Software's combat sequel, Capcom's new survival horror title, and a slight boost in sales for the PS Vita in Japan.
The week of January 23 to January 29 in Japan was a good one for gamers, with more than enough new releases to choose from; from Armored Core and Resident Evil sequels, to a remake of a six-year-old Tales RPG title. Placing first on the recent Media Creates chart update was Armored Core V for the PS3, with 163,906 units sold. Just below the mecha-piloting simulator was Resident Evil Revelations for the 3DS, with 146,559 units sold.
Armored Core V features five-on-five team-based online battles on a persistent world map, in addition to the series' trademark mech customisation options. For more information on the game, check out GameSpot's recent coverage on the title. Resident Evil: Revelations has been praised by critics for its atmosphere, action, and entertaining story upon its release. Check out GameSpot's recent review for more details.
The PS Vita title Tales of Innocence R, a remake of the 2007 DS title, was in third place on the charts with 54,853 units sold. The game uses the Dimension Stride Linear Motion Battle system for combat, where players can move around the field in 3D and use skills in mid-air. In addition, the Rave ability introduced in this version of the game allows players to activate even more special attacks consecutively for damaging combos. The game also has touch-screen controls that allow players to activate special attacks and party commands on the fly.
Other highlights of the chart include Mario Kart 7 and Monster Hunter 3G, which are still clinging onto the top five; the former is selling 29,230 units and the latter 27,032 units. The Xbox 360 version of Armored Core V also made its debut in sixth place, with 24,719 units sold.
On the hardware side, the PS Vita saw a boost in sales as it placed third on the charts. Sony sold 18,942 units of the device, just above the PSP, which sold 16,008 units. The 3DS was still the top-selling console of the week, with 84,789 units sold, followed by the PS3, with 22,924 units sold.
JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF JANUARY 23-29
Software Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit Sales
1. Armored Core V / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 163,906
2. Resident Evil: Revelations / Capcom / 3DS / 146,559
3. Tales of Innocence R / Namco Bandai / PS Vita / 54,853
4. Mario Kart 7 / Nintendo / 3DS / 29,230
5. Monster Hunter 3G / Capcom / 3DS / 27,032
6. Armored Core V / Namco Bandai / Xbox 360 / 24,719
7. Super Mario 3D Land / Nintendo /3DS / 23,003
8. Idolmaster Anime & G4U Pack Vol. 4 / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 18,179
9. Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure / Sega / 3DS / 14,928
10. Inazuma Eleven Go / Level-5 / 3DS / 10,479