This Week In Sales: Game Overload

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The week of June 21st – 27th saw the release of several significant new titles in Japan, contributing toward a relatively healthy top-ten chart. At the #1 spot, Monster Hunter Frontier Online made its debut with close to 93,000 units. Not quite what you’d expect of a Monster Hunter title, but keep in mind, this one’s on the Xbox 360.

 

That said, it should be interesting to see if the release of the “slim” Xbox 360 does anything to help its longevity in the following week.

 

Hot on its heels was LovePlus +, which debuted at 84,364 units — almost double the opening numbers of its predecessor, released last year. Clearly, Konami’s marketing combined with positive word of mouth is working its charm. The same couldn’t be said for the similar Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 3rd Story, which opened at 52,000 units.

 

It would be unreasonable to draw comparisons between the two games as anything we could come up with in terms of the difference in audience or mainstream appeal would be entirely speculative. Let’s just say LovePlus appears to be the more mainstream brand and leave it at that.

 

The top-ten chart for the week of June 21st – 27th is as follows:

 

LwTwTitleTw. SalesSys.Publisher
New01.Monster Hunter Frontier Online92,807360Capcom
New02.LovePlus +84,364DSKonami
New03.Atelier Totori: Alchemist of Arland 253,871PS3Gust
New04.Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 3rd Story52,245DSKonami
01.05.Super Mario Galaxy 242,153WiiNintendo
New06.Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (bargain edition)28,938PSPSega
New07.White Album: Tsuzurareru Fuyu no Omoide25,672PS3Aqua Plus
New08.Starry * Sky: In Spring22,423PSPAsgard
02.09.Ghost Trick20,362DSCapcom
03.10.Art Academy20,153DSNintendo

 

The new releases don’t stop there. Outside of the top-ten, Idea Factory put out two more releases this week, with Moujuutsukai to Oujisama (PS2) and D.C. Girl’s Symphony Pocket (PSP) debuting at #33 and #43 respectively. Meanwhile, Chaos; Head Noah, published by 5pb for the PSP, debuted at #17.

 

And finally, SNK released not one, but two King of Fighters games: The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match (Tougeki Version) for PS2 at #41 and The King of Fighters Portable 94-98: Chapter of Orochi close behind it at #42.

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.