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Japanese Charts: Rhythm Slows To A Crawl In Sluggish Week

Japanese software sales have slowed even further this week, with low numbers across the board as the market idles before the winter gift-buying season. The only new entry in the top 10 is new DS role-player Blue Dragon Plus from Mistwalker.
The Japanese software market has slowed even further this week, with only one new entry in the top 10 and low sales across the board. Such results are not unusual for the time of year, though, and the charts are likely to see a considerable boost with the release of Pokemon Platinum this Friday. In the meantime, the best selling game of the week was again Rhythm Tengoku Gold (to be known as Rhythm Heaven in the West) on Nintendo DS, although it managed only 55,000 units in sales as it retained the number one spot. The highest debut of the week was Blue Dragon Plus on DS at number three. The portable spin-off from developer Mistwalker’s first Xbox 360 role-playing game sold only 21,000 units, despite the lack of competition this week. Sales were so low for the rest of the top ten that older titles, such as the Fire Emblem remake on Nintendo DS and evergreen rhythm action game Daigasso! Band Brothers DX, were able to sneak back in at numbers six and eight, respectively. Afrika on PlayStation 3 also had a relatively strong second week, falling only as far as number four with 19,000 units sold. The only other new entries this week, with sales below 14,000 units, included the Xbox 360 version of what is known in the West as Warriors Orochi 2 at number 19. Konami’s anime tie-in Zettai Karen Children DS: Dai-4 no Children on DS debuted at number 24 and DS virtual pet game Chi's Sweet Home from Interchannel entered at number 25.
TWLWTitlePublisherFormatWeekly Sales
11Rhythm Tengoku GoldNintendoDS55,000
25Wii FitNintendoWii32,000
3NEBlue Dragon PlusAQ InteractiveDS21,000
42AfrikaSonyPS319,000
53J-League Winning Eleven 2008: Club ChampionshipKonamiPS218,000
611Fire Emblem: Shin Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no KenNintendoDS17,000
78Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu no HanayomeSquare EnixDS15,000
812Daigasso! Band Brothers DXNintendoDS15,000
910Mario Kart WiiNintendoWii14,000
106Inazuma ElevenLevel-5DS14,000
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