Big in Japan June 13-19: Zelda 3D
Level 5's PSP mech game Danball Senki takes top spot as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time remake propels 3DS to top of the hardware chart.
Even with a new entry in Sega's popular Yakuza series, the top two spots of Media Create's Japanese sales chart for the week of June 13-19 were occupied by offerings from Level 5 and Nintendo. Taking first place was Danball Senki for the PSP with 166,187 units sold. The action role-playing game is about a boy named Ban Yamano who controls a customizable LBX robot and has to battle other kids with LBX robots. As a bonus for customers, the game comes with an AX-00 model that gamers can assemble from scratch.
Settling at second place is the remake of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, which sold 164,110 on its debut in the sales charts. A 3D version of the Nintendo 64 original, the game includes extras like modified Master Quest dungeons and a Boss Challenge mode.
Also making its debut is the adventure game/visual novel Steins; Gate Hiyoku Renri no Darling for the Xbox 360. The title allows gamers to affect the direction of the game via the choices onscreen, as well as use phone triggers to make choices through answering random phone calls and clicking on highlighted text from phone text messages. Unlike the past Steins; Gate title with dark overtones, the game's story is lighthearted and contains romantic elements.
While the PSP has seen a boost in hardware sales to 31,741 units from the previous week's 26,681 systems sold, it wasn't enough to top the 3DS. Driven in part by the release of Ocarina of Time 3D, Nintendo's new handheld topped 40,000 units sold for the week.
JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF JUNE 13-19
1. Danball Senki / Level 5 / PSP / 166,187
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D / Nintendo / 3DS / 164,110
3. Yakuza: Of the End / Sega / PS3 / 53,775
4. Steins; Gate Hiyoku Renri no Darling / 5pb / Xbox 360 / 31,666
5. Steins; Gate Double Pack / 5pb / Xbox 360 / 11,041
6. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D / Capcom / 3DS / 9,062
7. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional / Square Enix / DS / 7,997
8. Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS / Nintendo / DS / 6,609
9. Wii Party / Nintendo / Wii / 6,556
10. One Piece Unlimited Cruise Special / Namco Bandai / 3DS / 6,549
3DS – 40,649
PSP – 31,741
PS3 – 16,081
Wii – 6,678
DSi XL – 5,464
DSi – 5,322
Xbox 360 – 2,875
PS2 – 1,346
DS Lite – 109
PSP Go – 55
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