Big in Japan June 8-14: Infinite Space

Platinum Games' DS strategy game debuts atop the charts as games for Nintendo's systems take 15 of top 20 spots.

The first week of June saw the DS role-playing game Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days post a stellar Japanese retail debut, selling through more than 106,100 copies according to Media Create's gaming sales charts. For the following week of June 8-14, the best-selling game was Infinite Space for the DS, which experienced an ironically less stellar debut, moving fewer then 38,400 copies.

If Infinite Space has an ending, someone's gonna sue for false advertising.

Be that as it may, Sega and Platinum Games' new strategy title did top the charts, relegating the Kingdom Hearts spin-off and its nearly 28,200 sold to second place. The only other new release to chart in the relatively quiet week was Wii Play Chibi Robo. Nintendo's revamped version of its GameCube robotic janitorial sim was the seventh best-selling title of the week, notching 11,200 sold.

Games for Nintendo systems dominated the charts this week, with DS titles claiming the top four spots on the charts. Wii games claimed three more of the top 10 spots, and the two systems combined accounted for 15 of the 20 best-selling games for the week. Of the remaining five spots, three were occupied by PSP games, and two by PlayStation 3 titles. The best selling game for a non-Nintendo system was Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires for the PS3, which came in fifth overall with 13,700 sold.

Hardware sales were down slightly for the week, and there was no change to the order of systems. Portables continue to garner the biggest user-base gains, with the DSi atop the pack with nearly 36,900 sold, trailed by the PSP with 26,900 systems sold. On the console side, the Wii continued to outpace the competition, adding more than 18,400 new systems to its total installed base, while the PS3 trailed with 10,000, and the Xbox 360 with 8,000.

Week of June 8-14, 2009
Software:
1) Infinite Space (DS) - 38,394
2) Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS) - 28,161
3) Sloane to MacHale no Nazo no Story (DS) - 26,360
4) Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth (DS) - 18,496
5) Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires (PS3) - 13,690
6) Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP) - 13,443
7) Wii Play Chibi Robo (Wii) - 11,202
8) Wii Fit (Wii) - 9,534
9) Evangelion: Jo (PSP) - 7,872
10) Arc Rise Fantasia (Wii) - 7,666

Hardware:
DSi - 36,872
PSP - 26,904
Wii - 18,442
PS3 - 10,009
Xbox 360 - 8,015
DS Lite - 5,408
PS2 - 3,498

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36 comments
mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

also , the psp is not a console, its a handheld , competing with dslite/i not the wii ps3 or 360 or ps2, the later 4 are consoles, totally different markets

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@Jedilink109 because in the US, if a games comes out that has any similarities to another game, fanboys of the first one say that the second company stole it, and then it's left for system fanboys to buy the other game. (in this case, everywhere I look it's compared to PSO) It's like when every open world game is compared to GTA. In Japan, well, remember when their top sellers list was filled with Sudoku titles? They'll buy anything if it's actually good.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

maybe the news of mgs coming to xbox increased sales

simplypowerfull
simplypowerfull

I owt to play Kingdom hearts..... ........... .........I have to play Kingdom Hearts

simplypowerfull
simplypowerfull

I owt to play Kingdom hearts..... ........... .........I have to play Kingdom Hearts

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@masterds64 The PSP is beating Wii in sales on here because of Monster Hunter just coming out on PSP. The Monster Hunter series is HUGE in Japan. Not sure why it isn't a major hit over here...

masterds64
masterds64

...why is the psp beating the wii in sales... Least the dsi is keeping it from a total market killzone... Oh well, prehaos nintendo might have a chance at winning this war for once....

DerekLee688
DerekLee688

Infinate Space should be out early next month in US right?

Malaphisis
Malaphisis

if Blizzard is SO COOL, why did they merge? I dont see Sony being cheap like that, SONYnintendo, LOL.

ColonelRadec
ColonelRadec

It looks like the PS3 is beating out the 360 in Japan so this should show Activision that they would be messing up if they drop them. It also too would be cool if I could get Infinite Space in the US.

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

i hope they bring infinite space and neon genesis to the u.s.

Sechu
Sechu

Seems that the 360 eventually is taking a foothold in Japan beings its sales very close to that of the PS3 without any major exclusive title released recently.

Timbydude
Timbydude

Wow crap...not many Japanese people buying DS games. =/

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

i guest there are more fat japanese than i thought

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

WoW Xbox nearly matched the ps3 in sales lol without any killer apps by the way O_o

wiiplay1
wiiplay1

Wow, didn't think Ace Attorney was a real big series in Japan. Apparently, I'm wrong.

wahyudil
wahyudil

I want chibi robo and arc rise fantasia!!!! its not fair ... the japanese already have them, when ours?

hibbler123
hibbler123

THE WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

ffviiifreak
ffviiifreak

I'm surprised to see 360 sales are almost the same as PS3

Redonkulous_D
Redonkulous_D

Dang, I've been excited for Infinite Space for a long time. Nice to see it's a good game.

mand_450
mand_450

It's kinda funny to see the Xbox 360 do almost as well as the PS3 in Japan.

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

This is cool that Infinite Space is doing great I can't wait for it to release in North America.

konradak
konradak

Wow. Not very impressive numbers... Boring week though.

purple_pride99
purple_pride99

KH seems to be doing pretty well, I think US will probably match what the sales have been in Japan. Or at least close to it.

_JPH_
_JPH_

Xbox 360 is doing well(considering the Wii and PS3 that is).

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Japanese don't buy much American products. Nintendo is rocking, they sold more than 100,000 software units than Sony. Hope Infinite Space can be sold in the U.S, looks interesting.

Flipyap28
Flipyap28

its Japan, here come all the anti-360 fans. The only reason I care about these sales is so I can see the best DS games and Infinity space is looking interesting

2mrw
2mrw

x360 is doin well, why??????

Setsuka13
Setsuka13

This is pretty cool to see. An indie game beating Kingdom Hearts. Very nice.