After enjoying its minute on the Japanese charts at number one, Halo 3 is nowhere to be seen. Plus, more on the exclusive Monster Hunter 3 Wii deal. In NextGen's Tim Rogers' Japan report, he writes:
"Why did Halo 3 bow out so quickly? If you recall, last week, I predicted that perhaps 58,000 was merely the exact population of Japanese Halo fans. The population has grown quite dramatically in the last six years, though it's still not blockbuster material. Looking at this week's charts, my hypothesis feels about right.
Surely, Halo 3 isn't yet dead in Japan: the theme of Japanese game sales as of the last few years has been "word-of-mouth". Word of mouth helped Nintendo DS explode into superstardom; it was a slow burn at first, though right about now the fire is pretty hot. And at a time when so many "hardcore" Japanese gamers are disillusioned with the state of games, maybe Halo 3 is a beacon of purity, of raw gaming experience. Maybe friends will tell friends about how great deathmatches are, or how awesome it is to co-op Legendary difficulty. Maybe the iron-pumping shooter freaks will get involved. Slowly, the game will start to sell. Who knows?"