Sega Hits It Big In Japan With Phantasy Star Portable

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Looking at this week's Media Create software sales chart, Sega's attempt to target the Monster Hunter crowd with a new Phantasy Star seems to have worked. Phantasy Star Portable topped the charts this week, fending off a number of new debuts — Rhythm Heaven Gold, Soulcalibur IV, Fatal Frame IV — selling a third of a million copies to Japanese PSP owners. The news for Fatal Frame wasn't as good, as the hardcore focused horror title, developed by Tecmo and Grasshopper and published by Nintendo, didn't scare up much in the way of big numbers. 01. Phantasy Star Portable (PSP) - 342,000 / NEW 02. Rhythm Heaven Gold (DS) - 213,000 / NEW 03. Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu No Hanayome (DS) 112,000 / 946,000 04. Soulcalibur IV (PS3) - 75,000 / NEW 05. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 15 (PS2) - 37,000 / 121,000 06. Soulcalibur IV (360) - 35,000 / NEW 07. Fatal Frame IV (Wii) - 33,000 / NEW 08. Wii Fit (Wii) - 32,000 / 2,442,000 09. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) - 23,000 / 1,633,000 10. Gundam Battle Universe (PSP) - 21,000 / 201,00011. Wario Land: Shake It! (Wii) 12. Siren: New Translation (PS3) 13. Persona 4 (PS2) 14. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP) 15. Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! DS Flame Rumble Hyper Moeyo Mirai (DS) 16. Bimoji Training DS (DS) 17. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 15 (Wii) 18. Mame Goma 2: Uchi no Ko ga Ichiban! (DS) 19. Wii Sports (Wii) 20. Dokidoki Majo Shinpan! 2 DUO (DS) 21. Eiyuu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki the 3rd (PSP) 22. Daigasso! Band Brothers DX (DS) 23. Densetsu no Stafi: Taiketsu! Dire Kaizokudan (DS) 24. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Portable 3 (PSP) 25. PC Engine Best Collection: Tengai Makyou Collection (PSP) 26. Nobunaga no Yabou DS 2 (DS) 27. Super Mario Stadium: Family Baseball (Wii) 28. Meccha! Taiko Drum Master DS: 7-tsu no Shima no Daibouken (DS) 29. Kirarin * Revolution: Minna de Odorou Furi Furi Debut! (DS) 30. Major DS: Dream Baseball (DS) Media Create Weekly Software Ranking [Gpara]

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@karasu is my homeboy:With the fact that Sega can't code a online Phantasy Star without it being a buggy hackfest, I'm almost glad it's not online.

@bornonce:Wii Sports remains the best showcase of what the system can do. When Wii Sports 2 launches, they will likely use that. Also, FYI, Mario and Zelda have -never- been big sellers in Japan, with New Super Mario Brothers being the only Mario game in years other then Mario 1 to really rack up the sales. Sonic in his hayday in Japan didn't even do as well in Japan as he did in the USA.

@Guitaratomik:New IP doesn't sell anywhere. Japan didn't like Clover and still doesn't care for Suda 51.

@gencid:Think before you post, please.

@Fstrike:It's in truth selling pretty well, seeing that it's a PSP title. It would likely sell more on the DS though.

@Earthjade:Core gamers -everywhere- are becoming more and more irreverent when it comes to sales.