Big in Japan June 28 - July 4: Inazuma Eleven 3

New releases take the top three spots as DS role-playing game from Level 5 dominates sales charts, followed by latest DS Taiko no Tatsujin and BlazBlue: Continuum Shift for PS3.

The Japanese sales charts, once dominated by Nintendo-published evergreen titles like Wii Fit Plus and Tomodachi Collection, is starting to look a little more current. For the second straight week, Media Create's Japanese sales chart featured new releases in four out of the top five spots.

The BlazBlue crew is looking for new recruits.

Level 5's role-playing game Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen led the charge, with its Spark and Bomber variants combining to sell just over half a million copies. The studio's previous Inazuma game was also a hit, launching in October of 2009 and appearing in the Japanese weekly top 10 through January. Level 5's experience with chart-topping hits isn't limited to the Inazuma Eleven franchise, as it has also developed Dragon Quest VIII and IX, as well as the Professor Layton series.

The remaining new releases were also continuations of established franchises, with the latest DS installment of Namco Bandai's drumming rhythm series Taiko no Tatsujin claiming second place, and Arc Systems Works' 2D fighter revamp BlazBlue: Continuum Shift for the PlayStation 3 taking the bronze. Another Namco Bandai follow-up--Digimon Story: Lost Evolution for the DS--took fifth place, with May release Super Mario Galaxy 2 coming in fourth, the highest ranking effort lacking "that new game smell."

Just as new releases held sway in the top half of the chart, Konami put its stamp on the bottom half. The Metal Gear Solid publisher accounted for four of the five games ranked sixth through 10th, led by the DS dating sim Love Plus +. Another DS effort from the publisher, Tokimeki Memorial: Girl's Side 3rd Story, took seventh place, with the PS3 and PSP editions of World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen claiming eighth and tenth, respectively.

The hardware charts were changed slightly from previous weeks, as the Wii and PS3 continued their back-and-forth jostling for third place behind the PSP and the DSi LL (DSi XL in the West). Even though the DSi LL topped the charts, Nintendo's latest handheld sold 9,000 fewer systems than the week before, a tumble matched only by the Xbox 360. After receiving a significant bump in the previous week from the release of Monster Hunter Frontier, Xbox 360 sales slipped more than 10,000 systems to 7,303 units.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF JUNE 28-JULY 4, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! Spark and Bomber/ Level Five / DS / 505,161
2. Taiko no Tatsujin DS: Dororon! Youkai Daikessen!! / Bandai Namco / DS / 69,767
3. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift / Arc System Works / PS3 / 49,871
4. Super Mario Galaxy 2 / Nintendo / Wii / 34,645
5. Digimon Story: Lost Evolution / Bandai Namco / DS / 34,409
6. Love Plus + / Konami / DS / 21,567
7. Tokimeki Memorial: Girl's Side 3rd Story / Konami / DS / 19,726
8. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen / Konami / PS3 / 19,227
9. Eigokoro Kyoushitsu DS / Nintendo / DS / 18,759
10. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen / Konami / PSP / 16,432

Hardware:
DSi LL - 32,661
PSP - 24,685
Wii - 21,964
PS3 - 20,077
DSi - 18,271
Xbox 360 - 7,303
DS Lite - 5,339
PS2 - 1,594
PSP Go - 1,024

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53 comments
Dragonitrogen
Dragonitrogen

omg Digimon Story lost evolution is out in japan. Imma importing it. I speak Japanese. Soredeha Mata! That means see you later

OrNiGhTZ
OrNiGhTZ

Hmm and another one approaches , more intrested in the next inazuma 11 , worth the wait

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Evidently these games are continuing to sell well. Good for them.

Jebril
Jebril

I'm no fanboy but I love seeing the 360 sell better then the DS Lite, it's a great console and people should really give it a chance, save the RROD crap of course.

hellpolice
hellpolice

@redskinStu yes! they do! console gaming is been huge in japan since forever...being a PC player there means you are one of the hardcore minority...

hellpolice
hellpolice

The first one kicked ass and this one look just as sweet!

redskinStu
redskinStu

I didn't realize the PSP was such a big deal in japan. Looks like they really dig their handhelds there.

blueness
blueness

Nintendo DS is soooo huge in Japan - I knew Nintendo stuff was popular, but DS gets lots of love - the sections of stores devoted to it in comparison to other video game stuff = HUGE. There were people in different stores by DS Stations too - not just in Akihabara where there were also about 300 folks by a DS Station - and they hang around in groups swapping stuff/playing together. Very quirky but cool. The 360 was selling very well in Japan when I visited in June. The imminent release of Monster Hunter Freedom and heavy marketing behind it everywhere paying off. Plus the 360 has a few cool shooters like Deathsmiles on it. Sweet sweet Deathsmiles, I almost got RSI playing that in a Taito World there... ah such memories...

Narroo
Narroo

Hmm. BlazBlue seems to be popular!

MAURICE84SMITH
MAURICE84SMITH

LOL WAT A BUNCH OF LAME A55 GAMES im so glad i dnt live n JAPAN an the dsi has the best hardware sales ( lol again )wat a joke..

pikaby
pikaby

70,000 units on first 4 days? Good going, Taiko no Tatsujin.

