Big in Japan Sept. 13-19: Pokemon Black and White

Nintendo's latest monster-hunting RPG dominates with 2.6 million sold in debut; Front Mission Evolved beats Halo: Reach in first-week sales.

Earlier this week, Enterbrain already confirmed what many would have assumed: The Japanese DS debut for Pokemon Black and White was hugely successful. So while the pair's combined sales of nearly 2.6 million was certain to land it atop Media Create's Japanese sales charts for the week of September 13-19, the remainder of the top 10 held some interesting results.

Pokemon Black and White cast a large shadow over the Japanese sales charts.

Chief among those was Square Enix's Front Mission Evolved, which placed second on the chart in its week of release. The game marks a drastic departure for the series, as it featured 3D shooter mechanics rather than the turn-based tactics for which the Front Mission series had been known. Development duties for Front Mission Evolved were entrusted to California-based Double Helix, which previously offered a Western spin on an Eastern franchise with 2008's Silent Hill: Homecoming. While Front Mission Evolved couldn't hold a candle to the Pokemon launches, the game's 51,084-selling debut was enough to stave off two other big new releases, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 5 for the PSP (third place with 45,879 sold) and Halo: Reach (fourth place with 44,413 sold).

There was one other new release on the charts, Nippon Ichi Software's latest strategy role-playing game Blue Roses. Wii Party was the best-selling catalog title of the week, finishing fifth overall and adding another 36,547 copies to its sales total. The Monster Hunter spin-off MonHun Nikki and Super Mario Galaxy 2 also continued to make their presences felt, as the former finished sixth with 28,627 sold, and the latter rounded out the top 10 with 8,178 sold.

The Pokemon Black and White launches helped push DS hardware in a big way, as Nintendo had a handheld top the sales of Sony's PSP for the first time since the week of July 5-11. The standard DSi was the best-selling system of all, with 47,379 sold. The DSi LL (DSi XL in the West) was next on the list, adding 31,254 to its installed base. The Xbox 360 received a smaller bump from the Halo: Reach launch, selling 5,804 units and topping the 3,000 mark for the first time in four weeks.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 13-19, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Pokemon Black and White / The Pokemon Company / DS / 2,557,779
2. Front Mission Evolved / Square Enix / PS3 / 51,084
3. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 5 / Konami / PSP / 45,879
4. Halo: Reach / Microsoft / X360 / 44,413
5. Wii Party / Nintendo / Wii / 36,547
6. MonHun Nikki: Poka Poka Ailu Mura / Capcom / PSP / 28,627
7. One Piece: Gigant Battle / Namco Bandai / DS / 28,123
8. Blue Roses: Yousei to Aoi Hitomi no Senshitachi / Nippon Ichi / PSP / 9,846
9. Taiko no Tatsujin DS: Dororon! Youkai Daikessen!! / Namco Bandai / DS / 8,729
10. Super Mario Galaxy 2 / Nintendo / Wii / 8,178

Hardware:
DSi - 47,379
DSi LL - 31,254
PSP - 29,866
PS3 - 21,096
Wii - 14,833
DS Lite - 7,137
Xbox 360 - 5,804
PS2 - 1,390
PSP Go - 863

Written By

Want the latest news about Front Mission Evolved?

Front Mission Evolved

Front Mission Evolved

Discussion

124 comments
Szeiden
Szeiden

@jdog8888888 2.6 mil to 50k gap. Amazing? Yes. Surprising? No.

stratfender89
stratfender89

It's true how popular pokemon is right now in Japan. Everywhere I go, on the trains, in the streets, every DS I see is playing the new Pokemon, and yet I can not play it, since Nintendo has region locked the game.

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

[This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]

jdog8888888
jdog8888888

How does Pokemon sell 2.6 mil and number 2 is 50k? Those numbers are a crazy gap!

marceleleco
marceleleco

Didn't they released a pokemon game just a few months ago? In november we will have pokemon green and orange and in january pokemon purple and pink. Nintendo is crazy,but it's one of the few games they sell so it's ok.

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

That is what some Sony fans on here fail to understand.

FamousCalibur
FamousCalibur

stEElyDaN909 more like four times as much, some people have no idea how popular Pokemon is

Barighm
Barighm

Who cares if a publisher milks a series? As long as they keep it fresh in some way, and maintain its quality, you'll always have a reliable game to fall back to during a weak month or two. If the series start sucking, stop playing it. Surely you can find something else during that time. As for the article itself...well, the Japanese like to stick by their franchises, even if, from what I heard, Front Mission is supposedly a buggy mess and doesn't compare to Reach in any way.

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

I want to know who in Japan of all places is buying a PS2!

