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Japan: Operation Raccoon City, 3DS top charts

While Vita sales pick up for the first time in a long time

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City beat Mario Party 9 to the top of Japanese software chart during the week ended April 29.

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While Slant Six's third person shooter Resi spin-off was generally mauled by critics, it didn't stop the PS3 version selling over a quarter of a million copies in just four days in Capcom's home country. The Xbox 360 edition also charted at No.8 with 16,285 units sold.

Wii exclusive Mario Party 9 was the second highest new entry, moving 152,883 copies, Andriasang reports.

On the hardware front, Vita sales were up for the first time in a long time, from 8,206 to 12,299 units. The uplift was no doubt linked to the release of Surge Concerto: Ciel Nosurge, which debuted at No.4 with 33,324 sales. We hadn't heard of it before, but it's apparently a real-time life simulation game from the developer best known for the Atelier series of role-playing titles, in which you watch/stalk/interact with a girl called Ion. There's a trailer below if you're interested.

Elsewhere, 3DS sold 74,282 units to remain top of the hardware pile, while PSP shifted 22,457 and PS3 21,114.

Weekly software sales (life to date)

  1. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (Capcom, PS3) - 252,525
  2. Mario Party 9 (Nintendo, Wii) - 152,883
  3. Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo, 3DS) - 60,313 (302,913)
  4. Surge Concerto Ciel Nosurge (Gust, Vita) - 33,324
  5. Conception Please Give Birth To My Children (Spike Chunsoft, PSP) - 29,846
  6. Steins;Gate Hiyoku Renri No Darling (5pb, PSP) - 24,849
  7. Idolmaster Anime & G4U! Pack Vol.7 (Namco Bandai, PS3) - 17,314
  8. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (Capcom, Xbox 360) - 16,285
  9. Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo, 3DS) 15,696 (1,534,999)
  10. Dynasty Warriors VS (Tecmo Koei, 3DS) 15,578

Weekly hardware sales (previous week)

  1. 3DS: 74,282 (84,760)
  2. PSP: 22,457 (11,779)
  3. PS3: 21,114 (16,390)
  4. PSV: 12,299 (8,206)
  5. Wii: 9,200 (7,025)
  6. PS2: 1,395 (1,172)
  7. X360: 1,327 (1,282)
  8. DSi LL: 895 (760)
  9. DSi: 717 (516)
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