Big in Japan March 7-13: Dynasty Warriors 7

Koei Tecmo beat-'em-up cruises to first-place finish on Japanese sales charts; 3DS tops hardware list for third straight week as Professor Layton, Nintendogs + Cats retain positions.

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The Koei Tecmo Dynasty has a new heir to the throne. In its retail debut, Dynasty Warriors 7 easily topped Media Create's Japanese software sales charts with the PlayStation 3 historical beat-'em-up selling 253,090 copies for the week of March 7-13.

Huang Gai loves Dynasty Warriors 7 this much.

Known as Shin Sangoku Musou 6 in Japan, Dynasty Warriors 7 introduces a new clan to the long-running series, allowing players to rewrite the history of ancient China with the Jin kingdom in addition to the Shu, Wu, and Wei factions. In another break from the series' tried-and-true formula, the game also lets characters wield multiple weapon types, switching between them on the fly in the middle of combat. Interested gamers in the West won't have to wait long to get their hands on the game, as it launches for the Xbox 360 and PS3 in North America on March 29, and in Europe in April.

That pushed the previous week's best-selling game, Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy, to second place with sales of 64,996. However, there was a steep drop-off in unit sales after that, with 3DS launch title Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle clinging to third place for the third straight week despite selling just 29,157 copies. Similarly, Nintendogs + Cats managed to retain its hold on fifth place for the third week running, selling 23,885 copies in the process.

On the hardware front, the 3DS once again sat atop the charts, more than doubling its closest competition. Nintendo's glasses-free 3D handheld added another 96,463 systems to its installed base, while the PSP trailed in second place with 44,646 units sold for the week. The PS3 finished in third place with 32,406 systems sold, while the rest of the market trailed behind, with the remaining systems selling fewer than 10,000 new units each.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF MARCH 7-13, 2011
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Dynasty Warriors 7 / Koei Tecmo / PS3 / 253,090
2. Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy / Square Enix / PSP / 64,996
3. Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle / Level Five / 3DS / 29,157
4. Rurouni Kenshin Roman / Namco / PSP / 24,344
5. Nintendogs + Cats / Nintendo / 3DS / 23,885
6. Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity / Sega / PSP / 20,884
7. SD Gundam G Generation World / Namco / PSP / 20,410
8. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd / Capcom / PSP / 18,554
9. Portable Fairy Tail Guild 2 / Konami / PSP / 18,134
10. Way of the Samurai 4 / Spike / PS3 / 17,143

Hardware:
3DS - 96,463
PSP - 44,646
PS3 - 32,406
Wii - 9,519
DSi LL - 6,836
DSi - 5,888
Xbox 360 - 1,796
PS2 - 1,348
PSP Go - 931
DS Lite - 531

Discussion

83 comments
warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@megakick Nahhh COD just repeats just about everything else.

Readial
Readial

Haters gonna hate I suppose and its for a reason too. Dynasty Warriors 7 is using the same core engine since DW2, but with new additions or revisions to it over the years. Wouldn't it be fresh to just have a new gameplay system and style that breaks tradition of a game greatly repetitive of a system popularized in DW3 and that was like 9 years ago. Would it just feel right that the game receives a new look rather than something overly familiar and have it criticized by all who have grown tired of it? But I suppose what sells motivate these guys to move ahead.

megakick
megakick

i don't buy the cod: sequel X besides cod doesn't use the same story over and over.

KnightsBlazing
KnightsBlazing

I cant wait for Dynasty Warriors 7 had it preordered for long while and its going to be the first game my friend gets for his PS3 :D

timmy00
timmy00

@megakick 7 times? You do realize the first Dynasty Warriors game was a fighting game right? Whatever haters gonna hate. I'll continue to buy them as long as they're good. :]

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

So everyone just comes on here to bash Dynasty Warriors it seems.. Rather sad. I myself cannot wait for the game. I've loved them all. Just gutted it's been put back ANOTHER week. King of the Hack n' Slash games :D

danyb002
danyb002

I like how everyone is saying they have made 7 of the same game yet you people never moan about endless FPS games and sports games getting the best reviews on the planet, True, every few games they do a big redesign new engine etc, but they are still the same game, with a few quality exceptions Eagerly awaiting DW7s 5/10 here on gamespot

huskerman34
huskerman34

Not bad due to the fact that they just suffered a nuclear meltdown, tsumani, and the largest earthquake in modern history.

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

@LinusBlue The overall sales numbers of the systems AND the games are low, probably due to the Earthquake-Tsunami incident. People are still looking for loved ones , rebuilding their lives, etc to worry about anything game related which is understandable.

Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

Ah yes, Dynasty Warriors; the Call of Duty of japan.

megakick
megakick

funny koei remake same game 7 times and make millions.

Lazay727
Lazay727

Thumb up if you want a new ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS!!!

WarioBro64
WarioBro64

@LinusBlue: Normally you would expect that, but you have to take into account how Japan is facing some difficulty right now, so their main concern isn't going to be the latest system.

