Big in Japan June 21-27: Monster Hunter Frontier Online

Capcom's MMORPG port tops software with 92,800 units, elevates Xbox 360 sales 843% week-over-week but DSi LL dominates hardware.

Not even a three-year-old port on a largely marginalized system could quell Japanese gamers' insatiable appetite for Capcom's Monster Hunter franchise. According to the latest report from Japanese stat tracker Media Create, the week of June 21-27 saw Monster Hunter Frontier Online for the Xbox 360 lead sales with 92,807 units. The massively multiplayer online role-playing game's release also gave Microsoft's console a solid sales bump, as the oft basement-dwelling system sold 17,370 units for the week, up 843 percent from the seven-day period prior.

Monster Hunter has attracted gamers to the Xbox 360 frontier.

New titles dominated Media Create's top-10 software sales chart for the last full week in June. Nipping at Monster Hunter's heals was Konami's Love Plus +, which opened with 84,364 units on the DS. Fellow new arrival Atelier Totori: Alchemist of Arland 2, from Gust on the PlayStation 3, slotted into third with 53,871 units. That performance slightly outpaced Konami's DS title Tokimeki Memorial: Girl's Side 3rd Story, which sold 52,245 units.

The new-game charters hit a hiccup in fifth, thanks to Super Mario Galaxy 2's 42,153 unit sales finish but resumed with the sixth, seventh, and eighth slots. Sega's Hatsune Miku: Project Diva sold 28,938 units, followed by Aqua Plus' White Album: Tsuzurareru Fuyu no Omoide with 25,672 units and Asgard's Starry Sky: In Spring - PSP Edition's 22,423 units.

The Xbox 360's dramatic gains notwithstanding, the DSi LL took the top slot on the hardware chart during the week, selling 41, 676 units. That figure almost doubled the PSP's 23,257-unit second place finish, and it did double the PS3's (19,578) and Wii's (19,115) performance. Rounding out the chart were the DSi (17,306), DS Lite (5,209), PlayStation 2 (1,530), and PSP Go (845).

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF JUNE 21-27, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Monster Hunter Frontier Online / Capcom / X360 / 92,807
2. Love Plus + / Konami / DS / 84,364
3. Atelier Totori: Alchemist of Arland 2 / Gust / PS3 / 53,871
4. Tokimeki Memorial: Girl's Side 3rd Story / Konami / DS / 52,245
5. Super Mario Galaxy 2 / Nintendo / Wii / 42,153
6. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva / Sega / PSP / 28,938
7. White Album: Tsuzurareru Fuyu no Omoide / Aqua Plus / PS3 / 25,672
8. Starry Sky: In Spring - PSP Edition / Asgard / PSP / 22,423
9. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective / Capcom / DS / 20,362
10. Art Academy / Nintendo / DS / 20,153

Hardware:
DSi LL - 41,676
PSP - 23,257
PS3 - 19,578
Wii - 19,115
Xbox 360 - 17,370
DSi - 17,306
DS Lite - 5,209
PS2 - 1,530
PSP Go - 845

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37 comments
fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

Is there any chance MHO will come out for the xbox 360 in america? I love MMOs but havnt played one done right on a console yet.

SNR01Baby
SNR01Baby

MH is one of the best games i have played. Even if it isn't such a HIT everywhere els in the world, combined i think there are much more fans then you can find in japan. With a version that has good online features it can only become more. I think Capcom is seriously doing MH fans wrong!(not like they actualy care) From the first time i heard MH and MMO in one sentence i just start drooling of the possible dragons you could kill...(Picturing raid like dungeons filled with fatalist types and ending with something u need 2 smash with 10 players). Major let down... I guess I'll just dust off my psp slim and buy a wi-fi card to play with other fans around the world. Hope that a future version of the game will be available to all cause this is just disappointing.

akhauskinz
akhauskinz

"Big in Japan... Monster Hunter" Well no ****.

formerroadie
formerroadie

They should have just not put out the pspgo and put all the RND into a psp 2. The pspgo is a stupid idea. Gaming companies are going to try and kill the second hand market, but we are all going to fight that with our pocketbooks.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Who would buy a psp go when the games cost so much compared to used umd's. This just makes me realized just how much I want more japanese games for my xbox and less shooters.

wolfyrabbit
wolfyrabbit

psp go is a complete failure every week its like 800 something.

Halloll
Halloll

Im looking forward to art academy art academy.and they have too much girly games o.O

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

wow first time 360 has hit this mark in a while , but still falls short of wii and ps3 whos been the key factor behind the handhelds since their launch or price drop ,

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

WTF Gamespot needs to fix this new heading, I can't see the story! Monster Hunter Frontier Online is not likely to see release outside of Japan. You guys need to know that this is a port of a 2007 PC game. I bet it was both easier to port to the 360 (Microsoft makes both Windows and 360) and Microsoft convinced Capcom to do this so they could get some sales for the 360 in Japan, which seems to have worked for this week. Monster Hunter here is but a sliver of the popularity that is in Japan. Monster Hunter Tri did decently in the the west but far from the point in which Capcom would consider releasing a side series like MHO stateside. Not to mention that console MMOs tend to do poorly in subscriptions. Capcom got Nintendo's help in making the online free in in the west, but a constant new content update like MMO is not going to be profitable in the west without a subscription, and very few people here would pay a month fee for an online Monster Hunter.

zzamaro
zzamaro

@fps_d0minat0r em, this game is a port, you know...even the title says it :D

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

if it was on ps3, sales would easily be 1m. capcom dont care, they had a bit of time left so made us a MH skin for lost planet instead and tried to boast about exclusivity. @ zzamaro yeah capcom like to make multiple versions of their games. e.g. "super" street fighter and resident evil "gold" edition. lol......

