Big in Japan Mar. 16-22: Super Robot Taisen K props up DS

Namco Bandai's mechanized tactical RPG debut drives Nintendo's handheld to top of Media Create's weekly sales charts.

At the beginning of March, Japanese crowds greeted the release of Namco Bandai's Super Robot Taisen Z Special Disc on the PlayStation 2 with a less-than-warming reception. The same cannot be said for the DS installment of Super Robot Taisen K, however, whose 117,000 units more than doubled its closest challenger on Media Create's sales charts for the week of March 16-March 22.

Konami's Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2009 also debuted this week, with the PS2 edition of the cutesy baseball title sliding into second with 50,000 units and the Wii installment batting ninth with 22,000 copies sold. Enterbrain's adventure title Amagami for the PS2 finished the week in third with 42,000 units sold, closely followed by Nintendo's DS title Mario Luigi RPG 3!!! at 39,000 copies. Coming off last week's first-place performance, Koei's Mosou Orochi Z for the PS3 dropped to fifth with 36,000 additional copies sold.

Resident Evil 5 on the PS3 continued its strong run in Japan, selling 29,000 units, while Nintendo's Rittai Picross 3D on the DS again charted with 24,000 units for the week. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for the PSP once again slotted in near the bottom of Media Create's weekly chart, scoring an eighth place finish with 23,000 units, while Koei's Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce for the PSP rounded out the list with 19,000 units.

Super Robot Taisen K's strong debut undoubtedly helped Nintendo move systems during the week. The DSi and DS Lite combined to sell just over 80,000 systems, outpacing the PSP's 65,800-unit tally. The PS3 again outpaced the Wii and Xbox 360, with Sony's system logging sales of 25,400, Nintendo's console selling 18,100 units, and Microsoft's machine eking out just 5,400.

Week of March 16-22, 2009
Software:
1) Super Robot Taisen K (DS)
2) Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2009 (PS2)
3) Amagami (PS2)
4) Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!! (DS)
5) Musou Orochi Z (PS3)
6) Resident Evil 5 (PS3)
7) Rittai Picross (DS)
8) Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP)
9) Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Next (WII)
10) Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce (PSP)

Hardware:
DSi 71,200
PSP 65,600
PS3 25,400
Wii 18,100
DS Lite 8,900
Xbox 360 5,400
PS2 5,100

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42 comments
joelgargan
joelgargan

Good to see PSP is still selling well. Wow, PS3 sells nearly five times as much as the 360.

Madrak_Arakeen
Madrak_Arakeen

While I do agree sales do not a good console make, fanboys do not an arguement make. There are some real gems in the trudge, if you're willing to search them out. Hating the Wii will not make it go away, especially when there are some "hardcore" gamers that tried the more pleasing titles and enjoyed them. In particular, when we see a certain exclusive FPS released soon, there may be a bit of Wii envy. Back to topic, these figures are all well and good, but I'm a little lost on what this means to US consumers in the long run. Of all these titles, the few I forsee seeing action stateside is the Mario and Luigi RPG (which will more than likely have a subtitle attached), the PSP Dynasty Warriors game, and the Monster Hunter title. They're all proven franchises here in the states, and will see decent-to-very good sales. The other 7 may not fare as well...we'll see though, I've been wrong before.

CloudXentar
CloudXentar

This is all nice but I bet that ps2 would tap number one for a long time if there was an Super Robot Taisen English release. Ah come on, please translate it, I'll buy three copies I swear!

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

glad to see that ps3 is selling well. sad to see yakuza 3 isn't on the top 10 chartz (shows the lack of selling longevity for games this generation) wonder how the sales would be if the japanese didn't try to import their ps3's from south korea

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

WHERE IS Super Robot TAISEN (PS2) IN ENGLISH for the REST of the WORLD??!!! :evil:

jaykho213
jaykho213

Yeah! Go Super Robot Taisen!

scar-hawk
scar-hawk

Of course the wii cannot keep selling and selling. Japan isn't an extraordinarily large country. An extremely large amount of wiis have already been sold in previous months.

vietboi89
vietboi89

does anybody here give a damn?

Way2fonky
Way2fonky

lowkey254 Posted Mar 31, 2009 9:57 am PT "how about gamespot talk about games coming to the U.S. Thanks for giving me info that will never help me GS." My thoughts exactly. Thanks for rubbing a game that I will never get to play in my face GameSpot.

ChrisJukio
ChrisJukio

I LOVE JAPAN I LOVE JAPAN I LOVE JAPAN I LOVE JAPANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : D : D :D =D

lowkey254
lowkey254

how about gamespot talk about games coming to the U.S. Thanks for giving me info that will never help me GS.

