Japanses Sales Charts w/e Jan 16, 2011

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Namco Bandai's Another Century's Episode Portable usurped long-time sales leader Monster Hunter Portable 3 on the Japanese weekly sales charts, reports tracking firm Media Create.Media Create

For the week ended January 16, Namco's PSP mech action title led the charts with 70,217 units sold in its first week, while Capcom's monster-hunting title sold 68,274 units, down roughly 50 percent from last week.

Nintendo's Donkey Kong Country Returns rounded out the top three, and Level 5's Ni no Kuni: The Ebony Wizard jumped from number six to number four.

Namco Bandai's PSP dating sim AKB1/48: If I loved an Idol returned to the top 10 at number five, followed by Arc System Works' 2D fighter Arcana Heart 3 at number six.

Nintendo titles Wii Party and Pokemon Black/White slipped down the charts and fell to numbers seven and eight, respectively.

The PS3 version of Bioware and Microsoft Game Studios' Mass Effect 2 made its debut this week, and landed at number 15 with 8,864 units sold.

Titles falling from the top 10 this week include Square Enix's The 3rd Birthday and SaGa 3: Jikuu no Hasha - Shadow or Light, and Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Full charts, hardware data and more after the break..

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Japanese Charts For First Full Week Of 2011

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The Monster Hunter dynasty continues its proud rein in Japan this week with the latest entry in Capcom's beast slaying sensation managing to win over more PSP fans to its brand of hack and slash action.Media Create

It may have had something to do with the fact that only one key release managed to sell well enough in Japan to crack the top ten. That would be Square Enix's SaGa 3: Jikuu no Hasha - Shadow or Light for the Nintendo DS. Slow releases means one thing — the chart is dominated by "evergreen" Nintendo releases like New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Mario Kart Wii and Wii Fit Plus. Finally, those Wii games are getting some recognition!

Below are the bestselling video games in Japan for the week of January 3 to 9, 2011, according to sales tracker Media Create.

01. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP) - 134,000 / 3,983,000
02. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) - 67,000 / 705,000
03. Wii Party (Wii) - 53,000 / 1,730,000
04. Pokemon Black / White (DS) - 46,000 / 5,012,000
05. Mario Sports Mix (Wii) - 40,000 / 534,000
06. Ni no Kuni (DS) - 37,000 / 420,000
07. Gundam Musou 3 (PS3) - 30,000 / 319,000
08. SaGa 3: Jikuu no Hasha - Shadow or Light (DS) - 27,000 / NEW
09. The 3rd Birthday (PSP) - 27,000 / 213,000
10. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) - 25,000 / 4,202,000

Read more, including hardware details, after the break..

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Pokemon Black & White Fastest DS Games to Reach 5 Million Sales

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Pokemon Black and WhiteIt will come as no surprise that Nintendo’s latest duo of Pokemon games, namely Pokemon Black and Pokemon White, have been flying off the shelves in Japan. After selling 2.63 million units in the first 2 days on sale, they have now set a new sales record.

As of January 9 their combined sales in Japan have reached 5,036,724 units. Four other DS games have sold more than 5 million copies, but Black and White have gone past the 5 million mark faster than any other game, taking just 17 weeks.

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Japanese Charts 2010 Into 2011

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January 7, 2011 - Capcom's ever-popular Monster Hunter Freedom 3 led the Japanese sales charts into the new year during a week with very few new releases, reports tracking firm Media Create.Media Create

For the week ended January 2, the monster slaying action RPG sold 283,931 units, and Nintendo titles Donkey Kong Country Returns and Wii Party rounded out the top three with 107,487 and 102,933 units sold, respectively.

Namco Bandai saw two of its titles reach the top 10 this week, with its PSP dating sim AKB1/48: If I loved an Idol at number four, and Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 at number 10.

Square Enix's Mario Sports Mix landed at number five, and The 3rd Birthday, the latest entry in the Parasite Eve series, hit number nine.

