3DS has biggest sales week ever in Japan thanks to Monster Hunter 3G

In the US and Europe Nintendo’s 3DS plans for sales dominance with the plumber-sized combo of Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land, which has paid off so far. Japan got those games too, but the third pillar of Nintendo of Japan’s strategy to win the holidays involved a series that many Western gamers have ignored. With last week’s Japanese launch of the hotly anticipated Monster Hunter 3G, the 3DS in Japan saw its highest one week sales to date, and that includes the launch week.

Announced a few months ago, this follow-up to Wii’s Monster Hunter Tri reportedly sold 471,055 copies in just one week in Japan, while 378,114 3DS systems were sold, compared to the 371,326 that sold at launch. This easily brought the system’s total Japanese install base over three million, and it's also worth noting is that these numbers best any one week sales record the PSP held in Japan.

Monster Hunter 3G was released alongside the Circle Pad Pro in Japan, though we don’t know how well that sold. Today we learned when the Circle Pad Pro will be out on February 7, but Capcom has yet to commit to any international release for 3G, despite the dedicated (if not huge) fanbase in the US.


  • sirdilznik - December 13, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    No surprise here. Monster Hunter almost single-handedly kept the PSP alive. Between Japan and North America the 3DS has now sold nearly 7 million units. I have no idea how many units have sold in Europe, but I think there's a really good chance the 3DS will sell over 10 million units worldwide before the end of the year, and that's really impressive.
  • codystovall - December 13, 2011 4:51 p.m.

    fun fun fun.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - December 13, 2011 4:31 p.m.

    One of my best friend's favorite game series is Monstor Hunter, which I still find surprising. Sorry. Good for the 3DS an all that, still really want to check out Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land.
  • Love - December 13, 2011 4:05 p.m.

    Well no surprise that MH is selling well lol still waiting on that western release for a few MH games that will probably never come
  • ChiChiRocket - December 13, 2011 3:44 p.m.

    I'm not sure if I want this without online multiplayer. What is the point of friendless losers like me to get it?
  • ncurry2 - December 13, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    Lol. Nice. I'm glad to see the 3DS is starting to do well. That way when they come out with the new model with the second control stick built in and I finally get one, it'll have a nice install base already and developers will be pumping out good games for it.

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