Big in Japan May 11-17: Bleach PSP heats up sales charts

Anime-based fighter manages to sell 41,000 despite widespread game sales slowdown; Growlanser PSP, Winning Eleven Wii also make debuts.

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After seeing recent games like Monster Hunter G on the Wii and Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon easily sell in the six-figure range for their debut weeks, the Japanese game market hit a mid-May rough patch. For the week of May 11-17, the best-selling game on Media Create's Japanese sales charts was the PSP anime fighter Bleach: Heat the Soul 6, which garnered a respectable 41,600 copies.

However, after Bleach, the drop-off in sales was fairly precipitous. Another new PSP release, a 10th anniversary remake of the PlayStation role-playing game Growlanser, came in second with sales of 23,000. Other new releases did not fare so well, with Konami's Winning Eleven Playmaker 2009 for the Wii (Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 in some markets) netting sales of 14,200, and Tecmo's video gambling title Rakushou Pachisuro Sengen 6 Rio 2 Cruising Vanadise (PS2) rounding out the top 10 with 9,100 sold.

In terms of older games, Nintendo's evergreen strategy is apparently paying off in Japan as well as the US. Wii Fit (released in late 2007 in Japan) managed to sell 10,700 copies, while February's Mario & Luigi RPG 3 racked up sales of 10,000. The DS maker also found continued success with the aforementioned Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon (15,600 sold) and WarioWare Myself (15,200).

Nintendo's success wasn't limited to software. The DSi topped a soft week for hardware sales with 34,200 sold, while the Wii was the best-selling console of the week with consumers picking up 15,100 systems. Sony was a close second in both races, with the PSP moving 28,700 units for the week, and the PlayStation 3 selling through 11,600. It was a particularly rough week for Microsoft, as the Xbox 360's sales of just 3,200 systems fell behind both the DS Lite (4,900) and the PlayStation 2 (4,020).

Week of May 11-17, 2009
Software:
1) Bleach: Heat the Soul 6 (PSP) - 41,600
2) Growlanser (PSP) - 23,000
3) Dragon Ball Kai: Saiyajin Raishuu (DS) - 20,300
4) Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon (DS) - 15,600
5) WarioWare Myself (DS) - 15,200
6) Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP) - 15,200
7) Winning Eleven Playmaker 2009 (Wii) - 14,200
8) Wii Fit (Wii) - 10,700
9) Mario & Luigi RPG 3 (DS) - 10,000
10) Rakushou Pachisuro Sengen 6 Rio 2 Cruising Vanadise (PS2) - 9,100

Hardware:
DSi 34,200
PSP 28,700
Wii 15,100
PS3 11,600
DS Lite 4,900
PS2 4,020
Xbox 360 3,200

Discussion

85 comments
marceleleco
marceleleco

bleach is good but six heat the soul is too much,it will be much better if they make just one game for year than 2 or 3,and they could try another plataform like ps2 or ps3.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

why cant europe sales chart appear on gamespot. its more interesting

Chaosctf2k
Chaosctf2k

Man its good to hear anime isn't so run and gun... At least there is proof now. I was almost embarassed to admit Id watch anime growing up for a while.

Gen007
Gen007

well thats no surprise bleach is one of teh better nime series and of course they eat that stuff up in japan i just feel that its blatent milking though a new heat the soul game comes out like every few months. Its been around for like 2 or 3 years and they already have 6 games.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

CrimsonFlagg no need to laugh its the same conpany making the money

IceDefenseGod
IceDefenseGod

Heat of the Soul 6 is amazing. I played it recently.

