Resident Evil Tops Japanese Charts

Sony is on top in Japan. Media Create’s latest sales charts, covering February 15 through February 21, have the PS3 and PSP on top in hardware, and major PS3 and PSP releases on top in software psp games.

On the software front, Resident Evil 5 Edition topped the charts with 143,000 units in its first week. In Japan, Gold Edition, known as Alternative Edition, is PS3-only. Xbox 360 owners, however, have access to the extra content in form.

God Eater was pushed out of first place, but still remained in second, beating out long sellers like New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Friend Collection.

Heavy Rain debuted in sixth with 27,000 units sold. It actually had a high sell-through, suggesting sell-outs. If word of mouth is strong amongst Japanese players, it could end up being successful as far as foreign games go.

Here’s the full software chart. Wherever available, life to date sales are provided in parentheses.

ÿÿÿ * Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition (Capcom, PS3): 143,000
ÿÿÿ * God Eater (Namco Bandai, PSP): 64,000 (470,000)
ÿÿÿ * New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo, Wii): 44,000 (3,366,000)
ÿÿÿ * Dragon Quest VI (Square Enix, DS): 41,000 (1,217,000)
ÿÿÿ * Friend Collection (Nintendo, DS): 31,000 (2,849,000)
ÿÿÿ * Heavy Rain (Sony, PS3): 27,000
ÿÿÿ * Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo, Wii): 26,000 (1,664,000)
ÿÿÿ * Yu-Gi-Oh 5D’s World Championship 2010 Reverse of Arcadia (Konami, DS): 24,000
ÿÿÿ * Star Ocean 4 The Last Hope International (Square Enix, PS3): 15,000 (113,000)
ÿÿÿ * Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii): 11,000 (1,760,000)
In the hardware race, PSP edged out PS3 for the top spot. Most hardware saw a drop from last week, the exception being the PS3.

Here’s the full hardware chart. Last week’s sales are in parenthesis.

ÿÿÿ * PSP: 32,796 (39,293)
ÿÿÿ * PS3: 32,130 (24,811)
ÿÿÿ * Wii: 31,652 (37,501)
ÿÿÿ * DSi LL: 24,388 (27,586)
ÿÿÿ * DSi: 15,380 (18,082)
ÿÿÿ * DS Lite: 5,053 (5,659)
ÿÿÿ * Xbox 360: 2,453(3,428)
ÿÿÿ * PS2: 1,883 (1,869)
ÿÿÿ * PSP go: 1,371 (1,394)

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