Big in Japan March 19-25: Kid Icarus: Uprising

Long-awaited Nintendo title flies high above new Yakuza and Pokemon title; 3DS experiences sales surge.

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Angels were indeed smiling upon Nintendo in terms of sales numbers. The recent Media Create update showed that the recently out 3DS title Kid Icarus: Uprising occupied the top spot of the sales chart for the week of March 19 to March 25. For more information, check out GameSpot's review of the title.

Highly armed angels triumphed over yakuzas and Pokemon in Japan.
Highly armed angels triumphed over yakuzas and Pokemon in Japan.

Nintendo's action title beat out the debut of Sega's Yakuza: Black Panther 2 (Kurohyo 2: Ryu ga Gotoku Asyura hen) for the PSP, which was at second place with 104,937 units sold. The game's primary focus is on combat rather than narrative, as the game features two-on-two team battles and battle royal fights.

Other new highlights for the week include the Devil May Cry HD collection, Ninja Gaiden 3, and Mugen Souls. Capcom's action collection was at fourth place with 43,791 units sold, while the third Ninja Gaiden title was just below with 29,797 units sold.

Compile Heart's RPG, Mugen Souls, was at sixth place with 23,004 units sold. The RPG features a minion-recruiting system, an option to change the main character's persona to accommodate the situation, and a combination tag team attack system. The game also had a bizarre marketing campaign featuring a developer claiming to be the "next Keiji Inafune."

Due to the sales of Kid Icarus: Uprising, 3DS sales went up from 64,017 on the week of March 12-18 to 94,011 for March 19. The PS3 was just below, with 25,750 units sold for the week, while the PSP trailed close behind with 19,875 units. The PS Vita barely dropped to the four-digit mark with 10,302 units sold.

TOP JAPAN GAME SALES FOR MARCH 19-25

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. Kid Icarus: Uprising / Nintendo / 3DS / 132,526
2. Yakuza: Black Panther 2 / Sega / PSP / 104,937
3. Pokemon + Nobunaga no Yabou / Pokemon Company, Nintendo / DS / 65,046
4. Devil May Cry HD Collection / Capcom / PS3 / 43,791
5. Ninja Gaiden 3 / Tecmo Koei / PS3 / 29,797
6. Mugen Souls / Compile Heart / PS3 / 23,004
7. Monster Hunter 3G / Capcom / 3DS / 22,402
8. Mario Kart 7 / Nintendo / 3DS / 20,890
9. Super Mario 3D Land / Nintendo / 3DS / 20,305
10. Shining Blade / Sega / PSP / 19,032

Hardware
3DS - 94,011
PS3 - 25,750
PSP - 19,875
PS Vita - 10,302
Wii - 9,270
PS2 - 1,333
Xbox 360 - 1,084
DSi XL - 1,058
DSi - 778

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