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Well, Of Course the Latest Monster Hunter Is Killing It In Japan

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Japan loves it some Monster Hunter. Take the latest version, the PSP to PlayStation 3 port—or if you prefer "PSP Remaster"—Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Version. It's Japan's hottest game right now.


The PS3 update of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd sold more than a quarter million copies in its debut week in Japan. Quite good. But not nearly as good as the 1.9 million copies the PSP version sold during its first week on the market. Still, pretty good news for Sony and Capcom.


Media Create's top ten sales chart was dominated by PSP and PS3 software, with a ton of new Japanese-flavored games debuting in the top five. Gundam stuff. Musou stuff. Just no Gundam Musou stuff.

Read on for the top 20 games in Japan for the week of August 22 to 28, courtesy of sales tracker Media Create.

01. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Version (PS3) - 287,829 / NEW
02. Black * Rock Shooter: The Game (PSP) - 105,277 / NEW
03. Mobile Suit Gundam: Shin Gihren no Yabou (PSP) - 75,611 / NEW
04. Sengoku Musou 3 Empires (PS3) - 70,254 / NEW
05. Shin Sangoku Musou 6 Special (PSP) - 25,308 / NEW
06. Rhythm Heaven Wii (Wii) - 25,063 / 399,552
07. MonHun Nikki: Poka Poka Ailu Mura G (PSP) - 23,151 / 162,416
08. Kirby Mass Attack (DS) - 18,901 / 181,224
09. Pokemon Super Scramble (3DS) - 15,764 / 134,201
10. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS) - 13,423 / 348,964

11. Wii Sports Resort with Wii Remote (Wii)
12. Suite PreCure: Melody Collection (DS)
13. Durarara!! 3way Standoff: Alley (PSP)
14. Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel: Toki to Sekai no Meikyuu (PSP)
15. Toriko: Gourmet Survival (PSP)
16. J-League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 7 Euro Plus (PSP)
17. Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX (PSP)
18. Persona 3 Portable "The Best" (PSP)
19. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves "The Best" (PS3)
20. Pokemon Black / White (DS)


On the hardware front, the cheaper Nintendo 3DS reigns supreme, selling nearly twice its closest competitor, the PlayStation 3. Hopefully for Nintendo, that'll mean more 3DS games (other than The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D) showing up in the software bestsellers chart.

Nintendo 3DS - 60,781
PlayStation 3 - 33,141
PSP - 31,310
Wii - 11,342
Nintendo DSi LL - 3,235
Nintendo DSi - 2,384
PlayStation 2 - 1,580
Xbox 360 - 1,393
Nintendo DS Lite - 110
PSP go - 20


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Can someone please explain to me the appeal of Monster Hunter games? They always look extremely look tedious and repetitive to me.