LinusBlue
LinusBlue

I am disappointed with the 3DS sales. Don't systems usually sell millions in the first few weeks?

coldsauce09
coldsauce09

if they got dynasty warriors we got black ops the heck with this age of gaming.. sucks now these days

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

I'm admittedly surprised to see anything being released in Japan or by Japan given the situation they're in at the moment. I kind of figured it would either be impossible to work (given a lot of the major developers in Japan are located in Tokyo and most of Tokyo is radiated or without power at the moment. My sympathy goes out to the victims in Japan and I hope they recover quickly, but I'm also curious to see the repercussions of this event on the industry. What games will we see delayed? How will this affect PS3, Wii, and 3DS sales? If a Japanese developer is out of commission for a while, does that mean a western release title is going to do better in the meantime. All kinds of implications are possible.

toddze
toddze

I cant figure out why I like dynasty warriors, I have played almost all of them Its the same game just re-skinned. Common sense tells me not to buy this, but I know I will have fun playing it so ill probably be getting this title, after all fun is why we play video games.

wolf0
wolf0

Dynasty Warriors ok have fun not my money

Asian-Hawk
Asian-Hawk

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gawthy
gawthy

They have made 7 of the same game. Kudos for the DW team for still selling the same formula

Didgeriedoodude
Didgeriedoodude

3DS demos are apparently up at most BestBuys through the USA I tried it out it is awsom can't wait!

Neo_Sarevok
Neo_Sarevok

There are three things we can all expect from the world: 1.) Death 2.) Taxes 3.) Dynasty Warriors sequels.

megakick
megakick

monster hunter> dynasty warrior > phantasy star. asians like to grind.

renji4eva
renji4eva

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deadlysilence82
deadlysilence82

dynasty warriors games are fun but sometime those games get quite boring . i haven't purchase any of the newer games of dynasty since the playstation 2 console.

chazy035
chazy035

Should WE all report "paranormalnut" for such a distasteful comment?

iRaInOnPaRaDeS
iRaInOnPaRaDeS

Wow... Wish we could get a Fairy Tail & Rurouni Kenshin game, but thats just the anime freak within me speaking.

NickyWithATicky
NickyWithATicky

Anyone who thinks that Dynasty Warriors 7 being at the top of the chart in Japan is stupid can't talk when our side of the world puts black ops to the top. I'll have to wait til april to confirm but i'm pretty sure which one is the better game.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

DYNASTY WARRIORS 7!!!! can't wait. i really enjoy the series....such a simple hack and slash, but i still play them til this day....something special about this particular hack and slash....would figure i would get bored with the series...smh..

KillerBill316
KillerBill316

And then a bunch of Dynasty Warriors 7 spin offs will be sold later. Followed by Dynasty Warriors 8. And then more spin offs. The cycle continues.

RyanSaotome
RyanSaotome

@darthfett13 Not to mention if you don't like shooters you won't like 360, and Japanese don't give a crap about shooters. It would be like a system in America with nothing but jrpgs. It wouldn't sell

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

Its amazing how the last gen DS's are still selling. Obviously some people arent going to get the 3DS till it has more games, which it will very soon, while others are never going to get it because they foolishly believe that the 3DS is just another DS. So people buy the DS lite or i or ll, Im just amazed that the numbers for the I and LL are still above 3 thousand.

benleslie5
benleslie5

I wish PS2's were still selling here in the UK

Bezee4u
Bezee4u

Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony all make money from gaming, That's all i think is relevant except you want to start a fanboy argument.

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

yes, sir! sony and nintendo are the kings alright! in gaming industries

CassadyH
CassadyH

Dynasty Warriors is to Japan what Call of Duty is to America. Apparently

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

I cannot believe Dynasty Warriors is still going. How do KOEI do it?

timmy00
timmy00

Great sales! =D I can't wait to buy DW7 on the 29th!

darthfett13
darthfett13

the original xbox never took off, now the 360 isn't taking off, its just because sony and nintendo have had a strong hold on the japanese market for years, the reason xbox is doing so well in NA is that microsoft already had the infrastructure in place to offer a gaming console. in japan they did not.

Ceraby
Ceraby

@ GunBladeHero Well in my dreams I definetely do . ;D

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

@Ceraby Don´t give up! I'm sure you will own one or another, or both! XD

steelmouth
steelmouth

I ddint think we will be having the news any times soon given the events in Japan

franzito
franzito

Nintendo and Sony are the wrestlers now, 5 X 4!

Ceraby
Ceraby

Oh if I only owned a X360 or PS3... :(

fightingfish18
fightingfish18

@John_Read Yeah 360 is pretty much a flop in Asia anyways. I'm living in Thailand right now and I brought my 360 over, and the only people at the electronic stores who know what a 360 is are the ones that put chips in em... ps3 you can actually find legitimate games for it. It's not the company being racist at all, its them not wanting to get a 25% return on what they invest to port it..