The sales success bodes well for the future release of Monster Hunter 3, but Wii sales still down.
The week ending April 26 saw the remake of the PlayStation 2 best seller Monster Hunter G come out on the Wii and go straight to the top spot of the Media Create sales charts.
Despite this strong debut, Monster Hunter G is actually just a taste of what's to come for Wii gamers. Capcom has the latest fully-fledged entry in the series, Monster Hunter Tri, set for a summer launch.
Monster Hunter G is available in Japan as a stand-alone game or as a package with a special MH-themed classic controller. The bundling of the classic controller may well be a way to entice previous players of the franchise, who experienced the games on the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable, onto Nintendo's radical new platform.
However, the Wii title wasn’t the only Monster Hunter game to reach the top 10. The consistent best-seller Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G on the PSP was in the charts again at No.5. The PSP titles are by far the biggest sellers on Sony’s portable system, helping sell hardware every week - and this week was no exception.
The PSP outsold the Nintendo DSi by a few thousand units as it has done for several weeks now, but what is more surprising is that the PlayStation 3 has also been outselling the Wii for many weeks as well.
Whether the release of Monster Hunter games on the Wii will affect hardware sales the same way it has for the PSP remains to be seen. So far it doesn't seem to have had much effect, as Wii sales remained anemic at just over 18,000 units according to Media Create.