Big in Japan Sept. 27-Oct. 3: Pokemon Black/White
Nintendo's creature hunter RPG continues dominance, as seven new games crack Media Create's weekly chart; Dead Rising 2 debut = 123,000 units.
Media Create's Japanese sales chart for the week of September 27-October 3 was overrun with new releases as the holiday season ramps up. However, despite the seven new top 10 entrants, Pokemon's dominance remained unchallenged. During the cuspy week, Pokemon Black and White led all other software in Japan, selling 374,859 units during its third week on the market.
The week's top debut went to Sega's PSP rhythm game K-On! After School Live!!, which sold 170,848 units. Clocking in at nearly 100,000 units less was Capcom's Okamiden, the DS sequel to Clover Studios' acclaimed action adventure Okami. Nihon Falcom's Eiyuu Densetsu: Zero no Kiseki finished the week in fourth, selling 84,360 units.
The week's highest profile release, Capcom's Dead Rising 2, managed to sneak into the top five, as the PlayStation 3 edition edged out its Xbox 360 counterpart, selling 79,695 units to 43,800. Asgard's Starry Sky: In Summer and Namco Bandai's Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team rounded out the week's chart-topping new releases, filing in at a respective ninth and tenth.
Hardware showed no noticeable impact from the week's releases, as the PSP assumed its regular position atop the chart with 37,088 units sold. Nintendo's DSi line of handhelds followed, combining to sell nearly 50,000 units, while the PS3 shifted 20,363 systems. Wii sales continued to languish in Japan, as the system sold 13,360 units on the week, a figure that easily outpaced the Xbox 360's 2,769 units.
JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 27-OCTOBER 3, 2010
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Pokemon Black and White / The Pokemon Company / DS / 374,859
2. K-On! After School Live!! / Sega / PSP / 170,848
3. Okamiden / Capcom / DS / 84,472
4. Eiyuu Densetsu: Zero no Kiseki / Nihon Falcom / PSP / 84,360
5. Dead Rising 2 / Capcom / PS3 / 79,695
6. Dead Rising 2 / Capcom / X360 / 43,800
7. Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinshou / Sega / PSP / 43,163
8. Wii Party / Nintendo / Wii / 33,067
9. Starry Sky: In Summer / Asgard / PSP / 19,264
10. Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team / Namco Bandai / PSP / 19,080
PSP - 37,088
DSi - 24,937
DSi LL - 24,246
PS3 - 20,363
Wii - 13,360
DS Lite - 5,707
Xbox 360 - 2,769
PS2 - 1,247
PSP Go - 754