Japanese Sales: PS3 Game Hits Home Run, 3DS Takes Flight

July 21, 2011Written by Heath Hindman

Today, Media Create has released its sales figures for the week ending July 17. Thanks to a port of Star Fox 64 and a new color — red — the 3DS jumped into the front of the Japanese hardware sales. On the software end of things, it was the PS3 taking the top spot with a wacky baseball title, of which the PSP version also sold a truckload or two.

Let’s get to those software charts:

01. (PS3) Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2011
02. (PSP) Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX
03. (WII) Inazuma Eleven Strikers
04. (PSP) Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2011
05. (NDS) Puyo Puyo 20th Anniversary
06. (3DS) Star Fox 64 3D
07. (PSP) Unchain Blades ReXX
08. (3DS) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
09. (WII) Wii Sports Resort with Remote Plus
10. (PSP) Tiny Battlers
11. (NDS) Pokemon Black / White
12. (WII) Wii Play: Motion
13. (PS3) L.A. Noire
14. (PSP) Steins Gate
15. (WII) GoldenEye 007
16. (PS3) Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
17. (PS3) inFamous 2
18. (PSP) ToHeart 2: Dungeon Travelers
19. (PS3) Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
20. (3DS) Unchain Blades ReXX

L.A. Noire manages to hold on somewhat well after being number one in its debut week, while inFamous 2 and Earth Defense Force also hang around on the charts for the time being. If anyone doubts the importance of releasing a game to a big install base, the PSP version over Unchain Blades outsold its 3DS counterpart by more than a 3-to-1 ratio. Inazuma Eleven Strikers is a pretty fun game and I’d recommend it if you have a Wii and real friends. It’s like faster-paced soccer and minus all the crap that makes soccer suck.

The hardware end looked like this:

3DS – 46,637
PSP – 26,565
PS3 – 23,322
WII – 14,237
NDS – 9,208
360 – 1,734
PS2 – 1,405

We’ll see how long the 3DS keeps the crown, as even the mighty Ocarina of Time only vaulted Nintendo’s newest machine into the top sport for one quick week.