The Japan Preview: 7/17/11 Edition (Baseball, Soccer, Drumming >100k)

by Jacob Mazel, posted on 17 July 2011 / 4,262 Views

For the first time in nearly five months, three titles topped 100,000 units for the week - an excellent result for the Japanese market. Konami, Namco-Bandai and Level-5 did the heavy lifting for the week. Konami's latest baseball game performed well on PS3 and PSP, Namco-Bandai's latest Taiko drumming game performed strongly on PSP, and Level-5's latest Inazuma Eleven game performed well on Wii. Several other new titles, including Puyo Puyo, and Star Fox 64 3D for 3DS also performed fairly well. Top titles for the week, based on the preliminary data are assembled below.

1) Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX (PSP) - 162,000

2) Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2011 (PS3) - 120,000

3) Inazuma Eleven Strikers (Wii) - 105,000

4) Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2011 (PSP) - 78,000

5) Puyo Puyo!! (DS) - 47,000

6) Star Fox 64 3D (3DS) - 46,000

7) UnchainBlades ReXX (PSP) - 21,000

8) Danball Senki (PSP) - 12,000

9) Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon (PS3) - 11,000

10) L.A. Noir (PS3) - 10,000

11) inFamous 2 (PS3) - 9,000

14) To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers (PSP) - 8,000

14) Kokoro no Kokoron (DS) - 8,000

14) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS) - 8,000

15) Meruru no Atelier: Arland no Renkinjutsushi 3 (PS3) - 6,000

In addition to the games above, Wii Sports Resort (Wii), Goldeneye 007 (Wii), Wii Play: Motion (Wii), Pokemon Black / White (DS), and Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional (DS) should all appear in the final top twenty data.

Figures for next week should be fairly decent as well, as the Jikkyou baseball and Taiko drumming games usually sell well for a fairly long time. Konami's Jikkyou game actually opened better on PSP than it did last year, but PS3 figures were nearly the same so the drops over the next few weeks will probably be similar on PS3 to 2010 while the PSP game falls off the faster. The Taiko game will probably fall sharply next week and then fall slowly, and could reach 400,000 units or more on PSP. Inazuma Eleven could also hold up pretty well if it is recieved well on Wii as the series has been on DS. Nintendo's Rhythm Heaven game for Wii next week also looks like it will open to at least 50,000 units, and then it should sell well for a while.

There should be some decent hardware boosts this week. Star Fox was accompanied by a red 3DS model this week. Inazuma Eleven is only the second Wii game released in 2011 to top 100,000 units (the other was The Last Story), and so Wii should see a nice bump as well particularly since the steadier stream of software follows the recent hardware bundle. DS, and both the PSP/PS3 could each be up on the new games they saw released, although Puyo Puyo and baseball games are well established on these platforms already. There was certainly enough released this week to prevent meaningful declines for everything but PS2 and X360.

Looking to the future, Monster Hunter Portable 3 HD (PS3) has around 35,000 preorders to date, with just over a month until it releases. Tales of Xillia, a September release, has about 95,000 preorders for PS3 and should do the usual Tales numbers upon launch. Dragon Quest Collection for Wii, which releases about a week after Tales of Xillia isn't highly preordered yet, but should begin to rapidly rise into the top preordered games quickly and end up as one of the biggest games of the year.

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cromeros (on 17 July 2011)

Good sales for Inazuma eleven Strikers... Star Fox, very modest sales...

sep85dd (on 18 July 2011)

Puyo! 3 Titles Reach 100.000 Units, great!

MrT-Tar (on 18 July 2011)

Starfox is a bit disapointing, but IE more than makes up for it

Arfen (on 18 July 2011)

Want to se some reviews about Inazuma eleven... but its glad to see a good opening for it!! Now I want to see hardware numbers

Marco (on 18 July 2011)

PSP - awesome ps3 good

Nintendogamer (on 18 July 2011)

Wii can do 15K I think.

menx64 (on 18 July 2011)

Good numbers for for Inazuma eleven... And bad number for MH3PHD... I am still wondering why capcom didnt use the graphic engine from Mh3 to create a MH3G or something on the wii... They could have done another million copies or so...

hiroko (on 18 July 2011)

hmm i expected much more pre orders for MHP3HD and also for tales of xillia

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spurgeonryan (on 17 July 2011)

Fox not that popular in japan? Some of these Nintendo games could have came out at any time during the last few boring weeks in Japan, but now they came out at the wrong time and were out sold. So sad.....3DS may do well this week though!