Japanese Sales Charts w/e Sept 19, 2010

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With the release of Pokemon Black and Pokemon White in Japan last week, there was never even a glimmer of hope for any other title, and the very best position on the weekly sales chart that any game could have dreamed of achieving would be second. Taking the combined sales of the Pokemon games into consideration, second may as well be first, because the number of units Nintendo and Game Freak’s latest titles managed to sell is… unnatural.Media Create

According to Media Create, over 2.5 million copies of Pokemon Black and White were sold for the week ending September 19th. The next best-selling game?

Debut title Front Mission: Evolved for PS3, with a (comparatively) pitiful 51,000 units sold. Why did they even bother… Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Tag Force 5 for PSP also debuted on the Japanese Software Sales Chart this week, and sold almost 46,000 copies to place in third.

Another newcomer to the chart, and another heavy-hitter (only in other regions of the world), Halo: Reach launched in Japan and sold 45,000 copies to chart at No. 4, helping the Xbox 360 sell 3,000 more units than the usual weekly total.

Wii Party was semi-oblivious to all of the action taking place further up the listing and continued to do business as usual, this week selling 36 500 copies and charted at No. 5, down from No. 3 last week. Just a few thousand more units to go until that one million life-to-date mark…

One-time chart dominator Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Ailu Village slipped down to No. 6 from No. 2 and sold 28,000 units for its trouble, while last week’s No. 1, One Piece: Gigant Battle, sold just over 28,000 units to place in at No. 7.

Debut title Blue Roses: Yousei to Aoi Hitomi no Senshitachi for PSP landed on the chart at No. 8 with nearly 10,000 copies sold, Taiko Drum Master DS: Dororon! Battle With the Ghouls!! for the DS sold almost 9,000 units to sit at No. 9 (up from No. 13 last week), and Super Mario Galaxy 2 held on at No. 10 with 8,000 units sold.

Software Chart

  1.  Pokemon Black / White (Pokemon Co.) - NDS – 2,557,779 / NEW
  2.  Front Mission: Evolved (Square Enix) - PS3 – 51,084 / NEW
  3.  Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Tag Force 5 (Konami) – PSP - 45,879 / NEW
  4.  Halo: Reach (Microsoft Game Studios) – 360 – 44,413 / NEW
  5.  Wii Party (Nintendo) - Wii – 36,547
  6.  Monster Hunter Diary: Pokapoka Ailu Village (Capcom) - PSP – 28,627
  7.  One Piece: Gigant Battle (Bandai Namco) - NDS – 28,123
  8.  Blue Roses: Yousei to Aoi Hitomi no Senshitachi (Nippon Ichi Software) - PSP – 9,846 / NEW
  9.  Taiko Drum Master DS: Dororon! Battle With the Ghouls!! (Bandai Namco) - NDS – 8,729
  10.  Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo) – Wii – 8,178

More wonderful sales numbers, including this week's hardware winners, right after the page break..


Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 09/24/2010 - 08:48. categories [ ]

Media Create Japanese Charts Week Ending Sept 12, 2010

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Namco Bandai's One Piece: Gigant Battle for Nintendo DS debuted on top of the Japanese retail game sales charts this week, outselling all other games by a wide margin. For the week ended September 12, the DS title sold 131,854 units, with the number two title, Capcom's Monster Hunter Diary: Pokapoka Ailu Village, immediately following with 55,569 units sold, announced tracking firm Media Create.Media Create

One Piece: Gigant Battle is a fighting game based on the popular manga series One Piece, and features gameplay similar to that of Smash Bros. or the Japanese-only Jump Superstars, which also included characters from the One Piece manga.

Nintendo's Metroid: Other M, which made its debut last week at number three, dropped to number five this week with just 11,239 units sold—only 24% of what it sold the previous week.

Other new titles this week include Vitamin X: Evolution Plus and Sengoku Efuda Yuugi: Hototogisu Tairan for PSP, which landed at numbers eight and 10, respectively.

Games that fell from the top 10 include Square-Enix's reprint of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and PSP fighting game Bleach: Heat the Soul 7.

Yuke published UFC 2010 Undisputed 2010 made its debut this week, but failed to reach the top 10, landing at number 16.

1 One Piece: Gigant Battle – Namco Bandai (DS) – 131,854 / NEW
2 Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airu Village – Capcom (PSP) – 55,569
3 Wii Party – Nintendo (Wii) – 44,908
4 Ace Combat X2: Joint Assault – Namco Bandai (PS3) – 12,667
5 Metroid: Other M – Nintendo (Wii) – 11,239
6 Super Mario Galaxy 2 – Nintendo (Wii) – 9,827
7 Art Academy – Nintendo (DS) – 8,172
8 VitaminX Evolution Plus – D3 Publisher (PSP) – 7,975 / NEW
9 Inazuma Eleven 3: World Challenge!! Spark/Bomber – Level-5 (DS) – 7,640
10 Sengoku Efuda Yuugi: Hototogisu Taira – Irem (PSP) – 7,407

More data and this week's hardware numbers right after the break..


Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 09/17/2010 - 19:14. categories [ ]

We Will Never Forget 9/11

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As we approach the nine year anniversary of one of America's greatest tragedies, all of us should look back with great respect, to honor those who lost and gave their lives on September 11, 2001.

Never Forget - 9/11/2001

Hopefully you will be able to pay tribute to those heroes who died for what they believe in and pledge to "Never Forget."


Submitted by PPNSteve on Sat, 09/11/2010 - 07:36. categories [ ]

Japanese Hardware/Software Sales - Aug. 30th to Sept. 5th, 2010

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Capcom’s cutesy Monster Hunter spin-off title, Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Ailu Village, is once again the top-selling game in Japan this past week, managing to occupy the No. 1 spot on the sales chart for the second week in a row after selling an impressive 88,000 units. Media Create

Wii Party muscles its way into No. 2 on the listing from No. 3, with almost 56,000 copies sold for the week, inching ever closer to an amazing life-to-date sales number of 1 million units.

Debut title Metroid: Other M sold 45 000 copies to occupy No. 3 on the chart, while Ace Combat X2: Joint Assault slips to No. 4 from No. 2, as 27,000 units of the PSP game make their way into Japanese gamers’ hands.

Another new title on the chart this week, Bleach: Heat the Soul 7 for PSP, sold 25,000 copies and debuts at No. 5, while Super Mario Galaxy 2 hangs tough at No. 6, up from No. 7 last week with almost 12,000 copies.

Art Academy also steps up by one spot to No. 7 with 10,000 units sold, but Inazuma Eleven 3: World Challenge!! Spark/Bomber slips down two places to No. 8 with a little over 10,000 copies.

A reprint of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (distributed by Square Enix) debuts at No. 9 by selling 9,000 units, and Another Century’s Episode R for PS3 tumbles to No. 10 from No. 4 last week, selling nearly 9,000 units.

Media Create Software August 30 - September 5,2010

01. / 01. [PSP] Monster Hunter Diary: Pokapoka Ailu Village (Capcom) - 88.405 / 344.480 (-65%)
02. / 03. [WII] Wii Party (Nintendo) - 55.837 / 915.570 (+2%)
03. / 00. [WII] Metroid: Other M (Nintendo) - 45.398 / NEW
04. / 02. [PSP] Ace Combat X2: Joint Assault (Bandai Namco) - 27.560 / 85.345 (-52%)
05. / 00. [PSP] Bleach: Heat the Soul 7 (SCE) - 25.374 / NEW
06. / 07. [WII] Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo) - 11.933 / 807.536 (+0%)
07. / 08. [NDS] Art Academy (Nintendo) - 10.248 / 159.007 (-1%)
08. / 06. [NDS] Inazuma Eleven 3: World Challenge!! Spark / Bomber (Level 5) - 10.022 / 820.739 (-22%)
09. / 00. [PS3] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 [Reprint] (Square Enix) - 9.162 / NEW
10. / 04. [PS3] Another Century's Episode R (Bandai Namco) - 8.880 / 257.083 (-69%)
11. / 12. [NDS] Friend Collection (Nintendo) - 8.052 / 3.405.925 (-1%)
12. / 16. [WII] Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo) - 7.902 / 2.053.170 (+9%)
13. / 17. [PSP] Monster Hunter Freedom Unite [PSP the Best Reprint] (Capcom) - 7.783 / 408.303 (+11%)
14. / 43. [WII] Sengoku Basara 3 (Capcom) - 7.342 / 92.126
15. / 15. [WII] Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road Victory (Square Enix) - 6.468 / 243.989 (-13%)
16. / 14. [NDS] Taiko Drum Master DS: Dororon! Battle With the Ghouls!! (Bandai Namco) - 6.359 / 199.914 (-15%)
17. / 10. [PS3] Sengoku Basara 3 (Capcom) - 6.010 / 367.463 (-32%)
18. / 20. [WII] Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo) - 5.858 / 2.920.669 (-5%)
19. / 13. [PSP] Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2 (Sega) - 5.676 / 327.931 (-28%)
20. / 05. [PSP] Hakuouki: Zuisouroku Portable (Idea Factory) - 5.518 / 29.986 (-77%)

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Media Create Japanese Sales for week ending 29th August 2010

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After Namco’s dominance in the Japanese software sales arena last week with Another Century’s Episode R on PS3, it’s now Capcom’s turn to take the crown and sell a whopping amount of games with debut title Monster Hunter Diary: Pokapoka Ailu Village for the PSP.Media Create

This past week in Japan, Monster Hunter Diary: Pokapoka Ailu Village sold an incredible 256,000 units to easily become the top selling game in Media Create’s Japanese Software Sales Chart.

