Not even Mickey or the power of Macross could dethrone Pokemon. Pokemon Black & White continued to dominate the Japanese sales charts selling over 230,000 units last week and getting closer to the 4 million units sold mark.
Macross F. debuted in second place with 153,000 units while Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded followed in third place with 96,000 units.
Here's the Media Create top 20, for the week of October 4 through October 10, 2010.
More numbers, including the hardware data, right after the break..
Submitted by PPNSteve on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 19:07. categories [ ]
Once again its that time of year.. the day 10/10 comes around. This year is a special year however, it is 10-10-2010 10/10/10!! so what to make of this significant date / time? Read on..
10/10/10; Sunday, October 10, 2010: Mathematics
101010 - (base two (binary)) equals 42 (base ten and is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything). Oddly enough, this is evenly divisible by the number of days in a week (7 (lucky)); and equally oddly, is also evenly divisible by the number 6 (which is generally designated as being unlucky). Both a Ying and Yang situation seem to be incorporated into this date.
10 (base ten) = 1010 (base two)
(base ten): 10 x 10 = 100
(base two): 10 x 10 = 100
The binary attributes of 101010 lends itself to use by the sciences of fractals (recursive geometric shapes) and chaos theory (the butterfly effect).
An interesting fact about October 2010: This October has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, all in 1 month. It only happens once in every 823 years.
NASA deep space photo demonstrating fractals and chaos theory.
10/10/10; Sunday, October 10, 2010: Psychology
The number ten seems to give people that warm, fuzzy feeling:
“I won TEN thousand dollars!”
“I got TEN things done today.”
Then of course, there are the ever ubiquitous Top Ten lists. The top Top-Ten lists are (in no particular order):
Top Ten To Do, Top Ten Reasons, Top Ten Links/Websites, Top Ten Music/Songs, Top Ten Movies, Top Ten Headlines, Top Ten Jokes, Top Ten Mistakes, Late Show Top Ten, Top Ten Reviews/Lists.
10/10/10; Sunday, October 10, 2010: Historical
Even when taking into account the differences between the Gregorian and Julian calendars:
Nothing significant appears to have happened a thousand years ago during the year 1010.
Nothing significant appears to have happened two thousand years ago during the year 10.
The Dark Ages spanned the 5th to 15th centuries (approximately 450 -1450).
10/10/10; Sunday, October 10, 2010: Singularity Summary
Most predictions and opinions concerning 10/10/10 are based on or are rooted in its mathematical uniqueness as a number.
101010: There are three possible outcomes:
1. Something good happens— There is absolutely no scientific basis for this belief. There are no known logical premises for this belief. The belief that something good will happen is based solely on spiritualism, faith, and/or innate optimism. This belief is not necessarily a bad thing; we don’t know everything; the probability is not zero.
2. Nothing happens— This is the most likely scenario. Just because an unusual date number sequence occurs doesn’t mean that something will happen. Usually it’s a non-event.
3. Something bad happens— There is absolutely no scientific basis for this belief. There are no known logical premises for this belief. The belief that something bad will happen is based solely on pessimism of reality. This belief is not necessarily false; after all, things are generally/usually a mess. The probability is not zero.
And now.. Once again, the famous tententen video:
Read more tenten items after the break..
Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 10/08/2010 - 15:20. categories [ ]
Another week, another few hundred thousand copies of Pokemon Black and White snapped up by Japanese gamers. The Nintendo DS game appears to be on track to break the 4 million mark any minute now.
The latest Pokemon double release outsold its nearest competitor — K-On! Houkago Live!!, Sega's music game for the PSP based on the manga and anime K-On! — without much trouble. The majority of the top ten bestselling games in Japan were on portables, including Okamiden and the latest Yakuza game, Kurohyou: Ryu ga Gotoku Shinshou.
The only console-based games to crack the top ten were Dead Rising 2 and Wii Party.
Check out the top 30 bestselling games in Japan, according to Media Create, and see if you can see how warmly received Tecmo Koei's Quantum Theory was.