D4NZEL-709
D4NZEL-709

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deadkingdg
deadkingdg

6 Sony games in the top 10, surprising.

ecko1o1
ecko1o1

@mariokart64fan Shut up please you useless nintendo fanboy. PS3 and Xbox 360 fanboys are bad but nintendo fanboys are by far the most retarded.

ecko1o1
ecko1o1

Rofl at xbox 360 sales

GaoFryGar
GaoFryGar

Well this all makes sense when you consider that Super Robot Taisen is awesome!

justin4444
justin4444

How can you say that sales does not mean its good console? Then how come people buy it when its not good? Lol think people!! Many just can't accept Wii out-compete other consoles. Out

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

mariokart64fan wii is slowly climbing back '!!!!!!! i told ya so , , , 25 to 18 ,,, 7 more thousan d , , ds out did psp this time,,, It is? I could've sworn the Wii sold about the SAME amount of hardware last week. Maybe PS3 sales lowered this week compared to the last. DSi sold more than PSP because of Super Robot Taisen, if you would've read the title it would be obvious by now. PSP did alright for having 2 titles at the bottom of the chart. oh and by the way, cows dont get or wait that already happened, wii outsold ps3 3 to 1 in the us last month , nuff said, Oh now we're cows? For a human being you sure spell worse than us "cows". To be honest, I'd rather be a cow than a blind Nintendo sheep who has no idea what he is talking about. No one care cares it the Wii outsold the PS3 3 to 1in the US because this article is talking about JAPAN. Since when was USA located in Japan? You cried this week, you cried the last. Give it up already, Nintendo will not be #1 in Japan until May. Keep crying and keep hoping until then.

ivan_the_one
ivan_the_one

I can't wait for the new super robot taisen!!!^_^

Kashiwaba
Kashiwaba

5 weeks in row that means wii fad is over once and for all.

Mist00
Mist00

lol ps2 only sold 300 less than 360

xdeiri
xdeiri

the ps3 wasn't even necessary since the ps2 is still alive and competing, lol

Xenon-
Xenon-

And here is mariofart64fan trollin again and being a pathetic fanboy that he is... Good sales do not a good console make.

kkkkknaruto
kkkkknaruto

dude wii sold about 7 million and ps3 sold about 3 million i ono where ur going with the "10plus"

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

oh and by the way, cows dont get or wait that already happened, wii outsold ps3 3 to 1 in the us last month , nuff said, and add to the fact ps3 has only sold near 4 million in japan while nintendo wii has sold 2x that at 10 plus, with this whole weeks sales added into ,

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

wii is slowly climbing back '!!!!!!! i told ya so , , , 25 to 18 ,,, 7 more thousan d , , ds out did psp this time,,,

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

The PS3 outran the wii because of the Resident Evil 5 game. But the wii is also going to launch a game of its own, Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. Wii is so strong it has to go down but it will eventually go up. As for the ds, I hope it continues to make really good games. I have one and it really needs to make good games.

Tebbit
Tebbit

I guess everyone in Japan who wants a Wii must have one by now.

vibrantdesign
vibrantdesign

I am surprised that the PS3 is once again topped Nintendo. Surprise there for me anyways.

rocoswav
rocoswav

360 outsold the PS2....yay now were getting somewhere

kejigoto
kejigoto

@ thekey Oh nooooo, look who more than doubled the PS3 sales and beat out the PSP by 5,600 units. Its the DS! Seriously though, no one is surprised the 360 doesn't sell well in Japan. In fact its abit of a rarity when it does sell well there, but at least people are still buying them, which is better than people not buying them. If anything I'd be celebrating the PS3 outselling the Wii again, however the Wii is so far ahead it really doesn't matter anymore does it?

NightRain
NightRain

I guess thekey is totally ignorant about JAPAN. *sigh...* fanboys...

SearchBomber
SearchBomber

Yay Super Robot Wars! =D Now if only one of the (non-Original Generation) games would get localized...;_;

GatCloudX
GatCloudX

i love the super robot taisen series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Nice but, tactical RPG so if I bought it in the US it would have too many Hiragana and Kangi words for me to enjoy it so hope for a US release. I just bought Jump Ultimate Stars for DS I hope the DS stays region free so I can Kick ass with Kenshin.

CodyTG
CodyTG

Wow thekey, do you piss your PS3 pajamas at night? Of course PS3 is going to outsell the 360 in Japan.... that is no surprise to anyone.. even 360 fanboys.

phil-_-meh
phil-_-meh

no1 said 100 below u, so who r u talking 2? im quite sure i doulble checked the 2 comments below and im quite sure thekey said 300

ahpuck
ahpuck

5,400-5,100 = 300. . . not 100. . go back to school and stop playing video games!

NightRain
NightRain

I see that Japan doesn't let go the PS2. Well, the games, at least but it's still kinda surprising. I'm glad DS is strong there. I wish we could say the same here...

thekey
thekey

Oh no look who sold 300 consoles more than the PS2??? Ouh Oh look who's below PS3??? Nuf said.