Japanese Sales: PSP Rocks Software AND Hardware

September 7, 2011Written by Heath Hindman

While not taking the top spot in hardware sales (as it had been rather accustomed to) this past week, the PSP still keeps shifting hardware in Japan, with yet another week topping the 30k plateau. More amazingly, the system now claims yet another exclusive debuting at number one, as Grand Knights History is the nation’s best-selling game.

Made by Vanillaware (Odin Sphere, Muramasa) and published by Marvelous, the game sold well over 60 thousand copies on its trip to the top. PSP would go on to pack nine games into Japan’s top 20.

Here’s the complete software chart for August 29 – September 4:

01. [PSP] Grand Knights History
02. [PS3] Monster Hunter Freedom 3 HD
03. [WII] Rhythm Heaven
04. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 3: Empires
05. [3DS] Devil Survivor: Over Clock
06. [NDS] Kirby Mass Attack
07. [PSP] Corpse Party: Book of Shadows
08. [PSP] Mobile Suit Gundam: New Giren’s Ambition
09. [PSP] Monster Hunter Diary: Pokapoka Felyne G
10. [PSP] Dynasty Warriors 7: Special
11. [3DS] Pokemon Rumble Blast
12. [WII] Wii Sports Resort with Remote Plus
13. [3DS] The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
14. [PSP] Black Rock Shooter: The Game
15. [PS3] Call of Duty: Black Ops – Dubbed Edition (Reprint)
16. [360] Monster Hunter Frontier Online: 2011 Anniversary Premium Package
17. [PSP] Uta no Prince-Sama: Repeat
18. [PSP] Toriko: Gourmet Survival
19. [PSP] Taiko Drum Master Portable DX
20. [NDS] Suite Pre Cure: Melody Collection

Even the 360 snuck one into the top 20 this week. Behold the selling power of Monster Hunter, ladies and gentlemen.

The hardware chart looks like this:

3DS – 54,744
PS3 – 33,831
PSP – 30,199
Wii – 11,606
DS – 5,710
PS2 – 1,394
Xbox 360 – 1,228

The 3DS price drop continues to show its positive effects on system sales, but unfortunately for Nintendo, the machine is having a rough time moving software. PS3 meanwhile also stays well above 30k. Look for that to go up even more, as the next sales report will include Tales of Xillia.