Big in Japan Feb. 27-March 4: One Piece Kaizoku Musou

PS3 debut of popular anime/manga franchise reaches pole position.

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Anime pirates eating devil fruits while gaining abnormal powers was the flavor of the week of February 27 in Japan. One Piece: Kaizoku Musou topped the recent Media Create sales update chart, with 655,774 units sold.

Stretchy pirates took the top spot in Japan for the week of February 27.
Stretchy pirates took the top spot in Japan for the week of February 27.

The PlayStation 3 exclusive published by Namco Bandai and developed by Omega Force places gamers in the shoes of Straw Hat Pirates leader Monkey D. Luffy as he fights his way through recaps of the anime/manga's prominent story arcs. Other features in the brand-new title include alternate story modes featuring different controllable characters and an online co-op multiplayer.

Also making their debuts on the week in Japan were Mario & Sonic at the London Olympic Games 2012 for the 3DS and Great Battle Fullblast for the PSP. The former title sold 43,155 units, while the latter title sold 24,289 units. Great Battle Fullblast is a side-scrolling action game featuring playable characters from the Kamen Rider, Ultraman, and Gundam series.

The recent 3DS installment of Harvest Moon secured third place for the week with 27,378 units sold. Square Enix received a special surprise as Theatrhythm Final Fantasy went up from 15th place on last week's charts to fifth place this week with 21,540 units sold. Tales of the Heroes Twin Brave went down from the top of the heap to the tail end of the top 10 with 12,358 units sold.

On the hardware side, there was a close fight for the top spot, with two systems pulling far ahead of the pack. The 3DS managed to stay atop the heap despite taking a slight dip with 70,744 units sold. Meanwhile, the PS3 saw a huge jump in sales due to the release of the One Piece title and sold 65,116 units for the week. Sony's other systems didn't fare as well, with the PSP and PS Vita selling 15,715 and 10,023 units, respectively.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 4

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. One Piece: Kaizoku Musou / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 655,774
2. Mario & Sonic at the London Olympic Games 2012 / Nintendo / 3DS / 43,155
3. Harvest Moon: The Land of Origin / Marvelous AQL / 3DS / 27,378
4. Great Battle Full Blast / Namco Bandai / PSP / 24,289
5. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy / Square Enix / 3DS / 21,540
6. Mario Kart 7 / Nintendo / 3DS / 18,945
7. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generation / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 17,917
8. Super Mario 3D Land / Nintendo / 3DS / 16,142
9. Monster Hunter 3G / Capcom / 3DS / 15,836
10. Tales of the Heroes Twin Brave / Namco Bandai / PSP / 12,358

Hardware
3DS - 70,744
PS3 - 65,116
PSP - 15,715
PS Vita - 10,023
Wii - 8,111
Xbox 360 - 1,377
PS2 - 1,248
DSi XL - 810
DSi - 553

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mikeyMKII

US release please...

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X_Blinx_X

There hasn't been any announcement on a EU or USA release I hope they release it in EU, the first One Piece PS3 EXCLUSIVE I am excited because i am a major One Piece Fan @SuplexKirby you are right the anime/manga is addictive :D

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Majkic666

please make One piece for xbox as-well :/

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SuplexKirby

Fairy Tail doesn't need a game because the anime sucks and some of it characters are a rip-off from some on one piece and I'am not talking about the art style. Even with Gravity Daze the vita still does bad. Japanese just like the same games over and over and if vita had gotten RE and MH vita would had probably sold millions -_- One Piece is huge and this isn't a surprise because the anime/manga is additive.

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servb0ts

We just need more Anime and Gundam Games getting localized to our PS3 Damn It.

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chyng85

Oh I wanna try Great Battle Full Blast~

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BillyColeman

lime_93 i love you as i feel the same way i dont hate One Piece but come on the show needs to end as its lasting far too long Fairy Tail ftw

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soulless4now

Still no Vita games on the list? Wow. Japan must really not like it or it's either the lack of games.

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dxdevilex0

@leeko_link MH4 is coming for 3DS and MH3G might get localised while VITA is getting MHp3(remake). At the rate the VITA is going,even the Wii might beat it.And it's the first time(in many weeks) that the combined hardware sales is more than the 3DS only! :)

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lime_93

Can we get a Fairy Tail game, I hate One Piece.

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HaloPimp978

Good for One Piece and love the series. Plan on importing it soon seeing it won't come to the states anytime soon.

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anticusho1984

so ps vita cannot outsell psp and it has no game in the top 10, I hope sony can think in a good strategy in japan which could be jrpg, anime games and monster hunter

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KBFloYd

wow...ps3 is beast in japan..

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Micro_mas

Waiting for this!

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guitardeth3

Good for one piece (Though I'm not really into the top 3 shounen)

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jasongm

It sucks that Monster Hunter hasn't been imported stateside yet?

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SonicNextGen2

Wow, who knew One Piece could do so well. Congrats! :D

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Blanka13

one piece rock!!

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mastergundam

One Piece japanese voice actors are all famous people, too bad i have to import this game if they've ever thought of localizing it without *** audio option

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freefadi

I hope they release OnePiece here, I saw the trailer and I'm a fan of anime so, yeah I'm really hoping for a release.

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leeko_link

@ JD_Escobar I thought Monster Hunter 4 is gonna be release for the 3DS, not Vita. Haven't heard anything about a Vita Monster Hunter game yet.

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Ranma_X_basic

As a fan of the one piece series i wonder if this game will come stateside (doubt it though) cause i'd wanna give this game a try. last game i played was unlimited adventure on the Wii.

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JD_Escobar

VITA will pick up in Japan once Monster Hunter is released, and wow One Piece killed the competition

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kokwey41

holi moli O.O .....ps2 almost beat xbox 360

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PillyChickle

@ar6ra6sh9 Nope. Look at the 3DS numbers.

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Black_Man85

@Oldboy08 "It's Dynasty Warriors."..... I don't wanna play that -.- "But with One Piece characters."..... SIGN ME IN O:

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hippiesanta

wow one piece....and ps3

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Oldboy08

@supersaiyanrockr It's Dynasty Warriors but with One Piece characters.

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SadPSPAddict

Scary that Vita sales are below PSP sales :(

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tarv4973

Wow, if Vita sales fall below 10k Sony needs to wake up and smell the coffee!

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ar6ra6sh9

yeyyy one piece 8) finally something that im agree with in in japane tope games :P ps vita ... :\ ... its because of new high tec phones, isnt it?

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SuprSaiyanRockr

Can anyone confirm whether this one piece title is half decent? After Bleach: Soul Ignition and DBZ Ultimate Tenkaichi, I'm a little hesitant to get excited about anime games.