Mario Party 8 Leads Cosmopolitan Japanese Chart

Mario Party 8 has come out on top during one of the busiest weeks of sales for several weeks in Japan, with every major format represented in the usually Nintendo format dominated chart, including Hot Shots Golf 5 on PS3 and Oblivion
Nintendo’s Mario Party 8 has come out on top during one of the busiest weeks of sales for several weeks in Japan, with a total of 265,000 units sold. With one of the biggest debuts ever for the series, the game has blocked Sony’s Minna no Golf 5 (aka Hot Shots Golf 5/Everybody’s Golf 5) on PlayStation 3 from reaching the top spot, with 152,000 unit sales. In third place, Bandai Namco’s Nintendo DS version of Taiko: Drum Master also performed extremely well with 94,000 unit sales. Meanwhile Square Enix’s unorthodox Nintendo DS role-playing game It’s a Wonderful World, from the same team as Kingdom Hearts, saw initial sales of 77,000 units. The second new Wii title in the top ten is Bandai Namco’s first Mobile Suit Gundam game on the system, with 46,000 units sold. Almost beating it with 45,000 units sold was the PSP version of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, with Rockstar’s premier franchise continuing to be one of the most consistently high performing Western titles in Japan. The second Western developed title of the week is Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which sold 40,000 units on the Xbox 360. The PlayStation 3 version of the game is not due for release in the territory until September 27th.
TWLWTitlePublisherFormatWeekly Sales
1NEMario Party 8NintendoWii265,000
2NEMinna no Golf 5SonyPS3152,000
3NETaiko no Tatsujin DS: Touch de Dokodon!Bandai NamcoDS94,000
4NESubarashiki Kono Sekai: It's a Wonderful WorldSquare EnixDS77,000
5NEKidou Senshi Gundam: MS Sensen 0079Bandai NamcoWii46,000
6NEGrand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesCapcomPSP45,000
7NEThe Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionSpike36040,000
84Zelda no Densetsu: Mugen no SunadokeiNintendoDS37,000
91Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 14KonamiPS234,000
105Wii SportsNintendoWii32,000
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