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

If Nintendo had released the new Pokemon games worldwide, they could have easily sold twice as much in a single weekend. I've played the new games a little bit, and they're massive improvements over the last gen. Everything seems fresh and new, and the multiplayer elements, which is the core foundation of Pokemon, are more streamlined and innovative than ever before. Not only will this game print money because it's Pokemon, but it will also sell well because it's outstanding. Lol analogy: it's not about how you milk the cow, but how you process that milk and keep it from getting stale.

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

I hear people say that Pokemon is being milked but alot of other good titles are being milked too. Did they not know that? Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Call Of Dooty, Medal Of Honar, Starwars, Mario, Zelda, Metriod, and MANY MORE! As long as a series is great as it sales are it will be milked! What series isn't milked??? That's really a good thing because there will be MORE GAMES! Use your BRAINS KIDS!

Harerazer
Harerazer

What? Pokemon's still going? Amazing that everyone knocks the series but it pisses on almost every other franchise (not named "Mario") out there. I guess Haters have to hate something, even if it shows how stupid they are. Seriously, if no on liked it, it wouldn't be seeling so much.

Diodax
Diodax

[This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]

slicedbread117
slicedbread117

well any pokemon or yu-gi-oh game is gonna sell good in japan lol

ElvesOnEcstacy
ElvesOnEcstacy

"PSP Go - 863 Oh my. Isn't that embarrassing:lol:

Rizer
Rizer

I hope the improved the online play for Pokemon Black. If I hear that they did I might bother to try it once it comes to the US.

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

Wow for Reach... that was unexpected lol at PSP-Go xD why sony don't simply kill that crap??????

hige21
hige21

well i really liked a lot front mission turn based gameplay but i guess i have to give it a shot with the new 3d shooter but i will play it on pc

hahamanin
hahamanin

i never get it with pokemon games its always the same over n over again....why do they sell so much?

zideeq
zideeq

Pokemon's domination is insane 10+ years late but I reckon I could still make a good profit from merchandsing them....wow

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

Good work, Nintendo. Smash all the other games to the ground (even your own) and rule the gaming world with a fist the size of all the Pokemon combined. God bless you, Nintendo.

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

@Son_Jazrin you complain about a new pokemon and thats fine but what if they announced they'd stop making pokemon games... The suicide rates around the world would go up about 200%. Thats said I pre-ordered pokemon black(I don't even have a DS yet).

sebetai
sebetai

so how many copies do you think they will sell in Japan before coming to the U.S and everywhere else? I'd say another 1 million by next week and 8 million by the spring. also, think the U.S can outdo 2.6 million in one week?

Son_Jazrin
Son_Jazrin

Yet another pokemon game. (Sigh) I guess that's Nintendo's MO: Stick to what works, then beat that franchise into the ground.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

some of the new pokemon are kinda creepy, its kinda awesome. i kinda want to try the new pokemon games, might even get one.

tu2pac
tu2pac

@InstantKlassick LOL, ok .... now usually I try to avoid commenting on others comments ... but ... But if what you're saying is people with good taste in games play Pokemon ... then you just made my day ... because that's the dumbest thing I've heard. I can understand them not playing Reach ... they've never played any of them (Halo games)... but to say they have better taste is just trollish of you. PS - I hate Halo too.

InstantKlassick
InstantKlassick

[This message was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator]

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

@kirby-star visual wise not really unless your playing one of the older ones :P. but they do effect the game since unless you wait around for the 3rd version which are always complete ( crystal, emerald, platinum ect) theres always slight differences between the two such as villains change in ruby and sapphire, the pokemon you can catch, special areas ect. while its not a huge difference it still is a difference. and to those who want to legitly catch em all they'd have to buy both versions

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

Nintendo knows what they are doing unlike Sony.

kirby-star
kirby-star

@fps_d0minat0r lol this comment is one of the dumbest comments i've ever seen does colors effect the game?

novak_mugatu
novak_mugatu

The next will be pokemon brown and beige

shafe-man
shafe-man

@Alex_Thomson Ok, first off, I'm getting all these sources from sources used in the NFL (National Forensics League) which is looked over by the US government, and are all credible unless you think the US like to lie to people. And what I said about the "Or at least half of them with a life that go out and talk to other people" is that those that actually TALK with other people say that's their reason, and so it's not half of all 360 users, just half of those that would respond to a question like that. The part about nationalism is blatantly obvious, and I'm not going to argue with you over a useless debate that has nothing to do with what is being shown here. BTW, Front Mission Evolved looks pretty good, might actually get it. Pretty intricate plot and it looks really cool. ;D

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

@ Wolflink001 sorry, we dont like our games milked using more colours than the rainbow.

killerlavaman
killerlavaman

what pokemon games are they gonna make now, plaid and tie die versions?

eal-zubieri
eal-zubieri

the xbox 360 is full of shooter games and lack varity in its game collections and thats why japanese don't like the 360 there.

