Big in Japan June 27- July 3: Tales of the Abyss 3DS

Portable version of PS2 RPG pushes sales for system; Super Street Fighter IV: AE and GoldenEye 007 tailing behind.

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While the 3DS version of Tales of the Abyss will be localized in English sometime this year, the Japanese version is already on shelves--and off them again. The Namco Bandai role-playing game took the top spot on Media Create's latest sales chart, selling 74,173 copies for the week of June 27 through July 3. Tales of the Abyss is the eighth mothership title in the Tales series, and it introduces the flex range linear motion battle system that allows free 3D movement during combat.

Why so angry, Luke? Your game is number one in Japan right now.

Occupying second place on the chart is the PlayStation 3 version of Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition. This version of the game sold 54,924 on its debut week, while the Xbox 360 version is in 12th place with 12,326 units sold. The second update to the fighting game introduces four new playable characters and a rebalanced character roster. The former king of the charts last week, Meruru no Atelier: Alchemist no Renkinjutsushi 3, is now at seventh place with 23,756 units sold. The 3DS version of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is still staying strong in the top 10, residing at sixth place with 24,190 units sold.

New to Japan is Test Drive Unlimited 2, the racing game that came out on March outside of the region. The PS3 version sold 15,254 units and resides in 10th place, while the Xbox 360 sold 7,765 units and is at 19th place. The Wii version of GoldenEye 007 also made its debut on the charts; the game is in fourth place with 36,174 units sold. Also interesting to note is the position drop of Ryu Ga Gotoku: Of the End, with the title dropping from seventh place the previous week to 14th place with 11,867 units sold.

Over on the hardware side, the 3DS took the top slot, thanks largely to the portable debut of Namco Bandai's RPG. The 3DS sold 30,233, barely beating the PSP and its unit sales count of 29,871. Otherwise, the hardware positions were largely the same as last week's charts.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF JUNE 27-JULY 3

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit Sales

1. Tales of the Abyss / Namco Bandai / 3DS / 74,173
2. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition / Capcom / PS3 / 54,924
3. To Heart 2 Dungeon Travelers / AquaPlus / PSP / 37,396
4. GoldenEye 007 / Nintendo / Wii / 36,174
5. Danball Senki / Level-5 / PSP / 24,471
6. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D / Nintendo / 3DS / 24,190
7. Meruru no Atelier: Arland no Renkinjutsushi 3 / Gust / PS3 / 23,756
8. Steins; Gate / 5pb / PSP / 21,830
9. Mashiroiro Symphony Mutsu-no-Hana / Comfort / PSP / 17,897
10. Test Drive Unlimited 2 / Cyber Front / PS3 / 15,254

Hardware

3DS – 30,233
PSP – 29,871
PS3 – 26,441
Wii – 12,423
DSi XL – 4,963
DSi – 4,504
Xbox 360 – 2,244
PS2 – 1,222
DS Lite – 138
PSP Go - 7

[UPDATE]: GoldenEye 007 is published by Nintendo, not Ubisoft, as this article originally stated. GameSpot apologizes for the confusion.

Discussion

47 comments
packtop
packtop

This proof all Nintendo needed was a good game to help hardware sell. And now with the price drop of 3DS soon and all the good games that should be released before the end of the years i think if Sony don't release the Vita soon they will be in trouble.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

@shadowysea07 Kinda disappointed there's no extras in the 3DS version... Still I might get at a later date, since I didn't finish ToA on the PS2. But for now I think I will focus on getting Kid Icarus when it comes, games are expensive where I live.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

@GunBladeHero oh and different button placements/stuff wired too them. alot of stuff that would of been on l2 r2 buttons on the ps2 version is on the dpad i heard on the 3ds version. so really theres no reason to get the port.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

@GunBladeHero nope sadly the only difference gameplay wise is slightly faster loading times and a rebalanced unknown mode.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

@wildinferno1991 it is coming to the eu and na by the end of this year. supposedly its eu release date is november 10th.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

I like the Japanese charts better than the NA. A little bit more variety. ^^

xxxKONVICTEDxxx
xxxKONVICTEDxxx

i mean PSP aint that good, but it definitely has some amazing RPG's

pakrulz
pakrulz

PSP Go- 7?????????!!

shaks101
shaks101

Yet another reason I should invest in a 3DS.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

Can't wait for Abyss 3DS to come out here.

thelegendlives5
thelegendlives5

PSP GO - 7 LOLZ :D Its also amazing that the PSP is only a few hundred units short of the top spot.

