This Week In Sales: Japan Invaded By Heavy Rains And Resident Evils

By Ishaan . February 28, 2010 . 2:45pm


The week of February 15 – 21 saw the release of two fairly high-profile games. Resident Evil 5: Alternate Edition debuted at the top of the charts, knocking God Eater down to the #2 position. Meanwhile, Heavy Rain sold a somewhat respectable 26,775 units. Dante’s Inferno, on the other hand, only managed a measly 4,800 (approx.) units.


While it’s not on the top-ten charts, it appears Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Do Don to 2 Daime has reached approximately 290,000 units, since its release back in November. That’s a fairly significant number and explains the taiko-less re-release of the first Taiko no Tatsujin.


The top-ten ranking for the week of Feb 15 – 21 is as follows. More hidden sales tidbits after the chart:


LW TW Title Tw sales Tot. sales Sys. Publisher
New 01. Resident Evil 5: Alternate Edition 143,339 New PS3 Capcom
01. 02. God Eater 64,192 469,832 PSP Namco Bandai
03. 03. New Super Mario Bros. Wii 44,415 3,366,296 Wii Nintendo
02. 04. Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie 41,412 1,217,134 DS Square Enix
05. 05. Tomodachi Collection 31,299 2,848,666 DS Nintendo
New 06. Heavy Rain 26,775 New PS3 SCE
07. 07. Wii Fit Plus 25,631 1,664,505 Wii Nintendo
New 08. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia 24,132 New DS Konami
08. 09. Star Ocean: The Last Hope International 15,097 112,996 PS3 Square Enix
13. 10. Wii Sports Resort 11,303 1,760,000 Wii Nintendo


For those that are curious, Zangeki no Reginleiv is up to about 30,000 units now. In an interesting twist, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks’s price drop seems to be keeping it on the charts every week — it’s up to around 528,000 units so far. That’s about half of what Phantom Hourglass sold. Perhaps it’s time to go back to the drawing board if Nintendo intended for the "Celda" style to appeal to the Japanese market?


Meanwhile, Dynasty Warriors Online on PS3 debuted rather abysmally, in the range of 8,000 units.


Portables appear to generate the most revenue for Square Enix as Birth by Sleep continues to consistently sell a few thousand units every week. It’s up to around 775,000 units now. While it probably won’t hit a million, one also needs to take into account that Kingdom Hearts traditionally performs very well in the west, and the fact that it’s on PSP probably means production costs were very reasonable. By comparison, 358/2 Days has sold around 522,260 units to date, according to Enterbrain data.


Given the success of 358/2 Days and Birth by Sleep, one wouldn’t be surprised in the least to see more portable entries in the franchise going forward, especially in light of recent comments on spin-off games by Tetsuya Nomura.

  • Ereek

    Interesting that SO4:I is still doing so well. Perhaps it is something of a slow burner in Japan? Even more amazing is how many copies DQVI has sold, and is still selling. I suppose that’s to be expected though.

    Also, BbS selling more than Days is a bit surprising to me. In North America it will probably be opposite because of the PSP’s decreasing popularity.

    I really like these weekly sales articles.

    • Thanks Ereek. :)

      This is pretty anecdotal, but at least one retailer in Japan has pointed out that, right out the door, DQVI was selling primarily to older folks due to the nostalgia factor and that, over time, sustained sales would come from the younger crowd.

      I believe BbS sold more than 358/2 due to it being marketed as a game that tied into the main story. Remember, the teaser trailer for BbS in Final Mix 2 was what people originally thought was Kingdom Hearts 3. I believe that perception never really went away, as was the intention all along. Yea, it’ll be interesting to see how it does in the U.S., given the PSP’s situation…

  • Aoshi00

    Heavy Rain is getting some good buzz in Jpn, I’m dying to rec. my copy from P-A…I hope the freezing problem isn’t as bad as everyone said, or they would put out a patch soon.

    Other than Phoenix Wright and puzzle games like Prof Layton where you play in short burst, I can’t bring myself to play portables anymore, like during bus commute I would play 10 mins and fall asleep. BBS was pretty fun, but I really don’t feel like playing it on a small screen. If I’m at home, I either want to play games on the big TV or read a book on the couch.

    Pretty amazing RE5 Gold/Alternate is selling so well, are those extra contents sold as DLCs in Jpn? I’m wondering if I should just get the 2 extra episodes or the whole game again w/ the costumes, I don’t really play the online modes..

    • Hraesvelgr

      From what I played of Heavy Rain (finished it once so far), it never froze for me. The game doesn’t list your playtime, but it took me about three days of playing to finish it and I never ran into any bugs.

      • Aoshi00

        yeah, I’ve heard both ways, it happened to some people but not others, wonder if it has to do w/ which model of PS3 one plays the game on like Slim or Phat, I have both but I’m just using my slim right now. I think I would do the same thing as you and play it non-stop once I get my copy. I wonder if the DLC eps they roll out later would be compatible for both the US/Jpn ver, probably not… buying them on Jpn PSN would cost an arm and a leg (they really ought to be free, sigh..)

  • I’m kind of surprised at the poor DW: Online performance. Don’t those titles usually sell pretty well over there? I might not be knowledgeable about what makes DW:O so appealing or unappealing, though.

    • It’s a port of a PC game from 2006. :P

    • cowcow

      This year its all about Fist of the North Star and Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll.
      Those are two DW type games by Koei that actually has newer gameplay elements

  • thebanditking

    Im glad to see Star Ocean 4 selling well after such a slow start, hopefully it will be a slow burner. Sadly I don’t see End of Eternity on here….rather impressive debut for RE5, especially with it being an older title and one that can likely be found very cheap for the non Alternative Ed. Im also glad to see Heavy Rain show up, hopefully the game can become a cult classic over there, its good to see Japanese gamers branching out a bit.

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