Alex_Thomson
Alex_Thomson

@shafe-man: "Half of everyone with a 360 that bought it because it was US made"- where are you getting this information from? I'll believe it when I see a credible source. "Or at least half of them with a life that go out and talk to other people"- so here you're saying if your sole reason for buying a Xbox 360 isn't because it's US-made you're a loser with no friends? That's both a low-blow and untrue. "And Japan DOES NOT like the US."- fair enough, I can believe it, although it still seems like a broad generalization, I don't think you can lump every person in a country into one category or another, but I'll take your word for it generally speaking. "I believe 80% of Japanese responded to a poll that they do not like US-related issues or objects"- again, where are you getting this information from? I'm fine with you using statistics, but you better have a source to back it up, otherwise it isn't credible at all. "Over here in the US, considering the Native Americans don't have a gaming company, couldn't care less about heritage. And since most Americans are immigrants, it is wrong to call it nationalism; better call it patriotism"- I have no idea what you're trying to say here, but the first part seems like it contradicts what you were saying about people here buying stuff because it is US-made since they "couldn't care less about heritage", what point are you even making?

wiidominance
wiidominance

Man .. it took pokemon a while to come from Yellow /Blue/Red all the way to Black/White. I think they ran out of colours now finally ...

LilTrigga95
LilTrigga95

[This message was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator]

shafe-man
shafe-man

@Alex_Thomson Half of everyone with a 360 that bought it because it was US made. Or at least half of them with a life that go out and talk to other people. And Japan DOES NOT like the US. The gov. does, but the public doesn't. I believe 80% of Japanese responded to a poll that they do not like US-related issues or objects, which wholly supports my argument. Plus the PS3/Wii are popular over there BECAUSE they're Japanese made. Not that there's anything wrong with the 360; perfectly good console, great games, it's just that the Japanese would rather buy a Japanese-made console than a US-made one. Over here in the US, considering the Native Americans don't have a gaming company, couldn't care less about heritage. And since most Americans are immigrants, it is wrong to call it nationalism; better call it patriotism. Oh, and did anyone notice that these statistics mean that 2% of the Japanese bought Black and White in the first two days? That's some country over there... ;D

Alex_Thomson
Alex_Thomson

@shafe-man: This probably isn't even worth debating, but I'm not sure I buy your whole "in the U.S., Xbox 360 = 'Patriotic' " argument, and therefore it is doing poorly in Japan because of possible anti-U.S. sentiments. I can't think of a single person I know that bought an Xbox 360 because they thought it was "patriotic", I'm pretty sure people buy Xbox 360s, or any other system for that matter, because they like the games on the system and/or have a history of buying consoles from that company (i.e. PlayStation 2 owners get PlayStation 3s, Xbox owners get Xbox 360s, etc.) I know my decision to get a 360 had absolutely nothing to do with being "patriotic" but because I liked the games for it, in fact I'm probably the last person that would ever buy anything here just to be "patriotic," and I grew up playing almost exclusively Nintendo systems (and still do, I have a Wii and a DS). Your last point about the Japanese market having a preference for handheld systems and games makes a lot more sense, but even that doesn't entirely explain things, since PlayStation 3 and Wii systems still seem to be doing fairly well over there.

forteil
forteil

WOW!! pokemons and a shooter game Front Mission Evolved beat the other shooter game which is Halo.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

hmmm... yeah the psp go does fail on a grand scale, lol

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

PS2 owns PSP Go. Pull the plug Sony.

shafe-man
shafe-man

@Alex_Thomson It isn't that they don't like Xbox. There are multiple reasons they don't buy 360's, and here's a few: A) As usual the US military is there, and although they're supposed to protect them, there are constant problems and so people don't like US military=would rather help Japanese companies than US ones. B) Over here people feel patriotic and thus buy 360's, which makes like half a person's friends have 360's, which makes you want a 360 to get to play with your friends too. Like 9/10 of my friends play 360 only, and the rest play 360 more than PS3. In Japan only a small amount of people buy 360's, which doesn't start that chain reaction that is happening over here. C) Finally, like people said below, Japanese would rather play mobile games that you can just open up whenever, then having to sit down playing some game like FPS. Just look at how much more PSP's are sold over there. And DS's. Although seeing how long SMG II has been up there it's obvious they simply like Japanese companies.

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

Pokemon is big in Japan, and unlike many other Japanese franchises, it is also still pretty big in the West too (although that only counts for the core games, everything else like side games, anime etc. are way bigger in Japan). When it releases in the US it won't make 2.5 million the first week, but more like 2.5 million the first month (keeping into account that NPD does monthly not weekly sales). Probably about 1 million in the USA the first month.

JohnisGodd
JohnisGodd

This might get thumbs down really fast, or thumbs uped just as quick. But I'd take a new pokemon over just about any other game any day. Considering I havn't played one since Emerald.

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

No surprise at all I heard that 2 million of them units were in the 1st 2days