Big in Japan Oct. 12-18: Pokemon-mania epidemic, PS3 wins again

Nintendo's latest DS RPG continues strong sales run in island nation, as Uncharted 2 debuts in fifth; Sony console edges out Wii hardware sales.

More than a month after Nintendo's latest got-to-catch-'em-all role-playing game debuted big on Japanese store shelves, the Pokemon juggernaut continues to steamroll at retail. Reporting on the week of October 12-18, Japanese stat-tracking firm Media Create said that Pokemon HeartGold and Pokemon SoulSilver combined to sell 164,721 units for the DS, securing the top spot in its weekly sales chart.

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Another game that's sure to remain at the top of Media Create's chart for quite some time, Wii Fit Plus, finished the week in second place with 118,167 units. Two DS games followed: Nintendo's Tomodachi Collection with 63,086 units and Level 5's Inazuma Eleven 2: Kyoui no Shinryokusha - Blizzard with 60,580 copies sold. Sony and Naughty Dog's highly rated PlayStation 3 exclusive Uncharted 2: Among Thieves rounded out the top 5, debuting with 53,827 units sold.

Capcom's Okami for the Wii represented the only other charting debut of the week, finishing in sixth with 23,810 units sold. Nintendo's MotionPlus-equipped Wii Sports Resort landed in seventh place with 22,808 units, followed by Gran Turismo for the PSP Go with 22,027 copies sold. DS titles Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey and Love Plus rounded out the chart with respective tallies of 19,642 and 19,561.

Sony's PlayStation 3 again topped Nintendo's Wii by a slim margin during the week, selling 30,231 units to 29,965. Both consoles, of course, finished light-years ahead of Microsoft's Xbox 360, which sold a mere 3,662 units on the week. As is typically the case, portables led hardware during the week, as the DSi and DS Lite combined for 51,735 while the PSP shifted 33,508 units.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF OCTOBER 12-18, 2009
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1) Pokemon HeartGold and Soul Silver / Nintendo / DS / 164,721
2) Wii Fit Plus / Nintendo / Wii / 118,167
3) Tomodachi Collection / Nintendo / DS / 63,086
4) Inazuma Eleven 2: Kyoui no Shinryokusha - Blizzard / Level 5 / DS / 60,580
5) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves / Sony / PS3 / 53,827
6) Okami / Capcom / Wii / 23,810
7) Wii Sports Resort / Nintendo / Wii / 22,808
8) Gran Turismo / Sony / PSP / 22,027
9) Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey / Atlus / DS / 19,642
10) Love Plus / Konami / DS / 19,561

Hardware:
DSi - 49,145
PSP - 33,508
PS3 - 30,231
Wii - 29,965
Xbox 360 - 3,662
DS Lite - 2,590
PS2 - 2,109

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133 comments
edittheRA2world
edittheRA2world

the wii would have been the best system if: 1:better graphics 2:better controller connectivity 3:nintendo could release a game with a rating above T

rexCo
rexCo

Good to see Okami still selling. I hate myself for it, but I'm right near the end and still haven't finished it.. That's my goal once school ends in December.

izmickey
izmickey

@ wiifan001 Wow, is that envy i see? Nintendo lost about 50% profit. See its useless bashing on any system or company. All should prosper because in the long run its better for all of us. PS3 is a great system and there is no denying that just like how the xbox360 is great and Nintendo is undeniably great as well....except for the wii though.

thekey
thekey

10 weeks now 10 weeks.(World wide, since the begining in Japan)

antiredcap
antiredcap

I can't believe how well the DSi is selling!! Well done to Nintendo.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

@Draaagoon interesting point...which is valid and i could see where your coming from.

josh494
josh494

Good job PS3. Sold out the Wii and 360. If the Ps3 doesn't win the console wars this year, it will be a hell've a compitition next year.

thekey
thekey

Looks like another victory for the PS3! X360 eat your heart out.

AlphaCommando
AlphaCommando

Looks like another eventual win overall for the PS3, the PSP however is a different story...

Draaagoon
Draaagoon

@GNWPCD I agree, owning two of the three consoles I am glad they are doing well. One thing about your comment though is your bit about supply and demand. This is true in most cases, if you were making a profit on the product in demand. But think if Sony really was making a loss like all the articles stated on every console old, the more demand there is the more money they would lose.

Draaagoon
Draaagoon

@KaizerJinn I actually don't actually blame the games for Sony slipping, I blame it more on a high price point for a machine which did pretty much everything its competitor did and some things not as well. This is ofc my opinion because I don't make the most of Blu-ray because I don't really care about movies, it is a games machine after all.

GNWPCD
GNWPCD

Took Sony long enough, but seems like they are finally getting it together in the world wide market. All it took was lowering the price which people had been asking them to do for years. Supply and Demand that's all it comes down to. Lower the price to meet demand and people will buy it. Even in Japan. But I don't think Nintendo is crying any time soon.. they still have a lot of the top 10 selling games there on the DS and Wii. If anything seems like Microsoft is having a rough go out there in the land of the rising sun. But they are doing well in the US market so it all equals out for everyone. As a video game fan I'm happy to see all 3 companies doing well in various markets. It keeps games coming and the market strong for a long time to come. Everyone wins no matter which system you own.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

@Draaagoon i always find it amusing that people think 'SONY' is slipping because 'DEVELOPERS' dont make alot of good games for PS3. LoL. i personally think sony did a great job on making a wonderful machine. it's the developers job to exploit it. IMO. =)

oskuuu
oskuuu

now that psp is selling that good sony should finally give us FF8 and FF9 on the psn :P

rafaelp11
rafaelp11

Uncharted 2 : get the top spot this year!!!

