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New entries dominate Japanese top 20, but Vita entirely absent

By Dan Pearson

New entries dominate Japanese top 20, but Vita entirely absent

Thu 01 Mar 2012 9:26am GMT / 4:26am EST / 1:26am PST

Hardware sales stable but platform remains in fourth place

A rash of new entries has dominated the Japanese top twenty this week, with the top six titles all newly released.

Once again, the PSP takes top spot with Namco Bandai's Tales of the Heroes Twin Brave, selling over 85,000 units to pip the newest Harvest Moon title, a 3DS exclusive, to the top of the chart.

Namco Bandai took third and fourth too, with a new PS3 Naruto title and I Have Few Friends Portable for PSP. Capcom's Asura's Wrath managed fifth, whilst Namco bracketed the new releases at the top of the chart with another PSP title, Nendoroid Generation, in sixth.

Hardware positions remained unchanged except for the 360 overtaking the PS2 after last week's resurgence for the ageing platform. 3DS is still the clear market leader for the territory, selling nearly three times as many units as nearest rival the PS3.

All figures are courtesy of Media Create, via Andriasang.

Japanese software chart February 20 - 26, 2012. Figures in brackets are lifetime sales

  • [PSP] 01. Tales of the Heroes Twin Brave 85,309 New Entry
  • [3DS] 02. Harvest Moon Hajimari no Daichi 81,131 New Entry
  • [PS3] 03. Naruto Ultimate Storm Generation 65,758 New Entry
  • [PSP] 04. I Have Few Friends Portable 56,969 New Entry
  • [PS3] 05. Asura's Wrath 30,308 New Entry
  • [PSP] 06. Nendoroid Generation 21,991 New Entry
  • [3DS] 07. Super Mario 3D Land 21,400 (1,370,176)
  • [3DS] 08. Mario Kart 7 20,744 (1,527,266)
  • [3DS] 09. Monster Hunter 3G 17,841 (1,267,675)
  • [PS3] 10. Idolmaster G4U Pack Vol.5 17,038
  • [PS3] 11. Binary Domain 14,905 (88,589)
  • [PSP] 12. Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 5 Kazahanaki 12,630 New Entry
  • [3DS] 13. Resident Evil Revelations 12,210 (244,116)
  • [PS3] 14. Touch Shot! Love Application 11,077
  • [3DS] 15. Theatrhytym Final Fantasy 10,786 (77,993)
  • [PS3] 16. Gal Gun 9,002 New Entry
  • [3DS] 17. New Love Plus 8,644 (113,613)
  • [PSP] 18. Samurai Warriors 3Z Special 8,178 (25,303)
  • [PSP] 19. Moujuuzukai to Oujisama Snow Bride Portable 8,044
  • [PSP] 20. Suikoden 7,607 (83,086)

Japanese hardware chart, February 20 -26. Figures in brackets are last week's sales.

  • 1. 3DS: 76,322 (94,667)
  • 2. PS3: 27,111 (21,993)
  • 3. PSP: 15,928 (14,824)
  • 4. PSV: 11,186 (12,309)
  • 5. Wii: 7,878 (7,874)
  • 6. X360: 1,508 (983)
  • 7. PS2: 1,269 (1,433)
  • 8. DSi LL: 977 (901)
  • 9. DSi: 662 (656)

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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant

1,692 595 0.4
"Vita entirely absent"

Clever people, the Japanese.

Posted:4 years ago


Ian Brown IT Developer / IT Infrastructure

107 26 0.2
I'd put it down to the games being far more western than they're used to. Look at the Vita games released so far, Wipeout, Uncharted, Unit 13, Dungeons Alliance (or something). Apart from Blazblue and that Katamari game there isn't a lot for them. Soon as they get some JRPG games or Monster Hunter games released for it I'm sure it'll start picking up.

Posted:4 years ago

I'll be interested to see if VITA dips below 10k next couple of weeks - thats usually a tipping point for most devices in Japan. Sony at this rate are going to need a mini-relaunch to kick start sales again: either a mega-title (i.e. MH, or a FF title), or a price cut/new models/new titles (all at once). They do have a VITA software announce coming up in a few weeks.

VITA has sold only 150k in Japan this year - 3DS will hit 1m in the next 2-3 weeks.

But its dangerous for them to let these sales level continue, as it will hit public confidence & developer confidence.

Posted:4 years ago

The level of Vita games are more reflective of a Global audience slant than the local home appeal. Gravity Daze looks amaaaazing however and we are eager to try out the localised European version eventually

Posted:4 years ago


Nuttachai Tipprasert Programmer

79 60 0.8
The only problem of Vita in Japan is its own predesessor, the PSP. As long as PSP still can dominate the chart both software and hardware, there are very less reasons for both customer and delveloper to go to the new machine.

Posted:4 years ago


Tony Johns

520 12 0.0
At least the PSV is still getting sales in the hardware chart.

But they need to have good Japanese games that are not on any other hardware.

Also, there are some really good games from Japan I would have loved to get, if only they were made avaliable over here.

I am interested in I have very few friends, that looks like a Visual Novel for the PSP, a market that seems to get allot of support from Japanese gamers.

Posted:4 years ago


Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

1,025 1,486 1.4
Gravity Daze is already out in Japan, and sadly had no real effect on hardware sales in dropped out of the top 20 almost immediately.

Posted:4 years ago


David Amirian Writer

59 3 0.1
Wii entirely absent

Clever people, the Japanese.

Posted:4 years ago


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