Big in Japan Feb. 14-20: Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Catherine

PS3 and Xbox 360 editions of crossover fighting game storm Japanese sales charts, but adulterous Atlus RPG tops the list, more than doubling next best-selling title.


The ongoing Marvel vs. Capcom feud will likely go down as a draw, but on the Japanese sales charts, round one of the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 vs. Catherine fight was a decisive victory for the Atlus role-playing game. Media Create today released its Japanese sales figures for the week of February 14-20, showing the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the anime-styled RPG easily besting sales of Capcom's crossover fighter in the games' opening week.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was the second best there was at what it did for its Japanese launch week.
Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was the second best there was at what it did for its Japanese launch week.

The PS3 version of Catherine topped the charts with 141,826 sold, more than doubling the 67,187 sold by the week's runner-up, the Sony console edition of Marvel vs. Capcom 3. That dynamic repeated itself later on in the charts, with the Xbox 360 version of Catherine finishing seventh with 21,936 sold, beating the 13,779 copies sold by the eighth place Xbox 360 edition of Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Created with the assistance of renowned Japanese animation shop Studio4˚C (Tekkonkinkreet, Halo Legends), Catherine follows a man in the midst of a potentially deadly relationship crisis after cheating on his longtime partner Katherine with the young and sexy (but mysterious) Catherine. No Western release for the RPG has been announced.

Two more new releases made the charts, with the open-world Western-styled RPG Two Worlds II landing in sixth place with 24,324 copies sold. Meanwhile the latest installment in Idea Factory's increasingly prolific Hakuouki romantic adventure series, Hakuouki: Zuisouroku DS, made it to ninth place with 13,373 sold.

With PS3 and PSP games claiming the top six spots on the chart, it's no surprise that Sony's handheld and console hardware continued their run atop the hardware standings. The PSP added 63,330 new systems to its installed base, with the PS3 picking up 25,242 new owners. The Wii held on to third place with 12,221 systems sold, despite a rare week without a representative game in the top 10.

Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Catherine / Atlus / PS3 / 141,826
2. Marvel vs. Capcom 3 / Capcom / PS3 / 67,187
3. Sengoku Musou 3 Z / Koei Tecmo / PS3 / 58,089
4. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd / Capcom / PSP / 39,727
5. Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 / Namco Bandai / PSP / 26,504
6. Two Worlds II / Ubisoft / PS3 / 24,324
7. Catherine / Atlus / X360 / 21,936
8. Marvel vs. Capcom 3 / Capcom / X360 / 13,779
9. Hakuouki: Zuisouroku DS / Idea Factory / DS / 13,373
10. Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth 2 / Capcom / DS / 13,186

PSP - 63,330
PS3 - 25,242
Wii - 12,221
DSi LL - 10,037
DSi - 8,022
PSP Go - 2,487
Xbox 360 - 2,183
PS2 - 1,863
DS Lite - 973

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