Big in Japan Oct. 26-Nov. 1: Bayonetta, Tekken 6

PlatinumGames' latest action effort grabs the gold while Namco Bandai's King of Iron Fist tournament earns bronze; new Final Fantasy Gaiden for DS takes second.

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Sega partner PlatinumGames is now two-for-two on its home turf. In June, the upstart developer's DS strategy title Infinite Space topped Media Create's Japanese sales charts. While the game's performance was not overwhelming (its 38,400 copies led a notably slow week), Media Create's latest figures show a much more impressive debut for PlatinumGames' first follow-up.

Bayonetta cast a spell on Japanese gamers.

For the week of October 26 through November 1, Bayonetta on the PlayStation 3 was the best-selling game at Japanese retailers, with Media Create reporting 135,242 copies sold. The Xbox 360 version of the game sold 64,325 copies of its own, good enough for seventh place on the chart. An over-the-top action game starring a gun-toting witch, Bayonetta is the latest effort from Hideki Kamiya, the director of Devil May Cry and Viewtiful Joe.

PlatinumGames' only other release to date, the hyperviolent Wii action game MadWorld, was commercially underwhelming upon its February US release. Sega opted not to release it in Japan, leaving Spike to publish the game in PlatinumGames' homeland next February.

Bayonetta wasn't the only new release to perform well for the week. Square Enix's latest Final Fantasy spin-off, Four Warriors of Light: Final Fantasy Gaiden (Hikari no 4 Senshi: Final Fantasy Gaiden) for the DS, came in second with 114,714 games sold. That was good enough to fend off the PlayStation 3 version of Namco Bandai's latest fighter, Tekken 6, which sold 103,105 copies. Exact sales of the Xbox 360 version of Tekken 6 weren't released, but it finished 11th on the charts.

Two more new releases made the top 10 for the week, as Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable for the PSP finished fourth with 94,287 sold, and Super Robot Taisen Neo for the Wii snuck onto the charts in 10th place, selling 26,559 copies. The remaining four spots on the software chart were claimed by familiar faces Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver, Wii Fit Plus, Tomodachi Collection, and Izuma Eleven 2.

On the hardware front, system sales showed more parity than in the past, with the first and fifth best selling systems separated by fewer than 9,000 sales. The DSi topped all comers with 37,517 sold, followed by the resurgent PS3 with 36,061. Sony's portable platforms took third and fourth, with the PSP racking up sales of 34,911 and its downloadable-only counterpart, the PSP Go, claiming 34,911 new owners itself. The Wii pulled up the rear of the lead pack with 28,888 systems sold, with the DS Lite, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 2 all moving under 7,000 units.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF OCTOBER 26-NOVEMBER 1, 2009
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1) Bayonetta / Sega / PS3 / 135,242
2) Four Warriors of Light: Final Fantasy Gaiden / Square Enix / DS / 114,714
3) Tekken 6 / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 103,105
4) Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable / Atlus / PSP / 94,287
5) Pokemon HeartGold and Soul Silver / Nintendo / DS / 87,594
6) Wii Fit Plus / Nintendo / Wii / 82,427
7) Bayonetta / Sega / 360 / 64,325
8) Tomodachi Collection / Nintendo / DS / 53,159
9) Inazuma Eleven 2: Kyoui no Shinryokusha - Fire and Blizzard / Level 5 / DS / 41,437
10) Super Robot Taisen Neo / Namco Bandai / Wii / 26,559

Hardware:
DSi - 37,517
PS3 - 36,061
PSP - 34,911
PSP Go - 29,109
Wii - 28,888
DS Lite - 6,902
Xbox 360 - 6,047
PS2 - 1,966

Discussion

68 comments
RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

@BLuFAlc0n TEKKEN 6 is also on the Xbox360!!! you $ony NUT!!!

TheImporter
TheImporter

@GameFan1983, I wasn’t impugning your intelligence by saying you were eight. What I meant was that you must be young because you obviously don’t remember the Ps2 and probably never owned one. I can see how you could take that the wrong way. Stupid comment, sorry. Then again, your comment was just as stupid. As for the Wii being the most successful console ever, you might be right about that profit-per-console wise; but I stand by my statement that the Wii will never approach the 130 million PS2s sold. Wii sales are already slowing down worldwide; and like any fad, once all the nongamers buy one, Wii sales will continue to slow. It is already happening worldwide. By the way, I have a Wii, a PS3, and a 360; and believe me, the Wii is a novelty.

