Japan Charts Nov. 5-11: Mario Party DS celebrates

Portable minigame compilation featuring Nintendo's irrepressible mascot unseats Galaxy and ekes past Koei's latest beat-'em-up.

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Last week, Nintendo's mustachioed mascot stormed the Japanese sales charts with his critically acclaimed interstellar jaunt Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii. Apparently in celebration of last week's success, Mario Party DS has sold 235,000 units in its first week at retail, making it the best-selling game for the week ended November 11, according to the latest figures from stat trackers Media Create.

This week's chart showed a bit more diversity than last, with Nintendo products amounting for only six of the top 10 best-selling titles. The latest iteration of Koei's long-running beat-'em-up franchise Shin Sangoku Musou 5 (aka Dynasty Warriors 6) cut through the competition in a big way this week, with the PlayStation 3 version being the second-best seller for the week with 188,000 units sold and the Xbox 360 version selling 22,000 units. A North American release for Omega Force's next action game is currently slated for next year.

Sony platform titles scored the only other non-Nintendo slots in this week's chart. Konami's Castlevania Chronicle for the PlayStation Portable, which went on sale in North America in October, debuted in the sixth slot with 19,000 units sold. Also trailing its North American release, Insomniac Games' Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction sold 12,000 copies in its opening week, securing it the 10th slot.

The rest of the week belonged to Nintendo. Super Mario Galaxy cooled its jets this week, selling 74,000 copies and bringing its two week total to 325,000 units in Japan. Square Enix's Final Fantasy Tactics A2 for the DS dropped one slot to four, selling 23,000 units, while Wii Sports maintained is seventh position, selling 15,000 units. In the eighth and ninth slots were DS Nishimura Kyotarou Suspense Detective Series: Deadly Intent and Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day for the DS, both selling approximately 13,000 units.

Japan Game Chart Week of November 5, 2007

1. Mario Party DS - 235,000 / DS
2. Shin Sangoku Musou 5 - 188,000 / PS3
3. Super Mario Galaxy - 74,000 / Wii
4. Final Fantasy Tactics A2 - 23,000 / DS
5. Shin Sangoku Musou 5 - 22,000 / X360
6. Castlevania Chronicle - 19,000 / PSP
7. Wii Sports - 15,000 / Wii
8. DS Nishimura Kyotarou Suspense Detective Series: Deadly Intent - 13,000 / DS
9. Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day - 13,000 / DS
10. Ratchet & Clank Future - 12,000 / PS3

Rankings based on Media Create figures from November 5-11, 2007.

Discussion

62 comments
lamprey263
lamprey263

Ratchet & Clank at #10?! Well, I guess the Japanese really don't like shooters.

enoslives7
enoslives7

looks like the xbox is all but dead in japan

metc123
metc123

Solid sales for MPDS

Delongman
Delongman

I envy all thos who have Mario G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MasterChief725
MasterChief725

i agree with dr.corndog, i played both version of dynasty warriors...uhh..

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

Why on earth is a Dynasty Warriors game sitting at the top of the list?

finaleve
finaleve

fr33_loader > A better question is, "Seriosuly, don't people get tired of Halo?" No offense, but Mario does something new each game, and adds gameplay mechanics. What new thing has Halo introduced? Last I checked, Halo 1 introduced nothing more than a generic FPS to the Xbox, Halo 2 added duel weilding (which has been done before, Perfect Dark 64 did it), and 3 added items. Combine all that and all it really says is its the same generic game, but a little quirk that makes killing things last a bit longer. Multiplayer really saves the game, but maybe Japan isn't into online play as much as we are, Or maybe has a bigger market for things that aren't extremely violent but are really fun to play, or perhaps something that has a strong storyline. Just because you don't like those games doesnt mean other people do, so grow up. I wonder how well Mario Party Advanced did, since I noticed the card game didn't over too well here. Mario Galaxy, FFTA2, Castevania, Suspense Detective, and maybe even Ratchet and Clank (if i ever get a PS3). 360 should be glad they got a Dynasty Warriors on their system to help boost their sales more.

thekey
thekey

jazziey "bah to ps3...." PS3 hasn't won anything any region yet.

okassar
okassar

Don't pay too much attention to this unless you live in Japan.The Japanese have a special taste for Domertic(inner-country) products.That's why the 360 isn't that popular there and I believe no American game title has made the chart..........Mario Party DS.....lol,get frikkin' Halo 3,I don't see how Japan can resist like all American products,sucks for them.

SuperVidGamer
SuperVidGamer

tman978: If Wii Sports is free and Wii Play is a freebie for a Controller, How can they be on the list? I never understand that. Wii Sports isn't packaged with the wii in Japan, and Wii Play, is a 50 USD game with a free controller.

tman978
tman978

If Wii Sports is free and Wii Play is a freebie for a Controller, How can they be on the list? I never understand that.

Player1_HDS
Player1_HDS

I really want Final Fantasy Tactics A2 to come to the US!

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

What is it with all the fan boyism, It doesn't matter what console you play on all that matters is the overall quality of the games. & Big_Gamer_Al the japanese aren't in to kiddy things at all, they're all gaming mad, and they play games for reason to have fun just one look at the chart and you can that.

greater_bird
greater_bird

I wish they'd bring this Suspense Detective Series over here. I keep seeing its name.

blingchu55
blingchu55

I don't get japan.....they are a casual market but they buy Dynasty Warriors? I guess it is understandable because Im a ninty fan and even I like dynasty warriors. But still.....

