PSP-Exclusive Tops JP Software Charts, Handhelds Still Rule Japan

Summon Night 5 for PSP

Bandai Namco could not have timed the release of the PSP-exclusive RPG Summon Night 5 more perfectly. It arrived on the market with virtually no competition, and thereby took the title as the best-selling game in Japan during its release week. Other games near the top were the same that have dominated the charts for a while now. The numbers themselves are not high, as Japanese sales all around were in a bit of a slump, but the ranking positions of Animal Crossing, Friend Collection, and Luigi’s Mansion remain near the top. Here are the 20 best-selling games in Japan for the week ending May 19, according to Media Create (figures measured in thousands).

1. (PSP) Summon Night 5 – 105.511

2. (3DS) Friend Collection: New Life – 63.055

3. (3DS) Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 20.304

4. (3DS) Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 16.492

5. (PS3) MuvLuv Alternative: Total Eclipse – 12.373

6. (PS3) Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen – 8.759

7. (3DS) Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission – 4.539

8. (WII) Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition – 4.351

9. (3DS) New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 3.851

10. (3DS) Mario Kart 7 – 3.354

11. (PS3) Tomb Raider – 3.276

12. (3DS) Tousouchuu – 3.033

13. (PSV) PhotoKano Kiss – 2.807

14. (PSP) Pro Baseball Spirits 2013 – 2.577

15. (3DS) Taiko Drum Master: Chibi Dragon and Mysterious Orb – 2.567

16. (3DS) Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate – 2.534

17. (PS3) Naruto Shippuden: Narutimate Storm 3 – 2.532

18. (PSP) 7th Dragon 2020-II – 2.324

19. (WIU) New Super Mario Bros. U – 2.237

20. (NDS) Pokemon Black 2 / White 2 – 2.168

Hardware sales looked like this:

3DS – 37,124

PS3 – 10,948

Vita – 10,931

PSP – 6,524

Wii U – 6,037

Wii – 1,143

Xbox 360 – 349

This week sees the release of Valhalla Knights 3 for Vita. We’ll have to wait and see if that’s enough to lift it out of yet another sales slumps. Fortunately, the slump isn’t just for Vita. The 3DS sales this week set a new low for a weekly performance post-price-drop. The floor had previously been about 44 thousand, which it reached in July of last year.