The Legend of Zelda Puts Nintendo 3DS Back on Top in Japan

Japan's bestselling video game right now may be a PlayStation Portable title—Level 5's Cardboard Senki—but The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D wasn't far behind, helping to put the Nintendo 3DS back into first place this week.

Only about 2,000 units separated the first and second place game's in Japan this week, with Senki coming out on top thanks to more than 166,000 units sold, according to Media Create. Last week's bestseller, Yakuza: Of the End, slipped to third, but sold another 50,000-plus copies of the latest PlayStation 3 gangster game.

It's an interesting week of game sales overseas, with the Xbox 360 represented three times (across two games) in the top 20 and one PlayStation 2 title selling well enough to do the same. Read on for the bestselling games in Japan for the week of June 13 to 19, courtesy of Media Create. New titles are shown in bolded text.

01. Cardboard Senki (PSP) - 166,187 / NEW
02. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS) - 164,110 / NEW
03. Yakuza Of the End (PS3) - 53,775 / 352,492
04. Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling (Xbox 360) - 31,666 / NEW
05. Steins;Gate Double Pack (Xbox 360) - 11,041 / NEW
06. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (3DS) - 9,062 / 83,405
07. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 Professional (DS) - 7,997 / 538,020
08. Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS (DS) - 6,609 / 137,421
09. Wii Party (Wii) - 6,556 / 1,917,752
10. One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP (3DS) - 6,549 / 112,174

11. Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
12. Pokemon Black / White (DS)
13. Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2011 (PSP)
14. Patapon 3 (PSP)
15. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
16. Steins;Gate - Platinum Collection (Xbox 360)
17. Sangoku Koi Senki: Otome no Heihou! (PS2)
18. Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
19. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP)
20. Akiba's Trip (PSP)

On the hardware side, it was the Nintendo 3DS' week, outselling the PSP by about 9,000 units. Not much activity elsewhere, as the PlayStation 3 still outsells the Wii, with stock of the Nintendo DS Lite and PSPgo continuing to dwindle.

  • Nintendo 3DS - 40,649
  • PSP - 31,741
  • PlayStation 3 - 16,081
  • Wii - 6,678
  • Nintendo DSi LL - 5,464
  • Nintendo DSi - 5,322
  • Xbox 360 - 2,875
  • PlayStation 2 - 1,346
  • Nintendo DS Lite - 109
  • PSP go - 55