Well, The Nintendo 3DS Had A Good Run In Japan

Well, The Nintendo 3DS Had A Good Run In Japan

Since its launch in Japan, the Nintendo 3DS has ruled the hardware chart, making a strong debut overseas and outselling its entrenched competition. But this week, the still popular PSP strikes back – and so does the Nintendo DS.

The week’s best-selling game according to sales chart watchers Media Create was a DS title, Square Enix’s Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional. The Dragon Quest spin-off sold in a big way, easily beating its closest competitor Amagami (EBKore+) for the PSP, a game that also managed to chart on ye olde PlayStation 2.

There’s plenty of new software on the chart, including a new BlazBlue for the PSP, two new Nintendo 3DS games and even Crysis 2. Want to see how many Japan-based gamers snapped up Crytek’s new shooter? Take a look at the list below.

Here are the best-selling games in Japan for the week of March 28 to April 3.

01. Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional (DS) – 163,008 / NEW 02. Amagami (EBKore+) (PSP) – 69,221 / NEW 03. Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection (PSP) – 31,382 / 135,554 04. Dynasty Warriors 6 (PS3) – 26,493 / 383,606 05. BlazBlue Continuum Shift II (PSP) – 23,808 06. Amagami (EBKore+) (PS2) – 17,261 / NEW 07. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP) – 15,864 / 4,417,517 08. Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy (PSP) – 15,223 / 419,135 09. Pro Yakyuu Famista 2011 (3DS) – 12,851 / NEW 10. Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity (PSP) – 12,002 / 312,419

11. nintendogs + cats (3DS) 12. Crysis 2 (PS3) 13. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (3DS) 14. Pokemon Black / White (DS) 15. Naruto Shippuden: Ninrattai Emaki! Saikyou Ninkai Kessen!! (3DS) 16. Wii Party (Wii) 17. SD Gundam G Generation World (PSP) 18. Way of the Samurai 4 (PS3) 19. Portable Fairy Tail Guild 2 (PSP) 20. Gundam the 3D Battle (3DS)


On the hardware side of things, yes, the PSP returned to portable dominance this week, thanks to a top ten that’s stuffed with PlayStation Portable software. Cool sales of new 3DS games didn’t do Nintendo’s 3D platform many favours, but we’re sure the 3DS will bounce back when more desirable games come to the platform.

  • PSP – 57,379
  • Nintendo 3DS – 42,979
  • PlayStation 3 – 27,453
  • Wii – 10,249
  • Nintendo DSi LL – 9706
  • Nintendo DSi – 9566
  • PlayStation 2 – 1996
  • Xbox 360 – 1789
  • PSP go – 696
  • Nintendo DS Lite – 629


  • Anyone played DQM:J2?
    Part one wasn’t amazing. I like it but it nevr quite reached the heights of either Pokemon or Dragon Quest for me…

  • Seriously? Were shocked its not at no.1 across the board? Its a new Console and people are only snapping up a couple of games each.. Not to mention it doesnt have as big an install base as the PSP or DS or any other console out there atm..

    Not a huge surprise..

  • Is 3DS hardware easily available? Or are there post-launch shortages? Lack of availability could hold the numbers down, too.

      • I was reading (possibly here) that ninty did a good job of providing the right amount of consoles. So heaps have turned up second hand already as the scalpers who bought them to flog off at a higher price later, were forced to sell them to shops…at a lower price

  • Most of DS’ market is kids, therefore parents buying for their kids, and having looked at the price vs software vs battery life, at this point the 3DS is not value for money – certainly not on the scale of a DS

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