Sunday, October 16, 2011

Japan sales figures; October 3-9

First, the hardware, where once again the 3DS has come out on top, by a significant margin:

3DS   53,540
PS3   29,435
PSP   26,780
Wii   10,080
DSi LL   2,175
DSi   1,718
XB360   1,346
PS2   1,326
DSL   51

The 3DS has now sold roughly twice as many consoles as the PS3 for the year, and around 50 per cent more than the PSP sales. This is a good thing for Nintendo in trying to convince third party publishers to support the system.

On the software front, Konami's PES 2012 (Winning Eleven in Japan) has quite justifiably taken top slot. An AKB48 game jumps launches in second place, no surprise given how religiously Japan's otaku population follows the idol supergroup. Dynasty Warriors continues to prove how wrong western media is in those 3/10 reviews, Dark Souls continues to prove that hard games can still sell well, and please, Square Enix, localise that Dragon Quest Collection.

One other interesting thing to note: Rage debuted in the top 10 for Bethesda. Impressive effort for a market where FPSers aren't usually that popular.

1) World Soccer Winning Eleven 2012   PS3   272,036
2) AKB1/48: Idol to Guam de Koishitara   PSP   236,587
3) F1 2011   PS3   26,574
4) Shin Sangoku Musou 6 Moushouden [Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends]   PS3   18,305
5) Eiyuu Densetsu: Ao no Kiseki [Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki]   PSP   16,423
6) Dark Souls   PS3   15,853
7) Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary:
Famicom & Super Famicom Dragon Quest I-II-III   Wii   15,338
8) Rage   PS3   11,320
9) Everybody's Rhythm Tengoku   Wii   10,731
10) Wii Sports Resort + Wii Remote Plus   Wii   10,295



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