Super Paper Mario Hits Top In Japanese Charts

Super Paper Mario has shot straight to the summit of the Japanese sales charts with 144,000 sales, topping a busy week of new releases that also includes role-playing games Persona 3: Fes on PS2 and Final Fantasy: Anniversary Edition
In the final software chart before the Golden Week series of national holidays (which will likely delay the subsequent chart by a number of days), Nintendo has seen the first Wii title at number one in the Japanese video game charts since January. Super Paper Mario registered over 144,000 unit sales – well in line with previous Paper Mario games, despite the Wii’s so far smaller (but rapidly growing) userbase. The game was only one of a number of new entries in the charts, though, with sales considerably up on previous weeks. The second highest new entry is visual novel Fate/Stay Night on PlayStation 2, from specialist publisher Kadokawa Shoten - which almost beat Super Paper Mario, with just under 135,000 unit sales. The third highest new entry of the week is an expansion pack for Shin Megami Tensei role-playing game spin-off Persona 3, with both the expansion and a bundled version with the original game selling 90,369 units on PlayStation 2. Another strongly performing new entry is Nodame Cantabile for the Nintendo DS, with the anime-based music game selling 50,785 units. The final new entry of the week, at number five, is the latest re-release of the original Final Fantasy, this time on PSP, with 48,559 unit sales. Once again there are no PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 games in the top thirty, with the second highest ranking PSP game being Monster Hunter Portable 2nd at number eighteen. (Hardware sales data for the week in Japan will be available from tomorrow morning.)
TWLWTitlePublisherFormatWeekly Sales
1NESuper Paper MarioNintendoWii144,192
2NEFate/Stay Night [Realta Nua]Kadokawa ShotenPS2134,887
3NEPersona 3: FesAtlusPS290,369
4NENodame CantabileBandai NamcoDS50,785
5NEFinal Fantasy: Anniversary EditionSquare EnixPSP48,559
61Gyakuten Saiban 4CapcomDS48,296
72Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: MiniMini Daikoushin!NintendoDS46,605
83Wii SportsNintendoWii43,822
95Hajimete no WiiNintendoWii30,818
104Yoshi's Island DSNintendoDS30,815
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