Another debut title, Ace Combat X2: Joint Assault (also for PSP) sold an admirable 58,000 units to place in second on the sales chart.

Wii Party keeps on trucking, now sitting at No. 3 from No. 2, and selling almost 55,000 units this past week in Japan to bring its life-to-date sales total in the country to 860,000 copies, while last week’s chart topper, Another Century’s Episode R, moves down to No. 4 on the chart and sells 28,000 copies.

Another new title, Hakuouki: Zuisouroku Portable for the PSP, sold 24,500 units to occupy fifth place, as Inazuma Eleven 3: World Challenge!! Spark / Bomber sells almost 13,000 copies and shifts down from No. 4 last week to No. 6.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a non-mover at No. 7 with 12,000 units sold (with a life-to-date sales total of 795,000 units), while Art Academy for DS is another stubborn title, content to remain at No. 8 with 10,000 units sold.

Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X takes a walk down to No. 9 from No. 6 this week with 9000 copies, and Sengoku Basara 3 is forced down to No. 10 from No. 5 after selling only 9000 units.

Software Chart

For the bestselling games in Japan for the week of August 23 to 29, here you go.

01. MonHun Nikki: Poka Poka Ailu Mura (PSP) - 256,000 / NEW
02. Ace Combat: Joint Assault (PSP) - 58,000 / NEW
03. Wii Party (Wii) - 55,000 / 860,000
04. Another Century's Episode: R (PS3) - 28,000 / 248,000
05. Hakuoki: Zuisouroku Portable (PSP) - 24,000 / NEW
06. Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! Bomber / Spark (DS) - 13,000 / 811,000
07. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) - 12,000 / 796,000
08. Egokoro Kyoushitsu DS (DS) - 10,000 / 149,000
09. Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X (PSP) - 9,000 / 162,000
10. Sengoku Basara 3 (PS3) - 9,000 / 361,000

More after the break..


Submitted by PPNSteve on Sun, 09/05/2010 - 17:12. categories [ ]

Metroid: Other M Review by JPS

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Metroid: Other M Review

Written Fri, Sep 3, 2010 by Just Push Start

Metroid: Other M ReviewAfter almost two decades since the release of Super Metroid on the Nintendo Entertainment System, the true sequel to the long forgotten Super Metroid is finally here. After the long wait, Metroid fans can finally find out what happens to the infamous Samus Aran after the defeat of Motherbrain. Metroid: Other M is nothing like the Super Metroid but instead, it reinvents the game compeltely by taking the features from the past three Metroid games that were released on the Nintendo Gamecube and Nintendo Wii. Don’t worry, the Metroid experience is still intact.

Full review after the break.. read on.


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Media Create Japanese Sales for week ending August 22, 2010

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Bandai Namco’s Another Century’s Episode R for the PS3 is this weeks Japanese video game sales chart topper according to tracker, Media Create, selling about 220,000 copies and beating previous entries in the series first sales weeks by a fair margin. The game is the fourth entry in the action series featuring mechs and robots from various Japanese anime series like Mobile Suit Gundam, Macross Zero and Code Geass, and is the first entry on the PS3Media Create

After the success of Sengoku Basara 3 a few weeks ago and this week’s Another Century’s Episode R, Japanese publishers of smaller franchises such as these must be more optimistic about achieving success on PS3 as their recent PS3 instalments have sold more copies in their first weeks on sale than their previous PS2 ones.

Wii Party continues selling well for Nintendo, dropping 45% to 69,000 copies this week and falling to second place in the chart. Meanwhile Compile Heart’s Super Dimensional Game Neptune for PS3 sneaks in at number 3 with 23,000 copies sold in its first week. This game is certainly interesting and… different. It features four continents named Planetune, Lastation, Rinnebox and Ruwii in the world of Game Industry and is an RPG in which the goddesses of these continents battle each other in human form, hardware form or hardware personification form.

Level 5’s Inazuma Eleven 3 (NDS) continues selling well, dropping just 36% (remember last week was Obon, so most games got a boost to sales) to 18,000 for a total of almost 800k so far. Capcom’s Sengoku Basara 3 (PS3) continues its strong run with 18,000 copies sold this week for a total of just over 350 000. The rest of the top 10 is pretty uneventful, with most games falling one or two spots because of the new entries.

