Portable Horse Training Fever Sweeps Japan

Out with the old, in with the NEW. The weekly Media Create sales chart is packed with new Japanese releases, with Derby Stallion DS snatching first place from Tales of Symphonia. It's a big week for the Wii and Nintendo DS overseas, as a ton of new titles for Nintendo's hardware platforms sell and sell big.

This week's chart is potentially less good news for the PSP, as two of its big sellers — Super Robot Taisen A Portable and Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G — fall out of the top ten. Will this spell the end to PSP hardware dominance in Japan?

01. Derby Stallion DS (DS) - 148,000 / NEW
02. Tales of Symphonia: Knight of Ratatosk (Wii) - 137,000 / NEW
03. Daigasso! Band Brothers DX (DS) - 120,000 / NEW
04. Hisshou Pachinko * Pachi-Slot Kouryaku Series DS Vol. 12: CR Neon Genesis Evangelion - Shito, Futatabi (PS2) - 55,000 / NEW
05. Higurashi no Nakukoru ni Kizuna: Dai-Ichi-Kan - Tatari (DS) - 42,000 / NEW
06. Wii Fit (Wii) - 34,000 / 2,292,000
07. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3) - 34,000 / 566,000
08. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) - 31,000 / 1,508,000
09. Mario Super Sluggers (Wii) - 31,000 / 89,000
10. Mobile Suit Gundam: Operation: Troy (Xbox 360) - 28,000 / NEW

11. Ken to Mahou to Gakuen Mono (PSP)
12. Sengoku Basara X (PS2)
13. Super Robot Taisen A Portable (PSP)
14. Bleach: The 3rd Phantom (DS)
15. The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match (PS2)
16. DS Bimoji Training (DS)
17. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP)
18. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball Portable 3 (PSP)
19. Battlefield: Bad Company (Xbox 360)
20. Disgaea: Hour of Darkness (DS)
21. Ookami to Koushinryou: Boku to Horo no Ichinen (DS)
22. Bokura no Telebi Game Kentei (DS)
23. Wii Sports (Wii)
24. Aria the Origination: Aoi Wakusei no El Cielo (PS2)
25. World Neverland Olerud Okoku Monogatari & Pluto Kyouwakoku Monogatari 2 in 1 Portable (PSP)
26. The Tower DS (DS)
27. Taiko Drum Master DS: Seven Island Adventure (DS)
28. Pro Yakyuu Team o Tsukurou! (DS)
29. Wii Play (Wii)
30. DS Yamamura Misa Suspense: Maiko Kogiku - Kisha Katherine - Sougiya Isa Akashi - Koto ni Maru Hana Sanrin: Kyoto Satujin Jinken File (DS)

Media Create Weekly Software Sales [Gpara]

2:40 PM on Thu Jul 3 2008
By Michael McWhertor


  • Poor sony, all that MSG4 is our savior hype and Wii Fit is matching sales weeks later.

  • was battlefield bad company only released on the X360 in Japan?

  • @Neon: 566,000 MGS4 sales for only about 2million ps3's is amazing...what are u talking about?

  • it will be interesting to see how this shakes out in the console sales, to see if the psp can survive the diminuation of its big game.

  • @Neon: 10 years from now i wonder what game people will replay and which one they'll ignore..hmm...

    its sad though, some horse game outsold all those other games.

  • @Neon:

    You are so clueless :(

  • Image of BPMν BPMν at 02:59 PM on 07/03/08 *

    Nice to see the Wii Tales of... game off to a nice start. Wonder if it'll disappear soon, though...

    I could sure go for a Coors Light right about now...

  • This has to be a joke. Derby Freaking Stallion DS beat out Tales of Symphonia for first place? What has become of Japan?

  • Too bad for Sony. I expected Metal Gear Solid to break atleast 1 mil by now. Was it a flop in japan?

    Looks like the Wii and portables reign supreme once again.

  • I expect to see a lot of hate for this news, like I saw a lot of hate for similar Ubisoft titles. Or is it japanese, thus it's ok?

  • Japan loves japan. We love japan. They don't love us... [joke] :P

    They live in their world, it's natural that the top belongs to all that Japanese titles. But, very strange to see that people are more on the side of the portables or wii. MGS4 isn't selling so much as they [sony] were expecting.

