The Japanese release of Kirby Superstar Ultra, which hit stateside in September, lands with a resounding pink boom, selling over a quarter million copies. It kicks last week's champ Grand Theft Auto IV from the top of the charts. Hoshi no Kirby: Ultra Super Deluxe joins five other Nintendo DS games in the top ten, the only new debut to chart above the jump. Recently launched PlayStation 3 titles GTA IV, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Spec III and LittleBigPlanet do good enough business to stay in the top ten, a feat we don't expect to see repeated next week. New releases like Samurai Dou 3, Family Ski: World Ski & Snowboard and Fushigi no Dungeon: Fuurai no Shiren DS 2 - Sabaku no Majou will probably take up valuable chart real estate. The rest of Japan's best sellers for the week of Nov. 3 to 9 are after the break. 01. Hoshi no Kirby: Ultra Super Deluxe (DS) - 266,000 / NEW 02. Rhythm Tengoku Gold (DS) - 40,000 / 1,129,000 03. Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode (DS) - 37,000 / 154,000 04. Pokémon Platinum (DS) - 37,000 / 1,890,000 05. Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3) - 36,000 / 169,000 06. Valkyrie Profile: Toga o Seoumono (DS) - 33,000 / 112,000 07. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP the Best) (PSP) - 19,000 / 44,000 08. Aruite Wakaru: Seikatsu Rhythm DS (DS) - 18,000 / 45,000 09. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Spec III (PS3) - 17,000 / 52,000 10. LittleBigPlanet (PS3) - 17,000 / 69,00011. Wii Music (Wii) 12. Wii Fit (Wii) 13. Shugo Chara! Amunonijiro Chara Change (DS) 14. Avalon Code (DS) 15. Wrestling Angels: Survivor 2 (PS2) 16. Cid to Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon: Toki Wasure no Meikyuu + (DS) 17. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) 18. Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida Or 2 (PSP) 19. Shape Boxing: Wii de Enjoy! Diet (Wii) 20. Shin Sangoku Musou 5 Special (PS2) 21. Nostalgia no Kaze (DS) 22. Grand Theft Auto IV (Xbox 360) 23. Wii Sports (Wii) 24. Inazuma Eleven (DS) 25. Zero no Tsukaima: Maigo no Period to Ikusen no Symphony (PS2) 26. Yes! Precure 5 Go Go Zenin Shu Go! Dream Festival (DS) 27. Daigasso! Band Brothers DX (DS) 28. Dragonball DS (DS) 29. Mario Kart DS (DS) 30. DS Bimoji Training (DS) Media Create Weekly Software Sales [Gpara]
I think LBP's problem is the PS3's price point. PlayStation is a mainstream brand, but two years post-launch, the PS3 still hasn't reached a mainstream price (you can almost get a 360 AND a Wii for the price of a PS3). If you're a parent and have kids who see this game and want to play it, you're looking at upwards of $500 for the console, game, and an extra controller, just to play ONE game. Come on, Sony! Times are tough! The hardcore audience who wanted a PS3 probably already have one, so I'm not sure how many more they think they can sell at that price point.
It's a shame, really. I want LBP to do well. It represents everything that's great about video games.