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Monster Hunter Roars Onto Wii In Japan, People Buy It

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Capcom's Monster Hunter franchise does big business on the PSP in Japan. Bring that franchise to the Wii, Japan's bestselling console, and you're guaranteed massive success. Right? Well, maybe it's too early to tell.


While the most recent PSP version, Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G was an instant success when it launched in early 2007, selling more than 700,000 copies in its first week, the Wii release was... more moderately successful. Monster Hunter G moved 132,000 copies during week one, according to Japanese sales tracker Media Create. Good, but not PSP good, leading me to believe we'll see the Japanese word for "evergreen" uttered from someone's lips in the coming weeks.


Other new chart toppers include the Japanese release of Killzone 2, which debuted in third place, moving 41,000 copies and the Xbox 360 port of loli-goth shooter Death Smiles, which also landed in the top ten.

The bestselling games in Japan for the week of April 20th to 26th are as follows.

01. Monster Hunter G (Wii) - 132,000 / NEW
02. Pokémon Fushigi no Dungeon: Sora no Tankentai (DS) - 54,000 / 196,000
03. Killzone 2 (PS3) - 41,000 / NEW
04. Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3 (PSP) - 31,000 / NEW
05. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (The Best) (PSP) - 23,000 / 613,000
06. Death Smiles (X360) - 20,000 / NEW
07. Sengoku Basara Battle Heroes (PSP) - 17,000 / 130,000
08. Mario & Luigi RPG3!!! (DS) - 17,000 / 558,000
09. Wii Fit (Wii) - 11,000 / 3,369,000
10. Tom Clancy's HAWX (X360) - 10,000 / NEW

11. A Ressha de Gyoukou DS (DS)
12. Pro Yakyuu Famista DS 2009 (DS)
13. Deca Sporta 2 (Wii)
14. Taiko No Tatsujin Wii (Wii)
15. Mobile Suit Gundam: Senjou no Kizuna Portable (PSP)
16. Musou Orochi Z (PS3)
17. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2009 Live (PS2)
18. Rittai Picross (DS)
19. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
20. Valkyria Chronicles (The Best)
21. Rhythm Heaven (DS)
22. Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! DS Fate of Heat II - Unmei no Futari (DS)
23. Pokémon Platinum (DS)
24. Resident Evil 5 (PS3)
25. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator: World Championship 2009 (DS)
26. Fantasy Golf Pangya Portable (PSP)
27. Makai Senki Disgaea 2 Portable (PSP)
28. Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode (DS)
29. Little Anchor (PS2)
30. Animal Crossing City Folk (Wii)

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Surprised KZ2 debuted as well as it did. I didn't think that game would even make a SPLASH in Japan. Ah well, I guess the Helghast look like the Wolf Troopers from JIN-ROH, maybe Japanese people thought the game was related?

Surprisingly low opening week numbers for Monster Hunter, especially considering it comes with a demo of MH3. I expected a bigger debut, considering the portable games. I guess the Wii userbase just isn't ready to commit?