Big in Japan March 19-25: Kid Icarus: Uprising

Long-awaited Nintendo title flies high above new Yakuza and Pokemon title; 3DS experiences sales surge.

Angels were indeed smiling upon Nintendo in terms of sales numbers. The recent Media Create update showed that the recently out 3DS title Kid Icarus: Uprising occupied the top spot of the sales chart for the week of March 19 to March 25. For more information, check out GameSpot's review of the title.

Highly armed angels triumphed over yakuzas and Pokemon in Japan.

Nintendo's action title beat out the debut of Sega's Yakuza: Black Panther 2 (Kurohyo 2: Ryu ga Gotoku Asyura hen) for the PSP, which was at second place with 104,937 units sold. The game's primary focus is on combat rather than narrative, as the game features two-on-two team battles and battle royal fights.

Other new highlights for the week include the Devil May Cry HD collection, Ninja Gaiden 3, and Mugen Souls. Capcom's action collection was at fourth place with 43,791 units sold, while the third Ninja Gaiden title was just below with 29,797 units sold.

Compile Heart's RPG, Mugen Souls, was at sixth place with 23,004 units sold. The RPG features a minion-recruiting system, an option to change the main character's persona to accommodate the situation, and a combination tag team attack system. The game also had a bizarre marketing campaign featuring a developer claiming to be the "next Keiji Inafune."

Due to the sales of Kid Icarus: Uprising, 3DS sales went up from 64,017 on the week of March 12-18 to 94,011 for March 19. The PS3 was just below, with 25,750 units sold for the week, while the PSP trailed close behind with 19,875 units. The PS Vita barely dropped to the four-digit mark with 10,302 units sold.

TOP JAPAN GAME SALES FOR MARCH 19-25

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. Kid Icarus: Uprising / Nintendo / 3DS / 132,526
2. Yakuza: Black Panther 2 / Sega / PSP / 104,937
3. Pokemon + Nobunaga no Yabou / Pokemon Company, Nintendo / DS / 65,046
4. Devil May Cry HD Collection / Capcom / PS3 / 43,791
5. Ninja Gaiden 3 / Tecmo Koei / PS3 / 29,797
6. Mugen Souls / Compile Heart / PS3 / 23,004
7. Monster Hunter 3G / Capcom / 3DS / 22,402
8. Mario Kart 7 / Nintendo / 3DS / 20,890
9. Super Mario 3D Land / Nintendo / 3DS / 20,305
10. Shining Blade / Sega / PSP / 19,032

Hardware
3DS - 94,011
PS3 - 25,750
PSP - 19,875
PS Vita - 10,302
Wii - 9,270
PS2 - 1,333
Xbox 360 - 1,084
DSi XL - 1,058
DSi - 778

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ekalbtwin
ekalbtwin

Why is this up again?  I guess it's cool to remember that Ikarus Uprising sold well.... as if anyone forgot or cares by now......

JohnMark320
JohnMark320

I'm glad I got the 3DS over Vita. I love PS to death but man it's too expensive to only own an Uncharted game :-/

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Anyone else think it was planed that Kid Icarus would make a massive come back. In SSBB Pit was a two game wonder but the story mode teamed Pit with Kirby Link Mario and Yoshi four of the most successful nintendo characters. Then the same develop studio including director announce the return of Kid Icarus.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@Lhomity Seems about right. No matter how much talent Microsoft rounded up for their console, Japan just wasn't, or isn't on board. They pushed real hard for RPGs and even got some exclusives, but still unable to break into the market. Maybe they should disguise their product. Maybe they could buy out Sanyo and name their next system the Sanyo 720. It might work. lol

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

While I don't really get into handheld gaming, this game looks awesome! I seen the commercial the other day and thought it was a Wii title, which I would've purchased if it was. Maybe they'll port it over. Looks like they did the series justice.

tarv4973
tarv4973

We all know the Vita is doing poorly in Japan and each week's updates reinforce that. Haven't heard much news on how its doing in the U.S. Hopefully U.S. sales are better then 10k a week!

franzito
franzito

Nintendo is blessed (pun intended)

pszone
pszone

PSP Still selling than vita ps2 selling more xbox360 hahahaha too bad devil may cry hd collection will flop uk since slient hill hd collection 0 in uk what try to buy.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

@Lhomity Same for NA.Americans will support MS.Japanese will support Sony. As for the VITA I think Sony will very likely be paying developers to make games for the system to sell.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

Kid Icarus is the game of the year so far for me

soulless4now
soulless4now

Glad to see Kid Icarus at #1. I hope KH is up there next week.

