Big in Japan Nov. 8-14: Tactics Ogre PSP

Remake of 16-bit strategy role-playing game topples God Eater: Burst from top spot on Japanese sales chart; Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 debuts in second place.

Square Enix is hoping its PSP remake Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together is a hit when it launches in North America on February 15, but the game is already a blockbuster in Japan. The strategy role-playing game topped the Media Create Japanese sales charts for the week of November 8-14 by a wide margin, easily tripling the total of the next-best-seller.

Raging Blast 2's sales for the week were well over 9,000.

In its first week on sale, Tactics Ogre notched 176,153 copies sold. A remake of the original Super Famicom and PlayStation Tactics Ogre games, Let Us Cling Together features extra subplots, new and redesigned characters, and added gameplay mechanics that allow players to turn back time, either to change the story's direction by revisiting key plot points or to replay critical points of individual battles for a better outcome.

Namco Bandai's Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 for the PlayStation 3 finished the week in second place, selling 176,153 copies. The game actually launched in Japan a week later than in North America, where its arrival was met with an unimpressed critical response. The 3D fighting game based on the anime and manga series builds on last year's original Raging Blast with 20 extra characters (for a total of 90 fighters) and a new "raging soul" system that allows players to forsake the ability to use their super attacks in exchange for amped-up melee damage.

Namco Bandai's God Eater: Burst relinquished its hold on the top spot after two straight weeks, falling to sixth place with 31,372 units sold. Nintendo had a strong week with Super Mario All-Stars, Pokemon Black and White, Wii Party, and Kirby's Epic Yarn all ranking in the top 10, and a new bundle of Wii Sports Resort with a Wii Remote Plus debuting in ninth place with 14,438 copies sold. Rounding out the new releases was Konami's fifth-place DS virtual life game Tongari Boushi to Mahou no Omise.

Sony's PSP retained its top spot on the hardware charts, but not by much. The portable sold 40,328 systems for the week, edging out Nintendo's resurgent Wii, which tallied 39,308 sales. The Wii total was boosted by the launch of the red Super Mario 25th Anniversary hardware package, as well as white and black Wii bundles with the Wii Remote Plus packed in. The PS3 came in third with 21,114 units sold, followed by the one-two portable punch of the DSi LL and DSi, with 18,711 and 13,994 units sold, respectively.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF NOVEMBER 8-14, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together / Square Enix / PSP / 176,153
2. Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 47,610
3. Super Mario All-Stars / Nintendo / Wii / 43,621
4. Pokemon Black and White / The Pokemon Company / DS / 42,279
5. Tongari Boushi to Mahou no Omise / Konami / DS / 40,208
6. God Eater Burst / Namco Bandai / PSP / 31,372
7. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2011 / Konami / PS3 / 30,353
8. Wii Party / Nintendo / Wii / 17,471
9. Wii Sports Resort / Nintendo / Wii / 14,438
10. Kirby's Epic Yarn / Nintendo / Wii / 13,896

Hardware:
PSP - 40,328
Wii - 39,308
PS3 - 21,114
DSi LL - 18,711
DSi - 13,994
PSP Go - 2,727
Xbox 360 - 2,149
DS Lite - 1,752
PS2 - 1,233

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Discussion

43 comments
Vrygar777
Vrygar777

Glad to see Tactics ogre sold well. Hopefully it sells good here in the states too, to encourage a new Ogre Battle title.

neoand12
neoand12

I just want God Eater in the states. I really am looking for a Good Replacement for Monster hunter and Phantasy star.

Toggy
Toggy

You will see Xbox360 climb the charts here in the next few "Big in Japan" Everywhere I go to tokyo there are empty Nintendo/Sony play areas while the people are eating up kinect. Hell I was just out today at a Yokodo and everything but the Xbox and DS was collecting dust. There was a moderately sized line at the Xbox as well. May be the break Xbox needed to get into the Japan market.

Salehjamal
Salehjamal

@kavadias1981: Japanese have no innovation?! hear hear.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I gotta be frank here. Japanese gamers really are stuck in some kind of cycle of choice here. While over in the west we continue to try and push the boundaries a little more, Japanese developers are releasing the same tosh year after year, followed up by remakes. Is there not an ounce of innovation amongst them anymore?

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

AngelCage-2 this just in psp wants you to no your a fanboy

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

Raging Blast 2's sales for the week were well over 9,000 lmao that was worth it good job gamespot///////now on to what i think wtf japan i no dbz is very very big here but still you wont see me going near the game after that very bad demo the games trash at best the only+ to buying it is the re done film that comes with it the plan to destroy the saiyans other then that wast of cash and this comeing from a very big dragon ball z fan

Gaoth
Gaoth

cool, inside the text the 1st and 2nd place are both with 176,153 copies ^^

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

PSP GO beats 360... just to add insult to injury...

millsbum199
millsbum199

@ Chico_Azteca the ds has bene coping the psp the psp made the nuub stick now the ds makes a nub stick the psp2 will have to nub sticks next the next ds will have to

neovalkyr
neovalkyr

Its obvious from Japanese sales charts that 95% of japanese gamers are children, compared to the US which has a lot more young adults-adult gamers.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

why is it that japan gets weekly updates on the sales while the US gets only monthly updates even though gamespot is based in US.