Fed__X
Fed__X

oh yeah. I use to have a launch 360 with around 30 games. got a RROD and decided I wouldn't mess with them anymore. Don't lecture me.

thrasher510
thrasher510

hey get this my friend (360 fanboy) said "uncharted 2 is an overrated copy of indiana jones" what a dumbass.

Fed__X
Fed__X

PS3 fanboyism spawned long before articles like this. It started with 360 fanboys rubbing it in the PS3 fanboys faces with the poor launch. The PS3 is a wonderful machine Tech wise. It was just a bit pricey. Totally worth it in my opinion. Besides half of the 360 fanboys are ex-PS2 fanatics and it's only a matter of time before they show the PS3 some love. With the current price drop everyone should give one a shot. Had mine since launch and it's kept me and my wife pretty entertained and gets the job done.

thrasher510
thrasher510

ive played over 24 hours of uncharted 2, and i kinda think pokemon is getting old now, but whatever.

ejay_kain
ejay_kain

still the ds is selling like crazy, almost everybody owns one

wiifan001
wiifan001

oh yeah ps3 won. They won by only 266 units :roll:

Draaagoon
Draaagoon

@Neogenic Sorry I didn't realise Nintendo actually created the Pokemon franchise. Lol Pokemon history is not really a strong interest and I thought it was the cartoons before the game. You and Wiki have set me right. So I totally agree, don't see this game going anywhere other than Nintendo. :)

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

i could say that "x360 beat the crap out of DS lite", but i will receive some thumbs down, so i will not say that. :P

Neogenic
Neogenic

@Draaagoon I get where you are coming from. Most companies like Bethesda, Squasoft-Enix, etc. have been selling system exclusives and have now started to sell their games across other platforms. But these are 3rd party vendors. Besides one Zelda game on the CDI, have you ever seen Mario, Zelda, Crash Bandicoot or any other console trademark character appear in a game outside their own platform? When a company that actually makes consoles owns a certain franchise, it is unheard of that this company would release their titles across other platforms, for if they did, there would be no reason for the consumer to buy their consoles.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@Draaagoon The comparing part is pretty much with every fanboy, not only with the Playstation 3 fanboys. Every side has it's owns. Some fanboys, don't really even care about the topic, they're just curious to see what the other has to say about the claim. Well, I know it hasn't felt like a waste to me, but that's just my opinion, like yours is yours.

Draaagoon
Draaagoon

@ taddia I think everyone has given the PS3 some respect, it has always been a good console even from release. But sadly PS3 fanboys feel the need to compare it and say its better than its competitors when in truth, it has been slacking and has been about equal with competitors. After playing Uncharted 2 though, I think now we are seeing the real potential of the console and I am glad because honestly, for the past year it has felt like a waste of £300.

Draaagoon
Draaagoon

@ Neogenic Tbh in this gaming generation, "never say never" would be the thing to keep in mind. We have all seen many console exclusives become multi-platform. If Pokemon really is the uber cash cow real deal, once Nintendo have milked all its worth to Nintendo fans, there is nothing to say they will not sell exclusive rights for one or more games to another developer or manufacturer for stupid amounts of cash.

taddia
taddia

i'm disgusted for what im about to say... but im kinda happy ps3 got some respect, it's a good gaming system, it was time it had some comeback... (said by a nintendo supporter)

Neogenic
Neogenic

@xra897 & anyone replying The chances of Pokemon being released on any other system then Nintendo is non-exsistent as the Pokemon franchise is owned by Nintendo.

efunk25
efunk25

Is Pokemon really that big in the States? I just don't get it... kinda like Soccer I guess.

Draaagoon
Draaagoon

So the PS3 is in full stride now, that's good to see. I still disagree with fanboys making out like every sale of the console somehow makes it better than the 360. Both consoles release great games.

Natatteru
Natatteru

@xra897 Aaaand... would Pokemon be much different on PSP or PS3? Besides, do you really think that a Pokemon game would be released on any non-Nintendo console?

Trogeton
Trogeton

looks like Pokemon is still dominating the nintendo hand held market still. nice

BaLLz_ON_FiRE
BaLLz_ON_FiRE

It's simple as this 30231 vs 3662! WOW Ps3 PAWNZ the 360

queen_vee
queen_vee

By the way... when are these two Pokemon games out in the UK ?

queen_vee
queen_vee

@xra897 That will never happen, it just wouldnt be a Pokemon if it were put on a Playstation console... or any other console other than Nintendo to be honest (not a Nintendo fangirl) but im just saying.

raphaelcoelho15
raphaelcoelho15

All Japaneses love Pokémon, that's why it sells a lot there! I think Pokémon will never stop being a "Must Buy" in Japan

xra897
xra897

I wish they'd make pokemon on like psp, or ps3 or something, cause the game keeps looking the same

ico92
ico92

ha ha this is nothing december 17th when final fantasy 13 is released exclusivley for the ps3 in japan thats gonna be interesting

svalink
svalink

distance between ps3 and wii - only 266 phanks to uncharted 2 (great game bu too shirt ). after new silent hill , new super mario an new resident evil (exclusive for wii) release wii became number 1 as it should be. I'm playing Okami on my WII - great controls!!!

sman3579
sman3579

Pokemon is always going to sell well.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Next month will be the real month to see which console sells better. CoD will be a good game and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. That will say which system sells more.

lolwotrickroll
lolwotrickroll

im suprised uncharted 2 made the top 5 in japan :O

gtracer65
gtracer65

@IslanderSwagg are you surprised? I already got the Japanese game. It's better than any other pokemon game to DATE!

gtracer65
gtracer65

@IslanderSwagg yes. I know. I have the game and it's better than any Pokemon game I ever played =)

IslanderSwagg
IslanderSwagg

what!?!?!?! theres a new pokemon game coming out!? im so excited now!!!!!