This Week In Sales: Coming Out Of The Holidays

By Ishaan . January 6, 2011 . 3:32pm

The week of December 27th, 2010 – January 2nd, 2011 saw no new releases in Japan in the top-20 sales chart. Instead, you’re seeing sales start to cool off, coming out of the holidays, giving us a better idea of what to expect from some of the games on the chart.


Donkey Kong Country Returns (#2), for example, is still going strong, and sits proudly at over 600,000 units. Meanwhile, Ni no Kuni (#7) could be beginning to hint at its limits, as it’s still nowhere close to selling out its initial shipment. It remains to be seen if it can maintain steady sales over the next few weeks.


Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, of course, is still going strong. Showing signs of outpacing Dragon Quest IX, and due for a brand new PSP bundle, it’s going to be interesting to watch over the next few weeks. In contrast, The 3rd Birthday is still being overshadowed by Monster Hunter and its holiday cohorts.


And finally, a quick mention of Pokémon Black/White, well on their way to surpass 5 million with ease. Will we see these games receive a boost when the Nintendo 3DS releases? We’ll find out in a few months.


The top-20 for the week of December 27th, 2010 – January 2nd, 2011 is as follows:


Lw Tw Title Weekly Sales Total Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. Monster Hunter Portable  3rd 283,931 3,849,907 PSP Capcom
03. 02. Donkey Kong Country Returns 107,487 638,305 Wii Nintendo
05. 03. Wii Party 102,933 1,676,891 Wii Nintendo
02. 04. AKB 1/48 Fall In Love With An Idol 63,513 299,794 PSP Namco Bandai
07. 05. Mario Sports Mix 58,109 493,938 Wii Nintendo
04. 06. Pokémon Black/White 57,576 4,966,738 DS Nintendo
09. 07. Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Sorcerer 53,295 382,287 DS Level 5
08. 08. Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge the World – The Ogre 45,306 338,413 DS Level 5
06. 09. The 3rd Birthday 45,105 185,582 PSP Square Enix
14. 10. Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 43,283 288,750 PS3 Namco Bandai
13. 11. Wii Sports Resort (w/ MotionPlus) 38,464 223,754 Wii Nintendo
11. 12. Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem 29,818 261,600 DS Nintendo
10. 13. Magician’s Quest: The Merchant’s Store of Sorcery 28,049 277,499 DS Konami
16. 14. New Super Mario Bros. Wii 26,220 4,177,584 Wii Nintendo
18. 15. Mario Kart Wii 25,356 3,109,566 Wii Nintendo
19. 16. Super Mario All-Stars Collector’s Edition 22,945 803,453 Wii Nintendo
18. 17. Momotarou Dentetsu World 21,326 127,236 DS Hudson
15. 18. Super Fossil Fighters 20,096 238,726 DS Nintendo
17. 19. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Everyone’s Party Sandaime 18,118 140,288 Wii Namco Bandai
36. 20. Gran Turismo 5 16,863 563,378 PS3 Sony


Sales data acquired from 4Gamer and Media-Create.

  • Woa “low” numbers xD, i’m sure sony loves the monster hunter development team now.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      I bet they are going to love them even more if they start developing for the 3DS like they plan to. :P

      • Ahhhh i hope that doesn’t happens, i just can’t picture MH in the 3DS xD, i wouldn’t feel that confortable with that design

        • Tom_Phoenix

          Well, you are free to feel that way. Personally, I don’t think it’s only possible, but quite probable. There is just way too much money to be made for Capcom to ignore the opportunity and the games stand to benefit greatly from the StreetPass feature. Plus, as Monster Hunter Tri showed, they are quite willing to include the series on Nintendo consoles as well.

          If it’s any consolation, though, they are certainly going to continue developing for the PSP for the rest of it’s lifecycle.

