Japan charts: Monster Hunter 2 riding high

PS3 leads for ninth week in a row.

Capcom's first Monster Hunter game for the Wii tops the Japanese charts this week, knocking last week's leader Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky down to two.

Monster Hunter G is a Wii adaptation of Monster Hunter Freedom, but also includes a Japan-only demo for the Wii-exclusive Monster Hunter Tri. There's no date for the latter.

Killzone 2 makes a Japanese debut at three and is followed by Irem's new PSP game Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3: The Collapsing City and the Girl's Song.

There are two top 10 entries for Xbox 360 this week: Cave's gothic horror shoot-'em-up Death Smiles at six and Tom Clancy's HAWX at 10.

Sony's PS3 leads console hardware sales for a ninth week, but numbers fall in the aftermath of the Final Fantasy XIII demo release. One clever NeoGAF member has worked out that if PS3 and Wii figures remain the same, then Sony's console catches Nintendo's by 9th March, 2028.

For the first 16 weeks of 2009, only Sony's and Microsoft's flagship consoles have gained sales momentum week-over-week; the former is up 23 per cent and the latter up a massive 242 per cent.

Wii sales are down 64 per cent, PS2 sales down 52 per cent and PSP sales down 41 per cent. DS sales are down just 2.7 per cent week-over-week.

Japanese hardware and software sales for the week ending 26th April follow, courtesy of Media Create. Thanks, NeoGAF.

Japanese hardware sales:

  1. DS - 43,869
  2. PSP - 41,187
  3. PS3 - 23,351
  4. Wii - 18,439
  5. Xbox 360 - 7,016
  6. PS2 - 4,524
This Week Last Week Title Platform Weekly Sales Lifetime Sales
1 New entry Monster Hunter G Wii 132,000 132,000
2 1 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky DS 54,000 196,000
3 New entry Killzone 2 PS3 41,000 41,000
4 New entry Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3: The Collapsing City and the Girl's Song PSP 31,000 31,000
5 4 Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP the Best) PSP 23,000 613,000
6 New entry Death Smiles Xbox 360 20,000 20,000
7 2 BASARA Battle Heroes PSP 17,000 / 130,000
8 3 Mario & Luigi RPG 3 DS 17,000 558,000
9 11 Wii Fit Wii 11,000 3,369,000
10 New entry Tom Clancy's HAWX Xbox 360 10,000 10,000

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