Japan's Bestsellers Highlight Our Gaming Cultural Divide, One More Time

What's selling well in Japan these days? The likes of Meruru no Atelier: Arland no Renkinjutsushi 3, Steins;Gate and a new Gundam game for the PlayStation Portable. I know. Exciting, right?

Well, maybe not to you. You might not know what the hell a Meruru no Atelier: Arland no Renkinjutsushi 3 is. It's the latest entry in Gust's alchemy-infused role-playing game series. We've had a couple escape Japan, like Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis and Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland. They're a big deal in Japan, which is proven by the newest entry for the PlayStation 3 selling a cool 80,000 copies week one.

Other notables in the top ten include a new Bleach game for the PS3, a Prince of Tennis game and lots of PSP fare. Maybe you can better relate to Mass Effect 2 and GTA IV: Complete Edition cracking the top 20?

To see how they're gaming and spending Japan, read on for the latest Media Creates sales figures.

01. Meruru no Atelier: Arland no Renkinjutsushi 3 (PS3) - 82,585 / NEW
02. Steins;Gate (PSP) - 63,558 / NEW
03. Gundam Memories: Tatakai no Kioku (PSP) - 52,067 / NEW
04. Cardboard Senki (PSP) - 38,326 / 204,513
05. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS) - 37,452 / 201,563
06. Tennis no Oji-Sama Gyutto! Dokidoki Survival Umi to Yama no Love Passion (DS) - 30,234 / NEW
07. Yakuza: Of the End (PS3) - 24,247 / 376,738
08. Bleach: Soul Ignition (PS3) - 23,516 / NEW
09. Wii Sports Resort w/ Wii RemotePlus (Wii) - 9,874 / 362,957
10. Gloria Union (PSP) - 8,933 / NEW

11. Pokemon Black / White (DS)
12. Wii Party (Wii)
13. Mass Effect 2 (PS3)
14. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 Professional (DS)
15. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (3DS)
16. Mother Goose no Himitsu no Yakata (PSP)
17. Grand Theft Auto IV Complete Edition (PS3)
18. One Piece Unlimited Cruise (3DS)
19. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
20. Earth Seeker (Wii)

On the hardware side, the Nintendo 3DS takes a back seat to the PSP this week, after enjoying a moment in the sun.

  • PSP - 29,168
  • Nintendo 3DS - 27,905
  • PlayStation 3 - 16,993
  • Wii - 9,511
  • Nintendo DSi LL - 4,903
  • Nintendo DSi - 4,503
  • Xbox 360 - 2,152
  • PlayStation 2 - 1,332
  • Nintendo DS Lite - 134
  • PSP go - 21