The Japan Preview: 3/6/11 Edition (3DS Week Two, Duodecim PSP) - NewsVGChartz Staff , posted on 06 March 2011 / 5,181 Views
3DS software was strong in week number two on the Japanese market. PSP also had another big game release for the week.
Preliminary data for the week ending March 6, 2011 has arrived from Japan. Based on that data, the top 15 games, including all skus were as follows. New titles are italicized.
1) Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy (PSP) - 274,000
2) Samurai Dou 4 i.e. Way of the Samurai 4 (PS3) - 101,000
3) Digimon Story: Super Xros Wars Blue / Red Editions (DS) - 98,000
4) Professor Layton & The Mask of Miracle (3DS) - 78,000
5) SD Gundam G Generation World (PSP) - 50,000
6) Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto - Ginga Bishounen Densetsu (PSP) - 42,000
7) Nintendogs + Cats (3DS) - 40,000
8) Phantasy Star 2 Infinity (PSP) - 38,000
9) Monster Hunter Portable 3 (PSP) - 26,000
10) Samurai Warriors Chronicle (3DS) - 24,000
11) Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (3DS) - 18,000
12) Disgaea 4 (PS3) - 16,000
13) Ridge Racer 3DS (3DS) - 13,000
14) Samurai Warriors 3 Z (PS3) - 12,000
15) Catherine (PS3) - 7,000
In week two on the Japanese market, 3DS games sold at least 173,000 units based on the preliminary data. With a normal drop off for the three games not charting in the preliminary data, 3DS games likely sold about 180,000 - 200,000 units this week in total. Last week Professor Layton & The Mask of Miracle sold to about one in three 3DS users. This week, similar penetration would suggest 3DS sales of about 210,000 units. 3DS likely dropped off more than that though, meaning Mask of Miracle has sold 200,000 units to a base of anywhere between 400,000 and 600,000 units. Nintendogs looks like it has topped 100,000 units this week on 3DS as well. Samurai Warriors Chronicle and Super Street Fighter IV look like they will top 100,000 units pretty quickly on 3DS too, possibly as soon as two weeks from now, which is a good sign for third parties.
For the older portables software sales were rather strong. PSP's major games from last week, Phantasy Star and SD Gundam G Generation World, both fell quite sharply, dropping from a combined 400,000 units last week to 80,000 units this week. The new Dissidia title for PSP offset much of that fall though by opening to sales of 274,000 units. Monster Hunter Portable 3 continues to sell pretty well, but 5 million units in Japan for the original edition of the game is starting to look like a long shot. PSP hardware and software should gradually weaken throughout the year as the base for 3DS builds and hype for NGP increases. On the DS side, a new Digimon title opened quite well, at almost 100,000 units. Digimon titles usually sell somewhat well for a long time on DS, so lifetime figures of 200,000 - 300,000 units are not impossible for the game.
Console software outside of Way of the Samurai 4, which topped 100,000 units, was rather weak. Disgaea 4 fell sharply for PS3 and Samurai Warriors 3 Z will drop below 10,000 units next week. Top Wii software, which didn't show up at all in the preliminary data, should be right around 10,000 units.
Across all platforms, the candidates most likely to round out the top twenty in the final data are Donkey Kong Country Returns, Pokemon Black / White, SD Gundam G Generation World (Wii), Harukanaru, Rune Factory: Oceans (PS3), and Idolmaster 2 (X360).
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