Shining Wind Of Change In Japanese Sales Charts

With overall sales still at a seasonal low, the Japanese video game charts have seen two new PlayStation 2 role-playing games perform strongly, while import favorite Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 (Elite Beat Agents 2) has finally found the commer
With overall sales still at a seasonal low, the Japanese video game charts have seen the latest in Sega's Shining series of role-playing games enter straight in at number one with just over 78,000 unit sales. The PlayStation 2 exclusive is a follow-up to Shining Tears, itself as spin-off from Sega’s Shining Force series of strategy role-playing games. The second highest new entry of the week is Western import favorite Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 on Nintendo DS, with almost 71,000 units sold. The original game was a relative sales flop in Japan, with the Western spin-off Elite Beat Agents faring little better in North America. Developer iNiS’s new game, though, finally seems to have found the sales success to match the critical acclaim heaped on the series. The third new entry of the week, at number three, is Odin Sphere. The new title, from Grim Grimoire developers Vanilla Ware, is also a PlayStation 2-exclusive action role-playing game. However, with sales just over 59,000 it represents only a burgeoning success for publisher Atlus. The rest of the top ten is largely the same as the previous week, although generally with even lower unit sales. Outside the top three, there are only two titles not for Nintendo formats: Final Fantasy Tactics for PSP at number four and Monster Hunter Portable 2nd for PSP at number twenty-three.
TWLWTitlePublisherFormatWeekly Sales
1NEShining WindSegaPS278,030
2NEMoero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2NintendoDS70,821
3NEOdin SphereAtlusPS259,248
41Final Fantasy Tactics: Shishi SensouSquare EnixPSP39,480
53Wii SportsNintendoWii27,788
62Final Fantasy XII: Revenant WingsSquare EnixDS23,904
74Motto Nou o Kitaeru Otona DS Training NintendoDS18,790
87Hajimete no WiiNintendoWii18,179
95New Super Mario Bros.NintendoDS17,862
108Wii de Yawaraka Atama JukuNintendoWii15,816
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