The 3rd Birthday Misses the Top Five

The long awaited new entry in the Parasite Eve series hit Japanese store shelves a week ago, but it was apparently no match for the flurry of anticipated games dropping at the same time.

First off, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, which had been owning the chart since its release, stole first place once again, followed closely by a dating sim featuring the irritatingly cute bubblegum pop girl group known as AKB48.If Hello Kitty made music, I’m sure it would sound similar.

Add in Pokémon, Wii Party (really?), and Donkey Kong and the 3rd Birthday just barely secures a number six spot with sales of 140,000. Guess ten years was too long of a wait for a sequel to Parasite Eve 2. Hit the break for last week’s full Japanese hardware and software sales.


The full Top 10 software chart (new releases in bold):

  1. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP) – 404,000
  2. AKB 1/48 Idol to itoshitara… (PSP) – 236,000
  3. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) – 214,000
  4. Pokemon Black/Pokemon White (DS) – 165,000
  5. Wii Party (Wii) – 162,000
  6. The 3rd Birthday (PSP) – 140,000
  7. Mario Sports Mix (Wii) – 136,000
  8. Inazuma Eleven 3: The Ogre (DS) – 117,000
  9. Ni no Kuni (DS) – 84,000
  10. Tongari boushi to maho no omise (DS) – 74,000


Home Consoles:

  • Wii: 131,761
  • PS3: 64,228
  • 360: 5,298
  • PS2: 2,604


  • PSP: 177,691
  • DSi: 93,464
  • DSi LL: 92,329
  • DS Lite: 5,790
  • PSP Go: 5,380
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Kenneth Richardson

Kenneth is a Graphics and Game Design student who's worked as an author for since June of 2010. His favorite gaming genres are Fighting, Role Playing and Sadistic Action games like Ninja Gaiden and Bayonetta. In addition to gaming, he is also strongly interested in music, fashion, art, culture, literature, education, religion, cuisine, photography, architecture, philosophy, film, dance, and most forms of creative expression.

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