Japan’s Sales Charts Take Gamers by the Hand

June 6, 2011 Written by Heath Hindman

The 3DS is a tricky puzzle to solve right now. Its software has a hard time making the charts, but in recent times it has slipped a couple into the top three, even being the king of the mountain at times. In the most recently published Media Create charts, it’s again a 3DS game that finds itself without any company at the top; the next 3DS game doesn’t show up until number 17, with Dead or Alive Dimensions.

PS3’s Warriors: Legend of Troy went on sale in Japan this last week and was met with retail success, hitting second place while selling over 30 thousand units. Apparently Cameron’s warning didn’t have much impact on these guys.

Musical psuedo-RPG Patapon 3 continues to enjoy its reserved chair in the top 10; it’s been there ever since its mid-April release and has sold over 100 thousand copies during its run. Fellow PSP game Akiba’s Trip drops from first place to fourth; the cooky take on zombie hunting has shifted well over 70k in the last two weeks.

1. One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP (3DS)
2. Warriors: Legends of Troy (PS3)
3. Pandora’s Tower: Until I Return to Your Side (Wii)
4. Akiba’s Trip (PSP)
5. Nobunaga’s Ambition: Way of Heaven (PS3)
6. Treasure Report (DS)
7. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional (DS)
8. Patapon 3 (PSP)
9. Iza, Shutsujin! (PSP)
10. Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 (PSP)
11. Wii Party (Wii)
12. Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS (DS)
13. Memories Off (PSP)
14. Red Stone DS (DS)
15. Akai Katana Shin (360)
16. Pokemon Black / White (DS)
17. Dead or Alive: Dimensions (3DS)
18. Atelier Totori: The Alchemist of Arland 2 [PlayStation 3 the Best Version] (PS3)
19. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
20. Gungnir (PSP)
21. Monster Hunter Freedom 3 (PSP)
22. inFamous [PlayStation 3 the Best Version] (PS3)
23. Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 (PS3)
24. Nintendogs + Cats: French Bulldog / Shiba / Toy Poodle & New Friends (3DS)
25. Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
26. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
27. Super Robot Wars Z (PSP)
28. Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
29. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (DS)
30. New Super Mario Bros. (Wii)

Hardware charts told the same story they’ve been telling for months. That is to say, the PSP rules the roost, the 3DS isn’t yet the dominating force Nintendo hoped it would be, and the PS3 consistently third place. Here are the numbers:

PSP – 33,609
3DS – 24,283
PS3 – 15,987
Wii – 7,438
DSi LL – 5,197
DSi – 5,106
Xbox 360 – 2,303
PS2 – 1,274
DS Lite – 139
PSP go – 76

June is a month with a whole heck of a lot of highly anticipated PlayStation software landing in stores, so I’d expect PS3 to make a surge over the next few weeks.