Japan game charts: April 17-23

At long last, a non-brain-training game takes the top slot--but the Nintendo DS continues to rule the charts.

There was a change at the top of the Japanese game charts during the week of April 17. After ruling the roost for over a month, Kahashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu: Motto Nou o Kitaeru Otona DS Training was removed from the number-one position.

Its successor, Mother 3 for the Game Boy Advance, was a non-brain-training game, and it wasn't for the DS. The week's second- and third-place finishers--the expansion Final Fantasy XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan and the spin-off Dragon Quest: Shounen Yangus no Fushigi na Daibouken--weren't even on a Nintendo platform. Both were PlayStation 2 favorites (apparently).

However, just because the DS didn't win, place, or show didn't mean it wasn't well represented on the top 10. Five games on the list were for Nintendo's dual screen handheld, which continues to take Japan by storm: Kahashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu: Motto Nou o Kitaeru Otona DS Training (fourth), Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day (seventh), Animal Crossing: Wild World (eighth), Eigo ga Nigate na Otona no DS Training: Eigo Duke (ninth), and Pokémon Rangers (10th).

Smack-dab in the middle of the chart were two more PS2 titles--Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai (fifth) and Okami (sixth), the much-anticipated and recently previewed adventure game from Capcom and Clover Studio. However, no PSP titles were to be found in the top 10.

The week of April 17 also saw an Xbox 360 game almost make it into the top 10. Ninety-Nine Nights, the upcoming fantasy action game from legendary designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi's studio Q Entertainment, came in 11th place.

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Crimson_flame88
Crimson_flame88

it's crazy how they're all about weird brain games and rpgs in japan, while in the states most people couldnt care less about these games. in the states it's all about blood and guts and edginess (with such big sellers as GOW, devil may cry, RE4, etc)

TaronAroyan
TaronAroyan

All Nintendo fans are losers. GO SONY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oo6En_A9oo
oo6En_A9oo

I think EvIlKiNgKoOpA was rite, maybe only japanese that really know the essence of "fun" in "games" nowadays. the rest just rely on pixel porn and brainless chaos..... n "new" gameplay too, which oftenly only being introduced once in the long list of franchise-to-be if it become a hit.....

piercezoner
piercezoner

American games are all good. Theres nothing bad with them. They were made to fit the most playable and realistic manner. This is why Fps have blood and gore and aim and shoot. because thats what really happens when you shoot in real life. And we north americans dislike many japanese games because its just plain wierd to us. Like all the cat girls, gundams, Super Saiyans, feminine males, awkward japanese jokes, super cliche plots and pop theme songs are big turn offs indeed to the general audience. And some anime shows also dont help the situation. Even though RPG dominates in japanese games, hell ive enjoyed many, but in my experince ive enjoyed the american rpgs the most( Elderscrolls, Baldurs Gate, Knights of old republic, Fable, Jade empire)

Agreb91
Agreb91

This looks good for Nintendo.

NightRain
NightRain

OMG! A GBA game is on the top! It's been a while...

Deltron7
Deltron7

Actually there can be alot of challenge in a FPS. Try playing COD2 on Veteran. It is no walk in the park. But you're probably right, they are still pretty brainless.

spo562
spo562

So why should we care about what sells in Japan? They do not define the industry. Get over it.

sniper_99
sniper_99

whoever doesn't know Mother 3 is a complete disgrace, hope Mother 3 will come to North America