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

All my friends have a DS, and so do I. So perhaps when the holiday linup ends (and we all have money again), we'll pick up Mario Party DS. I think it's a step foreward for the franchise, becuase I really don't like the console Mario Parties anymore.

Mullies
Mullies

Are you lot that ignorant to think that no one buys Dynasty warriors games? Its huge in Japan. In the UK, its also quite a big thing too.

Reetesh
Reetesh

OUt of all those the games I am going to buy are only Ratchet and Clank and SMG :P

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

So much for 360's one week reign over the PS3. Dynasty Warriors skyrocketed the PS3.

DPumbliQ
DPumbliQ

Strange, GS tells us good news of the PS3...... Well it had to happen sometime.......

smfes
smfes

Recently as yesterday i just picked up Zelda Phantom Hourglass for my DS and i'm sure having a blast with it, i'm also SO getting Mario Party DS! Go Nintedo!

cravygravy
cravygravy

"This is kinda funny. Last week gamespot ran this info with the headline being the 360 outsells the PS3 by a couple hundred consoles for the first time ever. Now they post the data for the week of Nov 5-11, and no mention of hardware sales. Completely missing from this article. Could it be that the 360 was beaten bloody? Check the numbers on vgchartz.com. The PS3 outsold the 360 9 to 1 last week (something like 63000 to 6800 consoles). I don't think gamespot is purposely suppressing this type of data, but you have to wonder sometimes." Of course they are, Gamespot receives a fat check in the mail every month to not report positive PS3 news.

vass86
vass86

aren't all the minigame compilations getting to people yet?!

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Well maybe this will teach people that the Japanese chart only effect the japanese people. I mean look at these games. Dynasty Warriors???? Yeah you sell me on that one.

fr33_loader
fr33_loader

Seriously, people dont get tired with Mario?

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

It's kinda disappointing that Mario Galaxy is being outsold by a freaking Dynasty Warriors game.

MegaXtreme
MegaXtreme

Yeah Dynasty Warriors 6! I am so pumped for that game right now, and it's lookin good and sitting pretty. I bought Super Mario Galaxy and its AMAZING. Mario Party DS will be mine.

Konxumer
Konxumer

For all of the crying going on how many of you have played Mario Party DS?

noahcycle12
noahcycle12

Because all the haters out there still want the PS3 to fail Mark_HD. Wish people would just play games on what they want and stop all the fanboyism.

Mark_HD
Mark_HD

Where are the Hardware sales? The title should be like "PS3 sales beat Wii and Xbox 360 combined with just 1 day of sales for the 399 40GB PS3"

bigcalkenobi
bigcalkenobi

This is very disappointing , but I think that the reason Mario Party DS outsold Galaxy in the 3rd week is because the DS is way more popular than the Wii in Japan. I really hope that SMG is back on top next week, but Mario Party DS is very popular casual franchise on the most popular videogame system in Japan, so I wouldn't count on that.

T-bone123
T-bone123

I don't know if this is good news or bad news for Mario...

Madmangamer364
Madmangamer364

This is actually more disappointing than good news. I can't believe Super Mario Galaxy, as superb and critically acclaimed of a game as it is, has fallen off the charts so quickly. This wouldn't surprise me if a game like Super Smash Bros. Brawl had came out, but Mario Party DS?! I'm scratching my head at this one.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

I'm getting Galaxy in the morning, sleep is not as important as Mario

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

What's with SMG in Japan? They'll buy as many copies of Mario Party DS as they can find, but when it comes to an actual Mario platformer (an incredibly good one at that) they hardly even take a second look at it. I suppose it's the fact that Super Mario Galaxy isn't selling as well as it SHOULD is what is bothering me... because it's still selling very well.

padouke
padouke

yeah thats right. galaxy is one hell of a game. i cant get enough of it. im anxious to see how america's week compares...

darkride66
darkride66

This is kinda funny. Last week gamespot ran this info with the headline being the 360 outsells the PS3 by a couple hundred consoles for the first time ever. Now they post the data for the week of Nov 5-11, and no mention of hardware sales. Completely missing from this article. Could it be that the 360 was beaten bloody? Check the numbers on vgchartz.com. The PS3 outsold the 360 9 to 1 last week (something like 63000 to 6800 consoles). I don't think gamespot is purposely suppressing this type of data, but you have to wonder sometimes.

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

I'm not surprised by the chart at all japan went mobile years ago apart from final fantasy it's very rare to see a none handheld game top of the charts. People who are saying third is dissapionting for mario galaxy it isn't for saying how mobile japan is third is, third is not bad at all and i doubt nintendo will be bothered they're dominateing the chart.

Makaatsu
Makaatsu

mario only sold 50k more then a 360 game??? whats going on in Japan?

Acid_Kitsune
Acid_Kitsune

I can already see a Mario Party 10 in the future... that will be something.

kori911
kori911

A quarter million is a lot mario of games.

-supercharged-
-supercharged-

Mario Party DS beat out Mario Galaxy? Wow that's suprising. Mario Party is alot of fun though especially if you got others to play with you.

wiidominance
wiidominance

As far as console games go in Japan, I think 325k for SMG is pretty darn good, remember, Sales went down in japan with the so called "gamers drift" , Oh well, I told them many times, revise your pricing scheme people ... games are way too expensive, they are not selling enough because people want to get them but can't, they don't have the money ... Anyway .. W00t .. at least SMG will break the barrier of 500 k when it finally stops selling.

wizzardjeff
wizzardjeff

i cant believe so many people like mario party its mediocre at best