Big in Japan Nov. 29-Dec. 5: Monster Hunter Portable 3

Capcom's latest action RPG dominates Media Create chart with nearly 2 million in opening-week sales; PSP benefits with 323,653 systems sold.

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Gran Turismo 5 flew off the shelves upon its debut in Japan, but the game's 430,000-unit first-week sales pale in comparison to the top seller for November 29-December 5. Proving the ongoing popularity of the series in Japan, Capcom's Monster Hunter Portable 3 for the PSP dominated Media Create's software sales chart for the period, selling a staggering 1,950,717 in less than seven days.

Capcom strikes platinum again with Monster Hunter Portable 3.

As for Gran Turismo 5, Polyphony Digital's sim racer sputtered on its second lap, dropping to fifth on Media Create's chart with 55,682 units sold. Two new titles jumped ahead of it--Namco Bandai's Tales of Graces F and Nintendo's Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem--while Mario Sports Mix put in another solid showing with 59,007 units sold.

The back half of Media Create's top 10 chart for the week also had a handful of debuts. Hudson's Momotaro Electric Railway World on the DS sold 45,126 units, a figure that just outpaced the PSP and Wii versions of Namco Bandai's Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO, which finished a respective ninth and 10th.

Monster Hunter Portable 3 proved to be a boon for Sony's PSP, which has enjoyed a healthy sales run throughout the year. During the week, some 323,653 PSPs were sold to Japanese consumers. That figure is a far cry from the second-place Wii, which sold 56,095 units during the month. The PlayStation 3 shifted 41,760 units during the month, followed by Nintendo's DSi handheld duo. The Xbox 360 finished the week with 3,497 units sold.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 5, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Monster Hunter Portable 3 / Capcom / PSP / 1,950,717
2. Tales of Graces F / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 215,187
3. Mario Sports Mix / Nintendo / Wii / 59,007
4. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem / Nintendo / DS / 57,474
5. Gran Turismo 5 / Sony / PS3 / 55,682
6. Pokemon Black and White / The Pokemon Company / DS / 54,848
7. Super Mario All-Stars / Nintendo / Wii / 45,904
8. Momotaro Electric Railway World / Hudson / DS / 45,126
9. Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO / Namco Bandai / PSP / 36,856
10. Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO / Namco Bandai / Wii / 35,132

Hardware:
PSP - 323,653
Wii - 56,095
PS3 - 41,760
DSi LL - 40,465
DSi - 36,481
Xbox 360 - 3,497
PSP Go - 1,875
DS Lite - 1,580
PS2 - 1,440

Discussion

41 comments
dawnofhero
dawnofhero

I gotta say, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is one awesome and beautiful game for the PSP. I will certainly consider getting this when it comes out June/July next year. Even though it has a lot more Japanese content in it, it is still Monster Hunter.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@NaturalDisplay Ah but I didn't say that that wasn't the case either. And I totally agree.

NaturalDisplay
NaturalDisplay

@kavadias1981 Arent Western gamers interested in trying something a little different for a change rather than FPS?

dipsetboy17
dipsetboy17

how come japan always get many of the games i really want to play first?

pooyanh
pooyanh

English Tales of Grace please. Or even better, English Tales of Graces and Tales of Vesperia together on a single blu-ray. That one would be a seller.

pbz5
pbz5

yay monster hunter portable 3... hmm wonder why the popularity in the west is not going good

Arsyad00
Arsyad00

black ops sale is going down after they globalize MHP3

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Japans top sellers list hasn't changed for 20 years. Same old stuff. Aren't Japanese gamers interested in trying something a little different for a change?

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

not surprised togf sold that many considering its a great rpg, on a system thats rpg starved, is a complete tales game unlike the wii version. most people knew the game was gonna be ported after vesperia fiasco and since almost all tales games get ported so they didn't bother with buying the wii version.

qubeley
qubeley

It is always interesting that Monster Hunter didn't sell well in the west. I like Monster Hunter Tri on Wii but it seems that when it comes to this franchise it always fell short of expectation in the west...

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

C'mon 2011 for English MHP3 release. Also, Black and White are still on there. Awesome.