          • Haha, i dont mind if they want to release it for the 3DS, it should be really attractive to most developers… but i don’t think that the 3DS would suit this kind of game… But well, is not like it has ever happened before, who knows? maybe it could be good, or even better!
            At least until the psp2 is announced with a mini HD screen and etc etc xD

          • Tom_Phoenix

            “but i don’t think that the 3DS would suit this kind of game… ”

            Well, again, you are free to feel that way. Personally, though, I actually think the 3DS is VERY suitable precisely for a game like Monster Hunter. I really think the series would benefit immensely from the StreetPass feature. But we will just have to wait and see how it pans out.

  • And with that, Kirby’s Epic Yarn has vanished from the charts, as Gran Turismo 5 has seen a resurgence. I guess the innovative real life driving simulator is still alive and well in Japan while new innovations of retro characters appeal to few people?

    Ni no kuni will hopefully reach new heights though, people must, as stated last week, be really waiting on playing it on their home console. I guess it will be nice to see its gorgeous visuals in high definition in full glory of 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound in the comfort of our homes on the PS3 versus on the tiny screen on the DS. Though myself would pick up both games.

    • PurpleDoom

      I was always under the impression that the DS and PS3 versions of Ni no Kuni were two distinctly different games, and the PS3 version wasn’t a port of the DS version… perhaps I’m wrong though. Regardless, I hope the game ends up doing better.

      • You have the right impression.

      • The ps3 version even has another subtittle, so i think is a different game, i sincerely don’t think that the low sales is because “people are waiting for ps3 ver.” I just think something went really wrong with that formula…

    • kylehyde

      “I guess the innovative real life driving simulator is still alive and well in Japan while new innovations of retro characters appeal to few people?”

      Super Mario All-Stars Collector’s Edition:
      22,945(this week)
      803,453(all life)

      Gran Turismo 5
      16,863(this week)
      563,378(all life)

      Super Mario All-Stars Collector’s Edition wants to talk with you

      • How is mario a retro character? Unlike Kirby…hes been in more than 3 games every year for this whole generation.

        • kylehyde

          Mario was not created this generation, it was created 25 years ago, also “Super Mario All-Stars Collector’s Edition” is a compilation of four mario games and all them have more than 20 years that saw the light for first time.

          And even if kirby has not appeared in many games as mario has done, it has appeared in at least 5 games in this generation.

  • HarryHodd

    Gundam 3 held up pretty well.

  • I’ll be honest, I’m one of those people that’s holding out to play Ni no Kuni on PS3, but I’ll be damned if the book bundled with the DS version isn’t one of the coolest pack-ins I’ve ever seen for a game.

    • Yukito

      The DS one and the PS3 one are different games if it helps.

  • Apollokids


    • *insert Tigrex’s Roar*

      Edit in consequence of Apollo’s edit:

      *equips on EarPlugin’s equipment set* xD

    • kylehyde

      In japan?

      it could happen

      On the rest of the world?

      I don’t think so.

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    I dunno if Ni no Kuni is going to go away JUST yet. Or…I just don’t want it to. Does a book like that really make a game from such a famous developer fizzle?

  • PrinceHeir

    so what did they expect in sales of the The 3rd Birthday? hopefully we get a sequel on PS3 :)

  • Yukito

    The did it themselves. Why the hell charge twice the price for a DS game? The people probably preordered, went to pick it up, THEN noticed the price and was like “What the hell? No way. O_o….” Book or not, 80 dollars is pretty damn steep.

  • Tokyo Guy

    I don’t think it has anything to do with The 3rd Birthday being “overshadowed”, it has to do with the Japanese gamer just not caring about this type of game anymore.

    The new trend here is Monster Hunter-type games that can be played with multiple people. The same holds true for the online (browser) segment as well. When you look at the number of users for sites like Gree and Mobage, it’s clear that the gaming demographic in Japan has drastically changed, and even the hardcore core gaming market has itself changed.

    Then again, T3B really isn’t such a spectacular game in the first place, and I think by now everyone knows SquareEnix is basically making more crap than anything else.

  • joesz

    It’s not going out people! This is madness!
    Somebody must do something about it pronto!

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