Big in Japan: New Katamari, Chibi-Robo crack top 10

Dragon Quest IX easily retains the top spot for third straight week as Wii Sports Resort, latest Monster Hunter PSP continue strong

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Dragon Quest IX is still the reigning king of Japanese sales tracking firm Media Create's weekly top 10 charts, but the tremendously successful role-playing game is starting to lose a bit of steam. The game sold 2.3 million in its debut week, another 600,000 in its second, and for the week of July 20-26, a comparatively meager 270,000 copies.

Chibi Robo cleaned up at retailers in Japan.

That "comparatively meager" designation only applies to the game's previous two weeks of sales. Compared to everything else on sale in Japan right now, Dragon Quest IX is still monstrously successful, nearly quadrupling the total of the next best-selling title, Nintendo's Tomodochi Collection for the DS.

Tomodochi Collection wasn't the only bright spot for Nintendo this week. The publisher's newly released installment in the custodial minded Chibi-Robo franchise landed in fifth place, while Wii Sports Resort kept its momentum up, finishing the week in third place with more than 73,000 copies sold.

Third-party publishers also landed a few DS hits for Nintendo systems. In addition to Square Enix's Dragon Quest IX, Konami's new Penguin no Mondai game hit the charts, debuting at number four, while Takara Tomy's Hitman Reborn: Flame Rumble X fighting game took the seventh spot.

Games for Sony's systems rounded out the bottom half of the chart, led by Katamary Damacy Tribute in the six spot. Konami's latest PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 Pro Yakyuu Spirits baseball games batted eighth and ninth, respectively, while Capcom's Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for the PSP clung to the 10th spot, outlasting former chart residents, like Pokemon Platinum and Ys I & II Chronicles.

As for hardware, the finishing order of the systems was unchanged. DSi sales were down from 97,000 the previous week to about 80,000, but still would have topped the list at half that amount. Interestingly, the DSi was the only current-gen system to experience lowered sales week-over-week. The remaining current-gen hardware experienced a modest uptick in sales for the week.

Week of July 20-26, 2009
Software:
1) Dragon Quest IX (DS) - 270,305
2) Tomodachi Collection (DS) - 73,716
3) Wii Sports Resort (WII) - 73,570
4) Penguin no Mondai: Tenkuu no Senshi (DS)- 43,211
5) Okaeri! Chibi-Robo! Happy Richie Oosouji (DS) - 34,745
6) Katamari Damacy Tribute (PS3) - 28,485
7) Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! DS Flame Rumble X - Mirai Chou-Bakuhatsu!! (DS) - 27,536
8) Pro Yakyuu Spirits 6 (PS2) - 21,781
9) Pro Yakyuu Spirits 6 (PS3) - 20,938
10) Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP) - 18,008

Hardware:
DSi - 80,362
PSP - 30,523
Wii - 23,995
DS Lite - 12,385
PS3 - 8,997
PS2 - 3,305
Xbox 360 - 3,080

Discussion

31 comments
rewriteu
rewriteu

PS2 still alive )) yeah! this is very good news

capitalthoughts
capitalthoughts

@auron11022...two fact checks. The X360 has a long way to go before it can even begin to reach the level of sales that the PS2 has reached. Second, where are the regions where X360 dominates because last time I checked, the Wii has outsold the x360 and I wonder how many of X360 sells are actually new ones or customers replacing broken ones? Face it, Microsoft stinks period.

chappy_man
chappy_man

i wonder how monster hunter 3 will do.

auron11022
auron11022

PS 2's outsell 360's in Japan. That stinks for Microsoft. Except for the fact that Microsoft dominates everywhere else I guess.

3G-ENIE
3G-ENIE

Nintendo dominate this gen so hopefully we get something better than the wii next gen! =P

KathR
KathR

Excellent, now we'll surely get the game over here in the states...

theKSMM
theKSMM

The PSP Go seems like a risky proposition for Sony, but when I see how people are snapping up the DSi, I suppose it makes sense.

monson21502
monson21502

the fad is still strong over in japan. and it looks like they didnt collect all versions of their ds family yet. when they do watch nintendo release the rainbow of colors to intise those folks to buy even more ds`s

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

so whatcha think about that now its 1 month that wii has been back on top of ps3 ,lol , sony had like i said -a short lived surge also known as a fluke , they are back where they started ,, thi s will be interisting when mario wii comes out , , and mario galaxy metroid other m red steel 2 , not to mention dead space extraction , sile nt hill re0 , , redc , , all of these great wii software ,, im almost done with my current wish list by the way - just need -hotd ok , madworld klonoa and condoit ,, ill be all done with that list before going into the next ,, hot wheels is on that next lol , jeep thrills, my sims racing , until saints row 3 i dont see many 360 games i want , and for ps3 gt5 is all i see , so ya this gen , is pretty much one sided, 360 for multiplats wii fort all the third and first party exclusives

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

wow wii almost took 2nd this week , , but still owns crown for best home hardware ,, what happen to ps3 ,, ps2 nearly catch it, and ds lite past it , , how in the world i just got wii sports resort by the way pretty better fun game

Rhen_Var
Rhen_Var

Oh Katamari, I can't wait! It's like my second most anticipated game this year! next to Brutal Legend

blackrytonite
blackrytonite

Yes! I enjoyed Chibi-Robo Park Patrol for my ds, I hope this one comes to America.

karatosu
karatosu

It seems like the Japanese really enjoy portable gaming, as opposed to consoles. I don't blame them--they are really cool.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

80,362!!. i dont know how you do it nintendo. but its impressive

Quinzark
Quinzark

360 still not doing great in Japan. it's good to see ps3 with a large market tho, keeps the companies on there toes. i love that there's more than one or two console makers, even if it means i can't play some of the games i'd love to. Esp Dragon Quest 9

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

Its funny, how yall say ps2 outsold 360 when ps3 sales arent even great lol and in japan

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

More PSP than wii... cool. A lot more DSi than PSP, wii and DS together? BEAST! Man: DSi week sales = 80362 Everything else week sales = 82285 Man, at this rate, there will be a DSi sold for every DS/Lite sold... o_O maybe the people are just upgrading system. weird

Bigcol1611
Bigcol1611

Another chibi robo?? Ive only got the original GC version as thats all thats been released over here!! Cant wait for PAL release of DQ IX!!! :)

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

psp did very well? strange. i would of waited for psp go

The_Agent_Smith
The_Agent_Smith

I agree with "Brennan_Probst". 99% of DS games are simply shovelware and the only game I really liked was TWEWY, everything else felt / played like a game meant for preteens.

Brennan_Probst
Brennan_Probst

The DS is amazing too bad there are NO games for it.

rudolph228
rudolph228

I can't wait for Katamari Damacy! It's going to be awesome.

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

wait... since when did this "recently released" chibi robo existed? how come i didnt hear a thing about it until now?

waZelda
waZelda

Dragon quest sells almost four times as much as number two? How?

NuKkU
NuKkU

Katamari is too crazy for me rented it once couldnt get into it

AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

Glad to see Katamari doing well. I plan on picking that up as my first game in the series when it comes out here.