Monster Hunter + Cute = Great Success In Japan

Monster Hunter is huge in Japan. So in MonHun, the softer side of the monster-slaying, loot-hunting adventure series and still the bestselling game in Japan. It's more popular than Metroid this week, which is worth noting.

The latest figures from sales tracker Media Create puts Capcom's Monster Hunter spin-off—MonHun Nikki: Poka Poka Ailu Mura for the PSP—ahead of everything else once again, beating out longtime bestseller Wii Party to secure the number one spot in Japan. Metroid: Other M managed to secure the bronze in its debut week, a not-so-spectacular 45,000 copies in its first week on the market.

Maybe, as Wii games sometimes do, Metroid: Other M will find "legs" and become "evergreen."

There's a new Bleach game and a re-issue of Modern Warfare 2 in the top ten, but not much else "new" for the week of August 30 to September 5. But, for the record, here it is.

01. MonHun Nikki: Poka Poka Ailu Mura (PSP) - 88,000 / 344,000
02. Wii Party (Wii) - 56,000 / 916,000
03. Metroid: Other M (Wii) - 45,000 / NEW
04. Ace Combat: Joint Assault (PSP) - 28,000 / 85,000
05. Bleach: Heat the Soul 7 (PSP) - 25,000 / NEW
06. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) - 12,000 / 808,000
07. Egokoro Kyoushitsu DS (DS) - 10,000 / 159,000
08. Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! Bomber / Spark (DS) - 10,000 / 821,000
09. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Bargain Edition) (PS3) - 9,000 / NEW
10. Another Century's Episode: R (PS3) - 9,000 / 257,000

11. Tomodachi Collection (DS)
12. Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
13. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (The Best) (PSP)
14. Sengoku Basara 3 (Wii)
15. Dragon Quest Monsters Battle Road Victory (Wii)
16. Taiko no Tatsujin DS: Dororon! Youkai Daikessen!! (DS)
17. Sengoku Basara 3 (PS3)
18. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
19. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd (PSP)
20. Hakuoki: Zuisouroku Portable (PSP)
21. Chou Jigen Game: Neptune (PS3)
22. Metal Max 3 (DS)
23. Bokujou Monogatari: Futago no Mura (DS)
24. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
25. Tetris Party Premium (DS)
26. Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X (PSP)
27. Jikkyou Power Pro Baseball 2010 (PSP)
28. Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo Hikari to Kage no Eiyuu (DS)
29. New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
30. Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 3rd Story (DS)