M3ran
M3ran

@Kleeyook sounds like winning eleven HAAAA:P

SteelBallsBill
SteelBallsBill

Inazuma Eleven 3? Love Plus +? Only Super Mario Galaxy 2 stands out in this steaming pile of crap.

ktseymour
ktseymour

I'm pretty big In Japan....of course I'm 6'4 though:p Shameless, I know :)

johny300
johny300

The psp is still selling and good sales for 360 and ps3, psp Go fail.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Never heard of Inazuma Eleven. I thought it was a soccer game. :(

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

the slim is not 199,99 it is 299,99 dont get where your off stating false claims if it were 199,99 id bought one , before buying this one ijust replaced my 360 with ,for that price so ya it is 300

Koushin
Koushin

@inaka_rob In terms of hours played, I don't know if I can fully stand behind Americans outplaying their Japanese counterparts. There are plenty of Japanese who are playing Monster Hunter games (MHP2ndG PSP, MH3 Wii, and Frontier PC/360), MGO, Shirokishi Monogatari, and PC MMOs right now. In fact, I'm about to dive into Shirokishi Monogatari myself in about a week or so. Japanese are not quite as vocal about gaming in Japan as in the USA. Stateside, the way gaming is being marketed and the social acceptance of gaming compared to Japan is much different as well. Americans, being far more supporting of people that do within society. In Japan, it's harder, especially with age. The older you get, the harder it is to admit you're a gamer. On the other hand, you can find people like yourself, but, it can take time to make what's called in Japanese a 'circle', or group of friends that share the same interests.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

I live in Japan.... Americans play WAY more video games than Japanese people do!!!!! Then again I dont consider the DS video games any more than my girlfriend is an avid gamer cause she plays plants vs. zombies on her iphone for 4 hours a day every day.

Null7
Null7

Peace Walker was released in Japan mid April!! why the hell would it be there!?

vader501st
vader501st

Where's Peace Walker?! Are they nuts or what?

XanderZane
XanderZane

FaintRain the 360 seems to be selling better than the usual,good ****************************************************************** There are 2 reasons that is happening. 1) The XBox 360 Slim with 250GB and internal Wifi was just released at $199 and everyone wants one. It has the shiny sexy black beast look of the original PS3. I already got mine and it's incredible. So quiet. 2) Microsoft also dropped the prices of the 360 Arcade ($149 even less then the Wii) and the 120GB XBox 360 ($249). They still have the $350 Splinter Cell, FF XIII and UFC 250GB 360 bundles as well. So sales of 360 have increased a lot over since the 360 Slim announcement at the E3. That was actually the only real impressive annoucement they made. Most people weren't impressed with Kinect and Microsoft didn't announce any titles that gamers were looking for. No new purchased exclusives like GTA IV episodes or new company buyouts. Nothing 1st party to increase the game lineup.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Ravenlore_basic I would just wait for 3DS... why are people buying DSI-LL??? ******************************************************************* I didn't because I heard about the 3DS. I thought getting the DSi-XL would just be a waste of money in the end. I didn't see the specs for the 3DS. Does anyone know if the screen size is the same as the 3DS-XL? Going to look up the specs right now. Ok, I checked it. The DSi XL has a screen that's 4.2inchs, while the 3DS has a Top screen size of 3.52inch and bottom screen size of 3.02inch. Even though the screen size is smaller, the resolution is higher on the 3DS (Top - 800x240 resolution (400 pixels for each eye during 3D gameplay) & (Bottom - 320x240 resolution). The DSi XL Top/Bottom screens have a resolution of (256 x 192). Big difference. The picture quality is going to be incredible. Glad I was able to answer my own question.

darkmask1991
darkmask1991

@soulless4now Also it outsells the PS2....:P

MacenKrace
MacenKrace

PS3's rule in Japan. No wonder they make such great games.

FaintRain
FaintRain

the 360 seems to be selling better than the usual,good

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Incredible sales. The real question will be if Sony will be supporting a new PSP version? The Wall Street Journal Report mentioned almost a new improved version that seemed the same as the older PSP. / Another question? Will it be also successful as Nintendo really stole thunder. The DS was very criticized for being too casual friendly or the stylus support

soulless4now
soulless4now

Wow, this is like the first time I've seen the 360 outsell the ds lite.

Pete5506
Pete5506

PSP Go is still selling?

Just-Adam
Just-Adam

Wow new Digimon game and a new Digimon anime .. Guess they're making a come back huh ?! Fine by me :)

xinoeph
xinoeph

@XanderZane I guess its the people who dont have the ds yet (is there actually anyone out there) and dont mind spending a little extra money for something with a bigger screen and less portability. (not me)

XanderZane
XanderZane

I'll be picking up Dragon Quest IX on Sunday. I haven't even played the first BlazBlue game yet.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

I would just wait for 3DS... why are people buying DSI-LL???

marceleleco
marceleleco

Blazblue FTW! Best fighting game of the year.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

i want digimon lost evolution! please make an english version Bandai!

lowkey254
lowkey254

The DS is killing. I'm definitely getting Blazblue: CS

JPH85
JPH85

Xbox is selling more now per week than before. That's good.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

Rather low numbers I must admit. I wonder when companies will be brave enough to let us see weekly North American numbers?

dapman418
dapman418

It's funny how PSP is second on the hardware list and the PSP Go is on the bottom. :P