Big in Japan May 7-13: Mario Party 9, Starhawk

Mario Party is at the top spot, while a new PS3 multiplayer title takes fourth; PS Vita slides down to four-digit sales numbers.

After the Golden Week period, sales in Japan were expected to take a slow turn. This was evident with this week's recent Media Create update for the week of May 7 to May 13. Regardless, Mario Party 9 was still the top-selling game for the week. The Wii title's numbers went down from 152,883 to 37,353.

Starhawk's Emmet Graves isn't too happy about partying plumbers raining on his debut.

The PS3 version of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City also went down in sales. The third-person shooter's sales numbers went from 252,525 to 14,553 units, and it was at third place.

Speaking of Sony's console, the multiplayer action game Starhawk was the only new title that made its debut in Japan. Sony's PS3 title was at fourth place, with 12,873 units sold. The game was praised for its diverse combat, visuals, and cooperative play; check out GameSpot's review for more information on the title.

Other than that, portable games ruled the top 10 roost for the week. Fire Emblem: Kakusei stood strong at second place, with 16,530 units sold, while Super Mario 3D Land was holding the middle ground, with 11,260 units sold. Capping off the list was the sole PSP entry, Conception: Please Have My Children! The game sold 4,600 copies.

On the hardware side of things, the 3DS numbers went down from 91,868 to 46,425 units, while the Wii went from 15,789 to 6,073 units. The PS Vita went down from 10,583 to a staggering 6,340 units.

Top Japan game sales May 7 to May 13

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. Mario Party 9/Nintendo/Wii/37,353
2. Fire Emblem: Kakusei/Nintendo/3DS/16,530
3. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City/Capcom/PS3/14,553
4. Starhawk/Sony/PS3/12,873
5. Super Mario 3D Land/Nintendo/3DS/11,260
6. Monster Hunter 3G/Capcom/3DS/9,105
7. Mario Kart 7/Nintendo/3DS/9,045
8. Kid Icarus: Uprising/Nintendo/3DS/7,636
9. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games/Nintendo/3DS/4,933
10. Conception: Please Have My Children!/Spike Chunsoft/PSP/4,600

Hardware
3DS - 46,425
PS3 - 12,996
PSP - 12,247
PS Vita - 6340
Wii - 6073
PS2 - 1212
Xbox 360 - 1023
DSi XL - 819
DSi - 387

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Discussion

16 comments
GamespotSux_IKR
GamespotSux_IKR

Do you think Sony will drop the price of the Vita lower than 250(in the near future)? Or do you think they will hold on to 250?

Mayleene
Mayleene

Anyone else wondering where the "Big In Japan" article for this week is?

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I was planning on buying a Vita.. still haven't though..

 

I don't know what it is, but at the moment I'm just not drawn to the thing enough :(

TruthTellers
TruthTellers

Surprising to see the Vita struggling so much in both the US and Japan. It's such a powerful machine; I guess tech specs ain't everything.

s8man888
s8man888

Good to see Starhawk there.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Week after week we are seeing the Vita suffering horrendously. At it's worst the 3DS didn't hit this bad a slump. And instead of doing anything about it,Sony keeps saying,"Oh,it's selling better than expected!" They must've had some paltry expectations! They need to get on the ball and save this system! It's potential is great,but most of the world simply does not want to pay that kind of price for what is essentially a toy.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

well no surprise there considering the vita is overpriced and doesn't have much in the way of worth while exclusives. its the psp all over again basically. the psp is actually doing pretty well since its cheaper and there are still good games released on it plus a backlog from the last couple years as well. the ps2 is still selling consistently despite being well over 10 years old now which is good. people should buy a couple extra ps2's while they are cheap that way if they ever break they'll have a back up in the future

 

benleslie5
benleslie5

PS2 still selling strong in Japan

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

Wow, Vita is in a lot of trouble, especially in Japan. With 3DS costing $169 and getting Monster Hunter 4, Pokemon, Animal Crossing, Pheonix Wright vs Layton, New Super Mario Bros 2, and Paper Mario this year I just don't see how Sony makes a case for their handheld in Japan. In the States I think things are almost as dire. If they are relying on COD to save this machine then they might as well call it a day because IMO that won't draw people to the system any more than Uncharted was supposed to. People want to play COD on a big screen and don't want to buy 2 copies of the same game just to have it on the go because you need a WIFI connection anyway and that will most likely be at home where your console is. The best thing they can do IMO is bundle in an 8 or 16 GB memory card for free as I don't see a price cut coming any time soon because the system is already being sold at a loss and will be for the foreseeable future, according to Kaz himself.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Love the stats reports. Shame about Vita sales but think we need some more big titles to be announced to revive the interest!

finalstar2007
finalstar2007

Man i want Starhawk so bad! i hear really good things about this game but no cash :(

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

Bam,overall sales seems really bad,but how the heck is ORC STILL AT 3RD PLACE?

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

 @finalstar2007 It's a brilliant game but the lack of cash isn't necessarily a bad thing.  At the moment the game could do with some balancing, after the next update though it will be sheer perfection :p

 

Hold on a month or two if I were you, then definitely purchase it :)