Big in Japan Oct. 17-23: Macross F, Naruto Shippuden

Namco Bandai represents the majority of top 10 titles; 3DS sales spike due to new model colour.

Publisher Namco Bandai is on a roll, if the recently updated Media Creates sales charts are anything to go by. The update details sales in Japan for the week of October 17 to October 23, with new titles like Gekijouban Macross F: Sayonara no Tsubasa Hybrid Pack (also known as Macross F: The Wings of Goodbye) for the PS3 and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact for the PSP sitting in the top two slots. The former sold 142,607 units, while the latter sold 53,148 units.

Namco Bandai sure does love hybrid packs.

The Macross F Hybrid Pack consists of the movie Macross F: Sayonara no Tsubasa and a flight action game based on events from the movie. The latter puts players in the shoes of a pilot who controls a jet-robot hybrid with three forms to combat the biomechanical aliens known as the Vajra.

Former top-ranking title Ace Combat: Assault Horizon for the PS3 was at eighth place, with 167,591 units sold. AKB 1/48: Idol no Guam de Koishitara went from fourth to ninth place, with 17,562 units sold. The open-world zombie genocide title Dead Island also made its debut on the charts via Japanese publisher Spike. The PS3 version was at fifth place, with 39,945 units sold, while the Xbox 360 version was in 10th place, with 13,147 units sold.

Football title FIFA 12 from EA also made its mark on the top 10, coming in at sixth place, with 25,640 units sold, and just above renowned competitor Pro Evolution Soccer 2012, which sold 22,902 units.

In hardware news, the colour pink seems to have done a lot of good things for Nintendo, with the new 3DS colour, lavender-pink, helping the publisher to sell 73,933 units of the system this week. The rest of the consoles on the list went down in numbers--Sony sold 23,897 PS3 units and 22,095 PSP units.

Japan Game Sales Week of October 17 - October 23:

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. Macross F Hybrid Pack/Namco Bandai/PS3/142,607
2. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact/Namco Bandai/PSP/53,148
3. Go Vacation/Namco Bandai/Wii/47,209
4. Just Dance Wii/Nintendo/Wii/45,580
5. Dead Island/Spike/PS3/39,945
6. FIFA 12/EA/PS3/25,640
7. Pro Evolution Soccer 2012/Konami/PS3/22,902
8. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon/Namco Bandai/PS3/18,120
9. AKB 1/48: Idol no Guam de Koishitara/Namco Bandai/PSP/17,562
10. Dead Island/Spike/Xbox 360/13,147

Software
3DS - 73,933
PS3 - 23,897
PSP - 22,095
Wii - 11,235
DSi XL - 2005
Xbox 360 - 1620
PS2 - 1296
DSi - 1293
DS Lite - 36

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regix416_basic
regix416_basic

Someone PLEASE tell me that Macross Frontier will at LEAST be considered for a US release sometime in the near future! PLEASE! These games look awesome and to have the series itself over here would be even better. Are you listening A&E? Sentai? ANYBODY? PLEASE RELEASE MACROSS FRONTIER IN THE STATES!

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

I'd LOVE to see Macross Frontier over here at ALL. I'm tired of those games and the series for that matter not reaching our shores.

EPaul
EPaul

PSPGO has finally died may it R.I.P

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

People are complaining about no 3DS game sales? Maybe everyone is just waiting for that right game...which comes out this week here in Japan, Mario 3DS is gonna sell like crazy! I can't wait to see what akiba is like on release night :P

kratos-lll
kratos-lll

wait until the Psvita comes out :P

pszone
pszone

Ps3 gets no1 with a differnet game yet again. DS lite loseing a lot money that they like DSI XL better in japan. gd to see fifa12 in there but didnt do gd than pes212 in japan

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

@WllDan7 There's going to be a 3DS bundle with MH3G too in Japan. Go for it Ninty. :)

LJELLZ
LJELLZ

@SDBusDriver1979 easy answer SM3DL and Mario Kart 7 are just around the corner..

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

How is the 3DS on top of the list while it is completely absent from the top ten games?

zzamaro
zzamaro

we'll see type-0 next week :) and hope it gets to the rest of the world :D

Halloll
Halloll

R.I.P pspgo, you won't be remembered.

WllDan7
WllDan7

@dxdevilex0 Monster Hunter coming in december is the main reason the sells are high, even without games in the top 10.

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

dead island? well there's a surprise.. i guess there's a market for violent games in japan after all.

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

Unlike gamers,Sony still has hope for the PSP Go(on US)

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

No more PSP Go sales? And the 3DS tops again! :) (with no 3DS titles in the top 10)