The Japanese software charts have enjoyed a second week of extremely strong sales, with the top four titles again all selling over 100,000 units and a number of prominent new entries. Leading the pack is the second in the self-published Professor Layton
trilogy from Level 5.
The Nintendo DS franchise has proven an enormous hit for the Dragon Quest VIII
developer, with the new title selling 294,000 units. The first game in the series is due for release in North America in February.
At number two, Wii Fit
has already proven a hit, with reports of long queues in Japanese stores, many of which have already sold out of the software and hardware bundle. With 261,000 units sold in its first week, Nintendo will now be looking to see if the game can enjoy the same chart longevity as the best selling Touch! Generations games on the Nintendo DS.
Turn-based strategy game SD Gundam G Generation Spirits
has once again proven the enduring popularity of the Gundam franchise in Japan, with Namco Bandai’s latest on the PlayStation 2 selling 252,000 units in its first week. At number four, retro title Dragon Quest IV
on the Nintendo DS sold an impressive 135,000 units in its second week.
At number five, Capcom’s Sengoku Basara 2: Heroes
sold 95,000 units on PlayStation 2, although the Wii version does not appear in the top thirty. The original game was released in slightly altered form as Devil Kings
in the West, although Capcom has never confirmed any of the sequels for release outside Japan.
A surprise entry at number eight, with around 41,000 units sold, is Assassin’s Creed
on Xbox 360. Published by Ubisoft itself in Japan, the PlayStation 3 version is not due for release until January. The final new entry of the week is the latest Yu-Gi-Oh!
collectable card game on Nintendo DS at number ten, with 35,000 units sold.
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|1||NE||Layton Kyouju to Akuma no Hako||Level-5||DS||294,000|
|3||NE||SD Gundam G Generation Spirits||Namco Bandai||PS2||252,000|
|4||1||Dragon Quest IV: Michibikareshi Monotachi||Square Enix||DS||135,000|
|5||NE||Sengoku Basara 2: Heroes||Capcom||PS2||95,000|
|6||4||Mario Party DS||Nintendo||DS||80,000|
|7||2||World Soccer: Winning Eleven 2008||Konami||PS2||74,000|
|9||6||Mario & Sonic at Bejing Olympics||Nintendo||Wii||41,000|
|10||NE||Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: World Championship 2008||Konami||DS||35,000|
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