Monster Hunter Has A Merry Christmas In Japan

The PlayStation Portable represented well in Japan's Christmastime hardware contest thanks to the continued sales rampage of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd and idol worship game AKB1/48: Idol to Koishitara... and maybe even The 3rd Birthday.

The latest Monster Hunter game for the PSP has racked up more than 3.5 million sales in Japan, something the pop group AKB48-themed title and Square Enix's The 3rd Birthday will have a hard time matching. Another pair of monster hunting titles in the top ten, Pokemon Black and Pokemon White, appear to be on the cusp of selling an impressive five million copies overseas.

And kudos to the Retro Studios-made Donkey Kong Country Returns, which crosses the half-million mark in Japan, according to sales tracker Media Create.

01. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP) - 404,175 / 3,565,976 02. AKB1/48: Idol to Koishitara... (PSP) - 236,282 / NEW 03. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) - 213,518 / 529,818 04. Pokemon Black / White (DS) - 164,950 / 4,909,161 05. Wii Party (Wii) - 162,135 / 1,573,959 06. The 3rd Birthday (PSP) - 140,476 / NEW 07. Mario Sports Mix (Wii) - 136,295 / 435,829 08. Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen! The Ogre (DS) - 117,504 / 293,108 09. Ni no Kuni (DS) - 84,115 / 328,992 10. Tongari Boushi to Mahou no Otana (DS) - 74,255 /

11. Mario vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem (DS) 12. Kirby's Epic Yarn (DS) 13. Wii Sports Resort with Wii Remote Plus (Wii) 14. Gundam Musou 3 (PS3) 15. Super Kasekihorida (DS) 16. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) 17. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Minna de Party * 3-Yome! (Wii) 18. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) 19. Super Mario All-Stars Collection (Wii) 20. Tamagotchi no Narikiri Challenge (DS)


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