Big in Japan September 19-25: Dark Souls

Demon's Souls successor secures top sales spot, followed by Team Ico HD bundle; 3DS handily tops hardware charts.

While the rest of the world is still waiting for From Software's Dark Souls, plenty of gamers in Japan have been enjoying the punishing experience for more than a week. According to Media Create's sales chart update for the week of September 19 to September 25, Dark Souls sold 279,567 units on the PlayStation 3. (The game is exclusive to Sony's system in Japan.)

Next week, gamers all over the world can kill enemies way bigger than these two.

A spiritual successor to 2009's critically acclaimed Demon's Souls, Dark Souls has gamers once again thrown into a fantasy world with little in the way of preparation. The game also introduces a humanity system, which grants different benefits upon players depending on their in-game actions. For more details, check out GameSpot's recent column on the title, due out in North America on October 4 and in Europe on October 7.

Finishing behind Dark Souls was the limited edition of the ICO & Shadow of the Colossus collection. The bundle, which was remastered in HD by Bluepoint Games, sold 91,902 units on its debut week. The games were also sold separately; Shadow of the Colossus placed 14th, with 13,420 units sold, while ICO was at 20th place, with 7,941 units sold.

The week's sales chart also saw an Xbox 360 title breaking into the top 10. Gears of War 3 debuted at fourth place, with 56,113 units sold. For more information on Epic Games' third installment of the franchise, check out GameSpot's recent review of the title.

The new action title from Marvelous for the 3DS, Senran Kagura, was at sixth place, with 52,206 units sold. The title is known for its depiction of women and features like clothes that tear away as each of the five playable ninjas takes damage. The game itself is a 2D action platformer where players perform dashes and aerial combos to defeat enemies.

On the hardware side, the 3DS was still on the top spot in sales despite the huge representation of PS3 titles on the software charts. Nintendo's portable sold 70,159 units for the week, while the PS3 sold 39,452 units. The PSP was in third place, with 28,533 units sold, while the Wii trailed behind, with 14,034 units sold.

JAPANESE SALES FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 19-25

Software:
Rank/title/publisher/platform/unit sales
1. Dark Souls/From Software/PS3/279,567
2. ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection/SCE/PS3/91,902
3. Yu-gi-oh 5D's Tag Force 6/Konami/PSP/64,350
4. Gears of War 3/Microsoft/Xbox 360/56,113
5. Dragon Quest Collection/Square Enix/Wii/54,775
6. Senran Kagura/Marvelous/3DS/52,206
7. Busou Shinki Battle Masters Mk.2/Konami/PSP/32,318
8. ToHeart2 DX Plus/Aqua Plus/PS3/24,429
9. Tales of Xillia/Namco Bandai/PS3/22,484
10. Champion Jockey Gallop Racer & G1 Jockey/Tecmo Koei/PS3/18,281

Hardware:
3DS - 70,159
PS3 - 39,452
PSP - 28,533
Wii - 14,034
Xbox 360 - 3,897
DSi XL - 2,991
DSi - 2,351
PS2 - 1,517
DS Lite - 86
PSP Go - 15

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42 comments
Oldboy08
Oldboy08

debating whether or not to buy it. thinkin about it but i want the MGS collection...and PSV drops soon here in Japan...decisions...decisions...

pszone
pszone

Well dark souls sold by namco since they took over series for some reason aslo gd see ico/ Shadow of the Colossus hd collection so 1st 2nd and 3rd sony shines

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

"4. Gears of War 3/Microsoft/Xbox 360/56,113" whoa! I nearly fell off my seat when I saw that! lol I guess even the Japanese get tired of Monster Hunter...Good job guys, trying something fun and new...look at you! ;)

metalkitten
metalkitten

oh its not hard to figure out why xbox360 dont sell well in japan while ps3 and xbox360 have similar games - the exclusives for ps3 are usually jrpgs which japan loves while the exclusives for xbox360 focus on western fps and wars its just a matter of what u like really - therefor i for example choosed the ps3 - only reason was cause im more into the humour and games that japan do instead or fps wargames also except for that obvious it might have something to do with the fact that microsoft is the newest and is western - but im leaning more towards the actual games

metalkitten
metalkitten

nice going 3ds - considering there are still not enough games to make most people buy it (just remember u can all download free zelda swords 4 for 3ds and dsi right now!) very impressive for xbox360 to even get a title in the top 10 selling list in japan personally im not that interested in any of the top 10 titles though

steelmouth
steelmouth

big up to Gears for representing in Japan lets hope its stays ther for 2-3 weeks

John_Read
John_Read

360 version was not released purposely what if darksoul PS3 version was not released in america

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

@massconquer Japanese love RPG and anime based games more than shooters, nothing wrong with it.

kupo1705
kupo1705

It's always good when games that actually deserve it sell well.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Try to decide which bundle to get first, God of War HD remake bundles, which there are two, or this Shadow of Colossus/Ico bundle?Should get both, just don't want to spend the loot, especially since Rage is dropping this tuesday. As far as Dark Souls, I want it, but I haven't come close to finishing Demon Souls, and I'm a bit skeptical in my skills to carry me through Dark Souls if Demon Souls is so dang hard!!

bad_fur_day
bad_fur_day

Happy to see Dark Souls doing well. Someone finally made an rpg that's good.

massconquer
massconquer

Yu-Gi-Oh beated Gears of War 3? You know the gaming community is messed when...

