Disney's Epic Mickey made its (rather late) to the Wii in Japan last week, debuting in the top ten, but not in the top five. Another adorable mascot, Nintendo's Kirby, fared much better overseas.
The week's real winner, however, was Sega's J-League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 7 Euro Plus for PSP. The soccer sim moved more than 100,000 copies during its first week on the Japanese market, according to sales tracker Media Create. Kirby, therefore, had to settle for second, with Kirby Mass Attack for Nintendo DS selling just shy of 75,000 units.
Other top ten debuts include Toriko: Gourmet Survival for PSP and All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation for DS. Developer Prope, the studio founded by Yuji Naka, managed to score a top ten showing with its latest Wii game Family Fishing, but did not light up the charts.
Here are the top 20 bestselling games in Japan for the week of August 1 to 7.
01. J-League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 7 Euro Plus (PSP) - 101,022 / NEW
02. Kirby Mass Attack (DS) - 74,915 / NEW
03. Toriko: Gourmet Survival (PSP) - 62,882 / NEW
04. Rhythm Heaven Wii (Wii) - 62,597 / 262,709
05. All Kamen Rider: Rider Generation (DS) - 52,575 / NEW
06. Epic Mickey (Wii) - 27,257 / NEW
07. Family Fishing (Wii) - 22,365 / NEW
08. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) - 18,945 / 460,834
09. Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX (PSP) - 14,872 / 152,697
10. Devil Survivor 2 (DS) - 12,904 / 75,912
11. Storm Lover: Summer Love!! (PSP)
12. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2011 (PS3)
13. Queen's Gate: Spiral Chaos (PSP)
14. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2011 (PSP)
15. Inazuma Eleven Strikers (Wii)
16. Elminage III: Ankoku no Shito to Yaiyou no Kyuuden (PSP)
17. Half Minute Hero II (PSP)
18. Sengoku Basara: Heroes Chronicle (PSP)
19. Wii Play Motion (Wii)
20. Puyo Puyo! (DS)
On the hardware side, Japan was PlayStation country last week, with the PSP and PS3 ruling the charts. PSPgo, notsomuch. Zero people bought one last week. Japanese gamers are now cooling their jets on a Nintendo 3DS purchase. The stereoscopic 3D system was outperformed by the Nintendo DSi XL last week.
PSP - 35,619
PlayStation 3 - 18,338
Wii - 17,004
Nintendo DSi LL - 4,176
Nintendo 3DS - 4,132
Nintendo DSi - 3,900
PlayStation 2 - 1,529
Xbox 360 - 1,406
Nintendo DS Lite - 102
PSP go - 0