Pandora's Tower Opens Strong in Japan With One Piece of Good News for 3DS

It was a better week for games for Nintendo hardware in Japan, as two new releases, One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP for Nintendo 3DS and Pandora's Tower for Wii, charted high in the land where those platforms are now doing so-so sales.

The new One Piece game opened strongly, moving more than 80,000 3DS carts in one week to snag first place. It was followed by one of Tecmo Koei's Dynasty Warriors-style games, the Trojan War themed Troy Musou for the PlayStation 3. Rounding out third was Wii action RPG Pandora's Tower (pictured) with a pretty good 21,000 copies.

There were plenty of new debuts this week in Japan, but you'll have to consult the Media Create sales list below to see how they all fared. (Last week's champ, Akiba's Trip, held strong in its second week, by the way.)

Here are the top 20 bestselling games in Japan for the week of May 23 to 29. Enjoy!

01. One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP (3DS) - 80,488 / NEW
02. Troy Musou (PS3) - 31,428 / NEW
03. Pandora's Tower (Wii) - 21,445 / NEW
04. Akiba's Trip (PSP) - 16,582 / 74,732
05. Nobunaga no Yabou: Tendou with Power-Up Kit (PS3) - 15,456 / NEW
06. Treasure Report (DS) - 14,304 / NEW
07. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 Professional (DS) - 13,974 / 508,767
08. Patapon 3 (PSP) - 9,134 / 104,475
09. Iza, Shutsujin! Koisen (PSP) - 9,008 / NEW
10. Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2011 (PSP) - 8,394 / 168,460

11. Wii Party (Wii)
12. Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS (DS)
13. Memories Off: Yubikiri no Kikou (PSP)
14. Red Stone DS: Akaki Ishi ni Michibikareshi Monotachi (DS)
15. Akai Katana Shin (Xbox 360)
16. Pokemon Black / White (DS)
17. Dead or Alive: Dimensions (3DS)
18. Totori no Atelier: Arland no Renkinjutsushi 2 (PlayStation3 the Best) (PS3)
19. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
20. Gungnir: Mayari no Gunshin to Eiyuu Sensou (PSP)

Not much is changing in the hardware contest, with the PSP still outselling everything else in Japan. That said, the Nintendo 3DS really closed the gap between it and the PlayStation Portable this week. DS Lite and PSPgo stock continues to dwindle, with the PlayStation 3 still doubling Wii sales week-to-week.

  • PSP - 33,609
  • Nintendo 3DS - 24,283
  • PlayStation 3 - 15,987
  • Wii - 7,438
  • Nintendo DSi LL - 5,197
  • Nintendo DSi - 5,106
  • Xbox 360 - 2,303
  • PlayStation 2 - 1,274
  • Nintendo DS Lite - 139
  • PSP go - 76