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PSP Leads New Entries In Japanese Charts

A new PSP baseball title from Konami has topped the Japanese software charts, in a busy week of new releases that includes a new Super Robot Wars spin-off title for Nintendo DS and Namco Bandai’s Family Trainer hardware bundle for Wii.

David Jenkins

June 5, 2008

2 Min Read

The top of the weekly Japanese software sales charts have swapped one baseball game for another this week, with Konami’s latest Powerful Pro Baseball title for PSP taking the lead. It does so with 117,000 first week sales – beating the 59,000 unit debut of last week’s number one title Let’s Make a Pro Baseball Team! on Nintendo DS. Overall sales have risen across the chart, as a wave of new entries stimulates the market after several weeks of slow sales. The second-highest new entry of the week is a new spin-off from Banpresto’s Super Robot Wars series, based on Original Generation characters. The game sold 98,000 units on the Nintendo DS. New at number six is Namco Bandai’s Family Trainer, a Wii Fit style hardware bundle including a dance mat style controller. The name Family Trainer was previously used in Japan for the Power Pad mat for the NES, which Bandai released in 1986 - becoming the precursor to modern dance mat style peripherals. The game sold 44,000 units on Wii. The fourth new entry in the top ten is adult visual novel sequel D.C. II P.S. on PlayStation 2 at number seven with 40,000 units sold, followed by action role-player Valhalla Knights 2 for PSP at number eight with 32,000 units sold. Role-playing game sequel Mana Khemia 2 debuts at number nine on PlayStation 2 with 26,000 units sold, while puzzle game Kuukan * Zukei: Hirameki Training - KuuTore, from Berlitz Language School parent company Benesse, debuts at number ten with 25,000 units sold on Nintendo DS. There are seven other new entries in the rest of the top thirty, including PSP visual novel Clannad at number eleven, strategy role-player Front Mission 2089 on Nintendo DS at number thirteen, a second puzzle game from Benesse for the Nintendo DS at number fourteen, PlayStation 2 visual novel Togainu no Chi at number fifteen, BeatMania IIDX 14 Gold for PlayStation 2 at number sixteen, Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 for PlayStation 3 at number eighteen and Lost Planet: Colonies for Xbox 360 at number twenty-one.

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Title

Publisher

Format

Weekly Sales

1

NE

Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Portable 3

Konami

PSP

117,000

2

NE

Mugen no Frontier: Super Robot Taisen OG Saga

Namco Bandai

DS

98,000

3

3

Mario Kart Wii

Nintendo

Wii

50,000

4

4

Wii Fit

Nintendo

Wii

46,000

5

2

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G

Capcom

PSP

45,000

6

NE

Family Trainer

Namco Bandai

Wii

44,000

7

NE

D.C. II P.S.: Da Capo II Plus Situation

Kadokawa Shoten

PS2

40,000

8

NE

Valhalla Knights 2

Marvelous

PSP

32,000

9

NE

Mana Khemia 2: Ochita Gakuen to Renkinjutsushi Tachi

Gust

PS2

26,000

10

NE

Kuukan * Zukei: Hirameki Training - KuuTore

Benesse

DS

26,000

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David Jenkins ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and journalist working in the UK. As well as being a regular news contributor to Gamasutra.com, he also writes for newsstand magazines Cube, Games TM and Edge, in addition to working for companies including BBC Worldwide, Disney, Amazon and Telewest.

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