cloudtigerbb
cloudtigerbb

I noticed a lot of people are failing to realize that these are sales in JAPAN, despite the big gigantic headline. It's Japan - one country out of MANY. It seems like not such a big deal to me. Besides, Japanese titles and Japanese systems are obviously going to do better in their home town. Stuff like Bleach, Pokemon, Dragonball and the sorts are logically going to have a better market over there. This report doesn't really have a say though on how the systems are doing overall though. All this report tells me is that Bleach is doing good on PSP in Japan. Big deal, right? I don't know - maybe it is and I'm missing the point. Has anyone been to Best Buy lately? Have you seen the PSP rack? It's really sad... sort of like watching a really pretty feather wither away. I really don't want the PSP to die... is there anything we can do to save it?! :( Ohh well... it had a good run. Nintendo always seems to come out on top with hand held platforms. I digress. In Japan, Nintendo and Sony are the leaders in video gaming. Microsoft can try all they want to, but they're just not going to appeal to a Japanese audience with titles like Gears of War. The only thing that I wonder about is that the 360 does have a few anime-style video games, so it SHOULD be at least decent over there, right? What I'd like to see is a report on how the systems are going GLOBALLY. Now that'd be a really interesting read. Then again, all it will do is just as this article is doing: releasing fanboy drama. I've said it before and I'll say it again: you're not a TURE fan of video games until you've got 'em all. If you have a budget and can only choose one system, then better choose wisely. Because all of the systems out right now have their advantages and disadvantages. I just hate getting on here and seeing, "WAHHH PS3 SUCKS!" and "NOOO XBOX360 SUXORZ I'M 6 YEARS OLD!!!1" I want for one day to see people making more intellectual, thought-provoking argument instead of fanboyism. I also am aware that the majority of video gamers are a younger crowd, but there's got to be some point to where people need to grow up a little bit and start thinking more logically and intellectually. End rant here: ____. Sorry bout that. Go Japan and Bleach.

Mini-15
Mini-15

i bought my last ps2 9 years ago, still working.

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

Why Microsoft keeps trying so hard to sell 360 on Japan... is a BIG waste of resources and money. They should fortget about japan and just use that resources to make an avalanche of AAA games and CRUSH Sony once and for all everywhere... of course, that ain't happen cause MS is full of idiots and sony is growing strong...

CrimsonFlagg
CrimsonFlagg

The PS2 outsold the PS3 in the US. Did you lol at that? :P

Rikufan
Rikufan

Go nintendo but lol the ps2 out sold the XBOX 360

Bhinder94
Bhinder94

Ichigo would be killed by Aizen, so the cover of the new Bleach game is a win/win! Anyway, for all you idiotic retards saying Japanese people, don't like foreign products. Is redundant, considering for one, why would any gamer in Japan continue to buy 360's, when there's hardly any good games coming out for it. You have to pay to go online. And the last, obvious fact. Without a moderate Japanese speaking fanbase, who'd expect 360 to sell more then PS3! Anyway, PS2 FTW! I'd have brought another one, if I didn't get another 60GB PS3, after my other one broke. Need to complete Okami!

adman66
adman66

people who are amazed/saying ps2 outsold the 360 please stop responding to japanese sales with the same comments every week, its get anoying and we already know that the japanese dont like foriegn made products. anyway now to respond to the article... i'm still sureprised how the japanese market loves thier handhelds. besides mario ff, dq, wii fit games, basically no console games are in the top 10

josiah4972
josiah4972

it doesn't make a difference, Nintendo are already so far ahead they've pretty much won anyway

striker22222
striker22222

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Flipyap28
Flipyap28

people forget that this is japan....

Aero_X360
Aero_X360

Wow PS2's still selling? After 9 whole years? I personally think all the PS2 needs is a new,freshened image, and with that kind of a price tag, It may just outsell all other consoles,or at least place top 3 in Japan.

gormo4
gormo4

just got bleach hts 6, good game, how is soul carnival? can u play it wiv the japanese text? :S I can't read a word of japanese but i got by on hts.

CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

That's the problem, I never said the Wii didn't have any good games, I said it DOESN'T provide them. Having a game drought for over a year is inexcusable for a company making massive profit like Nintendough. Sony's gaming division loses money yet they still bring better games to the table. It's a good thing you didn't make a list cause I assure you it wouldn't exceed 3 games. plus none of them would be spelled correctly. Accusing me of stalking? I think it's time to pull out the dictionary mariokart64fan (If you have one that is LOL). I'm not stalking because your post basically called me out over something I predicted months ago. During Sony's 10 week domination, you were the one always trying to counter my posts by saying Nintendo would make a rebound on a weekly basis.