Pokemon Black/White, one of 2010's post popular titles, dropped from number four to number six this week, and Level 5 titles Ni no Kuni: The Ebony Wizard and Inazuma Eleven 3: World Challenge!! The Ogre filled out the seventh and ninth spots in the top 10.

While no new titles made top 10 this week, games such as Spike's Dangan-Ronpa and Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts: ReCoded made their debut in the upper 30s.

Below the page break is Media Create's top 20 sales chart for the week ended January 2, 2011.

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Japan’s Top-Selling Games Of 2010

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Japanese sales tracker Media-Create has published the list of the top-selling games from November 30th, 2009 – November 28th, 2010 in Japan (narrowly missing the release of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, which released three days later). Media Create

Unsurprisingly, Pokémon Black / White took the #1 spot on the chart, followed by New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Total sales take a dive from #3 onward, with Final Fantasy XIII selling close to 2 million copies.

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Mario Takes Yahoo Japan's Top Game Spot

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A survey of Yahoo! Japan users finds Nintendo mascot Mario maintaining his popularity in Japan, taking first place in polls asking for favorite character and individual games from the past year.Mario 25th Anniversary

A self-selected sample of users of the major Japanese web portal chose from nominees that Yahoo! picked based on number of web searches, page views on Yahoo! Japan's games site, and the amount of news coverage the games and characters received between November 2009 and October 2010.

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Japanese Sales Charts Week Ending Dec 19, 2010

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Despite major new entries in series like Gundam Musou and Inazuma Eleven, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd remained atop the Media Create top 10 this week, selling over 580,000 units to bring its sales total above the 3 million mark. This is the third week in a row at the top for Monster Hunter. Of particular note, the game remained basically level with last week's 630,000 units.Media Create

Also debuting in the top 10 this week were the PlayStation 3 version of Gundam Musou 3 in second (the Xbox 360 version did not place), Inazuma Eleven 3 The Ogre in third, and Shining Hearts in sixth.

The PS3 version of Castlevania Lords of Shadow debuted down at seventeen, despite a big push from Kojima Productions and the Metal Gear Solid voice cast. The dubbed version of Call of Duty Black Ops debuted at nineteen on the PS3. In contrast, the subtitled version, released last month, topped the charts then with 129,000 sales.

There's one notable absence from the top 20 this week. The Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy XIII failed to make it into the top 20. Xbox 360 hardware was level with last week, suggesting that the RPG's release failed to push the system.

Here's the full Media Create top 20 for 12/13 to 12/19, as relayed through 4gamer. Total sales for older titles are in parentheses.

  1.  Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom, PSP): 581,543 (3,161,801)
  2.  Gundam Musou 3 (Namco Bandai, PS3): 185,908
  3.  Inazuma Eleven 3: The Ogre (Level-5, DS): 175,604
  4.  Donkey Kong Returns (Nintendo, Wii): 152,990 (316,300)
  5.  Pokemon Black & White (Pokemon, DS): 115,438 (4,744,211)
  6.  Shining Hearts (Sega, PSP): 106,733
  7.  Wii Party (Nintendo, Wii): 92,949 (1,411,824)
  8.  Mario Sports Mix (Nintendo, Wii): 87,114 (299,534)
  9.  Ni no Kuni (Level-5, DS): 74,329 (244,877)
  10.  Mario vs Donkey Kong Totsugeki! Mini Land (Nintendo, DS): 54,628 (163,929)
  11. See more, including hardware data, after the break..

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Japanese Sales Charts Week Ending Dec 12, 2010

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Monster Hunter Freedom 3 topped Japanese software sales for the second straight week, outpacing strong initial sales for the highly anticipated Ni No Kuni, which finished second for the week.Media Create

For the week ended December 12, Capcom's PSP adventure sold nearly 630,000 units, while Level-5's anime-inspired role-playing game sold just over 170,000 units.

Ni No Kuni barely edged out the Japanese premiere of Donkey Kong Country Returns, which sold over 160,000 units to place third in the weekly rankings.

