Another Week in Japan: Hardware and software numbers 3/3-3/9

To most of us, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is old news. The U.S. has had it since last summer, and even Europe has been enjoying the game for a few months now. It only debuted in Japan last week, though, and we were happily surprised to see it make the top five. It only sold 32,000 copies in its first week, but that's still not too shabby for a Metroid game in Japan. Hopefully, the game will have some legs and not plunge off the charts after its first week, like many other first-person shooters tend to do.

As for other software, the Wii didn't have too many games in the top thirty -- only eight, in fact -- yet it was still the second most represented gaming system on the charts. With the exception of the aforementioned Metroid and Everyone's General Knowledge Training TV, all the Wiis top games have consistently stuck around for (at least) a few weeks.

In other news, Smash Bros. once again failed to take the first place spot. The game beat out last week's chart champ, the new Gundam for the PS2, but fell behind the newly released Yakuza 3.

In hardware, the Wii claimed the top spot once again as Japan is clearly so over the Mint Green PSP (that was so five minutes ago). You can check out the hardware and software numbers for last week in Japan after the break -- we recommend that you do so.

Hardware:
  • Wii: 57,068
  • PSP: 53,924
  • Nintendo DS: 48,658
  • PlayStation 3: 21,008
  • PlayStation 2: 10,429
  • Xbox 360: 2,891
Software:

01. (__) Yakuza 3: Kenzan! [PS3] --- 181,189 (New)
02. (02) Super Smash Bros. Brawl [Wii] --- 50,401 (1,408,000)
03. (03) Wii Fit [Wii] --- 48,984 (1,659,000)
04. (__) Gundam Musou Special [PS2] --- 39,119 (189,000)
05. (__) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption [Wii] --- 32,388 (New)
06. (09) Wii Sports [Wii] --- 18,765 (2,838,000)

07. (04) Soma Bringer [DS] --- 17,276 (68,000)
08. (__) Doraemon: Nobita and the Green Giant DS [DS] --- 16,997 (New)
09. (07) Musou Orochi [PSP] --- 15,902 (87,000)
10. (__) Everyone's General Knowledge Training TV [Wii] --- 14,454 (New)

11. (08) Harvest Moon: Shining Sun and Friends [DS]
12. (13) Wii Play [Wii]
13. (06) Etrian Odyssey II: The Royal Grail [DS]
14. (16) Monster Hunter Portable 2nd [PSP]
15. (12) Family Ski [Wii]
16. (__) Nobunaga's Ambition: Kakushin w/ Power Up Kit [PS2]
17. (18) Mario Party DS [DS]
18. (14) Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games [DS]
19. (10) Winning Eleven: Play Maker 2008 [Wii]
20. (15) Jirou Akagawa Mystery: Nocturne: The Invited Killer [DS]
21. (11) Keroro Gunsou 3: Adventure in the Sky! [DS]
22. (19) Mario Kart DS [DS]
23. (20) Taiko Drum Master DS [DS]
24. (21) New Super Mario Bros. [DS]
25. (28) Animal Crossing: Wild World [DS]
26. (25) Winning Eleven: Ubiquitous Evolution 2008 [PSP]
27. (17) Lost Planet: Extreme Condition [PS3]
28. (39) Yakuza 2 [PS2]
29. (35) Kanji Brain Test 2.5M [DS]
30. (26) Tokimeki Memorial: Girl's Side 2nd Season [DS]

[Via NeoGAF]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.