Japan game charts: August 21-27

Final Fantasy III leads nine other titles to total DS domination of Japan's top 10 weekly best-sellers.

Given Japan's current DS craze, it was bound to happen eventually. This week Media Create reports that all 10 of Japan's top-selling games were for the Nintendo DS. Looking at the bigger picture, things are only slightly less unbalanced. DS games occupy 26 of the top 50 spots, while the remaining 24 slots are basically carved up between the PlayStation 2 and PSP. Media Create estimates the DS presently owns a staggering 80 percent share of the Japanese market.

Leading the DS charge was the remake of Final Fantasy III. According to Media Create's figures, the game sold 503,051 copies, including 18,432 that were part of the Crystal Edition DS Lite bundle. This accounts for over 91 percent of the total number of copies currently in existence, and more than a few stores suffered shortages. The latest Harvest Moon game, Rune Factory: Shin Bokujo Monogatari, also did well, selling 42,210 copies since its debut on the 24th.

Although lurking in the shadow of the DS juggernaut, titles for Sony's PSP continue to consistently break into the top 50. Some of this week's new PSP arrivals were Guilty Gear Judgment from Arc System Works at number 20, Koei's horse-racing sim Winning Post 6 2006 at number 36, and Bandai Namco's MotoGP, which debuted in 47th place.

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HXCDEW
HXCDEW

Only thing I recognise in this list is Final Fantasy and Mario.

teknicz
teknicz

Also of note is how long ago some of these games have been released. Animal Crossing has consistently been in the top 10, yet was released in December of last year. Nearly half of the games on the list have been out for half a year already.

puablo
puablo

PS2 does rule in Japan, but sadly the PSP just isn't the same. It seems to me (may be my own opinion, but a popular one) that the DS is really outperforming the PSP in game quality. Plus, as this list indicates, there are a lot of bizarre games that the Japanese just eat up while the rest of us scratch our heads.

GrimBee
GrimBee

Who would of thought that this would happen? I certainly didnt, especially since i bought my psp first before the ds! I find it absolutely insane that the ds even outsells the ps2 games in japan! I thought sony said that the ps2 is the most successful brand? Good thoughts on this topic by the way. The japanese market is VERY different from western markets, but still, even with the awesome 360 out and fine titles like dead rising.. and not to mention that the 360 has sold exeedingly well since launch, the ds STILL is outselling that in terms of hardware and software in ALL countries. Most software titles which sell the most, in ANY store which sells games, the number 1 best selling game, is almost always a ds title. Well, for the last 3 months anyways. In mid 2007, this chart will be turned upside down, but again, the charts ALWAYS prove to show exactly what consoles are selling the most aswell. The ps2 outsells the psp, still, and it shows on the software charts. The ds sells loads, and that certainly shows on this chart. The 360, not so much.. and the chart again proves this. games charts are very different to music charts, because alot of people are limited to their beloved console invetment. But because of the wii's attractive price tag (like ds vs psp again) i can see the chart becoming more wii oriented, along with ps3 aswell. But i dont think we will see many next gen CONSOLE titles going in the number 1 slot for at LEAST a good 4 months time, after christmas, it will give the wii, ps3 and the 360 some time to breathe, and show us what they got on offer for the coming year. Then consumers will get caught up in it all, just like they are with the ds, and the company which sells the most consoles, will have their games and names dominating on the charts. Which is why we arent seeing any xbox or ps2 games in the top ten. The ds sells, and sell it does! I dont think the psp will begin to start appearing with titles in this chart, unless the ps3 becomes massively popular and offers awesome connectivity with the psp.. But because the wii offers conectivity (i hope anyways) with the ds.. man, i think the nintendo trend will keep up for a good 6 months or so. I just cant believe the entire top ten are all ds titles.. but then again, as russbonchu put it "we are talking about the Japaneese market, which I believe is primarily made up of fairly shrewd electronics/gaming consumers"... ;)

LedFanatic4
LedFanatic4

Wow, that list is pretty kick-ass, I just hope the Wii is as successful.

cornelle123
cornelle123

You mean no one bought 360 titles? Expect the expected for this sales chart until the next generation really starts, 2007.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

DANG. that's quite the top 10 for DS.

phSychO_AtDawn
phSychO_AtDawn

I love Nintendo and I love the DS lite, and I love MS.