  • So Mario Kart DS is out of the top 30. That's a shame.

  • Can we stop caring what Japan plays now? Please? THEY DONT MATTER EXCEPT TO ENTERTAIN THEIR CAUCASIAN MASTERS.

    sheesh, get a clue.

  • horse game shabve always done well there, since back when i was reading the indecipherable names from the pages of gamefan in the 90's, im sure wizbolt can enlighten us further, but horse breeding/racing games are quite popular there.

  • @Fluffy22: But will never beat Mario Kart wii. I think it's not that much. They were hopping to sell more consoles with the game.

  • @Zhemos:

    There are roughly 2 million PS3 owners in Japan. You expect 1 out of 2 to get it? MGS4 was a huge success in Japan as far as I'm concerned. It's usually not the most popular region for the series and better than 1 out of every 4 PS3 owners there purchased it.

  • Image of NeoAkira NeoAkira at 03:07 PM on 07/03/08 *


    I'm not surprised that the horse training game got first. Back when I used to go to Dave and Busters I would always see this one big arcade game where you could train your horses and then go race them. And ALWAYS I would see some old asian men playing on it. So it's probably one of those things that would appeal more to the Japanese than here in the US. For instance we have Hannah montana and bratz games, and they have that.

  • lol WTF Horse training?

  • @Fluffy22: Look Wiifit where it goes... how they'll reach such level? It won't.

    I hope that Nintendo wont come with more plastic till the end of this generation, i am a little frustrated with the quantity of plastic that we need to buy for a "moment".

  • @Fluffy22: I think he was refering to how Sony talked about it driving console sales. As for which one I'll be playing a couple years from now, probably neither. After beating MGS4, I may play it through again one more time with all the other MG games consecutively for the story, but beyond that, I don't get a lot of replay value out of that one for me.

  • @LittleBigPlaneteer: They wanted to sell consoles, not only games... that was the plan from Sony. So that means we're not seeing that big increase in consoles. Just came back to normal,...

  • Tales of Symphonia 2 is coming out here so soon, but Namco hasn't said anything about the 2 DS games. Granted, Tempest was sub-par, but Innocence was incredible. They are gonna release a third DS game called Tales of Hearts this year, but it probably won't come out here :(

    Namco Bandai? moar like scamco badguy amirite?

  • @fearing:

    And it did drive console sales. I think you'd have to be crazy to think MGS4 was some sort of miracle game that would make the PS3 sell like hotcakes for months straight. It's a niche title that never sold significantly well compared to other major titles out there. The internet blew up the hype for MGS4 as "Sony's saviour" more than Sony did, trust me. MGS4 gave Sony a nice boost in the arm, simple as that.

  • @Gambly:

    Do some research on how well MGS sells in Japan and how much consoles it has moved in PS2 days.

  • Derby Stallion DS, eh? Whatever floats your boat!

  • @Superstar90:
    Namco hate gaijin quite obviously.

    As I recall only reason the original Talse of Symphonia ever got translated was because Nintendo paid for the localization. Its also the reason why the PS2 port was never localized since Nintendo held the rights to the translation.

  • @Vidunder: Depends whether it's Let's Pet The Pretty Horsey or Whip That Nag Until She Runs Faster.

  • @LittleBigPlaneteer: Yes i know that, had a big increase in the first days...but as i read here in kotaku. The sales of MGS and PS3 consoles just came to normal state. That means that the MGS4 fever is over there in Japan. And that means that the reaction wasn't exactly what SONY was waiting. Or else the Top would still belong to MGS4, and since some weeks, it's not in the TOP anymore.

  • @LittleBigPlaneteer: So if it keeps decreasing as we're watching this last weeks. It will reach some point that wont even belong there anymore to the list. But we'll see. I think when MGS online will come out, the MGS will come up again and more MGS4 will be sold.

  • I'm scared for gamers. One of the best games in years MGS4 is sitting at #5. What is happening to our hobby?? Horse racing #1!?! Scary

  • @jacksons98: This is hardly a new development, horseracing sims have been popular in japan at least as far back as th super famicom if not earlier. And also I don't believe that any Metal Gear games has sold over a million in japan. Different strokes and all that.

