Big in Japan Nov. 29-Dec. 5: Monster Hunter Portable 3

Capcom's latest action RPG dominates Media Create chart with nearly 2 million in opening-week sales; PSP benefits with 323,653 systems sold.

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Gran Turismo 5 flew off the shelves upon its debut in Japan, but the game's 430,000-unit first-week sales pale in comparison to the top seller for November 29-December 5. Proving the ongoing popularity of the series in Japan, Capcom's Monster Hunter Portable 3 for the PSP dominated Media Create's software sales chart for the period, selling a staggering 1,950,717 in less than seven days.

Capcom strikes platinum again with Monster Hunter Portable 3.
Capcom strikes platinum again with Monster Hunter Portable 3.

As for Gran Turismo 5, Polyphony Digital's sim racer sputtered on its second lap, dropping to fifth on Media Create's chart with 55,682 units sold. Two new titles jumped ahead of it--Namco Bandai's Tales of Graces F and Nintendo's Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem--while Mario Sports Mix put in another solid showing with 59,007 units sold.

The back half of Media Create's top 10 chart for the week also had a handful of debuts. Hudson's Momotaro Electric Railway World on the DS sold 45,126 units, a figure that just outpaced the PSP and Wii versions of Namco Bandai's Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO, which finished a respective ninth and 10th.

Monster Hunter Portable 3 proved to be a boon for Sony's PSP, which has enjoyed a healthy sales run throughout the year. During the week, some 323,653 PSPs were sold to Japanese consumers. That figure is a far cry from the second-place Wii, which sold 56,095 units during the month. The PlayStation 3 shifted 41,760 units during the month, followed by Nintendo's DSi handheld duo. The Xbox 360 finished the week with 3,497 units sold.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 5, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Monster Hunter Portable 3 / Capcom / PSP / 1,950,717
2. Tales of Graces F / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 215,187
3. Mario Sports Mix / Nintendo / Wii / 59,007
4. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem / Nintendo / DS / 57,474
5. Gran Turismo 5 / Sony / PS3 / 55,682
6. Pokemon Black and White / The Pokemon Company / DS / 54,848
7. Super Mario All-Stars / Nintendo / Wii / 45,904
8. Momotaro Electric Railway World / Hudson / DS / 45,126
9. Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO / Namco Bandai / PSP / 36,856
10. Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO / Namco Bandai / Wii / 35,132

Hardware:
PSP - 323,653
Wii - 56,095
PS3 - 41,760
DSi LL - 40,465
DSi - 36,481
Xbox 360 - 3,497
PSP Go - 1,875
DS Lite - 1,580
PS2 - 1,440

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