Other notable Japanese premieres on Media Create's weekly sales list include Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, which attracted 36,000 sales to finish the week in tenth place, and Shiren the Wanderer 5, which ended up in 14th place with just over 25,000 sales.

Last week's second place seller, Namco Bandai's Tales of Grace F, fell to ninth this week, while Sony's Gran Turismo 5 dropped from fifth to 16th in this week's sales rankings.

The top 20 sales rankings for the week ending December 12, 2010, as reported by Media Create, are as follows:

1. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom, PSP): 629,541 (Last week: 1)
2. Ni no Kuni (Level-5, DS): 170,548 (NEW)
3. Donkey Kong Returns (Nintendo, Wii): 163,310 (NEW)
4. Pokemon Black & White (Pokemon, DS): 79,819 (Last week: 6)
5. Mario Sports Mix (Nintendo, Wii): 68,430 (Last week: 3)
6. Wii Party (Nintendo, Wii): 55,412 (Last week: 11)
7. Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (Nintendo, Wii): 53,670 (Last week: 7)
8. Mario vs Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem (Nintendo, DS): 51,828 (Last week: 4)
9. Tales of Graces F (Namco Bandai, PS3): 39,640 (Last week: 2)
10. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (Ubisoft, PS3): 36,098 (NEW)

Read more after the break.. including this week's hardware numbers.

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Two Epic Queen Packs Available for Rock Band 3 Today

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Two Epic Queen Packs, Featuring Harmonies, Keys and Pro Guitar, Are Available for Rock Band 3 Today!Rock Band 3 Box Art

Beginning today, Queen fans can “have it all” with Rock Band 3 through two mega packs featuring the band’s greatest hits. To help spread the word, check out this Queen trailer, which features live footage of the band performing “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and feel free to post the video to your site!

As was announced last week, Queen RB3 Enhanced Pack features updated Rock Band 3 versions of “I Want It All,” “I Want to Break Free,” “Killer Queen,” “One Vision,” “Somebody to Love” and “Under Pressure,” as well as optional Pro Guitar/Pro Bass additions for those tracks. Queen Extravaganza Pack 01 features Rock Band 3 versions of “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You,” which originally appeared in LEGO® Rock Band, as well as “Hammer to Fall,” “Keep Yourself Alive,” “Now I’m Here,” “Tenement Funster” and “Play the Game,” which are new to Rock Band and also feature Pro Guitar/Pro Bass upgrades.

To help spread the word, check out the Queen trailer below, which features live footage of the band performing “Bohemian Rhapsody.” 

Story continues, including the trailer, after the break.. Read on.

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Media Create Japanese Sales for week ending November 28th 2010

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PlayStation 3 real driving simulator Gran Turismo 5 is off to a great start in Japan, with first week sales topping 430,000 copies, knocking former champ Call of Duty: Black Ops down to sixth place.Media Create

But it wasn't just Gran Turismo 5 making big moves this week in Japan. The latest Super Robot Taisen title for the Nintendo DS and sporty game potpourri Mario Sports Mix for the Wii also sold big. Gran Turismo 5's take also benefited from sales of the PlayStation 3 bundle that sports a sweet blue chassis and a copy of Polyphony Digital's racing game thrown in.

For the top twenty bestselling games in Japan for the week of November 22 to 28, courtesy of sales tracker Media Create, check this out...

01. Gran Turismo 5 (PS3) - 430,707 / NEW
02. Super Robot Taisen L (DS) - 129,054 / NEW
03. Mario Sports Mix (Wii) - 84,983 / NEW
04. Super Mario Collection Special Pack (Wii) - 47,487 / 613,415
05. Pokemon Black / White (DS) - 43,227 / 4,494,106
06. Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3) - 31,354 / 160,275
07. Super Kasekihorida (DS) - 26,195 / 69,024
08. Dangan-Ronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei (PSP) - 25,564 / NEW
09. Power Pro Kun Pocket 13 (DS) - 24,717 / NEW
10. Wii Party (Wii) - 24,525 / 1,232,562

Much more, including the fabulous hardware numbers, right after the break.. Read on my friends..

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