Big in Japan June 8-14: Infinite Space

Platinum Games' DS strategy game debuts atop the charts as games for Nintendo's systems take 15 of top 20 spots.

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The first week of June saw the DS role-playing game Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days post a stellar Japanese retail debut, selling through more than 106,100 copies according to Media Create's gaming sales charts. For the following week of June 8-14, the best-selling game was Infinite Space for the DS, which experienced an ironically less stellar debut, moving fewer then 38,400 copies.

If Infinite Space has an ending, someone's gonna sue for false advertising.
If Infinite Space has an ending, someone's gonna sue for false advertising.

Be that as it may, Sega and Platinum Games' new strategy title did top the charts, relegating the Kingdom Hearts spin-off and its nearly 28,200 sold to second place. The only other new release to chart in the relatively quiet week was Wii Play Chibi Robo. Nintendo's revamped version of its GameCube robotic janitorial sim was the seventh best-selling title of the week, notching 11,200 sold.

Games for Nintendo systems dominated the charts this week, with DS titles claiming the top four spots on the charts. Wii games claimed three more of the top 10 spots, and the two systems combined accounted for 15 of the 20 best-selling games for the week. Of the remaining five spots, three were occupied by PSP games, and two by PlayStation 3 titles. The best selling game for a non-Nintendo system was Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires for the PS3, which came in fifth overall with 13,700 sold.

Hardware sales were down slightly for the week, and there was no change to the order of systems. Portables continue to garner the biggest user-base gains, with the DSi atop the pack with nearly 36,900 sold, trailed by the PSP with 26,900 systems sold. On the console side, the Wii continued to outpace the competition, adding more than 18,400 new systems to its total installed base, while the PS3 trailed with 10,000, and the Xbox 360 with 8,000.

Week of June 8-14, 2009
Software:
1) Infinite Space (DS) - 38,394
2) Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS) - 28,161
3) Sloane to MacHale no Nazo no Story (DS) - 26,360
4) Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth (DS) - 18,496
5) Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires (PS3) - 13,690
6) Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP) - 13,443
7) Wii Play Chibi Robo (Wii) - 11,202
8) Wii Fit (Wii) - 9,534
9) Evangelion: Jo (PSP) - 7,872
10) Arc Rise Fantasia (Wii) - 7,666

Hardware:
DSi - 36,872
PSP - 26,904
Wii - 18,442
PS3 - 10,009
Xbox 360 - 8,015
DS Lite - 5,408
PS2 - 3,498

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also , the psp is not a console, its a handheld , competing with dslite/i not the wii ps3 or 360 or ps2, the later 4 are consoles, totally different markets

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@Jedilink109 because in the US, if a games comes out that has any similarities to another game, fanboys of the first one say that the second company stole it, and then it's left for system fanboys to buy the other game. (in this case, everywhere I look it's compared to PSO) It's like when every open world game is compared to GTA. In Japan, well, remember when their top sellers list was filled with Sudoku titles? They'll buy anything if it's actually good.

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maybe the news of mgs coming to xbox increased sales

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I owt to play Kingdom hearts..... ........... .........I have to play Kingdom Hearts

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@masterds64 The PSP is beating Wii in sales on here because of Monster Hunter just coming out on PSP. The Monster Hunter series is HUGE in Japan. Not sure why it isn't a major hit over here...

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...why is the psp beating the wii in sales... Least the dsi is keeping it from a total market killzone... Oh well, prehaos nintendo might have a chance at winning this war for once....

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Interesting line up

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Infinate Space should be out early next month in US right?

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if Blizzard is SO COOL, why did they merge? I dont see Sony being cheap like that, SONYnintendo, LOL.

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It looks like the PS3 is beating out the 360 in Japan so this should show Activision that they would be messing up if they drop them. It also too would be cool if I could get Infinite Space in the US.

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i hope they bring infinite space and neon genesis to the u.s.

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Seems that the 360 eventually is taking a foothold in Japan beings its sales very close to that of the PS3 without any major exclusive title released recently.

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Wow crap...not many Japanese people buying DS games. =/

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i guest there are more fat japanese than i thought

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Ps3 all the way!

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its Japan, here come all the anti-360 fans. without any killer apps by the way O_o

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Chibi Robo was released in Japan ^_^

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THE WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

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I'm surprised to see 360 sales are almost the same as PS3

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Dang, I've been excited for Infinite Space for a long time. Nice to see it's a good game.

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Kingdom Hearts at number 2

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It's kinda funny to see the Xbox 360 do almost as well as the PS3 in Japan.

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This is cool that Infinite Space is doing great I can't wait for it to release in North America.

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Wow. Not very impressive numbers... Boring week though.

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KH seems to be doing pretty well, I think US will probably match what the sales have been in Japan. Or at least close to it.

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Nothing surprising.

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Xbox 360 is doing well(considering the Wii and PS3 that is).

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Japanese don't buy much American products. Nintendo is rocking, they sold more than 100,000 software units than Sony. Hope Infinite Space can be sold in the U.S, looks interesting.

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x360 is doin well, why??????

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xD KH is #2

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This is pretty cool to see. An indie game beating Kingdom Hearts. Very nice.

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