Time for another change in name for a regular spot just to make it less confusing and easier to see what the topic is by the subject heading.
Ok, thanks to Tower Records in Shinjuku, we can show you the latest happenings from the music charts as they pertain to the anime weekly music charts. “GENESIS ARIA” has hit the ground running after being released in Japan on May 1st. The track is the 12th single from popular voice actor group, Sphere. The song features in the anime Arata: The Legend which is a Spring favourite for 2013.
Huge K-Pop boy band, Bigbang, have a new album about to touch down on February 29 called “Alive”. They’ve already released the first single, “Blue”, which has racked several million hits already in a few days and now they’re also released a couple of audio teasers which you can check out below.
The two teaser tracks are called “Bad Boy and “Ain’t No Fun” and have got fans all excited and building anticipation for the release of “Alive”. In another update, Bigbang have also completed what is known as an all-kill. What this translates to is staying at number one on seven different major Korean music charts over 24 hours.
It’s that time of the week when the Media Create Sales figures come in and damn if the the 3DS isn’t sitting pretty in Japan. In the hardware stakes, the 3DS is easily besting its nearest rival, the PS3, by well in excess of 50K+ units. Wow. Meanwhile the direct competitor to the 3DS, Sony’s PS Vita, managed to get over the line with a figure barely over 15K units.
This continues the trend set by the PSP when it was released in Japan where it sold by the bucketload upon launch but week after week continued to dip in sales against the juggernaut that is the original Nintendo DS.
And the trend continues one the software charts were from the top 20, 13 of the games are on Nintendo hardware. Once again, wow.
Anyways, the charts are below for your perusal, have a look and then tell me who’d you rather throw your support behind. I know where I stand.
[3DS] Mario Kart 7
[3DS] Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure
[3DS] Monster Hunter 3G
[3DS] Super Mario 3D Land
 Onechanbara Z: Kagura
[PSP] Heroes Phantasia
[3DS] Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine / Dark
[3DS] Beyond the Labyrinth
[PSP] Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Masou Kishin II – Revelation of Evil God
[PS3] Warriors Orochi 3
[PS3] Final Fantasy XIII-2
[WII] Just Dance Wii
[PSP] Monster Hunter Freedom 3
[WII] Wii Party
[WII] Wii Sports Resort with Remote Plus
[WII] Kirby’s Return to Dream Land
[WII] Mario Kart Wii
[PS3] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Dubbed Edition
[3DS] Nintendogs + Cats: French Bulldog / Shiba / Toy Poodle & New Friends
Things aren’t going too well on the Vita front with the news from Japan that for the fifth week in a row, sales have been anything but strong. In fact, sales have fallen through the 20k mark so you would think that Sony must be getting extremely worried right about now. The Vita looks set to follow in the footsteps of the PSP in that, while units were being sold and it wasn’t a failure, the figures were nowhere near what Sony had planned for and certainly nowhere near their Nintendo rival.
For the period from January 9 through to 15, the Vita shifted a pitiful 18,361 units compared to the previous week where the new handheld pushed 42,915 units. So the breakdown since launch looks something like this:
1st week: 324,859 units sold
2nd week: 72,479 units sold
3rd week: 42,648 units sold
4th weeks: 42,915 units sold
5th week: 18,361 units sold
In all fairness, it wasn’t alone in the sales drop with the 3DS suffering as well during the post holiday period. 3DS sales fell 50% but it still kept its head above the 100k mark. The PSP and PS3 witnessed drops as well but even they sold more than the Vita. The week’s sales charts are just below with the previous week’s sales in brackets.
1. 3DS: 100,668 (240,819)
2. PS3: 30,332 (74,459)
3. PSP: 22,538 (71,033)
4. PSV: 18,361 (42,915)
5. Wii: 14,179 (49,525)
6. DSi LL: 1,515 (3,971)
7. X360: 1,519 (2,738)
8. DSi: 1,206 (3,565)
9. PS2: 766 (1,323)
And now the software charts:
[PSP] 01. Super Robot Taise OG Saga Masou Kishin II (Namco Bandai, 01/12): 81,996 <- NEW
[3DS] 02. Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, 12/01): 52,266 (1,369,623)
The weekly sales are in for Japan and in the top ten, Nintendo hold sway with no less than eight titles! Of course the sublime Mario Kart 7 and Monster Hunter 3G are both in there taking postions one and two respectively. The complete top ten list is below, it definitely looks like Nintendo is going from strength to strength and it’s only January.
01./01. [3DS] Mario Kart 7
02./04. [3DS] Monster Hunter 3G
03./02. [PS3] Warriors Orochi 2
04./03. [3DS] Super Mario 3D Land
05./05. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII-2
06./09. [3DS] Inazuma Eleven Go: Shine / Dark
07./07. [WII] Just Dance Wii
08./06. [WII] Kirby’s Return to Dream Land
09./11. [WII] Wii Party
10./08. [3DS] SD Gundam G Generation 3D
The price drop for the Nintendo 3DS seems to have had the desired result with sales of the handheld recently soaring in Japan. In fact lately the 3DS has been outselling the PSP powerhouse by as many as 5 to 1 units. Checking the charts lately shows a PSP game (Monster Hunter Diary Poka Poka Felyne Village G) still at the top of the charts but in second place is Super Pokemon Rumble and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time claws its way back to 6th spot while Nintendogs makes a small dent in 12th position. And the Japan only, One Piece Unlimited Cruise Special and Starfox 64 3D both did a Solid Snake and snuck back into the Top 20. The sales aren’t just restricted to software with the hardware sales for the 3DS being 5 times more than the Sony PSP…that’s impressive!
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)