Two portable Sony titles dominate the Japanese software chart, but the 3DS is still the reigning hardware for the week.
It's tough and risky to launch a new IP, but the recent title Gravity Rush seems to be enjoying a good amount of sales alongside a Suikoden sequel in this week's Media Create sales update. The PS Vita adventure title was at second place, with 43,462 units sold, while Konami's role-playing entry for the PSP was at the top, with 61,784 units sold. Meanwhile, former fourth-place holder Ragnarok Odyssey dropped to ninth place, with 8,117 units sold.
Gravity Rush puts gamers into the shoes of Kat, a young girl with a unique power to control gravity around her. The game's lead director is Keiichiro Toyama, who is renowned for the first Silent Hill title, and for Siren. For more information, check out GameSpot's in-depth coverage of the Hong Kong version of the game.
The latest Suikoden title, Genso Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki, is about a warrior who is sent back to the past to gather a group of soldiers to combat an extinction-level threat that appears every 100 years. Players can have a party of six warriors and perform team-up attacks, as well as learn skills from each other to boost their effectiveness.
Following just behind are a slew of 3DS titles still clinging on to the top 10 since their releases. Resident Evil: Revelations for the 3DS was at third place, with 26,106 units sold, while Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS was at fourth place, with 23,758 units sold. Capcom's recent Monster Hunter title for the 3DS remained strong at fifth place with 21,318 units sold, while Super Mario 3D Land trailed behind, with 19,673 units sold.
Non-mobile titles in the top 10 include the recent revamp of Gran Turismo 5, subtitled Spec II. The racing title from Polyphony Digital was at seventh place, with 12,613 units sold, with the PlayStation 3 version of Armored Core V right behind, with 11,673 units sold. Capping off the top 10 was Just Dance Wii, with 7,896 units sold.
On the hardware end of the spectrum, the 3DS was still on top, with 67,558 units sold. This was followed by all three of Sony's platforms: the PS3 sold 22,002 units, while the PSP and PS Vita portable systems sold 15,860 and 13,939 units, respectively.
Japan game sales week of February 6 - February 12
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/ Unit sales
1. Genso Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki/Konami/PSP/61,784
2. Gravity Rush/Sony/PS Vita/43,462
3. Resident Evil: Revelations/Capcom/3DS/26,106
4. Mario Kart 7/Nintendo/3DS/23,758
5. Monster Hunter 3G/Capcom/3DS/21,318
6. Super Mario 3D Land/Nintendo/3DS/19,673
7. Gran Turismo 5 Spec II/Sony/PS3/12,613
8. Armored Core V/Namco Bandai/PS3/11,673
9. Ragnarok Odyssey/Gung-Ho/PS Vita/8117
10. Just Dance Wii/Nintendo/Wii/7896
3DS - 67,558
PS3 - 22,002
PSP - 15,860
PS Vita - 13,939
Wii - 8,206
PS2 - 1,239
Xbox 360 - 1,139
DSi XL - 957
DSi - 651
I just realized they changed the name of Gravity Daze to Gravity Rush...why? Gravity Daze is a better name IMO.
I only played one Suikoden game so I can't judge the series but in the one I played all I could say is that the density of monsters population is 3467 monster per square feet. that isn't tall grass that's 100 random encounters in 6 steps. it still gives me nightmares.
I want Kindgom Hearts Dream Drop Distance on PS Vita...please? Also, Birth by Sleep on PSN so I can play on Vita. And maybe Kingdom Hearts 3? for PS3? (Which I've waited my entire childhood for)
@ Lamesy I guess one solution would have been to launch Vita in North America/Europe first and Japan maybe 6 months to a year later.
Hey Nintendo...I am a big fan of yours..but want to know why Mario isn't at the top?? Simply because you did not release ANY Mario 3DS games on the consoles launch day. Fact.
For all of Sony's talk about having "learned the hard lessons" from PS3's launch, I see their older-gen domination problem persists. Just like when PS2 was beating launch PS3's for months. I think the North America/Japan market divide is wreaking havoc on Sony's business plans. They launched Vita because of (a) 3DS and (b) PSP's western woes. But with PSP still so strong in Japan, it can only self-cannibalize sales. And that kind of bad PR can only weaken their western launches. It's a tough cycle to break. Oh but also... More Suiko Please!!
Who wouldn't miss Suikoden games? i felt inlove with suikoden 2 back in the 90's and it's always a happy moment for me whenever new release of series released like now!!!
Wow Japan is like a completely different dimension! Look at that Wii selling 8 times more than Xbox! :D And not just that even the PS2! It's hilarious! :D
Maybe I should get a PSV, saw Gravity Daze yesterday in the store and wanted to pick it up..but i don't have a VIta yet...Mario 3D land and Mario Kart are STILL in the top 10. Sugoi ^^
wow ps2 selling more than even xbox 360 now :D these japanese with strong pride and patriot stuffs ... once again :D never had the same taste as japanese has! exsept anime matter cause i love anime and manga! im more in UK chart!
Just goes to show that you need a really strong games library before you can even hope to sell any hardware. I'm very interested in the PSV itself but the lack of any really good games right now means I won't buy it until something does catch my interest - could be months or even a year from the launch. The fact that the PS2 with its amazing game library still sells today is a testament to this.
if PS Vita is doing that bad in japan good luck usa lol or anywere 3DS is top good for nin and with monster hunter 4 hiting the 3DS i think PS Vita needs to re think there games
Yay another Suikoden game but wth did it have to be Suikoden Tactics =p? Anyone remember the one for DS? Didn't think so...
If gravity rush has already been released in Japan, then why was it delayed until may in the U.S.?? It was supposed to be a launch title :?
All the people whining to GameSpot for 'bullying' the Vita need to take a deep breath and look at these numbers. If Vita continues to sell this bad or worse then naturally developers will abandon it for the 3DS.
I'm still not worried for PSV, why? Because the software proves it will eventually spring to life in Japan. Gravity Rush proves this being one of the only PSV games to make it this high in the charts. If enough compelling software is released people will want to buy a PSV. However Sony still need to rethink their pricing strategy if they are to succeed. Bring the price of the unit down slightly and the memory cards to make the overall package look more attractive. Can't wait til Wednesday for mine :(
@josephl64 not at all to be honest, think about it. Now's the best time to get a PsP if you never owned one (:
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