You can see the entire chart below:

  1. Another Century’s Episode R (Bandai Namco) - PS3 - 220 000
  2. Wii Party (Nintendo) - Wii - 69 000
  3. Super Dimensional Game Neptune (Compile Heart) - PS3 - 23 000
  4. Inazuma Eleven 3 (Level 5) - NDS - 18 000
  5. Sengoku Basara 3 (Capcom) - PS3 - 18 000
  6. Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X (Bandai Namco) - PSP - 16 000
  7. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo) - Wii - 14 000
  8. Art Academy (Nintendo) - NDS - 13 000
  9. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2 (Sega) - PSP - 13 000
  10. Friend Collection (Nintendo) - NDS - 10 000

More numbers, including this week's hardware sales, after the break..


Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 08/27/2010 - 18:18. categories [ ]

Japanese Sales Data for Week Ending Aug 15, 2010

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Nintendo's latest Wii hit shows its impressive legs once again this week, with mini-game collection Wii Party returning to its first place spot on the Japanese video game sales charts. Almost zero competition certainly helped.Media Create

Really. There wasn't much in the way of competition for Wii Party — or anything else for that matter. New PSP game Corpse Party: Blood Covered - Repeated Fear may have a great title, but it didn't crack the top ten. The same for Kazoku Keikaku.

That stagnant release week helped keep games like Sengoku Basara 3 and Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X near the top of the charts, making for a relatively unexciting week, sales competition-wise.

For the bestselling games in Japan for the week of August 9 to 15, courtesy of Media Create, read on.

01. Wii Party (Wii) - 124,000 / 736,000
02. Sengoku Basara 3 (PS3) - 35,000 / 335,000
03. Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! Bomber / Spark (DS) - 28,000 / 780,000
04. Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X (PSP) - 28,000 / 136,000
05. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd (PSP) - 24,000 / 301,000
06. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) - 21,000 / 770,000
07. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd (DS) - 17,000 / 125,000
08. Egokoro Kyoushitsu DS (DS) - 15,000 / 3,379,000
09. Dragon Quest Monsters: Battle Road Victory (Wii) - 15,000 / 220,000
10. Taiko no Tatsujin DS: Dororon! Youkai Daikessen!! (DS) - 14,000 / 176,000

More stuffs, including hardware, after the page break..


Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 08/20/2010 - 22:30. categories [ ]

LEGO STAR WARS Honors 30 Years of The Empire Strikes Back

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LEGO STAR WARS Honors 30 Years of The Empire Strikes Back15-foot wide LEGO mystery mural

[16-Aug-2010] -- To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, LEGO Systems, Inc. and Lucasfilm Ltd. summoned the force of LEGO® and STAR WARS fans and families to participate in a three-day collaborative build of an eight-foot tall,  to benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. The mural was constructed by attendees of Star Wars Celebration V and a LEGO Master Builder at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center from August 13-15.


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Japan's Weekly Sales w/e Aug 8, 2010

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Last week's sales champ, Sengoku Basara 3, was soundly defeated by Namco's latest Tales game, which draws upon the powers of a big PSP install base and Japan's love of doe-eyed anime-style characters. How well did Tales of Phantasia do?Media Create

Well enough to outsell Wii Party! Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X moved an impressive, first place spot-winning 108,000 copies during its debut week, enough to force Wii Party to settle for second. Not bad for a PSP remake... of a remake? Honestly, I'm thoroughly confused by just how deeply the remakes go for Tales of Phantasia. Any superfans that can provide more insight?

There are a handful of other new entries on this week's chart, including the sexy-sounding StormLover, Tetris Party Premium and the "special edition" release of Assassin's Creed II.

Japan's bestselling games for the week of August 2 to 8, according to Media Create, is below.

01. Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X (PSP) - 108,000 / NEW
02. Wii Party (Wii) - 83,000 / 612,000
03. Sengoku Basara 3 (PS3) - 57,000 / 300,000
04. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd (PSP) - 36,000 / 277,000
05. Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! Bomber / Spark (DS) - 24,000 / 752,000
06. StormLover (PSP) - 20,000 / NEW
07. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) - 17,000 / 749,000
08. Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo Hikari to Kage no Eiyuu (DS) - 16,000 / 213,000
09. Sengoku Basara 3 (Wii) - 15,000 / 65,000
10. Battle Spirits: Digital Starter (DS) - 15,000 / NEW

More numbers and all the hardware data after the break..


Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 08/13/2010 - 23:16. categories [ ]