EvIlKiNgKoOpA
EvIlKiNgKoOpA

american gamers have the same taste over,FPS, BLOOD, GORE and the SAME violent game,dont get me wrong,i like all of those in my game,but i am tired of seeing it over and over and over in the same genre game,like QUAKE it's like DOOM 3,to me,BATTLEFIELD 2 is like GHOST RECON - AW teens in the US makes these games popular because its simple to play all they do is aim and shoot,no type of challenge at all in those games sure online might make it better,but i also point out RPG,which to me are all the same as an FPS game,so i feel that as we AMERICANs hate RPG's(well most american)the JAPANESE hate alot of the same FPS games so in a nut shell,they can make great games,because to me the best games come out of JAPAN,due to the good hard working game companys for example these are good,very good and i really can enjoy for hours ZELDA - RESIDENT EVIL - METAL GEAR SOLID - FINAL FANTASY - MARIO METROID - ONIMUSHA - FIRE EMBLEM - PAC-MAN - MEGA MAN - STREET_FIGHTER - TEKKEN - BUST A MOVE - EARTHBOUND - DEVIL MAY CRY - (JAPANESE GAMES I LOVE).........................and these are american games that made me see the small talent american game company they have..................GTA3(AND ONLY GT3) - RACHET'N'CLANK - CALL OF DUTY - GOD OF WAR - SIMS(AMERICAN GAMES I LIKED)and i didnt pick a certain game because i know the game series is a solid winner other that sport games and clone FPS shooters fall short of what could of been done well so yea..SCREW ALL THE BIAS BASTARDS

Shingo
Shingo

OMG! An 360 game made 11th?! It will probably be in the top 10 next week. Could this be the beggining of change

Ryosagi
Ryosagi

Wow, their list is off. FFXII came in at No. 15, while the English Brain Training came at No. 9. Animal Crossing was at No. 8

n2Deepeth
n2Deepeth

^^ Yeah, I hope they change that soon, but it's understandable to misread one letter/number (PSP to PS2). Anyway, that is a good list, and I hope Okami does really well (I like all the games Clover has made so far, including the original VJ).

elheber
elheber

Shin Budokai is a PSP game... and it's number 5. Yet the article said there were no PSP games that made the top 10? Tor Thorsen made a boo-boo.

GGGtaManiac
GGGtaManiac

Not wow-inspiring or unexpected at all. You'd think people would finally smarten up and get over differing tastes.

Kwzy
Kwzy

Final Fantasy XII is not at first place!! weired

PiMacleod_basic
PiMacleod_basic

There's enough Mother/Earthbound fans out there that'd snatch up that game without a moment's notice. Nintendo just has to realize it. Not convinced? Do a google check for Earthbound/Mother-based fan sites. There's more than you'd think. Not to mention the amount of people who've already downloaded and are playing the Japanese ROM, but yet cannot even read Japanese! ...HINT HINT, Nintendo.

tonemd_basic
tonemd_basic

**Rips the name tag off [Deltron7]** The Del and the Automator do not support your foolishness.

frankeyser
frankeyser

wow good for the 360 almost getting in the top ten that is a big deal

TryMe01
TryMe01

haha! FF XII was released on Oct 3, 2006 and Okami on Sept 12, 2006!!! japan really do get the games before any other country...

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

nice. too bad they won't release mother earth 3 over seas.

salmo229
salmo229

Just reading these comments makes it all too clear why Mother 3 will struggle in the Western market. Which is a shame, because it's a great series.

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

Well said, AncientDozer. Ignorance seems to know no boundaries, Japan included.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

As some of you guys pointed out, this is evidence that Japanese taste is different. However, who are these chumps to say what is and isn't quality? Sith, sir, you ruined your own argument and therefore owned yourself. You started off strong, but then you came off as a fanboy. Failed. The point isn't quality and would've been clearly gotten if folks like that guy didn't distort it. It's not whether these games are quality and whether or not Americans have bad preference, it's just that there's a difference in taste. PERIOD. End of story. Games we dislike they might like and vice versa. In other words, comparing the two countries is moot (whether it be X box 360 sales or game lists). I just don't understand why people keep pointing to Japan in these arguments since the likelihood of any of us going there is god damn slim. Worry about your own countries first and foremost. Then, if you have time, maybe consider other countries. Otherwise, leave it to the freagin' industry.

Princecake
Princecake

it will be released in the US as Father 4

Zharak
Zharak

I want Mother 3 NOW!

_sean_05
_sean_05

lol yeah, how can you call yourself a gamer if you dont even know what mother is? babies. maybe Japanese gamers don't play alot of shooter because most FPSs are interchangable. They would rather play a creative, innovative, or otherwise worthwhile game with an engaging story. imagine that. and Fallout_Red, you are comparing PS2 games to handheld titles. >_> If i was on the Tokyo subway for an hour and a half each day, i probably wont be playing a PS2 strapped to a lcd screen crammed into a car with 800 people. Japanesw gamers are on the go and they play handhelds way more than we do. The market has been shifting that way in Japan for awhile.