MATERAZZI_23
MATERAZZI_23

Thanks to Gears of War 3, the 360 finally was able to leapfrog the PS2.

CWZaft
CWZaft

@SuprSaiyanRockr Taste is subjective. Honestly, I think that ~90% of the Japanese games are terrible, especially the cliche JRPGs. But a lot of other people disagree. zzamaro is either trolling or just incredibly ignorant.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

@ zzamaro I don't know... I think that if they truly had better taste, the wii would not be so popular.

zequex
zequex

Yeah 3DS! We need more 3DS users in Canada!

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@halestrom88 Because it decreases the value an exclusive game might have. We don't all have to play all the games that are available out there so just get the ones that you want the most, and those games should be made properly. I see what you're saying, however that's just greed to play everything. There's few games that are exclusive at least those should live out and die as exclusive. I can completely understand why a lot of PC gamers hate consoles because making a PC exclusive to go multi-platform really shatters what it originally was by not putting enough effort into it. Best example, look at Crysis 1 compared to Crysis 2. I fear if they make a Dark Souls 3 it will be the Crysis 2 of that franchise.

bleat
bleat

4. Gears of War 3/Microsoft/Xbox 360/56,113 It looks like every person in Japan that owns a 360 bought Gears 3.. All 56000 of them...

halestrom88
halestrom88

i disagree althogh im lucky enugh to own both a 360 and ps3 other people out there cant afford both systems so y should such a great game be resrticted 2 just one its not about the money wen it cums 2 such a great game its about the experience share the joy

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@Billy They shouldn't, In fact i'm actually a bit bothered by the fact that Dark Souls went multi-platform. They should keep exclusives as exclusives instead of just trying to make a quick buck and throwing games to as many consoles as possible to make more money. That shows to me they didn't have enough confidence in their game in the first place to make enough money if it had been done well enough. Many multi-platform games aren't not as good as they could have been because the multi-platform makes them be able to sell games to a wider audience not just a specific group so they don't try hard enough. Dark Souls however was intended for a smaller group and it's getting a bigger one, I don't doubt it being a really great game however if it's a game with plans to go multi-platform from scratch it will turn out like FF13. Just them testing our patience. Look at Halo or Gears 3 they probably wouldn't put as much effort as they do if it was multi-platform. The new metal gear will be multi-platform that will be the deciding blow if i'm right or wrong.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

Joedgabe still the point is that Microsoft needs to buy out or invest cash into the japan market and try to bring more to the 360 beside sports and fps

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@Billycoleman Billy.. just to let you know. Dark souls was originally intended to be a Playstation Exclusive just like Demon Souls meaning the developers "from software" only published it in japan as a ps3 exclusive. However Namco Bandai another publisher is releasing the game for the xbox and PS3 in NA i don't know if the rest of the world will get a 360 version or not. Microsoft did do it's part to bring a great game to the country where most of the xbox sales happen.

benleslie5
benleslie5

Hope Darks Souls will be popular here in the UK too

petes114
petes114

Champion jockey...i find that strange for some reason. On the other hand they must just really like horse racing

zzamaro
zzamaro

@SuprSaiyanRockr That's easy to know. Japanese people have better taste in videogames. Not just shooters like COD/Halo/GoW, that's what the xbox offer the most. That's why Nintendo and Sony do better than M$ in Japan.

SSJSasuke10
SSJSasuke10

It's great that a great game like Gears 3 made japanese buy X360.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Never ceases to amaze me that we have 56,000 US soldiers stationed in Japan.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

soccerpzn well that and the fact the xbox 360 is being lazy hell thay dont have Dark Souls for japan on it and yet its a big seller way to go microsoft keep trying to sell halo and gears in the land were know one wants it same with dw7 no japan release date maybe thats why stores here dont want to sell your stuff anymore? and im no fan boy as i own and love my 360 just saying the facts))back on topic good to see dark Souls doing well i hope it dose the same state side

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

Wow the 3DS had a kick off :O Damn dark souls dominating, It's going to happen again next week. Game of the Year baby, or at least a nominee. I'll be damned it L.A. Noire wins -.- with their damn recycled gameplay for years and years.

soccerpzn
soccerpzn

@SuprSaiyanRockr its not that they dislike the xbox 360. its just that the company that makes play stations originated from there country.

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

I wonder why it is that the Japanese dislike the x360, supposedly?

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

I hereby annouce that the Xbox 360 sold better than the PS2 by 2380 units for the first time ever in Japan. :)

ryzrocks
ryzrocks

Dark souls and tales of Xilia for me

franzito
franzito

!I'm playing Demons' Souls and waiting for Dark Souls!

Halloll
Halloll

gears of war 3 sold, OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAND!

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

It's kind of funny how whenever MS releases an exclusive it cracks the top 10 at its debut, but nothing else sells on the platform. :P And are those 3DS sales due to the Monster Hunter games being announced exclusively for the system? Probably. :P Dark Souls. Bring it on! :twisted:

shalashaska88
shalashaska88

Wow 3DS is doing great. Anyway, I can't wait for my preordered Dark Souls. Gagagagagagagaga