Phantasy Star Portable Keeps Nintendo Down in Japan

By Adam Riley 08.08.2008 8

The latest sales data is in from Japan, showing that SEGA's PSP port of Phantasy Star Universe has stormed the chart, leaving Nintendo in the runner's-up spot. Check out the data below:

Media Create Top 50:
28th July-3rd August, 2008

PositionTitle/System/PublisherSales (Plus Total Where Available & Commentary)
1.)Phantasy Star Portable (PSP, Sega)342,000 | 342,000
2.)Rhythm Heaven Gold (NDS, Nintendo)213,000 | 213,000
3.)Dragon Quest V (NDS, Square Enix)112,000 | 946,000
4.)Soul Calibur IV (PS3, Namco Bandai)75,000 | 75,000
5.)Powerful Pro Baseball 15 (PS2, KONAMI)37,000 | 121,000
6.)Soul Calibur IV (360, Namco Bandai)35,000 | 35,000
7.)Fatal Frame IV (Wii, Nintendo)33,000 | 33,000
8.)Wii Fit (Wii, Nintendo)32,000 | 2,442,000
9.)Mario Kart Wii (Wii, Nintendo)23,000 | 1,633,000
10.)Gundam Battle Universe (PSP, Namco Bandai)21,000 | 201,000
11.)Wario Land: Shake It! (Wii, Nintendo)18,000 | 42,000
12.)SIREN: New Translation (PS3, SCEI)
13.)Persona 4 (PS2, Atlus)12,000 | 274,000
14.)Monster Hunter Portable 2 G (PSP, Capcom)12,000 | 2,363,000
15.)Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! DS Flame Rumble Hyper - Moeyo Mirai (NDS, Takara Tomy)
16.)Beautiful Letter Training DS (NDS, Nintendo)
17.)Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 15 (Wii, Konami)12,000 | 30,000
18.)Mame Goma 2: Uchi no Ko ga Ichiban! (NDS, TDK Core)12,000 | NEW
19.)Wii Sports (Wii, Nintendo)12,000 | 3,067,000
20.)Doki-Doki Majo Shinpan! 2 (NDS, SNK Playmore)Famitsu has this selling 19,000 in its first week, strangely enough, when Media Create has it all the way down at No.20!
21.)Eiyuu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki the 3rd (PSP, Falcom)10,000 | 59,000
22.)Daigasso! Band Brothers DX (NDS, Nintendo)Now at 234,000 according to Famitsu
23.)Densetsu no Stafi: Taiketsu! Dire Kaizokudan (NDS, Nintendo)10,000 | 79,000
24.)Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Portable 3 (PSP, Konami)
25.)PC Engine Best Collections: Tengai Makyou Collection (PSP, Hudson)10,000 | NEW
26.)Nobunaga no Yabou DS 2 (NDS, Koei)10,000 | NEW
27.)Super Mario Stadium: Family Baseball (Wii, Nintendo)10,000 | 143,000
28.)Taiko no Tatsujin 2 (NDS, Namco Bandai)10,000 | 262,000
29.)Kirarin * Revolution: Minna de Odorou Furi Furi Debut! (NDS, Konami)
30.)Major DS: Dream Baseball (NDS, Takara Tomy)10,000 | NEW
31.)Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriot (PS3, Konami)
32.)Mario Kart DS (NDS, Nintendo)10,000 | 3,151,000
33.)Derby Stallion DS (NDS, Enterbrain)8,300 | 231,000
34.)Wii Play (Wii, Nintendo)
35.)PC Engine Best Collections: Ginga Ojousama Densetsu Collection (PSP, Hudson)5,500 | NEW
36.)New Super Mario Bros. (NDS, Nintendo)
37.)Pokémon Diamond (NDS, The Pokémon Company)Both this and Pearl total 5,544,000 according to Famitsu and will likely climb again when Platinum launches
38.)Family Trainer (Wii, Namco Bandai)
39.)Bully (PS2, Bethesda Softworks)
40.)Tears to Tiara: Kakan no Daichi (PS3, Aqua Plus)
41.)We are Fossil Diggers (NDS, Nintendo)
42.)Twilight Syndrome: Kinjiratera Toshi Densetsu (NDS, Spike)
43.)Mesaze! Tsuri Master: Sekai ni Challenge! Hen (Wii, Hudson)
44.)Animal Crossing: Wild World (NDS, Nintendo)
45.)Pokémon Pearl (NDS, The Pokémon Company)
46.)Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii, Nintendo)
47.)Tottadoo! Yoiko's Deserted Island Life (NDS, Namco Bandai)
48.)Mario Party DS (NDS, Nintendo)
49.)Resident Evil 0 (Wii, Capcom)
50.)Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World (Wii, Namco Bandai)
XX.)Kano-Kon SE (PS2)4,900 | NEW
XX.)Panda's Diary (NDS)3,100 | NEW
XX.)Dokapon Journey (NDS)3,100 | NEW
XX.)Moe-Sta: Moeru English Cram Course for Tokyo University (NDS)2,000 | NEW
XX.)Steal Princess (NDS)1,700 | NEW - a terrible start for Climax's new RPG
XX.)Beijing Olympic Games 2008 (PS3)1,600 | NEW
XX.)The Alchemist of Lemuol (NDS)1,500 | NEW
XX.)Dokapon Kingdom (Wii)1,300 | NEW
XX.)Windy x Windam (NDS)1,100 | NEW
XX.)Ghost Hound DS (NDS)850 | NEW
XX.)Tengai Makyou: Daiyon no Mokushiroku (Hudson the Best) (PSP)760 | NEW

On the hardware front, this week the list is as follows:

1.) PlayStation Portable - 61,181
2.) Nintendo DS - 57,398
3.) Wii - 41,109
4.) PlayStation 3 - 9,508
5.) PlayStation 2 - 9,045
6.) Xbox 360 - 5,359

In terms of first day sales, the DS remake of the original NES Fire Emblem has sold 80,000 units, whilst Tales of Vesperia on Xbox 360 sold 70,000 and 10,000 special hardware bundles. Compared to the three GBA Fire Emblems, this DS game has started very well, since The Sealed Sword sold 126,267 in its entire first week, Blazing Sword did 109,429 and The Sacred Stones accrued 146,026 sales. Therefore, Fire Emblem DS with its strong start should hopefully be able to at least match The Sealed Swords's 120,000+ sales.

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DS need a ARPG that online lol

Very, very pleased to see a strong start for Fatal Frame IV. And also, as predicted by my SUPERIOR MOTHER BRAIN, Vesperia has failed to match Symphonia 2\'s first week sales. Bring on the next mothership title exclusively on Wii!

( Edited 08.08.2008 19:30 by D_prOdigy )

Jump_button said:
DS need a ARPG that online lol
I'm pretty sure phantasy star portable doesn't even have online lol...A sucky MMO with no online = even suckier....

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Good to see Wario doing alright.

Phantasy Star Portable is just a PSP port of the underwhelming Phantasy Star Universe from PS2...a game that didn't sell very well on that format, but is selling gangbusters on PSP because SEGA's marketing it as the new Monster Hunter-style affair!

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Apparently portable gaming is THE big thing in japan because of travelling to work and stuff. I think the market for the DS may be starting to become saturated, but then, the sales are picking up again. DQIX should be interesting when it's out.

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When are they releasing that? it seems odd that they wait so long that the DS isnt at the peak of its popularity when they release it

rammpeth said:
When are they releasing that? it seems odd that they wait so long that the DS isnt at the peak of its popularity when they release it
Releasing it when over 20 million people already have a DS and the DS isn't totally out of stock is pretty good timing in my opinion. Smilie

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