Charts: Latest Japanese Software & Hardware Sales

Posted by - Mar 7th 2007 01:46

While Japan campaigns with a new Fire Emblem, the PSP gets a certifiable new hit in the week ending February 25th.

Courtesy of Media-Create, we have the most recent sales figures from Japan.

Surging software sales for the week were paced by Capcom's Monster Hunter Portable 2nd which moved over 700k units. The game is the sequel to the PSP's best selling title to date. Excitement for the game even spilled over into hardware sales, and it is likely MHP2 will be one of the rare PSP titles that garner sustained interest (a short list that includes the likes of Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops and, of course, the first Monster Hunter Portable).

The week also brought several notable new releases on Nintendo platforms. Debuting for the Wii were Fire Emblem: Goddess of Dawn and a new fighting game based on the popular anime series Naruto. Meanwhile, Electronic Arts graced the DS with a special version of Sim City. Fans of the city-building series will be excited to find a portable build that has been optimized with the DS' strengths in mind. The historically West-focused EA has several other DS titles in the pipeline that they feel will appeal to Japanese gamers, most notably a stylized version of The Sims that features cuter character models.

On the hardware front, though the PSP surged above Nintendo's Wii, the DS Lite would not be dethroned. Much maligned as of late, the portable Playstation nevertheless is outpacing its beefy brother, the PS3. Expect the pecking order to resume its usual order next week: it will be a while before Monster Hunter Portable 3rd sees its inevitable release.

The weekly software numbers follow:

No. System Title Publisher
1 PSP Monster Hunter Portable 2nd 705,281 Capcom
2 PS2 Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Matsuri 80,022 Alchemist
3 Wii Fire Emblem 75,359 Nintendo
4 DS Sim City DS 50,826 Electronic Arts
5 DS Prof. Layton and the Mysterious Town 49,979 Level 5
6 Wii Wii Sports 47,053 Nintendo
7 Wii Naruto: Shippuden Gekitou Ninja Taisen! EX 45,792 Takara Tomy
8 DS Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 40,507 Square-Enix
9 Wii Hajimete no Wii 35,811 Nintendo
10 DS Picross DS 26,693 Nintendo

The week's console numbers follow:

No. Console Week Sales Last Week Sales
1 Nintendo DS Lite 136,128 136,846
2 PlayStation Portable 100,210 34,505
3 Wii 78,506 63,618
4 PlayStation 3 19,315 20,676
5 PlayStation 2 15,054 16,192
6 Xbox 360 4,183 5,210
7 Game Boy Advance SP 1,035 843
8 Game Boy Micro 907 953
9 GameCube 323 347

Source: Media-Create


Llewdebkram Says:
March 7th, 2007 at 03:10 || Total Comments: 269
Nice to se more than just the wii games play and sports in the charts.
Apparently PS3 sold 40,000 this week due in part to the game Gundam Musou.
I still find it strange PS3 sales are so low, surely there isn't still a shortage.
Blacktail Says:
March 7th, 2007 at 03:36 || Total Comments: 16
No there isn't a shortage (at least not in the US); it seems that people just aren't buying them right now. As much as I would like to gloat about that, sales will probably shoot through the roof when some better games come out, and/or the price goes down. This time next year PS3 sales will probably decimate all. Plus the whole Blu-ray Vs HD-DVD thing is maybe putting people off too.
Libra Says:
March 7th, 2007 at 05:04 || Total Comments: 175
Looking forward to Sim City DS. I'm not sure about blowing into the mic to put out fires though.

I think the 'blowing into the mic' feature spoils some games. MarioKart DS' usage is acceptable, but does make you light-headed.
Llewdebkram Says:
March 7th, 2007 at 05:05 || Total Comments: 269
Best to get plenty of Wiis in peoples' houses before this happens then!

Shame there is only a trickly of Wii games, when is Pokemon out?
Llewdebkram Says:
March 7th, 2007 at 05:05 || Total Comments: 269
Best to get plenty of Wiis in peoples' houses before this happens then!

Shame there is only a trickle of Wii games, when is Pokemon out?
Seamus_aran Says:
March 7th, 2007 at 05:31 || Total Comments: 288
Japan? Ages ago.

US? April. Followed by the Wii game.

Europe? No one knows... soon though.
Pod Says:
March 7th, 2007 at 05:46 || Total Comments: 1799
I want Professor Layton!! Pleeeeaaase let it have a western release!
Ravenblade2006 Says:
March 7th, 2007 at 05:50 || Total Comments: 272
Nice to see a balance of games from publishers in the top ten. Show them that it is not just Nintendo games that sell well on their platforms.
Azmol01 Says:
March 7th, 2007 at 06:43 || Total Comments: 949
Naruto had good first weeks sales as did Fire Emblem, Monster Hunter is so crap yet it sells unbelievably well, looks like bad games sell well regardless of territory.
Aeris130 Says:
March 7th, 2007 at 09:54 || Total Comments: 64
I'm sure a lot of PSP owners feels the same way about Pokemon. :)
Nintendo-master2 Says:
March 7th, 2007 at 13:08 || Total Comments: 1533
WOW! i can garenty (sorry for spelling) that the reason psp sold well is because of Monster Hunter Portable 2nd!!!
Rob Says:
March 7th, 2007 at 14:31 || Total Comments: 38
Just for the record, I live in Japan and there is NO shortage of PS3 here, it is widely available but nobody is buying.

It may well increase over time, but Sony is losing so much right now, it lives on numbers that is numbers of consoles in homes, all those 3rd party devs know this and they are all probably worrying right now if they are developing something for the ps3 because no doubt it is costing them a lot of money.

The only console right now that is selling well in all areas is the Wii, the 360 is a dead duck here, the ps3 not much better.
Mokong Says: 
March 7th, 2007 at 18:24 || Total Comments: 738
OMG, Sony must feel dizzy after that surge in PSP sales, seems kinda strange seeing above the Wii

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