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Straight Flush For Nintendo Formats In Japanese Sales Chart

Nintendo format titles dominate the last major week of sales in the Japanese New Year gift giving season, with Mario Party DS once again at number one, and six of the top ten titles Wii exclusives, including Wii Fit and Wii Sports.
Regular chart compiler Media Create has revealed details of the top thirty selling console games for the week ending January 6th, in what is the last major week of sales in the Japanese winter/New Year gift giving season. Despite some variable performances during the quieter autumn period the domination of Nintendo titles going into the New Year is absolute. The top thirteen titles are solely for either the Wii or Nintendo DS, with nine of these being published by Nintendo themselves. Six of the games in the top ten are Wii games, a record best for the format in Japan, and six of the top thirteen titles feature Nintendo company mascot Mario. There are only five non-Nintendo format games in the top thirty: three on PlayStation 2 and two on PSP. The highest ranked is Capcom’s Monster Hunter Freedom 2 on PSP at number fourteen, with last week’s number one Super Robot Wars Original Generation Gaiden on PlayStation 2 falling as far as number eighteen. The number one title of the week is once again Mario Party DS, with sales of 196,000 making for a lifetime title of almost 1.5 million in Japan alone. This makes it the best selling Mario Party game ever in Japan, with Mario Party 8 at number ten the second best selling. Wii Fit and Wii Sports, at numbers two and three respectively, both sold over 100,000 units this week, with Square Enix’s Final Fantasy IV at number four just bubbling under at 91,000 units. Sales of Super Mario Galaxy have also continued to show considerable longevity, already almost equaling sales of the GameCube’s Super Mario Sunshine with a total this week of 82,000 units.
TWLWTitlePublisherFormatWeekly Sales
13Mario Party DSNintendoDS196,000
22Wii FitNintendoWii127,000
36Wii SportsNintendoWii118,000
44Final Fantasy IVSquare EnixDS91,000
510Super Mario GalaxyNintendoWii82,000
611Hajimete no WiiNintendoWii78,000
79Dragon Quest IV: Michibikareshi MonotachiSquare EnixDS78,000
88Layton Kyouju to Akuma no HakoLevel-5DS76,000
912Mario & Sonic at Bejing OlympicsNintendoWii75,000
1013Mario Party 8NintendoWii66,000
Media Create Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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