01. Pokemon Black / White (DS) - 375,000 / 3,760,000
More cool data, including last week's hardware numbers, right after the break..
Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 10/08/2010 - 14:29. categories [ ]
Black Leopard follows in the footsteps of Sega's previous Yakuza titles for PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3, featuring a new protagonist and marking the first time the series has appeared on the PSP.
Nintendo's Wii Party found its way into the top three this week with 43,007 units sold, a slight bump from its 36,547 units sold last week.
Several other new titles debuted in the top 10 this week, including the visual novel Durarara!! 3-way Standoff, Yeti's tactical strategy game Shin Koihime Musou: Otome Ryouran Sangokushi Engi, and Koei Tecmo's Winning Post 7 2010.
Games falling from the top this week include Taiko Drum Master DS: Dororon! Battle With the Ghouls!! and Super Mario Galaxy 2, which hit the 11th and 12th spots, respectively.
Below are Media Create's top 10 sales chart for the week ended September 26, 2010.
More data, including the latest Hardware sales, after the break..
Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 10/01/2010 - 19:14. categories [ ]
With the release of Pokemon Black and Pokemon White in Japan last week, there was never even a glimmer of hope for any other title, and the very best position on the weekly sales chart that any game could have dreamed of achieving would be second. Taking the combined sales of the Pokemon games into consideration, second may as well be first, because the number of units Nintendo and Game Freak’s latest titles managed to sell is… unnatural.
According to Media Create, over 2.5 million copies of Pokemon Black and White were sold for the week ending September 19th. The next best-selling game?
Debut title Front Mission: Evolved for PS3, with a (comparatively) pitiful 51,000 units sold. Why did they even bother… Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Tag Force 5 for PSP also debuted on the Japanese Software Sales Chart this week, and sold almost 46,000 copies to place in third.
Another newcomer to the chart, and another heavy-hitter (only in other regions of the world), Halo: Reach launched in Japan and sold 45,000 copies to chart at No. 4, helping the Xbox 360 sell 3,000 more units than the usual weekly total.
Wii Party was semi-oblivious to all of the action taking place further up the listing and continued to do business as usual, this week selling 36 500 copies and charted at No. 5, down from No. 3 last week. Just a few thousand more units to go until that one million life-to-date mark…
One-time chart dominator Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Ailu Village slipped down to No. 6 from No. 2 and sold 28,000 units for its trouble, while last week’s No. 1, One Piece: Gigant Battle, sold just over 28,000 units to place in at No. 7.
Debut title Blue Roses: Yousei to Aoi Hitomi no Senshitachi for PSP landed on the chart at No. 8 with nearly 10,000 copies sold, Taiko Drum Master DS: Dororon! Battle With the Ghouls!! for the DS sold almost 9,000 units to sit at No. 9 (up from No. 13 last week), and Super Mario Galaxy 2 held on at No. 10 with 8,000 units sold.
More wonderful sales numbers, including this week's hardware winners, right after the page break..
Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 09/24/2010 - 08:48. categories [ ]
Namco Bandai's One Piece: Gigant Battle for Nintendo DS debuted on top of the Japanese retail game sales charts this week, outselling all other games by a wide margin. For the week ended September 12, the DS title sold 131,854 units, with the number two title, Capcom's Monster Hunter Diary: Pokapoka Ailu Village, immediately following with 55,569 units sold, announced tracking firm Media Create.
1 One Piece: Gigant Battle – Namco Bandai (DS) – 131,854 / NEW
More data and this week's hardware numbers right after the break..
Submitted by PPNSteve on Fri, 09/17/2010 - 19:14. categories [ ]
As we approach the nine year anniversary of one of America's greatest tragedies, all of us should look back with great respect, to honor those who lost and gave their lives on September 11, 2001.
Hopefully you will be able to pay tribute to those heroes who died for what they believe in and pledge to "Never Forget."
