Like every Monday morning the major Japanese retailer Tsutaya released its sales charts, that are normally considered a good glimpse on the previous week’s market situation in the archipelago of the rising sun due to the fact that the retailer chain has a large number of stores spread in the whole country.
Here’s the top twenty for the week betwen September the 9th and September the 15th:
- Monster Hunter 4 – 3DS
- AKB1/149 Renai Sosenkyo (limited edition) – PS3
- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle – PS3
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist – PS3
- AKB1/149 Renai Sosenkyo – PS3
- Brothers Conflict: Brilliant Blue – PSP
- Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 3DS
- Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – 3DS
- Killzone: Mercenary – PS Vita
- Puppeteer – PS3
- Ragnarok Odyssey Ace – PS Vita
- Uta no Prince Sama: MUSIC 2 – PSP
- Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 3DS
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – PS3
- Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate – PS3
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 3DS
- Youkai Watch – 3DS
- Lost Planet 3 – PS3
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II – PS3
- Luigi’s Mansion 2 – 3DS
Monster Hunter 4‘s domination is entirely unsurprising, with reported queues of hundreds of people waiting to purchase the game in front of many stores since the very early morning hours on Saturday. We’re probably looking at extremely big numbers when the Media Create charts are going to come out on Wednesday.
AKB1/149 Renai Sosenkyo‘s second place is a little more surprising, considering that it’s the PS3 port of a game released last year on PSP and PS Vita. It testifies the continuing popularity of the AKB48 idol group and of its numerous spinoffs.
The most surprising (at least for us westerners) fact may be the presence of not one, but two PSP Games on the top 20, with Uta no Prince Sama: MUSIC 2 holding in the chart after dominating the Media Create ones last week, and the Otome visual novel Brothers Conflict: Brilliant Blue making a strong debut this week. Looks like Japanese lady gamers still love their PSP.