crills
crills

kavadias1981 me and you and a whole bunch of real gamers suffer from a disease that these other game companys[ witch im not going to name because i dont want no fan boys geting made at me and try to choke me with a ps2 controler] try to kill called [g.o. g.p.] graphics over game play and thank godness nintendos on the job to make sure wii stay infected .hahahaha when wil the haters wake up and open there eyes and see wats happening wii dont need better graphics no more they been inproveing alot since i was a boy more then 20 years ago but the game play all most never improves all these consol that have come out in the last 10 years have been like maddens to me they just updated the graphics but never the game play ps3 is a ps2 with minor updates and hd xbox 360 is a xbox with minor updates and hd the wii is a updated game cube but the diferance is thers alot of focus on the game play this time nintendo knows that the game cube has the power to make games look great just look at resident evil 4 so they put a lot of time to makeing the game play better and thats some thing that goes a long way in the game world when no other companys doing it except it fan boy change is good just look wat eminem did with 50 cents ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

russbonchu
russbonchu

What impresses me it that as far as I've ever seen home-based consoles have traditionally outsold portable games. Oh portable game do top the charts when they first come out or when there is no good console game coming out that week to compete with them, but it would not hold the majority of spots, let alone all of them. I agree with some of the others that gameplay WILL berat superior graphics. Especially considering the fact that we are talking about the Japaneese market, which I believe is primarily made up of fairly shrewd electronics/gaming consumers.

werid
werid

Shows us all that computing power & grapics does'nt always win.

Superzone
Superzone

Good Lord! The DS is dominating!

buckincrazy
buckincrazy

thats just awesome! go nintendo!!!!!!!!!!!

rey06
rey06

what kavadias 1981 says.lol

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

It never fails to make me laugh when you hear people predict the fall of Nintendo...blah...blah...blah. When you see how their 1st and 2nd party software remain at the top of the charts on a regular basis, plus how the DS Lite is outselling every other console each week by about 100,000. (for Sony and Microsoft Fanboys) Open your eyes and see how innovative gameplay is appealing to the world. The PSP has better graphics and is more expensive, but you dont see it flying off the shelves. Does that make anyone wonder if the Wii vs. PS3 war is going to go the same way?

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

I hope Square-Enix is checking the charts. If I were in their shoes, I would announce plans to release FFVI and FFVII right away. This won't be good for fans as they would all die of waiting. They could also re-make Vagrant Story, Chrono Trigger .... (and all RPG fans faint).

rey06
rey06

DS owns portable,kics PSP's butt.

meimnobody
meimnobody

Here are a few more national sales chart not often seen on gamespot. French Software (August 20-27) # Name (System) 1. New Super Mario Bros. (DS) 2. Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS) 3. Brain Age (DS) 4. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PS2) 5. Nintendogs: Dalmatian & Friends Edition (DS) 6. Mario Kart DS (DS) 7. Pro Evolution Soccer 5 Platinum (PS2) 8. Big Brain Academy (DS) 9. Pirates of the Caribbean: Legend of Jack Sparrow (PS2) 10. Formula 1 2006 (PS2) France could see a DS top ten very soon. German Software (August 20-27) # Name (System) 1. Brain Age (DS) 2. Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS) 3. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PS2) 4. New Super Mario Bros. (DS) 5. Singstar Rocks! (PS2) 6. Big Brain Academy (DS) 7. Gran Turismo 4 (PS2) 8. Nintendogs: Dalmatian (DS) 9. Kim Possible: Monkey Fists Rac (GBA) 10. Singstar 80s (PS2) Germany is owned by Nintendo. Irish Software (August 20-27) 1. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories 2. Cars 3. The Matrix: Path of Neo 4. Pro Evolution Soccer 5 5. New Super Mario Bros. 6. The Sims 2 7. Star Wars: Battlefront 2 8. FIFA 2006 9. Tiger Wood’s PGA Tour 2005 10. FIFA Street 2 Ugh the Irish loving the Matrix game. They need to play good games in Ireland. More and more countries seem to be well receiving the DS or inching up towards it.

Lothenon
Lothenon

pencilpusher & maim, I know there are a few more sinister games on the DS, just as there are a few non-mainstream games on the PSP. It's not that I want a particular game on the console, I'd like to have these *kinds* of games established, and I want publishers to realize that the DS is a platform capable of doing great games and ports and reaching a huge audience. There simply is not enough support by the likes of EA etc. for it, and Konami/Capcom seem to let go of their PSX-style games. Is there a game like, say, Parasite Eve or Metal Gear Solid (In terms of mood, not actual gameplay) on the DS? Not really. Resident Evil seems to have not done well enough to pull a RE2 DS, which is a shame. And the fact that there is no other good 3D jump&run other than Mario64? How come? I'm just saying Nintendo is concentrating too heavily on the "non-gamers". And, once again to avoid stupid comments: I own a DS, I really really like the system, I very much enjoy playing the games I have, which are MarioKart, Advance Wars, Metroid, Meteos, Mario64. Great System. But there are times were I'd just like to play a game that does not, as 95% of all DS-games do, star cartoon characters. If there are any parts in this post that don't make sense, excuse my crappy english.

meimnobody
meimnobody

Loth there are a number of DS rpgs that haven't come out of Japan that could be considered mature. Lost Labyrinth's second quest is certaintly very mature in it's subject matter and story. Don't worry more DS games are being announced every week. The thing is the M rating usually means crap. And Nintendo wants to limit the crap on the DS.

