Japan's hottest game right now is not made in Japan, which doesn't happen often. Maybe more surprising is that four of the top 10 games on the country's bestseller list weren't made in Japan either.
Rockstar Games and Team Bondi's L.A. Noire enjoyed first place distinction in this week's software chart, with more than 70,000 copies of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game sold overseas. Team Bondi's detective adventure was followed by Sucker Punch's Infamous 2 and Vicious Cycle's Earth defence Force: Insect Armageddon, the latter of which was previously handled by Japanese developer Sandlot.
One new Wii game charted, the Wii MotionPlus powered Wii Play Motion with another Wii game, the also not made in Japan Goldeneye 007 hanging tough in the top ten.
For the rest of the best-selling games in Japan, courtesy of sales tracker Media Create, read on.
01. L.A. Noire (PS3) - 58,426 / NEW 02. Infamous 2 (PS3) - 33,474 / NEW 03. Earth defence Force: Insect Armageddon (PS3) - 30,189 / NEW 04. Earth defence Force: Insect Armageddon (Xbox 360) - 17,817 / NEW 05. Wii Play Motion (Wii) - 17,008 / NEW 06. Cardboard Senki (PSP) - 15,807 / 244,790 07. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS) - 14,985 / 240,738 08. Steins;Gate (PSP) - 13,700 / 99,088 09. Goldeneye 007 (Wii) - 13,216 / 49,390 10. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) - 12,877 / 388,074
11. L.A. Noire (Xbox 360) 12. Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition (PS3) 13. Meruru no Atelier: Arland no Renkinjutsushi 3 (PS3) 14. Tales of the Abyss (3DS) 15. To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers (PSP) 16. Ken to Mahou to Gakuen Mono. 3D x 3D (3DS) 17. Pokemon Black / White (DS) 18. Gundam Memories: Tatakai no Kioku (PSP) 19. Yakuza: Of The End (PS3) 20. Suzumiya Haruhi-Chan no Mahjong (PSP)
The hardware contest in Japan was once again won by the PlayStation Portable, with the Nintendo 3DS trailing not far behind—and the PS3 trailing even more closely to Nintendo's portable. Now that the PlayStation Store is back in business in Japan, it seems (marginal) interest has been renewed in the PSPgo.
PSP - 26,373 Nintendo 3DS - 22,943 PlayStation 3 - 22,900 Wii - 13,068 Nintendo DSi LL - 4811 Nintendo DSi - 4725 Xbox 360 - 2016 PlayStation 2 - 1309 Nintendo DS Lite - 56 PSPgo - 34