Big in Japan Oct. 4-10: Red Dead Redemption, Kingdom Hearts DS

Pokemon Black and White makes it four straight weeks atop the charts as Rockstar's latest makes the top 10 with both Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, Re:coded Disney-Square Enix crossover posts strong debut.

John Marston may be an expert hunter of buffalo, grizzly bears, and (soon) zombie cougars, but there's one big game even the star of Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption can't take down: Pokemon. Media Create has released its Japanese sales chart for the week of October 4-10, and the DS combo of Pokemon Black and White held on to the top spot for the fourth straight week, fending off strong openings from Red Dead Redemption, Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded, and more.

Them Pokemon critters are just too ornery for a tenderfoot like Marston.

The Eastern debut of Rockstar's open-world Western sold was strong enough to land in the top 10 on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The former landed in fourth place with 70,599 sold and the latter trailed in seventh with 25,673 sold. Combined, the two editions barely outsold the DS debut of Disney-Square Enix crossover Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, which placed third with 95,505 sold.

Despite those performances, the best-selling new release of the week was a combo pack of the latest Macross animated movie on Blu-ray along with a PS3 remake of last year's Macross: Ultimate Frontier game. Published by Namco, the Gekijouban Macross F: Itsuwarino Utahime - Hybrid Pack racked up 152,699 in sales. Macross may be more familiar to Western audiences as part of the Robotech series.

Another notable new release was Codemasters' F1 2010, which finished the week in eighth place, selling 25,273 copies. That was just enough to edge out the PS3 edition of Dead Rising 2, which sold 24,416 copies in its second week on sale.

Even with an abundance of top-selling new releases, hardware sales were slow for the week. The order of the systems was unchanged from the previous week, with every platform but two seeing a drop in units sold. Nintendo's DS Lite edged up from 5,707 sold to 5,960 sold, while the cellar-dwelling digital distribution-only PSP Go broke the 1,000 mark for the first time in months, jumping from 754 sold to 1,191 sold.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF OCTOBER 4-10, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Pokemon Black and White / The Pokemon Company / DS / 231,638
2. Gekijouban Macross F: Itsuwarino Utahime - Hybrid Pack / Namco / PS3 / 152,699
3. Kingdom Hearts Re:coded / Square Enix / DS / 95,505
4. Red Dead Redemption / Take-Two Interactive / PS3 / 70,599
5. Ken to Mahou to Gakuen Mono. 3 / Acquire / PSP / 30,572
6. Wii Party / Nintendo / Wii / 26,259
7. Red Dead Redemption / Take-Two Interactive / X360 / 25,673
8. F1 2010 / Codemasters / PS3 / 25,273
9. Dead Rising 2 / Capcom / PS3 / 24,416
10. K-On! After School Live!! / Sega / PSP / 21,454

Hardware:
PSP - 33,683
DSi - 22,301
DSi LL - 21,777
PS3 - 19,948
Wii - 12,158
DS Lite - 5,960
Xbox 360 - 2,746
PS2 - 1,373
PSP Go - 1,191

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40 comments
ivitaminwater
ivitaminwater

i'm surprised that houkago live even sold that many. K-ON's more of a cd/merchandise selling thing. XD

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

BlackBaldwin your a damn racist and your dad as well i mean who comes on here saying crap like this im reporting you......................

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@BlackBaldwin your father knows nothing about the Japanese then. I lived there from the time i was 7 to 13 and they are by far the nicest people. (Hell, they gave me money for being blonde) Just saying, your fathers racist, and don't refer to people as "japs".

Charquil
Charquil

People who work for Game Freak must be Trillionairs.

TeenGamer92
TeenGamer92

Them there Pokemans be tough! They outsold Kingdom Hearts!

abosaleh
abosaleh

I thenk .., R.D.R wronged

wonzan
wonzan

Its a shame about RdR multiplayer. It was so hyped but it fell so short. It is just so unwieldy. The zombie update seems quite interesting though. It might make me feel good about not selling my copy of the game long ago like my friends did.

white_wind
white_wind

maybe because people like you still call them japs

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

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wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Take-Two Interactive must have some courage to market and publish Red Dead Redemption. I'm no sales expert but is that even profitable? Almost 100,000 on both consoles since HD games are expensive to make. Great sales for a Western game and glad Japanese games are accepting Western games

Tokinblckgie
Tokinblckgie

@alfredooo All they'd have to do is brush up on their combat mechanics a little and that would be a crazy game. I've been hoping someone would make an open world samurai game for a while now. I know there's Way of the Samurai but that's not quite ambitious enough anymore.

alfredooo
alfredooo

rockstar should do a samurai game just like GTA and RDR.

cspark809
cspark809

stubborn japanese finally starting to open there eyes and noticing great games.