BLuFAlc0n
BLuFAlc0n

...this year, the PS3 will win this year! Tekken 6 and FFXIII sealed it, not even Forza, or MW2 can beat those. The Wii's already first, but after FFXIII came out... I'm importing it day 1.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

It's no surprise to see the PS3 sales have increased during the second half of this year in Japan, since Final Fantasy 13 is about to be released there soon. Sony is probably very happy to see what they are seeing this year, since last year the Xbox 360 was outselling the PS3 in Japan thanks to all those exclusive JRPG games like Tales of Vesperia, Infinite Undiscovery, Star Ocean 4, and The Last Remnant. Wii sales seem to have declined now that HDTV sets are more of a "standard" thing in homes, but the Wii still sells very well and has such a huge lead over the competition that the Wii will remain #1 in Japan. So, I'm sure Nintendo is still happy about that. I think Nintendo will lower the price by another $50 at the start of 2010.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

I'm glad to see that the PS3 and Xbox 360 are experience such nice software sales in Japan. I think this is particularly impressive for the Xbox 360, because it has exceeded Japanese sales expectations for hardware and software by such a significant margin this generation. Congratulations to all three game companies for doing so well in Japan lately!

Trogeton
Trogeton

WOW.. ps3 is on top of in home console in hard and software... No surprise Good job sony

jeffv541
jeffv541

@GameFan1983 haha you take gamespot seriously... loser pants..

GameFan1983
GameFan1983

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jeffv541
jeffv541

@GameFan1983 Your IQ doesn't change with your age haha DF

jeffv541
jeffv541

This game looks so dumb, I would rather eat a bag of thumbtacks than play it for even a second.

Fed__X
Fed__X

Too much like Devil May Cry. I'm kinda done with the Japanese action titles like this. They don't seem epic anymore. I'll stick to the Fighters and RPG's though.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

im a roust.. do not expect any current console to exceed what ps2 sales or ps1 sales , b ecause 1 games are more expensive and theirs less rpgs , , thats the main reason ps2 ds ps1 all sold over 100 million nes sold 80 million followed by snes 60 and wii 55+ wii did not stall , it just slowed . theres a big difference it only stalled 10 thousand , that is not much for sony to celebrate dont forget nintendo for 3 yrs striaght out sold ps3 2 to 1 some times even 3 to 4 to 1 , so its not nothing to celebrate us sales are about even so , , wii is still on track , , may not get 100 , but im sure itll get near nes sell mark , its already at 60 ,, , which is snes sale mark , and what console after snes besiides gba ds was nintendo ever sellling more then 30 k . the point here is the wii is nintendos first succesfull console since snes , 360 is ms in its own rights first success ful microsoft console , , as far as the hd market is concerned, but that will change once ps3 over takes it it will not over take wii , thats a dream that wont come true because of the 3 yr 3 to 1 advantage nintendo had , ,

coldsauce09
coldsauce09

bayonetta is awesome!!! i prefer it rather than getting GOW3 and ninja gaiden.

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

Bayonetta looks so rad. DMC dev team, on Sega, even more radness! DS and PS2 greatest systems of all time!

Jhoalot
Jhoalot

@im-a-roustabout i'm not saying that, there is other people saying that ms and sony lost $ for every console selled,that is a stupid thing!

Fernicum
Fernicum

The 10 year console lifespan is not unprecedented. The Gameboy was introduced in 1989. It's successor won't be released until 2001. The PS2 was introduced in 2000. It's successor would be introduced in 2006. Support for the PS2 would be extended but the Sony intended to replace it with the PS3. Following the computation of support for the PS2 as a 10 year life cycle then the NES would have the longest being introduced in 1985 and officially retired by Nintendo in 2007.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@Jhoalot MS and Sony do lose money for every console they sell. I don't think that's the case anymore now of course, but typically when a console is first released they lose money untill they figure out a way to produce them cheaper. Just google it, it's true.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@ CorruptGamerGX ?? And where did you read that it's inferior in every way? What is that supposed to mean anyways? This game doesn't exactly look like it's pushing any boundaries the PS3 can't handle. I swear people here sometimes just make stuff up off the top of their heads just to get a rise out of people and appear right for a second or two.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@gamefan1983 It's not over till it's over. PS2 had a 10 year life cycle. No console to date besides the PS brand can say that. You see those tabs up there that direct you to a consoles homepage? You see that tab called "Gamecube"? No? Oh yea that's right, because x-box and Nintendo dropped support for those consoles when there successor was released, there's no games for them! In terms of sales, yea it's impressive, but Iwata just said in a news article the Wii has stalled, and sorry to say, if they don't start making some real games soon for the thing then the Wii won't surpass the ps2 in sales. It's kinda hard to even call the thing a video game machine anymore if all people are doing with it is working out.

steelmouth
steelmouth

the only reason i read the Japanese sales charts is to see how the xbox is doind and its gr8 to see an xbox title on the top 10 so props to you "Bayonetta " what ever the hell you are

Natatteru
Natatteru

Congratz to Bayonetta, and the PS3 whose sales got highly boosted because of it, but still couldn't get first place (seriously, how many people could already have a DSi in Japan)

Stormuser
Stormuser

I might import... But I think I'll wait... There's other games I would like to try first.

lowkey254
lowkey254

So I think I'll import Bayonetta... some things I'm just impatient for.

