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Game sales continue to slump in Japan

Suite of new releases can't prevent hardware slide, as PSP remains dominant

The Japanese games market finally has a new number one, although sales for both software and hardware remain in the doldrums.

Acquire's self-published Akiba's Trip involves defeating vampire-like creatures by ripping off their clothes and exposing their body parts to sunlight. Set in Akihabara's busy shopping district the PSP game seems unlikely to enjoy a Western release and sold only 58,150 units to get to number one.

Tecmo's Dead or Alive Dimensions is the highest-charting 3DS game since the system's launch, but it sold only a meagre 23,078 units at number two.

Strategy game Gungnir at number four sold just 16,355 units and while Valve's Portal 2 on PlayStation 3 is a surprise entry at number six it registered only 8,942 unit sales.

The lowest ranked title in the top 10, 3DS title Steel Diver, sold only 4,583 units to ensure its appearance in the chart.

Hardware sales, obtained by website Andriasang, were similarly unimpressive, although the now familiar hierarchy was undisturbed as most formats saw sales decrease by a similar proportion.

The PSP led with 30,463 unit sales, followed by the 3DS on 17,240. The PlayStation 3 was down to 12,935, while the Wii was almost unchanged at 6,269.

Last Week
This Week
Title
Format
New Entry
1
Akiba's Trip
PSP
New Entry
2
Dead or Alive Dimensions
3DS
1
3
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional
DS
New Entry
4
Gungnir
PSP
5
5
Patapon 3
PSP
New Entry
6
Portal 2
PS3
6
7
Pro Baseball Spirits 2011
PSP
11
8
Wii Party
Wii
14
9
Pokémon Black/White
DS
3
10
Steel Diver
3DS
PlatformThis WeekLast Week
PSP30,46334,655
3DS17,24018,324
PlayStation 312,93513,789
Wii6,2696,336
Nintendo DSi XL5,1765,358
Nintendo DSi4,9385,292
Xbox 3602,1862,763
PlayStation 21,1291,319
Nintendo DS Lite158208
PSPgo65171

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Latest comments (3)

gi biz ;,pgc.eu 8 years ago
Ok, for real, for a full bunch of years I've been studying Japanese, making Japanese friends, asking about the culture, food, lifestyle, wages, rents, entertainments, I've been following the Japanese games market and I've been in love with the Country - and stupid earthquakes, radioactivity and PSN hacks seem to have flushed all this into the toilet in a month's time. Wtf, why does reality have to be so obnoxious!
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shikata ga nai ....
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Tony Johns8 years ago
I love the look of Akiba's Trip

I would love to get it when the game comes out in English, or else I will have to get Japanese import if it does not come to the USA by the end of the year.
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