  • @Gambly: Why do you think Sony expected MGS4 to suddenly catapult them into top position (for more than the one week it did) in Japan? Of course they didn't. They expected it to sell excellently compared to the install base (it did) and probably hoped that, being the first big game for the system, it would mark a small but noticeable improvement in weekly PS3 sales from then on (jury's still out).

    PS3 is actually doing okay in Japan (and everywhere else). The fact that long-term it isn't doing as well as Wii is because Wii is a big success, not because PS3 is a failure. (And the fact that short-term it isn't doing as well as PSP... I don't suppose Sony are losing sleep over that.)

    So, is the Aria game any good? I'm a fan of the series but, eh, anime game, probably sucks. (PS2, so I won't buy it anyway, but still curious.)

    Also of note: look how poorly Wii Play is selling now... almost out of the top 30.

  • A horse game beat out a Tales game (JRPG)? Whatever people love them ponies and grooming I guess. It's too bad they won't add a "pick up that horse shit" session. It's tiring work D:

  • @Gambly: MGS never sold well in Japan to begin with, the fact that the game has reached 25% of the installed base is actually surprising.

    I don't know why people get their panties in such a twist, it's not as if magically Sony will sell 87 Million consoles in one day, but apparently fanboy logic dictates so. Likewise for Microsoft and Nintendo.

  • Image of Archaotic Archaotic at 03:59 PM on 07/03/08 *

    Sometimes, Japan just scares the hell out of me. This is one of those times.

  • @zoesch:


  • More 360 games in the top 30 than PS3


  • damn, Nintendo is cleaning up.7 of the top 10 games are for Nintendo gaming systems.

  • I don't know what the Derby Stallion games are all about (I've seen Super Famicom cartridges with the name so presumably it's a popular franchise in Japan), but I do know it spawned a very attractive special edition "skeleton" Sgea Saturn in Japan, that now sells for very large amounts on eBay...

  • Believe it or not Derby Stallion is one of the most famous and selling franchises in Japan and is not something "new", the first titles coming from the FC/SFC era. So im not surprised... well, except for Mario Kart DS finally getting out of the Top 30

  • who cares about MGS or derby stallion? There's a new Band Brothers out and noone has told us about it?! The first one was one of the best music games ever and the only one where it actually feels like you're playing music instead of just pressing some random buttons sequences like guitarhero or beat mania.
    Pretty nice sales as well; now could we please have it outside Japan?

  • Whatever... the gamers base in Japan is very different from ours.
    But what really surprized me here is: There are 360 titles on that list!

    How that happened?

    But I actually know someone on Japan who has a 360... so it might be more common than people thinks.

  • @TakuFangirl: u should get banned with ur white power comment mr klan

  • Crazy how these horse sims and kid games sell like crazy for the DS. $30 price tags FTW.

    As far as the MGS4 sales go, that is really good. But just considering what the numbers would've been like had the game come out for 360 as a lot of money lost...well maybe lost...still time for a later 360 release date../prays

  • Localize faster Namco, faster! Yah! Yah!

  • Damnit, I would love Higurashi if I could read the damn thing.

    So far what I played (really heard and watched), the start of the game is opening like season one of the anime (Keiichi with a bat and the girls)

    I had to stop right there cause, well it's pretty boring watching still images for hours on end if I can't understand them.

  • To all of you trying to excuse MGS4's disappointing chart performance:

    Only a fanboy can find promise from 90%+ sales decreases. And yeah, those numbers are partly to blame on the low amount of PS3s in public circulation. But what is to blame for THOSE low numbers? Not MGS4.

    Fanboys need to learn that low sales doesn't mean horrible existence. It just means people are stupider than anticipated OR that you have really bad taste.
    It's a lot easier than trying to convince everyone that bad is, in fact, quite good.

  • @Green-clad Gamer Dude: well, number four is a neo genesis evangelion themed pachinko game for the PS2, so i'm not too suprised

  • I read "Portable House Training" instead of "Horse". I was intrigued.

    ...Didn't turn out as interested as I thought it would be.

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