SuplexKirby
SuplexKirby

Not one vita game is up there, not even gravity daze is up there.

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Can't wait to pick up Kid Icarus uprising within the next week or two. And damn, 3DS is moving strong. Where are all those analysts claiming it was dead now, huh? Bet they're feeling pretty stupid. Vita sales don't look that great...shame because it's a pretty good system. Sony needs to step up their game before developers start to walk out the door. It needs a few more "killer" games to get itself moving strong. Can't wait for Gravity Rush in June, though!

Flint247
Flint247

Happy one year anniversary, Nintendo 3DS. :D

IEpic_rOxIS
IEpic_rOxIS

Wow PSP beating the PS Vita in sales new expected that ............

guitardeth3
guitardeth3

PSP nearly doubled the vita sales :(

metalkitten
metalkitten

if vita dont sell better nobody want to make games for them = failure - sony needs to really think about this i can see several games i want in that list - or at least be interested in - one 3ds, 2 psp and one ps3

digi-demon
digi-demon

Those Vita figures dont look cool....

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Good going,3DS. All other consoles combined equal 69,450 units sold for the week,24,561 less than the 3DS. Not looking like a flop in any way at all to me.Show those haters how it's done. And the strange differences in Japan's market from ours will never cease to amaze me. PS2 out sold 360? And the PSP outselling the Vita may be the fault of Sony's marketing or the market itself,but it's surprising either way.

Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

@PillyChickle Sorry pilly was just a little frustrated =)

Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

@PillyChickle Stop hating dude, every thread i see you talking bad about Sony!!!! let them be who cares? and its always the same talk, about how bad Sony is and is doing. You don't like Sony that's your opinion. But to troll on every thread on how bad they are is just simply pathetic. I don't care if you post back fighting words against me, i am not here to argue but just to share my opinion like you so call did in every thread!!.

PillyChickle
PillyChickle

@Intellips PSP was a moderate success, however without Monster Hunter it would've been mediocre. Monster Hunter opened the doors for more software support for it. Vita has no Monster Hunter. PS3 only survived because Sony were willing to lose billions on it, so from a financial point of view it's been a massive failure for Sony. Even then the PS3's only sold 8 million consoles in Japan and is in third place worldwide. Compared to the PS1 and PS2, PS3 has been a disaster.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@Savoritias Japanese consumers in general tend to prefer local brand names, which is why Microsoft have fallen consistently face-flat in Japan, despite throwing millions into several aggressive marketing campaigns, and paying devs for exclusive titles. Interesting little fact: EA's games are published by Sega in Japan. Its also worth noting that Square-Enix published CoD: MW3 in Japan. Its a cultural thing.

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

ps2 aint giving up the fight for vita..... final fantasy x HD might save it

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

3D$ is all the rage now but P$3 is right behind,which means $ony and Big N are always topping Micro$oft. D$i doesn't count,it's getting obsolete.

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

@Savoritias They know what's good,that's all!

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

What I think is mad is that PSP sales are almost double Vita sales!!

enzyme36
enzyme36

Nice comeback for Kid Icarus... there is hope for all those long forgotten franchises!

Intellips
Intellips

The psp started the slow, as did the PS3, yet nobody would call them a failure

PillyChickle
PillyChickle

A little fact: if Vita and 3DS continued to sell 10,302 and 94,011 units weekly respectively in Japan then the 3DS would surpass the Wii's Japanese LTD sales (over 12 million) quicker than the Vita would surpass the XBox 360's LTD Japanese sales (1.5 million) total..

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

3DS sales>combined hardware sales Nintendo games sales=half of the list Still going strong,and with Fire Emblem and KH coming soon it will only get even better. :) Still looking bad for VITA,though managing to stay at 5 digit.Seems more and more likely that the rumor that sony is buying its own VITA consoles to stay at 10000 is true too since there isn't much games coming out the next few months.

Savoritias
Savoritias

ps2 passed in sales XBox 360. How the japanese do that?

GreenReuben
GreenReuben

The fact that the 3ds out sold the vita 9 to 1 is insane, it's the same price the 3ds was at release (minus memory cards). I never expected the vita to do better but this is insane.