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

I still don't understand why you post what the sales are in Japan anymore... single states in the US outsell the entire Country of Japan in sales... Just becasue Sony and Nintendo are Japanese companies, doesn't mean we need the sales numbers posted from over there, especially since they are so low in the scheme of things. As far as gaming, you couldn't get any more opposite in what the US buys and what Japan buys... jrps aren't even selling that well in the states any more except for FF13 , just as FPS's don't heat up the charts over there... and the best selling console in the US for the past 6 months is on the bottom over there.. not to mention that you can barely give away a psp over here, and they love it over there.. this accomplishes nothing except getting fanboys all riled up..... I don't get it.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

squid i think the reason for spike in sales is the holidays, nothing to do more with mario but that helped, theres dkc4 and i d expect that to sell bundles, kirby made top ten again , i mean , wii always sells more on holidays then on any toher time of the year and this proves it , , sure it led 4 yrs streight but , now its relying on holidays and i t hink it will hold position , because of the big lead it has there is no way any other will beat it , 360 cant out sell it 2 to 1 from here on out , thats impossible and thats what it needs to do

Darkaned
Darkaned

psp go beats xbox360, that is just hilariously brilliant :D

squidracerX
squidracerX

@amaan4ever - Yeah Wii sold more this month because of the MARIO red colored anniversary edition that came out with the Mario all stars game and the new "all in one" motion controller. A Red Wii will sell a few systems. And Sports Resort is "still selling" because it is the ONLY Nintendo made motion plus game (besides the mediocre looking "fling smash" that's bundled with the new motion controller), so if you want a motion game its the one to buy. And the new Mario edition Wii that comes with the new motion plus controller but doesn't have Resort bundled with it for some really stupid reason? Only Sports comes with it! That's nuts to me. But I guess they knew they'd sell Resort on top of this system so why bundle it? Also then Resort comes with another motion controller anyway right? So new motion enabled systems will push "Resort" copies like the extra controller used to push "Wii Play" copies. And i know lots of people will say "Nintendo has a lot of Motion Plus games". Nope they don't. There are a FEW on the entire system, but none (like Red Steel or Conduit) are made or published by Nintendo. Only Resort and Fling Smash, and next year Zelda. Nintendo SUCKS at supporting their peripherals. This is how the system was supposed to work, and they will have a lousy 3 games made for it. None of their first party games this year like Kirby, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Wii Party, or Mario All Stars had any Plus support. Lame.

benleslie5
benleslie5

Japan still loves the PSP, most likly the sales will be double for the PSP once Monster Hunter Portable 3rd is released on Dec 1st

raphaelcoelho15
raphaelcoelho15

Pokémon is still on Top 10 there?! Japan really loves it

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

God eater burst? When are we getting god eater damn it?

lowkey254
lowkey254

@Chico_Azteca, wow to your fan boy comment.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

well everyone already have DS there and they are saving for the 3DS PSP wil suffer a lot after that, then PSP2 will copy the 3DS 3D or something

daniel_chacon
daniel_chacon

DSiLL + DSi + DS Lite = 34,457 PSP + PSP Go = 43,055 wow, the psp sure rocks in japan unlike the US. I love my psp!

dipsetboy17
dipsetboy17

damn now i gotta get another ps3 game that i wasn't intending to get at first, but now i want. dragon ball rb2 looks really nice.

cameio
cameio

PSP is the best Portable EVER :)

Soniel1
Soniel1

go!!! dragon ball RB2 im happy for ya and go wii!! way to go psp you need some love onece in a while ^.^

Pete5506
Pete5506

I love seeing the PS2 is still selling

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

DS's low sales is OBVIOUSLY because of 3DS If anything I cant wait for DKCR coming SUNDAY!

ChaosDynasty
ChaosDynasty

the ds officially lost to the psp even if you counted all versions together. that is pretty impressive.

SamsterBoy
SamsterBoy

@evilcomesback You do realize that the Tenkaichi franchise is now Raging Blast, don't you?

soulless4now
soulless4now

Wii and PSP were pretty close in sales I see.

monson21502
monson21502

wow the wii kicked ps3`s butt this week. musta been all them crazy system collectors buying up those sexy red wiis:D

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

heres why the wii surged games, price and red color

evilcomesback
evilcomesback

After seeing anime i haven't seen before im starting to reconsider

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Good things strong for Nintendo :)

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

Japanese people Love Japanese made stuff. simple as that. Always have, always will. Lovely :D

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

wth Wii sports resort is still sellin. And what is the reason for Wii sales taking a jump. Maybe Nintendo's holiday spell

sman3579
sman3579

Japan seems to be more Sony and Nintendo oriented.

MATERAZZI_23
MATERAZZI_23

The Japanese aren't getting ready for Kinect judging by the looks of the xbox 360 sales numbers.

evilcomesback
evilcomesback

Well not surprising although the only dragonballz game i'm gonna buy again will be tenkaichi 4 other then that im not interested in any dragonball z game although i love the anime and own the other games but tenkaichi is the only game ill buy with the name dbz...