Big in Japan: Sept. 7-13: Pokemon catches 1.4 million

Nintendo's HeartGold, SoulSilver open to platinum sales as Sony's PS3 Slim sees significant sales drop-off in second week.

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Sony's $299 PlayStation 3 Slim debuted big in Japan during the first week of September, selling an impressive 151,000 units upon its initial availability, according to industry-tracking Media Create. Into its second week on the market, the 120GB system has again easily outsold its primary competitors, though by a much smaller margin than the week prior.

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For the week of September 7-13, Sony's PS3 shifted 55,344 units, well above the Wii's 17,568 units and Xbox 360's 7,568 consoles. Nintendo's DS and DSi easily took the week on the handheld front, with combined sales of 77,677. The PSP shifted 18,375 units on the week, while the PlayStation 2 added 2,612 systems to its lifetime total.

The latest release in Nintendo's ever-popular Pokemon franchise undoubtedly boosted DS sales during the week. Pokemon Soul Silver and Heart Gold sold a respective 723,000 and 720,000 units. Tomodachi Collection continued its strong run on the DS with 74,000 additional units, while fellow DS hit Dragon Quest IX: Defenders of the Starry Sky added 37,000 units to its total.

Last week's top performer, Mobile Suit Gundam: Battlefield Record U.C. 0081, slipped to fifth, selling 33,000 units, a figure that just edged out Wii Sports Resort's 32,000 weekly performance. Konami's Love Plus on the DS finished the week in seventh with 22,000 units, followed by Monster Hunter 3 on the Wii with 15,000, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite on the PSP with 13,000, and new release Maplus Portable Navigator 3 for the PSP with 12,000.

Week of September 7-13, 2009
Software:
1) Pokemon SoulSilver Version (DS) - 723,000
2) Pokemon HeartGold Version (DS) - 720,000
3) Tomodachi Collection (DS) - 74,000
4) Dragon Quest IX (DS) - 37,000
5) Kidou Senshi Gundam Senki Record U.C. 0081 (PS3) - 33,000
6) Wii Sports Resort (WII) - 32,000
7) Love Plus (DS) - 22,000
8) Monster Hunter Tri (WII) - 15,000
9) Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP) - 13,000
10) Maplus: Portable Navi 3 (PSP) - 12,000

Hardware:
DSi - 66,498
PS3 - 55,344
PSP - 18,375
Wii - 17,568
DS Lite - 11,179
Xbox 360 - 7,568
PS2 - 2,612

Discussion

92 comments
sirfrieden
sirfrieden

@ madSomnambulist Well said, and not a hint of fanboyism in the statement. Everyone take note of halfway intelligent people please.

decoy1978
decoy1978

The markets in Japan are totally different from US. Just because Sony does extremely well there clearly does not mean it will do well here. But I do agree that releasing PS3 slim will acquire a lot of new customers. If Sony does keep up this pace throughout the holiday season.. they may start to come around.

madSomnambulist
madSomnambulist

It was obviously to be expected that the massive PS3 Slim spike would go away, but if Sony can keep up even half that sales number a week through the holidays-- and outsell the 360 anywhere between 4 and 8:1 in the process, it'll be a very strong statement to the 360 worldwide. Not that it's that popular in Japan anyway, but this event would be akin to abolishing it. Maybe Microsoft has saved a few tricks for Tokyo Games Show and can make a stand in a place its at a disadvantage, just as Sony managed to survive at least 2 full years of the PS3 in North America before turning it around.

naveh3
naveh3

in here is a clever funny and interesting filled with big new and amazing info about pokemon and ps3 sales comment :) i seriously consider importing a soul silver or a heart gold but i don't know if i should and which one... also, why dont they sell the pokewalker separately from the game? (on ebay) why does it costs 60$ on ebay? i want it 30$ with shipping please! pm me with which one should i buy :)

robinson_chase
robinson_chase

god damn i swear everyone in Japan must have like 6 DS's lol. how in the hell are they still selling that many of them 5 years after it came out?!?!

togusss
togusss

@MSG-deathscyth hmmm There are a deeper rpg element in pokemon ... if you realy get into the game you will see that there are a lot of rpg element in it... even more in the newer games... it is not any more just about caching them all there are a ton of things to do ...

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

@kavadias: i felt the same after emerald. yep, i did not play diamond/pearl/platinum. i probably would come back to the series if they make a version for mature audiences with deeper rpg elements.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I guess PS3 sales like last week wren't meant to last. Still, some strong sales there. Completely fed up of Pokemon now. After owning almost all of them and devoting well over 400 hours to the series I can safely say that I won't be buying anymore of the ruddy franchise. Time for something equally as addictive but definitely something new please.

