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Kirby's 20th Anniversary Collection Tops Japanese Charts

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

The pink one's still got it

Kirby may be little more than a pink blob with arms and legs, but he's become a beloved Nintendo mascot with a legion of dedicated fans. It's unsurprising that his anniversary is being celebrated, and it seems that plenty of Japanese gamers have shown their support by picking up Kirby's 20th Anniversary Special Collection for Wii in the past week.

The latest Enterbrain software chart (courtesy of Andriasang) shows Kirby's latest at the top of the charts with just over 100,000 sales. The normal 3DS dominance of the top 10 has been seriously disrupted, meanwhile, by a number of new titles for Sony's last-generation handheld, PSP: details below.

[WII] 01. Kirby 20th Anniversary Special Collection (Nintendo, 07.19.2012): 100,396 (NEW)
[3DS] 02. Rune Factory 4 (MAQL, 07.19.2012): 88,700 (NEW)
[NDS] 03. Pokemon Black & White 2 (Pokemon, 06.23.2012): 81,879 (2,413,007)
[PSP] 04. Digimon World Redigitize (Namco Bandai, 07.19.2012): 73,468 (NEW)
[PS3] 05. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2012 (Konami, 07.19.2012): 63,346 (NEW)
[3DS] 06. Taiko Drum Master Chibi Dragon and the Mysterious Orb (Bamco Nandai, 07.12.2012): 31,885 (95,273)
[PSP] 07. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2012 (Konami, 07.19.2012): 26,465 (NEW)
[PSP] 08. Warriors Orochi 2 Special (Tecmo Koei, 07.19.2012): 24,518 (NEW)
[PSP] 09. New Class of Heroes (Acquire, 07.19.2012): 21,454 (NEW)
[PSP] 10. Toki no Kizuna (Idea Factory, 07.19.2012): 15,390 (NEW)

In the hardware chart, 3DS takes its customary place at the top of the chart, but for once fails to outsell all other systems combined. It doesn't miss that landmark by a huge amount, and it'll be interesting to see whether the system's figures will be boosted by this weekend's release of 3DS XL. The results below also show that Wii enjoyed a small boost, with the previous week's sales in parenthesis.

Nintendo 3DS: 44,202 (46,633)
PlayStation 3: 16,232 (15,218)
PlayStation Portable: 13,199 (11,170)
PlayStation Vita: 10,103 (11,388)
Wii: 8,729 (6,660)
Xbox 360: 594 (686)
Nintendo DSi: 545 (430)
PlayStation 2: 414 (451)

Another decent week for Nintendo, as is almost always the case, in its homeland.


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User Comments (22)



BenAV said:

Pretty good sales for the Kirby collection.
Poor week for the 3DS as far as software goes, but I guess there haven't been too many big titles coming out lately.



kingofe3 said:

Rune Factory 4 outsold Rune Factory 3's lifetime to date sales in one week. It's close to outselling the first two games, so it's very impressive. Marvelous is making money on the 3DS.



WingedSnagret said:

"Kirby Kirby Kirby that's the name you should know. Kirby Kirby Kirby he's the star of the show!"



Koos said:

These are amazing numbers for Kirby. Wiis numbers still impressive too considering everyone is supposed to already have one.



NintyMan said:

Good for the cream puff. I listened to some of the tracks from the CD on Youtube they sound wonderful.

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