Big in Japan March 12-18: Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition

New Pokemon title for DS dominated the sales chart for the week; console sales took slight dip.

History has shown that any new Pokemon title will make headlines in Japan in terms of sales. That was still the case for the week of March 12, as the Pokemon Company and Tecmo Koei's collaborative effort--Pokemon + Nobunaga no Yabou--was the top-selling game on the recent Media Creates chart update.

Even in pseudo-Feudal Japan, samurai warriors still need to catch 'em all.

Pokemon + Nobunaga no Yabou (or Nobunaga's Ambition) beat out newcomers Shining Blade and Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable with 172,027 units sold. The new Pokemon game is set in the Ranse region, which mimics feudal Japan and also contains cartoon versions of historical figures like Oda Nobunaga and Uesugi Kenshin. Gamers are given the objective to conquer 17 castles with their own generals and Pokemon. Combat is handled in an isometric view and is turn based, much like strategy RPGs such as the Disgaea series and Final Fantasy Tactics.

Sega's Shining Blade for the PSP was at second place with 122,257 units sold. The RPG is part of the company's Shining RPG series; players initiate combat against enemies in a combat system that mixes up turn-based and real-time elements and places an emphasis on teamwork.

Hanging in at third place was Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable for the PSP with 62,408 units sold. The game is a rogue-like RPG with visual novel elements including branching scenarios and full voice acting.

Other notable newcomers include the PS3 version of Mass Effect 3, which was at 20th place of the charts with 8,142 units sold. The third instalment of the game concludes the trilogy, with players controlling Commander Shepard as he or she helps beef up the war effort against the main antagonists known as the Reapers. For more information, check out GameSpot's review of the title.

The usual sales culprits still hung onto the top 10. One Piece: Kaizoku Musou was just below the three new titles with 34,600 units sold, while Mario Kart 7 and Monster Hunter 3G were close to the bottom of the top 10 with 17,064 and 16,924 units sold, respectively. Hardware sales for the week took a slight dip, but nonetheless still remained consistent like the last update. The 3DS was still on top with 64,017 units sold while the PS3 was at second place with 27,900 units sold. The PS Vita was close to dropping to the four-digit sales mark with 10,021 units sold.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF MARCH 12 – MARCH 18

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. Pokemon + Nobunaga no Yabou / Pokemon Company, Nintendo / DS / 172,027
2. Shining Blade / Sega / PSP / 122,257
3. Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable / PSP / 62,408
4. One Piece: Kaizoku Musou / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 34,600
5. Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side Premium: 3rd Story / Konami / PSP / 27,717
6. Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai / Sega / 3DS / 18,341
7. If I Were In A Sealed Room With A Girl, I'd Probably XXX / D3 / 3DS / 18,291
8. Mario Kart 7 / Nintendo / 3DS / 17,064
9. Monster Hunter 3G / Capcom / 3DS / 16,924
10. Mario & Sonic at the 2012 London Olympics / Nintendo / DS / 16,183

Hardware
3DS – 64,017
PS3 – 27,900
PSP – 18,633
PS Vita – 10,021
Wii – 8,127
PS2 – 1,165
Xbox 360 – 1,145
DSi XL – 853
DSi – 617

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UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

"If I Were In a Sealed Room With a Girl, I'd probably XXX" Not to sound like a perv, but where can I get this game?

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

@robertwarnes91 Catherine got released worldwide,but since it's nintendo we are talking about then it's a no-go.Though I think the 3DS would have sold less if that game wasn't there. :)

Brokazaki
Brokazaki

@robertwarnes91 are you kidding? that game sounds amazing

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

"If I Were In A Sealed Room With A Girl, I'd Probably XXX" - Maybe the 3DS being region locked, is a blessing in disguise.

tarv4973
tarv4973

Wow! I just don't get it, PSP is still outselling Vita and has 3 games in the top 5 !?! Is Sony getting the hint yet that Vita is in trouble??

Master_2
Master_2

who here Google or Youtube/ETC "If I Were In A Sealed Room With A Girl, I'd Probably XXX" seriously the game is not for kids that is all i have to say lol, Nintendo is trying to go for more mature people with that game

Hail23
Hail23

I WANT THAT NUMBER 7 GAME! - 7. If I Were In A Sealed Room With A Girl, I'd Probably XXX / D3 / 3DS / 18,291

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

is it me...or does japan not really like games? highest selling game is 100,000 and best selling system is 60,000.. its no wonder most japanese video games are american looking characters...because they need to sell to the rest of the world..

Zer093
Zer093

It's doubtful that Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition will come out here seeing as the latter series has yet to come to the west, but I'm really hoping it will. It looks interesting. And did anyone else catch the title of #7? I honestly don't know what to say except that it sounds like it would get an A rating, if it would even be allowed over here.

pszone
pszone

By the way if i got game and some girl want play with me I Were In A Sealed Room With A Girl, I'd Probably XXX" never come out until im done with her lolxxx

pszone
pszone

My face just drop because ds game no1 and psp game at no2 . Seems pp like psp more and ds more on the games. Ps2 still selling more than did been beten by the xbox360. PSP sold more than the PSP Vita . So be werid if will sells more than the will U and same with the ps4 and next xbox. Gd see 3ds still selling and the ps3 and psp.

anticusho1984
anticusho1984

3 PSP games on the top 10 an no vita, seems PSP has more life in japan, I wonder what's sony doing about it

RyanSaotome
RyanSaotome

@franzito You realize they think our top 10s are weird too for being nothing but generic shooters and dance games, right?

PillyChickle
PillyChickle

@Stonecutters908 No MH game has been announced for the Vita as of right now. Capcom and PSP MH fans have fully immigrated to the 3DS, and I doubt Capcom will want to anger their loyal fans by putting MH on two different handhelds. Even if the Vita does get a MH, it'll probably be a port.

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

The PS Vita is on pace for about a quarter million units in Japan for the year. That is including a significant multiplier bump for the holiday season. That is a disaster. That system needs to address its Japanese audience with some software pronto. They are getting a version of Monster Hunter 3 sometime later this year but what happens when MH4 comes out for 3DS? This system needs Japanese dev support in a big way and I wonder if it will ever get it the same way the PSP did.

darkbuster_exe
darkbuster_exe

I guess if the game does absurdly well it'll have a better chance of making it out of Japan, though I'm still doubtful. On a side note: "If I Were In A Sealed Room With A Girl, I'd Probably XXX" I'm not the only person who felt awkward pause reading this title, right?

franzito
franzito

Uhmm... what a wierd top 10 list...

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

@SuprSaiyanRockr Its locked, well Nintendo is the mother of the Region Lockout.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

how mental that PSP is outselling Vita :o

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

7. If I Were In A Sealed Room With A Girl, I'd Probably XXX / D3 / 3DS / 18,291 XD Do want. That pokemon spin-off does look good too,but stil hoping for a pokemon RPG for 3DS.Still going strong there 3DS. :)

Pixel-Perfect
Pixel-Perfect

Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition is the first spin off I've been interested in since Snap.

AznEvan
AznEvan

Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition looks so awesome!! *o* I really hope it'll be released in North America! On a separate note, "7. If I Were In A Sealed Room With A Girl, I'd Probably XXX / D3 / 3DS / 18,291" o__O; I'm suddenly interested in that game!

sknight175216
sknight175216

@SuprSaiyanRockr I don't think that it is. I'm like 97 percent sure ha ha. I want Monster Hunter!

Sniper-Gamer
Sniper-Gamer

Hopefully Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition comes out here.

otanikun
otanikun

Too bad it'll never come out in the US, I hope it does though.