Mario Parties Hard At Top Of Japanese Charts

Although Super Mario Galaxy continues to sell more slowly in Japan, Nintendo’s mascot has already secured a second consecutive number one with Mario Party DS. Meanwhile Koei has also enjoyed success on the PS3 with Dynasty Warriors 6.
Nintendo’s mascot has leapt to the top of the charts once again in Japan, with another high selling entry in the Mario Party series, this time a portable version for the DS. Indeed, the game came close to outperforming last week’s Super Mario Galaxy on Wii, at 235,000 units to 251,000. The Wii’s flagship new title slipped two places to number three this week, with 74,000 additional sales, beaten also by the PlayStation 3 version of Shin Sangoku Musou 5 (aka Dynasty Warriors 6). One of Japan’s highest selling franchises during the PlayStation 2 era, the first game on the PlayStation 3 debuted with an impressive 188,000 units sold. The Xbox 360 version performed less well, with a debut at number five and 22,000 units sold. With the launch of the 40GB PlayStation 3 in Japan this week, hardware sales (details of which will be released tomorrow) are expected to show Sony’s console become the best selling home console for the week. Apart from Shin Sangoku Musou 5 though the effect on software sales has been limited, with Ratchet & Clank Future, usually one of the best performing Western franchises in Japan, suffering a disappointing start at number ten with 12,000 units sold. The only other PlayStation 3 title in the top thirty is new release Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 at number nineteen. The remaining new release in the top ten, at number six, is what will be known in the West as Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles on PSP, with 19,000 units sold.
TWLWTitlePublisherFormatWeekly Sales
1NEMario Party DSNintendoWii235,000
2NEShin Sangoku Musou 5KoeiPS3188,000
31Super Mario GalaxyNintendoWii74,000
43Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Fuuketsu no GrimoireSquare EnixDS23,000
5NEShin Sangoku Musou 5Koei36022,000
6NEAkumajou Dracula X ChronicleKonamiPSP19,000
77Wii SportsNintendoWii15,000
86DS Nishimura Kyotaro Suspense Shin Tantei Series: Kyoto Atami Zekkai no Kotou - Satsui no WanaTecmoDS13,000
98Miru Chikara o Jissen de Kitaeru: DS Ganryoku TrainingNintendoDS13,000
10NERatchet & Clank Future: Tools of DestructionSonyPS312,000
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