FFIXOwner
FFIXOwner

Yup, Thorsen made a big error in his article. Shin Budokai is a PSP game, not a PS2 game. And the few of you who are actually smart in this topic, do not feel alone in feeling sorry for the American game-bias posters.

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

Whats wrong with those people? They have FF XII and Okami and choose Mother and Brain-age??? God bless America.

tequilasunriser
tequilasunriser

Here in America we're so focused on graphics and expensive presentation that we forget about the simple (but quality) games like these... I like the list.

Sandman100
Sandman100

I hated all those games, they all stuck.Where the shooters, and sports game. Japanese gamers like wired games.

Deltron7
Deltron7

That is the crappiest list of games I have ever seen. No wonder Microsoft isn't doing well in Japan. Look at the Xbox games. They are all normal games, like shooters, racers and action. I say screw Japan. Microsoft should just make more awesome games for us Americans and stop putting so much effort into making crap like this. Imo.

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

Awsome. Nintendo continues to kill off the psp.

Link1515
Link1515

Mother 3? What kinda of a stupid name is that

DJGeki
DJGeki

So...how exactly was Brain Age released in May 2006, considering that hasn't happened yet?

_sean_05
_sean_05

Man, thats a solid list! I got the new DraQue fushigi no dungeon and it rocks! Okami, FFs, Brain age, all are good, Shin Budokai is probably one of the best PSP games yet! T_T we better get mother 3 here, i dont wanna pay mad $$ to import it! T_T

gill9221
gill9221

Man, I hope wii get an English version of Mother Thwii, preferably titled Earthbound 2.

Withoutme
Withoutme

Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai Publisher: Atari | Platform: PSP | Category: Fighting Games Smack-dab in the middle of the chart were two more PS2 titles--Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai (fifth) and Okami (sixth), the much-anticipated and recently previewed adventure game from Capcom and Clover Studio. However, no PSP titles were to be found in the top 10. anyone see the contradiction? note: someone ese pointed this out, but no one said anything.

alexgangur
alexgangur

SithLordKiller said: Man, those of you who think it's a "crappy list" have no clue as to what types of videogames are played in Japan. First of all, let me say that each game on that chart is a solid title (minus pokemon, which is a child's game--however still a good franchise in its own right). Second, for those of you Xbox fanboys posting, you probably forgot that Microsoft isn't exactly winning popularity contests with the japanese gaming public. Lastly, those of you saying "Mother 3....wtf?" have no clue yet again. Mother (aka. Earthbound in the states), is a very loved and popular RPG series in Japan. The first one came out here in the U.S. with huge praise. So there. Still a crappy list? I don't think it is. thank you for saving my breath

rbarahona
rbarahona

Nintendo DS is still topping the Japanese sale charts, both in terms of software and hardware. I hope that they can replicate the success in other territories.

joyer
joyer

not too shabby for the 360... haha mother 3 though, good work id like to play an english version..

SithLordKiller
SithLordKiller

To MrNib, Wow, that comment wasn't racist...I'm glad to see that bigotry still runs rampant within the U.S. (said with sarcasm).

SithLordKiller
SithLordKiller

Man, those of you who think it's a "crappy list" have no clue as to what types of videogames are played in Japan. First of all, let me say that each game on that chart is a solid title (minus pokemon, which is a child's game--however still a good franchise in its own right). Second, for those of you Xbox fanboys posting, you probably forgot that Microsoft isn't exactly winning popularity contests with the japanese gaming public. Lastly, those of you saying "Mother 3....wtf?" have no clue yet again. Mother (aka. Earthbound in the states), is a very loved and popular RPG series in Japan. The first one came out here in the U.S. with huge praise. So there. Still a crappy list? I don't think it is.

Calkaimainer
Calkaimainer

Orasion: It has been out for a while. And it's FF. Everyone will buy it on the fist few days so the buying will slow down later,

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Its great to see the GameBoys games are still selling a lot.

komdosina
komdosina

VanGriffin Just goes to show RPGS still rule in Japan.I can't see what they like in the DS. ick. Because unlike your narrow minded self, Japanese have actual taste in games.

MrNib
MrNib

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