Submitted by PPNSteve on Sat, 09/11/2010 - 07:36. categories [ ]
Capcom’s cutesy Monster Hunter spin-off title, Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Ailu Village, is once again the top-selling game in Japan this past week, managing to occupy the No. 1 spot on the sales chart for the second week in a row after selling an impressive 88,000 units.
Wii Party muscles its way into No. 2 on the listing from No. 3, with almost 56,000 copies sold for the week, inching ever closer to an amazing life-to-date sales number of 1 million units.
Debut title Metroid: Other M sold 45 000 copies to occupy No. 3 on the chart, while Ace Combat X2: Joint Assault slips to No. 4 from No. 2, as 27,000 units of the PSP game make their way into Japanese gamers’ hands.
Another new title on the chart this week, Bleach: Heat the Soul 7 for PSP, sold 25,000 copies and debuts at No. 5, while Super Mario Galaxy 2 hangs tough at No. 6, up from No. 7 last week with almost 12,000 copies.
Art Academy also steps up by one spot to No. 7 with 10,000 units sold, but Inazuma Eleven 3: World Challenge!! Spark/Bomber slips down two places to No. 8 with a little over 10,000 copies.
A reprint of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (distributed by Square Enix) debuts at No. 9 by selling 9,000 units, and Another Century’s Episode R for PS3 tumbles to No. 10 from No. 4 last week, selling nearly 9,000 units.
Media Create Software August 30 - September 5,2010
01. / 01. [PSP] Monster Hunter Diary: Pokapoka Ailu Village (Capcom) - 88.405 / 344.480 (-65%)
Submitted by PPNSteve on Wed, 09/08/2010 - 17:15. categories [ ]
After Namco’s dominance in the Japanese software sales arena last week with Another Century’s Episode R on PS3, it’s now Capcom’s turn to take the crown and sell a whopping amount of games with debut title Monster Hunter Diary: Pokapoka Ailu Village for the PSP.
This past week in Japan, Monster Hunter Diary: Pokapoka Ailu Village sold an incredible 256,000 units to easily become the top selling game in Media Create’s Japanese Software Sales Chart.
Another debut title, Ace Combat X2: Joint Assault (also for PSP) sold an admirable 58,000 units to place in second on the sales chart.
Wii Party keeps on trucking, now sitting at No. 3 from No. 2, and selling almost 55,000 units this past week in Japan to bring its life-to-date sales total in the country to 860,000 copies, while last week’s chart topper, Another Century’s Episode R, moves down to No. 4 on the chart and sells 28,000 copies.
Another new title, Hakuouki: Zuisouroku Portable for the PSP, sold 24,500 units to occupy fifth place, as Inazuma Eleven 3: World Challenge!! Spark / Bomber sells almost 13,000 copies and shifts down from No. 4 last week to No. 6.
Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a non-mover at No. 7 with 12,000 units sold (with a life-to-date sales total of 795,000 units), while Art Academy for DS is another stubborn title, content to remain at No. 8 with 10,000 units sold.
Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X takes a walk down to No. 9 from No. 6 this week with 9000 copies, and Sengoku Basara 3 is forced down to No. 10 from No. 5 after selling only 9000 units.
For the bestselling games in Japan for the week of August 23 to 29, here you go.
01. MonHun Nikki: Poka Poka Ailu Mura (PSP) - 256,000 / NEW
More after the break..
Submitted by PPNSteve on Sun, 09/05/2010 - 17:12. categories [ ]
Metroid: Other M Review
Written Fri, Sep 3, 2010 by Just Push Start
After almost two decades since the release of Super Metroid on the Nintendo Entertainment System, the true sequel to the long forgotten Super Metroid is finally here. After the long wait, Metroid fans can finally find out what happens to the infamous Samus Aran after the defeat of Motherbrain. Metroid: Other M is nothing like the Super Metroid but instead, it reinvents the game compeltely by taking the features from the past three Metroid games that were released on the Nintendo Gamecube and Nintendo Wii. Don’t worry, the Metroid experience is still intact.
Full review after the break.. read on.
Submitted by PPNSteve on Sat, 09/04/2010 - 05:40. categories [ ]