Sony / PS3 / 18,715
6. K-ON After School Live!! HD Version / Sega / PS3 / 13,581
7. Mario Party 9 / Nintendo / Wii / 13,339
8. Mario Tennis Open / Nintendo / 3DS / 13,036
9. Dragon's Dogma / Capcom / PS3 / 9,162
10. Lollipop Chainsaw / Kadokawa / PS3 / 7,898

Hardware Unit Sales
3DS: 68,056
PS3: 15,680
PS Vita: 13,589
PSP: 8,954
Wii: 6,127
Xbox 360: 1,073
PS2: 1,065
DSi: 900
DSi XL: 704

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Discussion

25 comments
sar1995
sar1995

the picture next to the article was misleading

chyng85
chyng85

DSi XL still there~! happy~

ERoBB
ERoBB

I know they're both handhelds, but there's no reason to compare the sales of a Pokemon game in Japan with Persona. BREAKING NEWS: Mario is outselling eBay copies of Crash Bandicoot!

Max42
Max42

well of course its going to top it -more people have ds than vita ---its been out longer.  completely unsurprised.  Doesn't mean its any good either im waiting to see -i like pokemon but im not sure about another black and white -i just don't know if im read for another one.

DeathwachMarine
DeathwachMarine

I thought they meant that there was a vita version of Black and White the rts out lol. I was like "Whaaaat? when's the US release?!?!?".

jayjay444
jayjay444

not played a pokemon since gold and silver, great games i kinda miss them in a weird way reminds me of my childhood trading pokemon cards. i might buy a 3ds and buy a pokemon game and make up some bs story its for my kids or something lol

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

I, like everyone else, is not surprised about this. Every time Pokemon or Monster Hunter is released in Japan, it'll sell brilliantly in it's first day. But, by God, I will be buying Black and White 2.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

Japan is still Nintendo country, yes? That wouldn't be a bad thing. I hope the birthplace of Famicom retain as many of its great traditions as possible. I hope Sony stay confident on its road as Japanese gaming for the West. I will probably stay a die-hard Sony man until the end.

 

I just realized today I've seen Big in Japan on a regular basis. I don't know how wise it is to have a regular feature on a specific country, but I wouldn't mind seeing more features on Japanese gaming.

filmsider
filmsider

It's not surprising at all. We all saw this coming.

tarv4973
tarv4973

Vita's Sales are very disappointing.  I don't see it being able to maintain any sort of momentum without a major price cut.  Sony really needs to focus on driving the install base up or else dev's will abandon a platform that can't push significant software sales.

brosim1104
brosim1104

Even though i'm 25 years old, i can't w8 for a 3DS open world pokemon that let players compete in a world tournament  via internet. I think an animal crossing like game will be awesome! 

KDS1000
KDS1000

We want Tokyo Jungle!

Krimson714
Krimson714

Forget all those games. Just give us the monster hunter series over here.

DeIuxe
DeIuxe

I can't believe people are still buying these blatant re-hashes. Any other franchise would be crucified for this...it's worse than Call of Duty

OtakuGamera
OtakuGamera

PS vita sales has been picking up, and im glad to say that im gonna get one this weekend, wee~~

DubYew
DubYew

Give me Tokyo Jungle here in the US!

toyo75
toyo75

"Big in Japan, tonight... Big in Japan, be-tight... Big in Japan, ooh the eastern sea's so blue... " 

LOL! ^_^

tightwad34
tightwad34

Everytime I hear Pokemon and Japan I think of the Chinpokemon episode of South Park. "American have such rarge penis". Some funny stuff right there.

starfox15
starfox15

I guess I'm not surprised. I don't know if I'll be getting it. I wasn't thrilled with gen 5 at all, and if this is a pseudo-expansion I think I'll just pass. We'll see.

 

Still waiting for that Pokemon MMO Nintendo...

jessie82
jessie82

the Pokemon World Tournament sounds quite cool

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

 @brosim1104 If you use Global Link for Pokemon Black and White, they occasionally have online tournaments.

solidus2_1
solidus2_1

 @DeIuxe

 It has a simplistic game mechanic and interface thats why its such a high seller just like COD, non-gamers are able to pick up and go without spending hours trying to learn.  Simplistity sells thats all there is too it.