Vonzom
Vonzom

Pokemon SS/HG should've shipped with more extras than it did. It may be a remake of the most popular game in the Pokemon series but in terms of gameplay it's obviously the same as D/P/Pt, hell maybe just throw in a couple of new evolutions or whatever...I can safely invest my money by betting they're holding out on us and saving new features (very few ones probably) for Pokemon Crap Crystal. :D

mvang
mvang

immm done with pokemon lol ps3 is better then XBOX

kardon16
kardon16

I lost a coin toss bet with my friend to decide who was gonna get the soulsilver version and I lost :P

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

I wish I was a Japanese Gamer. *Sigh* Maybe in my next life...

sartnd
sartnd

@riariases PS3 outsell 360 in the US last week , so you saying they are eating more sushi in US this days?

gameking5000
gameking5000

Pokemon SoulSIlver and HeartGold= Twin towers

kamizuka
kamizuka

ps3 slim sold 150k to STORES and then 55k ppl and More bought ps3 and now the STORES are getting more ps3 because they are running short and thats in japan only not worldwide.

sergioalb64
sergioalb64

With Pokemon or not, the DS continues to dominate worldwide hardware sales, after almost five years in the market. Now THAT'S impressive. DS = King

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

wow the first 4 top games are DS games... i myself have not played a Pokemon game being a DS owner..maybe someday i'll dig myself into the world of Pokemon.

GCwasthebestsys
GCwasthebestsys

i've never even played a pokemon and consider myself a big nintendo fan, but i gotta say that Pokemon has to be the biggest and baddest money-graber and flat-out gaming franchise of the past 10 years. good to see DSi back on top after falling for one quick week only after slim. mario and luigi: bowser's inside story is awesome so far. safe to predict that Zelda Spirit Tracks will keep the DSi on top in Japan.

GCwasthebestsys
GCwasthebestsys

i've never even played a pokemon and consider myself a big nintendo fan, but i gotta say that Pokemon has to be the biggest and baddest money-graber and flat-out gaming franchise of the past 10 years. good to see DSi back on top after falling for one quick week only after slim. mario and luigi: bowser's inside story is awesome so far. safe to predict that Zelda Spirit Tracks will keep the DSi on top in Japan.

hemoleech
hemoleech

Can't wait for Soul Silver! My DS Lite is still good for importing Pokemon from Emerald and Fire Red to help complete my Pokedex!

Will47
Will47

Well, I didn't expect anything less.

Nerissa
Nerissa

Cool, now I just want my US copy of SoulSilver :)

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

i bought a ds lite recently. cuz the dsi cameras have worse resolution than phones. and i want a gba slot. no need to pay an extra 30 for nothing i need. rather get another game

gimgak
gimgak

lol ppl still buy the old ds lite.

cursedwolf
cursedwolf

Monster hunter 3 is japans greatest selling game on first day of release they shipped 1million + copies of the game but in japan alone they sold 560,000 copies...i myself bought the game and i love it...im a huge monster hunter fan...but state side MH hasnt sold very well....but in japan of course MH is a game dream hell they have MH hunting events for the players there and they have merchandise

riariases
riariases

@sartnd No duh the PSP outsold the 360. Man, Sony is Japanese, and since Japan's residents most likely ENJOY Japan, they will enjoy Japanese products more. Xbox360/Microsoft is in California. Thats why it sells better in the west. Want more proof? How many burgers do you eat compared to sushi? I've only eaten sushi 5 times in my life. Burgers however, I can't even count how many this year.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@fazterstyle1 Since when was 30 millions equal to 6,7 milliards? Also, how come "too late". The current generation isn't ending as soon as I believe you think it will.

-Fromage-
-Fromage-

Hurry up and come to North America.

fazterstyle1
fazterstyle1

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fazterstyle1
fazterstyle1

hmmm dat dosnt matter...bcoz most of the peoples in world already own a 360...dats y ps3 is selling better..

puffadell
puffadell

sells still look good over there

sartnd
sartnd

PSP selling better then Xbox 360 lol

MeGaSmUrF
MeGaSmUrF

i just don't like how they couldn't think of better words than heart and soul for their titles...

Bulzeeb3088
Bulzeeb3088

Glad to see the remakes of second gen Pokemon going well. The Silver/Gold arc has always been my favorite.

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

soon the dust will settled and the ps3 will be at it former spot, pre slim status... shouldnt be long...

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

Go that yellow rat! gotta catch em' all! Pokemon is like license to print money

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

I probably have 100+ hours in every Pokemon game I've played. They're just damn addictive when you get to it.

pikaby
pikaby

Tomodachi Collection's still running strong :) Japanese love playing with Miis, don't they.

neonhair
neonhair

Yes SS outsold HG, take that multicolored chicken!

Flint247
Flint247

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trugs26
trugs26

God that's an impressive amount. Pokemon games are powerhouses.