Japanese video game fans caught a new strain of Pokemon fever this week with the release of the unlikely Nintendo DS game, Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS. The Nintendo game that comes bundled with a keyboard for the DS was Japan's bestselling game. Take that, Mavis Beacon!
On the software side, it was a good week for the Nintendo DS with Pokemon Typing and Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 Professional securing the top two spots, according to sales tracker Media Create. New top 10 debuts included the Japanese release of SOCOM 4 for the PlayStation 3 and Otomedius X for the Xbox 360.
There was less good news for Nintendo 3DS software, which is slowly creeping out of Media Create's top 20 list. Here's that list from the week of April 18 to 24.
01. Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS (DS) - 59,363 / NEW 02. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 Professional (DS) - 45,397 / 337,166 03. Dai-2-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z Hakai-hen (PSP) - 44,973 / 351,992 04. Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2011 (PSP) - 27,931 / 99,195 05. Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2011 (PS3) - 24,365 / 110,851 06. Detective Conan: Aoki Houseki no Rinbukyoku (DS) - 19,786 / NEW 07. GachiTora! Abarenbou Kyoushi in High School (PSP) - 13,560 / NEW 08. SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs (PS3) - 12,613 / NEW 09. Pilotwings Resort (3DS) - 10,675 / 37,228 10. Otomedius X (Xbox 360) - 10,502 / NEW
11. Persona 2: Tsumi (PSP) 12. Monster Hunter Frontier Online - Forward.1 Premium Package (Xbox 360) 13. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP) 14. Original Story from Fairy Tail: Gekitotsu! Kardia Daiseidou (DS) 15. Earth defence Force 2 Portable (PSP) 16. Clannad (PS3) 17. Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection (PSP) 18. Amagami (EBKore+) (PSP) 19. Wii Party (Wii) 20. nintendogs + cats (3DS)
On the hardware side, the clear winner this week is the PSP which more than doubled sales of its closest competitor, the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo's new handheld is close to being overtaken by PlayStation 3 hardware by the looks of things, now that 3DS software is hitting a brief dry spell in Japan.
- PSP - 49,162
- Nintendo 3DS - 23,038
- PlayStation 3 - 19,033
- Wii - 7866
- Nintendo DSi LL - 7064
- Nintendo DSi - 6,214
- Xbox 360 - 1891
- PlayStation 2 - 1163
- Nintendo DS Lite - 283
- PSP go - 265