This Week In Sales: Blue Roses Trampled By A Pokémon Stampede



The week of September 13th – 19th looks to have been busy one for Japanese retailers. With seven new releases in the top-20 chart for the week, what you see is a pleasantly diverse line-up of games across different publishers.


Leading the charts at #1 were, of course, Pokémon Black / White with 2.55 million units. This number differs from Enterbrain’s reported 2.63 million, but ultimately, they amount to the same thing: a lot.


Everything else on the top-20 charted far below in terms of actual sales numbers. Square Enix’s Front Mission Evolved grabbed the #2 spot with 51,084 units sold on the PS3 and the #12 spot with 7,792 units on the Xbox 360. Following at #3 was Konami’s latest Yu-Gi-Oh! title, while Halo: Reach bagged the #4 spot with 44,413 units sold.


Meanwhile, unsurprisingly, the large majority of the market seemed to ignore the release of Blue Roses on the PSP, published by Nippon Ichi Software. Perhaps the game might have done better during a less crowded week?


One last point of note: Media-Create’s numbers have Monster Hunter Diary at 428,677, while Capcom’s own figures put it at 500,000 units as of yesterday. This sort of disparity is common between different sales trackers, but we aren’t certain which one Capcom are using.


The top-20 for the week was as follows:


LwTwTitleTw. SalesTot. SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Pokémon Black / White2,557,779NewDSNintendo
New02.Front Mission Evolved51,084NewPS3Square Enix
New03.Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Tag Force 545,879NewPSPKonami
New04.Halo: Reach (includes Limited Edition bundle)44,413NewXbox 360Microsoft
03.05.Wii Party36,547997,025WiiNintendo
02.06.MonHun Nikki Poka Poka Airu Mura (MonHun Diary)28,627428,677PSPCapcom
02.07.One Piece: Gigant Battle28,123159,977DSNamco Bandai
New08.Blue Roses: The Fairy and the Blue Eyed Warriors9,846NewPSPNippon Ichi
13.09.Taiko no Tatsujin Dororon! The Great Yokai Battle8,729215,513DSNamco Bandai
06.10.Super Mario Galaxy 28,178825,541WiiNintendo
09.11.Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge the World! Spark / Bomber7,977836,356DSLevel 5
New12.Front Mission Evolved7,792New360Square Enix
04.13.Ace Combat: Joint Assault7,405105,416PSPNamco Bandai
New14.Trick x Logic: Season 27,250NewPSPSony
11.15.Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP The Best)7,114422,777PSPCapcom
12.16.Wii Fit Plus6,9332,067,014WiiNintendo
07.17.Art Academy6,538173,717DSNintendo
17.18.Tomodachi Collection6,5163,418,871DSNintendo
14.19.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Bargain Edition)5,57621,518PS3Square Enix
18.20.Mario Kart Wii5,3472,931,548WiiNintendo


Sales data sourced from 4Gamer and Media-Create.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.