Transparanoia
Transparanoia

I knew Japan would eat up Red Dead. Now all we need is a Japanese company to make a samurai game based in the Edo period and sell it in the West and we're set. :)

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

tk japanese support the good ones nintendo and sony thank you very much usa is well you know full of impulse buyers , im suprised 360 is finally selling more then wii but also that happens , when you put out halo , and drop the price but im gonna be real by 2011 once wii games like dkc etc are all out even zelda you can guess whos gonna be toping the charts agai n

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

wii still far ahead of the 3 world wide so ya , and wow it didnt drop much from last week compared to ps3 , which was at 23 vs wii 15 000plus

somedude342
somedude342

@dipsetboy17 That's true. I do like the series but I'm the kind of person who takes a break from things and then goes back to them later at some point. It's not as though I've stopped playing pokemon games or didn't like them altogether. I'm just taking a break from it so that I can come back with a fresh outlook on it. Although I do realize that in my last comment I made it seem otherwise. I merely meant to state that I did get bored with them and am not one who plays through every single game especially seeing as their are so many. I don't have the patience to re-lvl up all my pokemon again so I got bored after finishing the second game only to do it again. It's just something I step back from for a bit.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Pokemon is still selling

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

Never thought I'd see PSP at the top of a hardware sales list again...

soulless4now
soulless4now

Looks like the Wii is eating the ps3's dust right about now. Maybe it's time for a Wii HD?

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

shame that well never get that game here likely since bamco is in charge D:

frazzle00
frazzle00

I remember a time when I used to take a look at Japan's top 10 games chart to get an idea of which games I should check out. These days however I can only look in horror at most of the games on their top 10 list. Apart from Red Dead and F1 2010 (maybe Dead Rising 2) I don't see anything there that I am interested in. How times have changed :(.

SprSynJn
SprSynJn

Ah Japan, where sales figures actually make sense.

cheater87
cheater87

IIRC Japan usually gets English with Japanese subs.

mike_baks
mike_baks

"Marston speaking Japanese. sounds interesting" Interesting? I would say weird.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

@fritigoerd Me neither but spaghetti westerns are somewhat popular in Japan. Its why there is so many spaghetti westerns samurai films because many Japanese directors loved old western films.

fritigoerd
fritigoerd

I never thought japanese people would like Red Dead Redemption ....

dipsetboy17
dipsetboy17

@somedude342 i'm 19 and i played all 4 generations thus far I've owned Pokemon blue,gold and silver,ruby,Sapphire,and emerald, firered,diamond,platinum, and heartgold lol. as you can see I'm a huge fan of the series(just the games not the anime I've outgrown that). this is because they are always solid jrpgs whether people like it or not. i knew people in high school that looked like they would never play Pokemon but did casually.in college i don't know. i will continue to support the mainline pokemon games as long as they are still fun to me. they have catchy music and solid gameplay.

somedude342
somedude342

@lizzie1238 I know right? I have friends who have played every single version of pokemon....I got bored after playing through only 2 of them...

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

Marston speaking Japanese. sounds interesting

tehepicpwnzor
tehepicpwnzor

John Marston and Pikachu battled once in a 100,000 seat stadium in England about a thousand years ago. All that's left of the stadium is Stonehedge.

fester420
fester420

pspgo jumped about 200 units from last week

lizzie1238
lizzie1238

What is it with all the Pokemon sales? Sure, the Pokemon games are good, but they're all basically the same game with different Pokemon in a different world. Doesn't it get boring after a while of playing every Pokemon game? There's not even a plot to follow.

dipsetboy17
dipsetboy17

@thandpbc it's a different world over there in japan man. it's nothing like over in other regions of the gaming world. they mostly just play the games and systems which were created in their own country. some out of preference and the others i don't know. you cannot blame them because most of the games they like are made by their homeland. sure, they'll try a American or European game once in a while, but as a whole they play Japanese games.

sebetai
sebetai

i totaled it from the charts. Pokemon black and white have sold 4,072,362 according to them. 2,637,285 (week 1), 828,580 (week 2), 374,859 (week 3), and 231,638 (week 4). betting they remain next week at #1 as well.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

I think it's fascinating to see the difference in make up of the charts. Handheld games and consoles dominate - so different from here in the UK. I don't remember the last time a PSP game was in the top 10 chart!!

sebetai
sebetai

Knew Pokemon would still be number 1. that's got to be 4 million by now. 2.6 first week + 800 thousand second week, 300 thousand third week, and 200 thousand equals 3.9 million. that could be 4 mil since i rounded each week.

TKandPBC
TKandPBC

Those X360 hardware numbers are pitiful. Japan sure is adamant on who they support... Oh well it's their loss.

dipsetboy17
dipsetboy17

i can't wait for Pokemon black,kingdom hearts re:coded early next year!