TheClown24
TheClown24

Damn you Japanese...I want more monster hunter!

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

This is the sort of thing we need for xbox. This is and more Demon's Souls type games. Lay off the fps and 3rd person shooters for a while. Can't I get a different type of game? I've played primarily on my 360 for years but how many shooters can I play? It's been a long time since the last Blue Dragon or Lost Odyssey game. The PS3 and Wii have a lot more of these kinds of games but I don't like either because of the lack of good party chat. Either they need to step up their online or MS needs more variety. BTW get more disgaea type games.

zzamaro
zzamaro

Wow, even if this is a port from an old Monster Hunter game and worst yet, pay twice to play, MH did good.

Just-Adam
Just-Adam

lol " Up 843 percent " :lol:

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Yeah, let's hope Capcom releases this game in North America. I know that there are plenty of people out there who actually do enjoy playing this type of game. One look at the success of Pokemon proves this.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Xbox 360 has constantly experienced strong increases in Japanese sales each time a high-profile game targeting the Japanese market has been released (such as Monster Hunter). For example, a huge streak of high-profile JRPG games were released in the second half of 2008. Tales of Vesperia, Infinite Undiscovery, Star Ocean: The Last Hope, and Infinite Undiscovery all launched exclusively on Xbox 360 in Japan and each time this happened the Japanese Xbox 360 saw a very large increase in sales. From August of 2008 until December of 2008 the Xbox 360 was the best-selling high-definition console in Japan. In my opinion, this gives Square Enix a perfect example of how Final Fantasy 13 would have seen strong sales in Japan. Thankfully, it pretty much goes without saying that the next single-player Final Fantasy game will see a simultaneous release on Xbox 360 and other platforms in Japan. The really good thing for Microsoft is that Xbox 360 has done far better than expected in Japan and has sold far better than the original Xbox. The Xbox 360 will finish last in Japanese sales (as expected), but it's important to remember that Xbox 360 successfully did its job acting as a stepping stone to help build the Xbox brand. This is what will help the next Xbox console compete for the #1 spot when it is released next generation.

TheMightyHoov
TheMightyHoov

I wouldnt mind a monster hunter to play =/ But it isnt in the US

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@patrickmurphly Its an MMO isn't it? Tri wasn't.

edant79
edant79

I think MS owes Capcom a big sloppy wet kiss on the mouth for the Monster Hunter stunt. Not very often do you see them kinda numbers for 360 in Japan, especially in just a single week.

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

@finaleve MH is not big in the states.

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

Good for Capcom and Microsoft! hopefuly it will keep selling.

kris912
kris912

xbox 360 doing good in japan? gotta love it! i love all systems! no fan boy here! i wanna play some monster hunter!

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

41,676 person in Japan didn't know about 3ds and bought DSi LL.

PatrickMurphly
PatrickMurphly

@SDBusDriver1979 They pretty much did just update Tri and rerelease... Sure new locales and such but the game mechanics seem identical.

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

Wow, those Monster Hunter numbers are pretty poor, there have been plenty of 360 games in Japan that have sold significantly better in their first week, and also given the console's hardware units a much larger boost in the process. It might seem impressive that the 360 has topped any kind of chart in Japan, but considering the overal sluugish numbers across the board in Japan lately, and taking into consideration this was the single largest Japanese centric title the 360 has had release on it to date, there's no way of seeing this as anything other than a major disappointment, and I'd be surprised if Capcom saw it as anything else as well. Not producing a PS3 version of this game as well is going to cost them more than it will have saved them in the long run.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

First time ever I've seen the 360 top the charts in Japan. I pray for Frontier to come to the US. They could of just rerelease Monster Hunter Tri with up res graphics and I would be fine with that.

enoslives7
enoslives7

I like the PSP, but I'm glad the PSP GO was an epic fail. Shame on Sony for trying to rip their fans off with the GO.

atopp399
atopp399

Good ole PSP Go still pulling strong numbers.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Well, where's MH for PS3 anyway!? Damn u CAPCOM! Don't just abandon us like that! :( And to hell with Konami! Why didn't they release Tokimeki Memorial for PSP!? :(

IceJester45
IceJester45

Wow. I did not think this old port would move many Xbox 360 units. Japanese gamers must really, really love their Monster Hunter.

JPH85
JPH85

360 had top spot in software sales and 17,000 units, 2000 units shy of PS3 and Wii. Not bad at all!!!!!

finaleve
finaleve

If they brought that stateside...I'm sure it would really help 360 sales. Monster Hunter is one fine game, but I did not buy the Wii version as I wanted a break from the series, but then if this were to hit I would seriously return and get friends to join too. MH is a neat series.

jasongm
jasongm

Wish they would bring this to North America.. of course i wouldn't want to pay for online, but make it similar to COD's Multiplayer mode... "drools"...

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Amazing never would of thought about that. DS is also on top with third party support. 360 needed that from developers long ago

sagameister3
sagameister3

Haven't seen a 360 game at the top spot in Japan for a while, then again it is Monster Hunter.