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The deadlock at the top of the Japanese sales charts, dominated now for weeks by Capcom’s Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G on PSP and Nintendo’s Mario Kart Wii, has finally been broken with Sega's new number one DS title _Let’s Make a Pro Bas

David Jenkins, Blogger

May 29, 2008

2 Min Read

The deadlock at the top of the Japanese sales charts, dominated now for weeks by Capcom’s Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G on PSP and Nintendo’s Mario Kart Wii, has finally been broken with a new number one. Sega’s new sports simulation on the Nintendo DS translates as Let’s Make a Pro Baseball Team! and is part of a long running series in Japan, though the only entry to be released in the West was from sister franchise Let's Make a Soccer Team!. With sales still at a low ebb in Japan, the game made its debut at number one with just 59,000 units sold. The second highest new entry of the week, at number five, is a rare Nintendo published role-playing game for the Nintendo DS. Developed by DK Jungle Climber developer Paon, the game, whose name translates as Glory of Hercules, sold an initial 23,000 units. The final new entry at number seven is the first Nintendo DS version of visual novel Hiiro no Kakera, whose previous entries in the series have all appeared on the PlayStation 2. Published by Idea Factory, the game debuted with only 15,000 unit sales. Elsewhere in the top thirty, the next highest new entry is the Xbox 360 version of Electronic Arts and Valve’s The Orange Box, followed by Nintendogs/Dogz style pet simulator Ochaken no Heya DS 3 on the Nintendo DS at number seventeen. Published by Spike in Japan, Ubisoft and Free Radical Design’s Haze on PlayStation 3 appears at number twenty-three, while visual novel Princess Nightmare enters the charts at number thirty.

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Title

Publisher

Format

Weekly Sales

1

NE

Pro Yakyuu Team o Tsukurou!

Sega

DS

59,000

2

1

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G

Capcom

PSP

51,000

3

2

Mario Kart Wii

Nintendo

Wii

48,000

4

5

Wii Fit

Nintendo

Wii

36,000

5

NE

Hercules no Eikou: Tamashii no Shoumei

Nintendo

DS

23,000

6

7

DS Bimoji Training

Nintendo

DS

15,000

7

NE

Hiiro no Kakera DS

Idea Factory

DS

15,000

8

6

Totsugeki!! Famicom Wars VS

Nintendo

Wii

15,000

9

9

Meccha! Taiko no Tatsujin DS: 7-tsu no Shima no Daibouken

Namco Bandai

DS

14,000

10

8

Link no Bowgun Training

Nintendo

Wii

12,000

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David Jenkins

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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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