Sony Takes All Top 5 Software Sales Spots in Japan

September 2, 2011Written by Heath Hindman

Monster Hunter continues to sell like mad in Japan, as the PS3-based HD upgrade to the PSP hit Monster Hunter Portable 3 easily waltzed into the top spot on the software charts. It’s almost a shame, because Image Epoch’s Black Rock Shooter: The Game had a really strong debut with a good shot at being number one in some other weeks of the year. Looking down the top 20, Sony systems account for 13 games, including the whole top five.

Here’s the full list of Japan’s top 20 selling game for the week ending August 28th:

1. (PS3) Monster Hunter Freedom 3 HD Version
2. (PSP) Black Rock Shooter: The Game
3. (PSP) Mobile Suit Gundam: New Giren’s Ambition
4. (PS3) Samurai Warriors 3: Empires
5. (PSP) Dynasty Warriors 7: Special
6. (WII) Rhythm Heaven
7. (PSP) Monster Hunter Diary: Pokapoka Felyne G
8. (DS) Kirby Mass Attack
9. (3DS) Pokemon Rumble Blast
10. (3DS) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
11. (WII) Wii Sports Resort with Remote Plus
12. (DS) Suite PreCure: Melody Collection
13. (PSP) Durarara!! 3way Standoff: Alley
14. (PSP) Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel: Toki to Sekai no Meikyuu
15. (PSP) Toriko: Gourmet Survival
16. (PSP) J-League Pro Soccer Club! 7: Euro +
17. (PSP) Taiko Drum Master Portable DX
18. (PSP) Persona 3 Portable
19. (PS3) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
20. (DS) Pokemon Black / White Editions (combined)

I’m getting tired of having to report all the time that PSP software is basically printing yen at this point. PSP games take up 10 spots up there. Ten. That’s phenomenal compared to the West — ten PSP games, three each for DS and PS3, with Wii and 3DS each claiming a pair.

The hardware charts look like this:

3DS – 60,781
PS3 – 33,141
PSP – 31,330
Wii – 11,342
DS – 5,729
PS2 – 1,580
Xbox 360 – 1,393

Seems like a heck of a lot of people are getting 3DS’s but not buying (m)any games for it. PS3 sales once again pretty solid, and that’ll probably get a boost from Tales of Xillia on September 8th. That’ll move PS3 units not just because of the special bundle pack, but because it’s the first Tales game build from the ground up for PS3 (Vesperia was an enhanced port from the 360 and Graces F was an enhanced port from the Wii). A lot of people are waiting for that one.