This Week In Sales: Metroids, Monster Hunters And Samurai



With Metroid: Other M and Bleach: Heat the Soul 7 being the only two significant new releases in the Japanese market, the week of August 30th – September 5th was a relatively slow one.



Other M, promoted as a modern-day Famicom game in Japan, debuted at the #3 position on the sales chart, moving 45,398 units in its first week. Interestingly, the game hasn’t fared much better than Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, a first-person perspective Metroid title, which debuted with 32,388 units.


At #5 was Bleach on the PSP, debuting at 25,374 units, and below it at #9 was a bargain edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for the PlayStation 3 at 9,162 units.


Monsters and Samurai:

Outside of new releases, it looks to have been a Capcom-heavy week, with Monster Hunter Diary remaining at the #1 spot for a second week in a row, while Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G continues to sell consistently. In fact, the latter game sold a few hundred copies more than it did during the week prior. Perhaps the release date announcement for Portable 3rd is generating additional excitement?


Most curious, however, were the increased sales of Sengoku Basara 3 on the Wii, which hasn’t even had a presence in the top twenty in recent weeks. Basara 3 on Wii rebounded from the 40s to #14 last week with sales of 7,342 units, bringing the Wii version’s total sales a little closer to a round 100,000.


The top-20 for the week of Aug 30th – Sep 5th is as follows:


LwTwTitleTw. SalesTot. SalesSys.Publisher
01.01.MonHun Nikki Poka Poka Airu Mura88,405344,480PSPCapcom
03.02.Wii Party55,837915,570WiiNintendo
New03.Metroid: Other M45,398NewWiiNintendo
02.04.Ace Combat: Joint Assault27,56085,345PSPNamco Bandai
New05.Bleach: Heat the Soul 725,374NewPSPSony
07.06.Super Mario Galaxy 211,933807,536WiiNintendo
08.07.Art Academy10,248159,007DSNintendo
06.08.Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge the World! Spark / Bomber10,022820,739DSLevel 5
New09.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Bargain Edition)9,162NewPS3Square Enix
04.10.Another Century’s Episode: R8,880257,083PS3Namco Bandai
12.11.Tomodachi Collection8,0523,405,925DSNintendo
16.12.Wii Fit Plus7,9022,053,170WiiNintendo
17.13.Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP The Best)7,783408,303PSPCapcom
43.14.Sengoku Basara 37,34292,126WiiCapcom
15.15.Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road Victory6,468243,989WiiSquare Enix
14.16.Taiko no Tatsujin Dororon! The Great Yokai Battle6,359199,914DSNamco Bandai
10.17.Sengoku Basara 36,010367,463PS3Capcom
20.18.Mario Kart Wii5,8582,920,669WiiNintendo
13.19.Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd5,676327,931PSPSEGA
05.20.Hakuouki: Zuisouroku Portable5,51829,986PSPIdea Factory


Media Create sales rankings data sourced from

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.