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 Skyward Sword  Tops Japanese Charts, While 3DS Sales Continue To Rise
Skyward Sword Tops Japanese Charts, While 3DS Sales Continue To Rise
November 30, 2011 | By Eric Caoili

November 30, 2011 | By Eric Caoili
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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's debut in Japan has topped last week's software sales in the region, while the Nintendo 3DS continues to dominate hardware and move even more units week-over-week.

After spending four days on Japanese retailers' shelves, Nintendo's Skyward Sword for Wii has sold nearly 195,000 copies and is the best-selling game for the November 21-27 period, according to data from tracking firm Media Create, as translated by NeoGAF.

The Sega-published and Imageepoch-developed PSP title 7th Dragon 2020, a sequel to Japan-only DS RPG 7th Dragon, debuted at #2, followed by another newcomer, Dimps and D3 Publisher's PS3 game Saint Seiya Senki (Saint Seiya: Sanctuary Battle in Europe).

Super Mario 3D Land, four weeks after its release, remains at #4 and has seen its weekly sales drop by just 1 percent to 61,710 copies. Aside from Bandai Namco and Ganbarion's One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 at #11, it is the only DS/3DS game in the top 20.

Five more new titles broke into the top 10: Konami's Metal Gear Solid HD Edition (PS3) at #5, folowed by Level-5's Little Battlers eXperience: Boost (PSP), Bandai Namco's Weiss Schwarz Portable (PSP), Broccoli's Uta no Prince-Sama (PSP), and Bandai Namco's Taiko Drum Master Wii.

Square Enix-published Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Subtitled Edition for PS3 fell from #1 last week to #10, with sales dropping by 84 percent to 27,000. The Xbox 360 version, which was #7 last week, has disappeared from the top #20.

The complete top 20 chart, as supplied by Media Create, is shown below:

LWTWTitlePublisherPlatformWeekly Sales
NEW1The Legend of Zelda: Skyward SwordNintendoWii194,978
NEW27th Dragon 2020SegaPSP122,498
NEW3Saint Seiya: Sanctuary BattleD3 PublisherPS366,557
44Super Mario 3D LandNintendo3DS61,710
NEW5Metal Gear Solid HD EditionKonamiPS361,192
NEW6Little Battlers eXperience: BoostLevel-5PSP60,727
NEW7Weiss Schwarz Portable: Boost Weiss / Boost SchwarzBandai Namco GamesPSP47,586
NEW8Uta no Prince-Sama: MusicBroccoliPSP38,918
NEW9Taiko Drum Master Wii: Definitive Edition!Bandai Namco GamesWII32,098
110Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Subtitled EditionSquare EnixPS329,726
211One Piece: Gigant Battle 2 - New WorldBandai Namco GamesDS 
NEW12Pop'n Music Portable 2KonamiPSP 
313Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White WitchLevel-5PS3 
1314Kirby's Return to Dream LandNintendoWII 
615Final Fantasy Type-0Square EnixPSP 
816Hatsune Miku: Project Diva ExtendSegaPSP
1217PokePark 2: Beyond the WorldPokemon Co.WII
1718Just Dance WiiNintendoWII
1919Wii PartyNintendoWII
920Sengoku Basara 3: UtageCapcomPS3

On the hardware side, Nintendo 3DS sales increased from 96,000 units to now nearly 121,000 -- likely driven by Super Mario 3D Land's popularity and anticipation for the release of Capcom's Monster Hunter Tri-G in two weeks.

PS3 and PSP sales, though, both dropped by around 7,000 units to 34,000 and 33,000 respectively. Wii sales, helped by Skyward Sword, increased by 7,000, though it was still at fourth place last week with 20,000 consoles sold.

Xbox 360, PS2, and DSi/DS models all saw about the same sales, all under 2,500 units. Below are the full sales rankings from Media Create for the week ended November 27, 2011. (The second chart lumps together sales of all models in a given line of hardware.)

LWTWPlatformWeekly SalesLast Week
113DS120,92096,219
22PS334,03141,069
33PSP33,15140,085
44WII20,14813,613
55DS3,2652,471
663601,6781,763
77PS21,2941,291

LWTWPlatformWeekly SalesLast Week
113DS120,920120,920
22PS334,03134,031
33PSP33,15133,151
44WII20,14820,148
55DSI LL2,2371,813
663601,6781,678
77PS21,2941,291
88Dsi993897
99DS Lite3531


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