Monster Hunter Finally Slayed By A.C.E. In Japan

Who can stop Monster Hunter Portable 3's streak? Only another PSP game, one with similar Japanese flair, Another Century's Episode Portable. The mech simulation has dethroned the latest and 4 million selling Monster Hunter in Japan.

The latest A.C.E. from Armored Core developer From Software managed to secure the top spot in this week's Japanese bestsellers list, with only one other game managing to score a top ten spot. That would be Arcana Heart 3, the all-female fighting game for the PlayStation 3.

Arcana Heart 3 sits behind a handful of other games still hot in Japan, including Studio Ghibli's animated adventure Ni no Kuni and the J-pop idol group software AKB1/48: Idol to Koishitara... Oh, and Donkey Kong Country Returns, which looks like it'll wind up being a million seller in Japan.

Here are the bestselling games in Japan for the week of January 10 to 16.

01. Another Century's Episode Portable (PSP) - 70,217 / NEW
02. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP) - 68,274 / 4,051,743
03. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) - 29,412 / 734,268
04. Ni no Kuni (DS) - 19,020 / 438,544
05. AKB1/48: Idol to Koishitara... (PSP) - 18,616 / 339,178
06. Arcana Heart 3 (PS3) - 17,219 / NEW
07. Wii Party (Wii) - 15,986 / 1,746,021
08. Pokemon Black / White (DS) - 15,542 / 5,027,870
09. Gundam Musou 3 (PS3) - 12,804 / 331,682
10. Mario Sports Mix (Wii) - 12,173 / 546,234

11. The 3rd Birthday (PSP)
12. Tongari Boushi to Mahou no Otana (DS)
13. SaGa 3: Jikuu no Hasha - Shadow or Light (DS)
14. Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
15. Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360)
16. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
17. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
18. Wii Sports Resort w/ Wii Remote Plus (Wii)
19. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2011 (PSP)
20. Call of Duty: Black Ops (dubbed) (PS3)

Monster Hunter Finally Slayed By A.C.E. In Japan

On the hardware side, strong PlayStation 3 and PSP sales give Sony the edge this week, with Wii and DS sales cooling off slightly.

  • PlayStation 3 - 33,190
  • PSP - 29,806
  • Wii - 21,291
  • Nintendo DSi LL - 17,452
  • Nintendo DSi - 13,416
  • Xbox 360 - 2,636
  • Nintendo DS Lite - 1,956
  • PS2 - 1,629
  • PSP go - 1,208