Big in Japan Oct. 12-18: Pokemon-mania epidemic, PS3 wins again

Nintendo's latest DS RPG continues strong sales run in island nation, as Uncharted 2 debuts in fifth; Sony console edges out Wii hardware sales.

More than a month after Nintendo's latest got-to-catch-'em-all role-playing game debuted big on Japanese store shelves, the Pokemon juggernaut continues to steamroll at retail. Reporting on the week of October 12-18, Japanese stat-tracking firm Media Create said that Pokemon HeartGold and Pokemon SoulSilver combined to sell 164,721 units for the DS, securing the top spot in its weekly sales chart.

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Another game that's sure to remain at the top of Media Create's chart for quite some time, Wii Fit Plus, finished the week in second place with 118,167 units. Two DS games followed: Nintendo's Tomodachi Collection with 63,086 units and Level 5's Inazuma Eleven 2: Kyoui no Shinryokusha - Blizzard with 60,580 copies sold. Sony and Naughty Dog's highly rated PlayStation 3 exclusive Uncharted 2: Among Thieves rounded out the top 5, debuting with 53,827 units sold.

Capcom's Okami for the Wii represented the only other charting debut of the week, finishing in sixth with 23,810 units sold. Nintendo's MotionPlus-equipped Wii Sports Resort landed in seventh place with 22,808 units, followed by Gran Turismo for the PSP Go with 22,027 copies sold. DS titles Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey and Love Plus rounded out the chart with respective tallies of 19,642 and 19,561.

Sony's PlayStation 3 again topped Nintendo's Wii by a slim margin during the week, selling 30,231 units to 29,965. Both consoles, of course, finished light-years ahead of Microsoft's Xbox 360, which sold a mere 3,662 units on the week. As is typically the case, portables led hardware during the week, as the DSi and DS Lite combined for 51,735 while the PSP shifted 33,508 units.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF OCTOBER 12-18, 2009
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1) Pokemon HeartGold and Soul Silver / Nintendo / DS / 164,721
2) Wii Fit Plus / Nintendo / Wii / 118,167
3) Tomodachi Collection / Nintendo / DS / 63,086
4) Inazuma Eleven 2: Kyoui no Shinryokusha - Blizzard / Level 5 / DS / 60,580
5) Uncharted 2: Among Thieves / Sony / PS3 / 53,827
6) Okami / Capcom / Wii / 23,810
7) Wii Sports Resort / Nintendo / Wii / 22,808
8) Gran Turismo / Sony / PSP / 22,027
9) Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey / Atlus / DS / 19,642
10) Love Plus / Konami / DS / 19,561

Hardware:
DSi - 49,145
PSP - 33,508
PS3 - 30,231
Wii - 29,965
Xbox 360 - 3,662
DS Lite - 2,590
PS2 - 2,109

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