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Japanese Charts: Mario Power Tennis Update Serves An Ace

The Japanese sales charts are surging into 2009 with a number of new entries, including a new number one for the Wii's 'New Play Control!' version of GameCube game Mario Power Tennis, and a new Megami Tensei spin-off. Countdown within...
The weekly Japanese sales charts have shown the first signs of life since the New Year, with a number of new entries - including a new number one. Although overall sales are still expectedly low at this time of year, the New Play Control! (Wii de Asobu in Japan) version of Mario Power Tennis has debuted at number one, with 57,000 unit sales. A reworking of Camelot’s 2004 GameCube title, the new version of the game features motion sensing controls similar to Wii Sports. Sold for at least ¥1,000 ($11) less than other Wii titles, the game is the best performing title in the range so far, although both Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat and Pikmin managed to get into the top 20 at busier times of the year. Also new at number two is a new spin-off from Atlus’ Megami Tensei series, with strategy role-playing game Devil Survivor on the Nintendo DS only a few thousand units behind Mario Power Tennis, at 55,000. Already released in the West (as Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm), PlayStation 3 exclusive fighting game Naruto: Narutimate Storm from Namco Bandai charted at number three, with 44,000 units sold. One of two new Western new entries this week is the PlayStation 3 version of Fallout 3 at number seven. The Xbox 360 version was released in December and also managed to make it into the top 10, with 31,000 units sold in its debut. At this quieter time of year, the PlayStation 3 sold only 24,000 units in its first week. The final new entry in the top 10, at number 10, is DS Uranai Seikatsu from Nintendo. The latest release for the Touch! Generations label, the title involves fortune-telling and tarot card reading. The only other new entry in the rest of the top 30 is Codemasters’ Race Driver: GRID on PlayStation 3 at number 26. The game is the first to be self-published in Japan by Codemasters and features fully localized speech and text, as well as other Japanese specific content.
TWLWTitlePublisherFormatWeekly Sales
1NEMario Tennis GCNintendoWii57,000
2NEMegami Ibunroku: Devil Survivor AtlusDS55,000
3NENaruto: Narutimate StormNamco BandaiPS344,000
41Dissidia: Final FantasySquare EnixPSP29,000
52Monster Hunter Portable 2nd GCapcomPSP27,000
63Rhythm Tengoku GoldNintendoDS25,000
7NEFallout 3BethesdaPS324,000
85Wagamama Fashion: Gals ModeNintendoDS23,000
94Wii FitNintendoWii22,000
10NEDS Uranai SeikatsuNintendoDS20,000
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