DLobotomist
DLobotomist

@ mariostar0001 the DS is not selling since people are smart to wait for 3DS.... and PS2 its last gen so no one will buy it unless to replace their broken PS2.... SONY where's my backward's compatibility.... come on ....

DLobotomist
DLobotomist

this just shows that how Japanese Industry can't expand westward due to difference tastes in games. in NA we are more about multiplayer online CoD, MMO is just some of them. where as in Japan the people like portable games like MH. MH is not so popular in NA however NA's Asian community loves that game. In Chinatown NYC, u go there and mad people play MH if they are on handheld... mY friend is a good example he spend over 300 On MH 2G his unlce clocked in 500 hours.... thats how much time I put into CoD MW2 with their combine hours of over 800 hours....

Bboyjhin
Bboyjhin

i love monster hunter and if its not release here in the US then i will have to do an import of the game just to added to my collection lol

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

you know if ms offered free online for japan id be pissed and boy cott them altogether lol

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

wii back on top , of ps3 hahaa nintendo you go !

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

gonna be a hell of a lot of people on the densha with a psp...sweet :D

soulless4now
soulless4now

Wow, psp sales went way up thanks to MHP3.

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

@wiidsduelpack No.............Most series spend more time in Japan before it comes to america, Like the pokemon series,the professor layton series, the ace attorney series and many more. Monster Hunter tri for wii is a great addition to the series. There isnt a release date for the American Version of Pokemon Black and white yet and its been in japan for a long time. Monster Hunter Portable 3 is probably coming, we just gotta wait

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

Mario Sports Mix is number 3 huh? Well it DOES feature Less Mario characters for the first time and has more of a Final fantsasy theme, Especially with their Special Guest S****!

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

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RealHarry
RealHarry

So how much does Sony care that PSP not doing too good in US considering that it's been going great in Japan?

sman3579
sman3579

Japan really loves their monsters.

BubbenMan
BubbenMan

@maverick_76 I suppose that part is true. The west to theme is like a refreshing holiday resort away from the sophisticated world lol. Although all that about baseball, jeans and etc is "us" from a Americans point of view. As far as I can gather the only reason they come to Sweden is to eat meatballs :P

mariomaster16
mariomaster16

if you think these figures are crazy, check out the number of 360's sold after MH Frontier came out. practically a third of their population bought one.

mariomaster16
mariomaster16

@maverick_76: I agree, i think it's a pretty mutual relationship. They borrow some of our culture (sports, food, and the such) and we do the same. Mainly in the way of kick-ass games, anime, and electronic gadgets. :P Actually we actually borrow some of their words too, there's certain terms and words in American English that come from Japanese.

maverick_76
maverick_76

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BubbenMan
BubbenMan

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IdolConverge
IdolConverge

...And Namco still keeps the Tales games in Japan, even though the demand for them in the US is rising to the fullest. I think they're just saying to themselves " These Americans don't want great RPG's, they want crummy budget titles!" BTW, good job Capcom.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

After the poor sales of Monter Hunter Wii in the West, its unlikely to believe Capcom will bring the series West

dipsetboy17
dipsetboy17

when is that monster hunter 3 coming to America? i never played monster hunter before, and I'm getting a psp 3000 for christmas along with a few games.

ahnzz
ahnzz

im going to get monster hunter portable 3 no matter what even if it doesnt come to the US

Gantrathor
Gantrathor

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zzamaro
zzamaro

@WarioBro64 I remember they were going to make a special edition of PSP with a skin of Monster Hunter. I think that's why it's selling like that.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

PSP Go outsold DS Lite and PS2? Not good, not good at all...

maverick_76
maverick_76

I always just find the 360 sales hilarious, not because I hate XBOX or anything, just that it is so far behind everything else is ridiculous. I wonder if Microsoft would do good to offer free online over in Japan, that could possibly move more boxes.

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

Tales of Graces better come to the US..... I hate missing out on stuff so bad! >:(

benleslie5
benleslie5

I do wonder how long Monster Hunter will stay in the Top 10 charts

WarioBro64
WarioBro64

It's insane how many PSP units are shifted when Capcom releases a Monster Hunter title! Way to go, Capcom!