MassDeparture1
MassDeparture1

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mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

oh and test drive unlimited 2 wow - 2 of my favorites well excluding 00t which everyone knows darn well any nintendo made game except wii music fling smash and pokemon are my favs

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

wow goldeneye doing suprisingly good over there and wii numbers has risin , good to see the home console market back on stride 3ds go 3ds ,, 35 thousand handhelds nintendo units ds wont die 8 thousand of those and 29 plus of 3ds good sales numbers all around xcept xbox and psp go and the old dslite

dipsetboy17
dipsetboy17

it's just a whole different world in japan in terms of games.

sonictank
sonictank

wow tales of the abyss number one? that game was simply one word....AMAZING one of my most favorite jrpgs ever and even got its own anime series too which again was such a good series i even cried at the end

soulless4now
soulless4now

Woot for Tales of the Abyss for being #1 this week!

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

I would love to play Tales Of The Abyss on the 3DS, loved that game on the PS2. If the 3DS was region free I would so import it now.

benleslie5
benleslie5

I'm surprised Goldeneye is on the top 10 chart

santinegrete
santinegrete

PS2 Tales of the Abyss got less than 8.0 because of technical issues. If you didn't play it and are into JRPGs I absolutelly recommend it. If not... well, fighting is in real time, fast paced and simple fun combo building; if that sounds good to you, go for it.

monson21502
monson21502

japanese taste is not my own.........

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

@ChaosDynasty All right, thanks! That's what I wanted to know.

Triton
Triton

Good to see Japan all back to normal since the quake.

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

Goldeneye is on the top ten list right now:| Very strange....

ChaosDynasty
ChaosDynasty

@GunBladeHero The only thing Abyss 3D has that is not on ps2 is the 3d of course, better loading times and it removed all the bad glitches. This is no change in the story content/gameplay and all that. It is exactly the same as the ps2 version with being a cleaner version on the 3DS

twztid13
twztid13

so ninty will publish a game (007) for japan, but not for us (Xenoblade - & it's already largely translated, lol). funny, nintendo. i hate you!

dipsetboy17
dipsetboy17

the ps2 almost sold as much as the xbox 360 that's embarrassing lol.

halljames
halljames

I love where the PSP is positioned in the charts after all these years. Second from top. It just goes to show there is still life in the handheld.

svaubel
svaubel

The Japanese sure love their portables. :) Wish we could get back sales numbers for North America, guess the NPD is lazy that way.

motang
motang

Wow GoldenEye 007 is pretty high up on the list.

Blink3r
Blink3r

psp, ps2, ps3 and sony ftw! too bad the psp go was discontinued... they should remove it from the charts...

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

If someone got their hands on the japanese 3DS version of Tales of the Abyss please tell me if there's new content, or any kind of extras that there wasn't in the PS2 version. I would really aprecciate it! XD

Blanka13
Blanka13

a lot of good games for 3ds.i always love anime style rpgs :)

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

Lulz! the PSP Go didn't even have ten :lol:

method115
method115

Oh man 7 for the PSP go wow thats insane.

edant79
edant79

......PSP Go has been discontinued people. Its old news.

someonelsesgame
someonelsesgame

It won't be long until PSP Go will be used as a punch line.

Mezsmer
Mezsmer

Its great to see that even after almost 12 years the PS2 is still selling

goat_god_3
goat_god_3

i love that 7 people bought a psp go.... at this rate sony will be able to afford the name brand coffee about their offices

Life-is-a-Game
Life-is-a-Game

Go 3DS :D .. Nice games to come out for 3DS .. so excited !!

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Gamespot, Ubisoft isn't publishing Goldeneye Wii in Japan. Nintendo is.