The sight of a PSP Monster Hunter at the top of the all-formats chart may suggest that it's business as usual in Japan. Further down the list, however, are the first green shoots of 3DS's recovery.
This week's Media Create chart, passed on by Andriasang, is for the week ending August 14, and as such is our first glimpse of the impact of the 3DS price cut which came into effect in Japan on August 11. And while PSP spin-off Monster Hunter Diary Poka Poka Felyne Village G is the week's highest new entry at number one, it sold just 12,000 more than second-placed 3DS title Super Pokemon Rumble.
It doesn't end there. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D climbs 23 places to number six, Nintendogs + Cats is in 12th after failing to even make the top 50 last week, and both One Piece Unlimited Cruise Special and Star Fox 64 3D sneak into the top 20. In all, half of this week's top ten is published by Nintendo.
The most heartening thing for Nintendo, however, will be the impact the price cut has had on hardware sales. 3DS was by far the best-selling system of the week, its 196,077 sales forty-seven times higher than last week and almost five times as much as those of its nearest competitor, PSP. The challenge now, of course, is for that to be maintained, and for software sales to continue to improve or Nintendo to rescue a year in which both hardware and software charts have been dominated by Sony's PSP.
01. Monster Hunter Diary Poka Poka Felyne G (Capcom)
02. Super Pokémon Rumble (Pokémon)
03. Everyone's Rhythm Heaven (Nintendo)
04. Atsumete! Kirby (Nintendo)
05. Uta No Prince Sama Repeat (Broccoli)
06. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D (Nintendo)
07. Let's Make A J-League Pro Soccer Club! 7 Euro Plus (Sega)
08. Toriko Gourmet Survival (Namco Bandai)
09. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo)
10. Disney Epic Mickey: Mickey Mouse And The Magic Brush (Nintendo)
Source: Media Create / Andriasang