Big in Japan Feb. 6-12: Suikoden, Gravity Rush
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