Big in Japan May 10-16: Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2, FIFA World Cup

Little change in the charts as Square Enix spin-off, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, and New Super Mario control the podium; EA soccer sim sneaks in at bottom of the top 10.

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For the third straight week, Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 for the DS was the best-selling game in Japan. And for the third straight week, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker for the PSP was a distant second.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 makes it three-of-a-kind with a third straight week atop the charts.

Media Create today released its Japanese sales charts for the week of May 10-16, showing very little turnover in the ranks. There were no changes in the top four games, with the two portable hits followed by Nintendo's evergreen New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Tomodachi Collection for the DS in third and fourth, respectively.

There were only a pair of new releases to make the week's top 10. Idea Factory's Hakuouki: Yuugi Roku was the better selling of the two, reaching fifth place on the charts. The game lets players take control of swordsmen in feudal Japan, alternately keeping the peace through combat and performing menial daily tasks in an assortment of minigames. The only other new release to chart was Electronic Arts' PlayStation 3 edition of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, which made the 10 spot with just over 10,000 copies sold.

It was a difficult week for hardware sales, as every system sold fewer units than it did the week prior. The PS3 made up some ground relative to the competition, as it leapfrogged the DSi LL and Wii to return to second place. While the PSP maintained its position atop the hardware charts, its digital distribution-driven counterpart the PSP Go had a particularly trying week, selling just 871 systems.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF MAY 10-16, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 / Square Enix / DS / 126,096
2. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker / Konami / PSP / 62,887
3. New Super Mario Bros. Wii / Nintendo / Wii / 18,843
4. Tomodachi Collection / Nintendo / DS / 16,035
5. Hakuouki: Yuugi Roku / Idea Factory / PSP / 15,569
6. Mario Kart Wii / Nintendo / Wii / 12,881
7. Nier Replicant / Square Enix / PS3 / 12,662
8. Wii Fit Plus / Nintendo / Wii / 12,536
9. Super Street Fighter IV / Capcom / PS3 / 12,036
10. 2010 FIFA World Cup / Electronic Arts / PS3 / 10,373

Hardware:
PSP - 24,475
PS3 - 20,463
Wii - 17,570
DSi LL - 15,879
DSi - 9,990
Xbox 360 - 4,370
DS Lite - 2,695
PS2 - 1,293
PSP Go - 871

Discussion

33 comments
pip_boy_3000
pip_boy_3000

I never played the Dragon Quest Monsters game that's in the states, is it any good?

pip_boy_3000
pip_boy_3000

I never played the Dragon Quest Monsters game that's in the states, is it any good?

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

i have a psp and let me tell you how flemsy it is, it breaks in asecond and your screen is not protected from scratches unless you buy some other flemsy thing that leaves residue on the screen tobegin with , and its gotten 0 games for me in 2010 the last game i bought was way way back in 2006-driver 76 i dont include freebies-included in various psp models just goes to show that ds wii ps3 360 are better platforms

pakrulz
pakrulz

PSP and PS3 are your new regular toppers in Japan!

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

They should just made PSPhone instead of PSP Go. :(

maxsteel86
maxsteel86

PSP Go shows that people aren't willing to go for purely downloadable games. Which is good, I like having a box to put next to my other games boxes. Its like a collection for me :)

nate1222
nate1222

@Rahnyc4 I agree. The DS may end up being the best selling game system of all time in any country. It's sold almost as many units in America as PS2 did - in half the time! And its games have a really good cost-to-value ratio. Couple that with it being portable, and you've got a winning formula. The DS is the ONLY game system this (7th) gen that I own and intend to keep.

Rahnyc4
Rahnyc4

RealHarry the nintendo ds has sold 30 million units in its existence in japan. keep in mind the ps 2 have sold 21 million unites in its existence. the psp has sold about 13million units. you seriously think the psp appeal more than the ds? the ds is now the best selling video game machine in japan of all time.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Wow PSP on top, never thought I would see that

BallisstiXXX
BallisstiXXX

The PSP GO? Should have named it PSP BLOW, because that's all it does. PSP 3000 FTW!!!

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

haha this is the first time ive seen a piece of hardware fail to sell 1000 units at least-psp go ,, ds overall edges out psp ,

GatsuBlackSword
GatsuBlackSword

I really expected the sales numbers for Peace Walker to be higher.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Seems like the Japanese gamers are finally buying some PSP games and not just the PSP console. We should hopefully get more decent PSP software released now that its homebase have finally decided to support and improve on the PSP's currently under-nourished 'games' catalog.

Yukeshime
Yukeshime

haha that was a really bad caption Brendan

monson21502
monson21502

seen a few psp gos at my local pawn shop. they have 199 on the price tag:lol: i told them to take the one off and i would buy it. and he quikly went :lol:

monson21502
monson21502

@drago9876. xbox was dead for almost 5 years here in the usa. in japan it was DOA :P

monson21502
monson21502

pretty good game list in japan for a change. take out 4,5 and 8 for me and it would be perfect

drago9876
drago9876

Wtf DSi LL? You gotta be kidding me..... Anyways the top 3 aren't that surprising... and where's Xbox? They got PS2...

luffy11234
luffy11234

just give me my DQMJ 2 faster please. my psp 3000 is so much better then that GO failure

pete_merlin
pete_merlin

PSP on top, PSP GO on the bottom. What does that tell you aye

atrofiado
atrofiado

wow the PSP is on the top! Hooray for Japan, at least they know how good it is.

supertom221
supertom221

@Halloll Tomodachi means 'friend' in Japanese, so it's probably some Sims crap ^^.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Weird japan made games and yet they still seel quick.

Halloll
Halloll

What the f*** is Tomodachi. whatever it is people in japan sure love it

elbert_b_23
elbert_b_23

qwooooo hooo go dragon quest monsters

BallisstiXXX
BallisstiXXX

Isn't some kind of the million dragon quest games always number one sellers in Japan? I always thought so.

BallisstiXXX
BallisstiXXX

If you have a ton of money, or deficit of common sense, or both, the PSP GO is for you.

RealHarry
RealHarry

PSP appeals to the Japanese ppl more than the DS.

JPH85
JPH85

First time I see Go selling less than 1000 units. LOL.

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

PSP Go is funny... funny like a good joke lol