This Week In Sales: Metroids, Monster Hunters And Samurai



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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:


Lw Tw Title Tw. Sales Tot. Sales Sys. Publisher
01. 01. MonHun Nikki Poka Poka Airu Mura 88,405 344,480 PSP Capcom
03. 02. Wii Party 55,837 915,570 Wii Nintendo
New 03. Metroid: Other M 45,398 New Wii Nintendo
02. 04. Ace Combat: Joint Assault 27,560 85,345 PSP Namco Bandai
New 05. Bleach: Heat the Soul 7 25,374 New PSP Sony
07. 06. Super Mario Galaxy 2 11,933 807,536 Wii Nintendo
08. 07. Art Academy 10,248 159,007 DS Nintendo
06. 08. Inazuma Eleven 3: Challenge the World! Spark / Bomber 10,022 820,739 DS Level 5
New 09. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Bargain Edition) 9,162 New PS3 Square Enix
04. 10. Another Century’s Episode: R 8,880 257,083 PS3 Namco Bandai
12. 11. Tomodachi Collection 8,052 3,405,925 DS Nintendo
16. 12. Wii Fit Plus 7,902 2,053,170 Wii Nintendo
17. 13. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP The Best) 7,783 408,303 PSP Capcom
43. 14. Sengoku Basara 3 7,342 92,126 Wii Capcom
15. 15. Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road Victory 6,468 243,989 Wii Square Enix
14. 16. Taiko no Tatsujin Dororon! The Great Yokai Battle 6,359 199,914 DS Namco Bandai
10. 17. Sengoku Basara 3 6,010 367,463 PS3 Capcom
20. 18. Mario Kart Wii 5,858 2,920,669 Wii Nintendo
13. 19. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd 5,676 327,931 PSP SEGA
05. 20. Hakuouki: Zuisouroku Portable 5,518 29,986 PSP Idea Factory


Media Create sales rankings data sourced from

Ishaan Sahdev
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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.