The recently stagnant Japanese sales charts finally saw some excitement last week with the release of three high-profile video games for three different platforms.
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2
, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
and Super Street Fighter IV
debuted in the top three positions on Media Create's weekly Japanese sales charts for the week ended May 2.
Square Enix's DS game Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2
led the rankings with unit sales of 624,000 units. The game is a spinoff of the highly-popular Dragon Quest
role-playing franchise, and involves gathering and raising monsters. The original Joker
released in Japan in 2006, and a year later in the U.S.
Following Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2
was Konami and Hideo Kojima's latest, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
for PSP. While the title enjoyed strong sales, it still came in nearly 200,000 units behind Joker 2
, with 434,000 units sold during the week, although it did release a day later.
Super Street Fighter IV
also debuted during the week, selling 81,000 units on PS3 and 28,000 on Xbox 360. The title is a substantially updated version of the 2008 hit Street Fighter IV
Last week's number one game, Square Enix and Cavia's Nier Replicant
for PS3 dropped to number nine this most recent week.
Games that fell off the list from the prior week
were the PSP games Tokyo Mono Hara Shi: Karasu No Mori Gakuen Kitan
from Atlus, Falcom's Ys: The Oathin Felghana
, Konami's Pro Baseball Spirits 2010
, Nintendo's DS game Pokemon Ranger: Tracks of Light
and Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion -- Game of the Year Edition
Below are Media Create's weekly Japanese charts (thanks this week to andriasang.com
|LW ||TW ||Title ||Publisher ||Platform ||Weekly Sales |
|NEW ||1 ||Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 ||Square Enix ||DS ||624,000 |
|NEW ||2 ||Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker ||Konami ||PSP ||434,000 |
|NEW ||3 ||Super Street Fighter IV ||Capcom ||PS3 ||81,000 |
|2 ||4 ||New Super Mario Bros. Wii ||Nintendo ||Wii ||44,000 |
|NEW ||5 ||Super Street Fighter IV ||Capcom ||Xbox 360 ||28,000 |
|8 ||6 ||Mario Kart Wii ||Nintendo ||Wii ||28,000 |
|4 ||7 ||Friend Collection ||Nintendo ||DS ||27,000 |
|NEW ||8 ||Katei Kyoshi Hitman Reborn! DS Fate of Heat III Yuki no Shugosha Raishu! ||Takara Tomy ||DS ||24,000 |
|1 ||9 ||Nier Replicant ||Square Enix ||PS3 ||21,000 |
|7 ||10 ||Wii Fit Plus ||Nintendo ||Wii ||20,000 |