_Sam_
_Sam_

"Media Create estimates the DS presently owns a staggering 80 percent share of the Japanese market." Wow

shp2400
shp2400

80% market share is just INSANE

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

Castlevania has plenty of blood, that surgery game on the DS has lots of blood, and I think isn't made for kids, Lost in Blue doesn't look like it's for kids, the racing games and sports games don't seem like they were aimed at kids, Pheonix Wright doesn't look like Poke'mon either. Man, I could go on, but I'm sure you'll wake up on your own.

Slaveways
Slaveways

im happy for ff3 but as for the rest of the ds titles.... meh

Lothenon
Lothenon

I don't know what to think of this. To be honest, I love my DS lite, and I love original and innovative titles, and I have nothing against comic-book-graphics and Nippon characters, *but* as much as I'm all for innovation, I'd like to have a few more (and I know I sound like a sony-fanboy) "mature" games on the DS, you know, just for a change, just a few western-style games. I played Resident Evil DS the other day and it really was kind of refreshing to see a little blood on my new favourite console. Some PSX-ports, or other games to tell a good story other than japanese rpgs. BUT when I see the japanese sales, I very much doubt that more psx-like titles will come. Developers will focus on the TouchGenerations-Gamer, the "BrianAge"-fan, and overll the younger audience. And I can understand that. I'd probably do the same if I did video games for a living. The DS, and ESPECIALLY american and european DS-games need to do better to give developers the condidence to release more "different" games on the console. The PSP is the other extreme and lacks innovation as well as diversity. But still.. I envy PSP-owners some games, and some franchises.

Ices100
Ices100

LOL the psp is dead in the water basically, and the ps2 is soon to follow especially when nintendo's new system comes out nobody will remember the name sony.

MiReflejo
MiReflejo

DS unbelievable!! Go for it!!! cant wait for the US Version

pokemogu
pokemogu

unleashed_dw: That's a difficult question and no Japanese could answer exactly. They say "I get sick with them" or "I don't like gun/war style games" or "they are too western" but non of them are generalized. However, GTA and RE4 did pretty well in Japan so adding a TPS mode to FPS games (set TPS default in Japanese edition) might works a bit.

unleashed_dw
unleashed_dw

i'm glad for nintendo and these are great games but sometimes i wonder why japanese rather these games over games like...fps. this is the question that haunts me.

ra7krz
ra7krz

wow ds is so dominant in japan, cant wait for ff 3, good job nintendo

meimnobody
meimnobody

Of course Brain Age is still up there. There are millions of people that still want it in Japan. Lack of DS lites are just hampering the demand. They are already going nuts after the Black Model. Stores sold out of it. Of course people were most likely wanting any DS lite they could get their hands on. Repeat buyers don't explain the high software sales. So don't put out that people are buying multiple colors of DS lite garbage. Man Christmass is going to be crazy for Nintendo. No way they will be able to meet the demand in Japan much less anywhere else. Next month are the two new pokemon DS games Diamond and Pearl. Pokemon games are still hot people not the cartoon but the games. Pokemon games sell millions upon release. It's why the gba was so popular and the gameboy. When those two games hit lots of gba owners are going to migrate to the DS. If Pokemon Battle Revolution for the Wii is a launch or hits in December the Wii will be huge.

LoWpS
LoWpS

omg brainage is still there

wellfeedmonkey
wellfeedmonkey

edhc44 TSPhoenix says: "Well I guess Nintendo's gamble on the DS has paid off big time. To think we are talking about that weird handheld that was destined to flop because surely nobody wanted to play game like that, how wrong were all the doubters. " The funny thing is alot of us said the Wii was retarded as well(Including myself) but now Im a full fledged believer. The handheld market is in the bag for The big "N" no doubt. Now lets hope they can stay with M$ and Sony in the console race. Go Nintendo!

Ferratus
Ferratus

It's good to see Nintendo being number 1 like this even though it's not here in North America. I can only hope they'll have a similar success with the Wii starting in November.

StillWingless
StillWingless

i want. this game. sooooo bad. i've got a disease. and the only cure is more final fantasy.

edhc44
edhc44

TSPhoenix says: Well I guess Nintendo's gamble on the DS has paid off big time. To think we are talking about that weird handheld that was destined to flop because surely nobody wanted to play game like that, how wrong were all the doubters. ___________________________________________________________ I'm pretty sure you didn't want to play a game like that, but don't count me in on that statement.

Nerissa
Nerissa

Well let's hope Nintendo doesn't get so inflated and besides themselves that this backfires. Keep it up Nintendo.

Goku-stream
Goku-stream

Total domination!!! I know I have never seen this before. Fanatstic :), it has truly answered it's critics and has asked it's own questions which no one else can respond to!

King_Dodongo
King_Dodongo

nintendo + square-enix = unstoppable sales!

TSPhoenix
TSPhoenix

Well I guess Nintendo's gamble on the DS has paid off big time. To think we are talking about that weird handheld that was destined to flop because surely nobody wanted to play game like that, how wrong were all the doubters.