Monster Hunter Portable 3 has sold more than 2.5 million copies

Along with the flagging rhythm genre, slumping sales of Wii games and portable titles have been blamed for the US game industry’s 2010 woes. However, the picture in Japan is considerably different. Media Create released its Japanese sales figures for the week of December 6-12, and games for the PSP, DS, and Wii claimed eight of the top 10 chart spots.

Monster Hunter Portable 3 has sold more than 2.5 million copies in its first two weeks on sale.

Monster Hunter Portable 3 dominated in its second week of release, adding 629,541 copies to its first-week total of 1.95 million copies sold. Capcom’s multiplayer-focused action game far outsold the closest competition, with the Studio Ghibli-Level Five collaboration Ninokuni: Shikkoku no Madoushi selling 179,548 copies in its week of release. The DS role-playing game narrowly beat out Wii platformer Donkey Kong Country Returns, which led Nintendo’s offerings with 163,310 copies sold.

Nintendo had a strong week on the whole. In addition to Donkey Kong Country Returns, the company claimed the middle of the charts with Pokemon Black and White, Mario Sports Mix, Wii Party, Super Mario All-Stars, and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem in fourth through eighth place, respectively. The final two spots were occupied by the PlayStation 3’s only two representatives on the chart, Namco Bandai’s Tales of Graces F and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.

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‘It’s on like Donkey Kong’ Nintendo seeking TM

The Nintendo label sports many popular catchphrases, including Super Mario 64’s "It’s a-me, Mario" and the "Wii would like to play" phrase from the Nintendo Wii’s advertisement campaign. Now, the company is seeking to lock down a trademark for a Donkey Kong saying.

Nintendo sent word today that it has filed a request with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to secure the phrase "It’s on like Donkey Kong." The phrase has multiple meanings depending on context and is a transmedia phenomenon.

Nintendo to Trademark office: "It’s on like Donkey Kong."

It was uttered by the loudmouthed Steve Stifler in American Wedding and was also used in a commercial featuring the Williams sisters and Manning brothers of sport fame. Rapper Ice Cube also popularized its usage with his 1992 track "Now I Gotta Wet’Cha," off the Predator album.

"It’s On like Donkey Kong" isn’t the only phrase Nintendo has sought to trademark. Most recently, the publisher filed an application to trademark

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