Crystal Chronicles Rises To Top In Quiet Japanese Charts

After debuting at number two last week, Square Enix’s Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles – Ring of Fates on the Nintendo DS has belatedly hit the number one spot, in a quiet week for sales in the Japanese charts - despite a number of new entries.
After debuting at number two last week Square Enix’s Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles – Ring of Fates on the Nintendo DS has belatedly hit the number one spot - in a quiet week for sales in the Japanese charts. After selling 178,000 units in its first week, Crystal Chronicles was reduced to a total of 79,000 this week. The highest new entry of the week, at number two, was what will be known in the West as Bladestorm: The Hundreds’ Year War, with the PlayStation 3 version selling 59,000 units. A variation on Koei’s familiar Dynasty/Samurai Warriors template the game’s historical European setting is an attempt by the company to appeal to a wider Western audience, as well as its sizeable native market. The second highest new entry, at number three, is manga and anime tie-in Gintama on the PlayStation 2, with 57,000 units sold. Indeed, despite the generally low level of sales there have been several new entries this week, with fellow anime license One Piece: Gear Spirit on Nintendo DS at number five with 41,000 units sold. The final new entry in the top ten is the latest entry in Banpresto’s long-running role-playing series Summon Night, with the first Nintendo DS iteration selling 28,000 units at number seven. Other notable new entries in the top thirty include Beatmania IIDX 13: DistorteD for the PlayStation 2 at number twelve and Western hit Hitman: Blood Money on Xbox 360 at number twenty-nine.
TWLWTitlePublisherFormatWeekly Sales
12Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - Ring of FatesSquare EnixDS79,000
2NEBladestorm: Hyakunen SensouKoeiPS359,000
3NEGintama Gin-San to Issho! Boku no Kabuki Machi NikkiNamco BandaiPS257,000
41Sengoku Musou 2: MushoudenKoeiPS252,000
5NEOne Piece: Gear SpiritNamco BandaiDS41,000
64Mario Party 8NintendoWii39,000
7NESummon Night: Twin Age - Seireitachi no KyoumeiBanprestoDS28,000
83Gyakuten Saiban 3CapcomDS20,000
95Ganbaru Watashi no Kakei DiaryNintendoDS20,000
1012Hajimete no WiiNintendoWii19,000
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