13thGuards
13thGuards

man, I want BLEACH on my PSP... haha, funny how my PS2 is getting more play time than all three of my nex-gen systems! i guess it's still the real workhorse

9th_SolBadguy
9th_SolBadguy

only die hard fans would play that boring repetition of a game

n33d4w33d
n33d4w33d

and more ps2 sold than xbox 360, wat the hell...

n33d4w33d
n33d4w33d

i am just so amazed there r ppl still buying ps2...

ArmedWolf001
ArmedWolf001

That's what I call a terrible list of games. As for the console sales, I'm not surprised at all.

fatjoe400
fatjoe400

Wish they make a port of this game for other countries :cry:

Max1363
Max1363

who cares?! it's 5 or 3,000 in a week! not big as US...

duke-nukem11
duke-nukem11

xbox is a western console. i know they try to get the east intrested with games from tecmo and square but ms will never crack that market. and before you ask i own a xbox 360 and ps3

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

Its funny how everyone didnt expect the Xbox selling the way it is....Did everyone forget the ps3 sold less than ps2 over here in the states!

maverick_76
maverick_76

I mean if you want to compare editor's choice titles between PS3 and 360 (games scoring 9.0 and over) it is a dead heat: 22 for 360 and 21 for PS3.

GaloBranco
GaloBranco

It´s amazing how the ps2 it´s kicking the living bones of the 360 LOL

maverick_76
maverick_76

My my how the fanboys have come out to play today. Guys seriously, none of these systems are going anywhere soon, they are all cool home entertainment centers and many other people like theirs just as much as you do. Yet we don't parade around trying to tell everyone who can hear your shrill cries that one is better than the other.

Neo_Sarevok
Neo_Sarevok

@ fps_d0minat0r: I can tell you're a blinded Sony fanboy due to the Killzone avatar and your denial to respect other consoles. Just because a few games get 9.0 scores, doesn't mean you can parade and tout them as a symbol of PS3's success. Then you lash out at XBox for having no games to match its quality, despite its huge library of titles. ALL the consoles offer something to everyone. Just because a console gets an exclusive title w/ an average score of 9.0 doesn't make it better than the rest. XBox 360 gets several 9.0 or better titles.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

xbox is pretty much dead in japan, only a matter of time since its death in EUR then finally US. infamous got a 9.0 and its highly unlikely that god of war, uncharted 2, gran turismo ect will get lower then 9's as well. and also xbox doesnt even have anything to match this quality. @ black_ice23 Ps3 is on top of wii since day 1 in quality. PS3 has better games in every genre then wii. try ur best to prove me wrong if u can......or put your head down in shame and close the browser.

TXMostWanted
TXMostWanted

I lost faith in BLEACH a long time ago...but damn that games look pretty cool. btw haha wtf 360 is being beat by PS2!? wow

CloudXentar
CloudXentar

I would buy a PSP long time ago if there were more translated games. From what I saw, psp if flooded with awesome japan-only releases. Damn it...

YamiGuzz
YamiGuzz

man, they need to release the games over here in the States

rubel101
rubel101

PS2 outselling the Xbox 360, damn!

DamnedApples
DamnedApples

I think they shoulda' waited until the end of the Espada fights before releasing heat of the soul 6. Stark and about half of the captains haven't done their final releases yet.

cjohnson007
cjohnson007

I've always wondered why none of the bleach games but the 3 DS games as well as the Wii game has never been released elsewhere. Where as Naruto has been

kemar7856
kemar7856

O SNAP I didn't even know there was heat the soul 6! *screams like a fangirl I hope they have the top espadas and their releases and ichigo 2nd hollow

majere613
majere613

Yow. When a top-ten game in a country of 128 million people sells 9.1k copies, it's pretty safe to say the games market in Japan is in a bit of a hole at the moment!

sigerzx
sigerzx

Love Bleach! hope the game comes to europe

sigerzx
sigerzx

I hope they allow you to be play to play downloadable PSP games on the PS3 in future firmware especially FF 7 crisis core :D

black_ice23
black_ice23

so the PS3 surge was short live, the Wii is back on top of consoles