GameFan1983
GameFan1983

@TheImporter You are probably older than 8, but your IQ still hanging around at that domain. even as current state, wii already had 1/2 of PS2's world wide sales. but have you asked yourself how long PS2 has been around vs wii?? here, 9 years vs 3 years, PS2 will be discontinued no later then 2010, and Wii isn't even reach half of its life circle. 6 years after you think ps2 or any other console will come anywhere near wii at sales?? simple math really, silly boy, BTW, I don't even own a Wii

TheImporter
TheImporter

@GameFan1983, Are you eight years old? You must be if you think the Wii is the most successful console ever. The Wii can't even touch the PS2. And with the Wii's slowing sales, it won't even come close to passing the PS2 in overall sales.

ahnzz
ahnzz

bayonetta, awesome love this type action game

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I don't care how many copies it sells. I'm not buying it. It looks a bit over-the-top for me. I loved Devil May Cry however, but I'm passing on this one.

-expletive-
-expletive-

My friend (a PS3 owner) also told me the PS3 version of Bayonetta is supposed to be inferior to the 360 version. Not sure where he got his info from, but I'm interested to the see the reviews in comparison. Considering the installed base, it's somewhat impressive that the 360 version could sell almost half of the PS3 version in Japan. But of course, next week the former will be off of the top 10 while the latter will still be in. At any rate, I'm a 360 owner in Japan who plans to buy Bayonetta. The trial version was freaking awesome.

akiwak
akiwak

BAYONETTA!!!!! can't wait for this game.

elbert_b_23
elbert_b_23

oh wow some non ds games up there thats great and once again ps3 shows that it owns 360 its good seeing Super Robot Taisen Neo on top 10 maybe if it does well we can get it in N/A

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Nintendo actually sold 83,000 more software than Sony. Its really the DS that sells well as the Wii is complete trash for the week. Are people waiting for New Super Mario Bros. Wii or Modern Warfare. Bayonetta won't have that luck as in Japan as here in the states is more about Modern Warfare 2.

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

the xbox 360 version is better because it was ported to PS3, it DOES NOT mean 360 is better in terms of graphics performance. Make no mistake and try understand the whole thing here. PS3 > XBOX, it is a fact.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

360 had half the sales of the ps3. That is amazing and Japanese actually acknowledge the 360 as a good system. Awesome week for Sony as it sold everything well but the ps2. Glad Nintendo lost with Sony and hopefully they will make better games.

armorbreaker
armorbreaker

That's a really good sales for Bayonetta, good for PlatinumGames. I'm hoping it would also sell well when it's released here.

Solid_Azeus
Solid_Azeus

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CorruptGamerGX
CorruptGamerGX

And? You are aware the PS3 port of Bayonetta is inferior to the 360 version in every way. Being outsold 2:1 by an inferior port makes it more embarrassing. Speaking of Xbox3fixme, it was so close to outselling DS Lite for a change. Must suck being at the bottom Worldwide on a weekly basis.

Jhoalot
Jhoalot

i don't understand why people say that sony and microsoft lose $ when they sell a console, if the case where that they obviosly will stop selling, they cannot take the risk of regaining the $ loss in selling games,there are third party games andthey not gain the $60 dollars of the game they only gain like 20 of that game! And that is the risk

Jhoalot
Jhoalot

"Bayonetta is the latest effort from Hideki Kamiya, the director of Devil May Cry and Viewtiful Joe." mmm now isee why the game is (at leats for my) identical to devil may cry

jb9776
jb9776

my question for nintendo is, if the wii is making so much money where are the games and third party support? where is all the money being spent? it should be going towards getting some third party games so we don't have to wait around for the three or four AAA games they make every year. also to the people who think nintendo can coast for the rest of this generation, they can't. what they do now effects the next generation that's just around the corner.

chocolate1325
chocolate1325

Good to see Bayonetta is selling well. I am looking forward to playing it next year.

ffviiifreak
ffviiifreak

very happy for bayonetta glad they're getting sales