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

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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:

 

LWTWTitleTw salesTot. salesSys.Publisher
New01.Resident Evil 5: Alternate Edition143,339NewPS3Capcom
01.02.God Eater64,192469,832PSPNamco Bandai
03.03.New Super Mario Bros. Wii44,4153,366,296WiiNintendo
02.04.Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie41,4121,217,134DSSquare Enix
05.05.Tomodachi Collection31,2992,848,666DSNintendo
New06.Heavy Rain26,775NewPS3SCE
07.07.Wii Fit Plus25,6311,664,505WiiNintendo
New08.Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia24,132NewDSKonami
08.09.Star Ocean: The Last Hope International15,097112,996PS3Square Enix
13.10.Wii Sports Resort11,3031,760,000WiiNintendo

 

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.

Ishaan

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