Japan game charts: August 7-13

New Super Mario Bros. leaps back to number one; popular user-made game debuts at number three.

After a short-lived shakeup in Japanese software sales that saw two shocking changes--the Nintendo DS dethroned from the top slot and the exit of Brain Age from the top 10--this week brings a return to the status quo.

SD Gundam G Generation Portable, last week's top game, tumbled hard to number eight, while New Super Mario Bros. is back in the top slot, according to the latest data from Media Create. Proving it still has some fight left in it, Brain Age clawed its way to seventh after dipping off the charts last week. Animal Crossing: Wild World also charmed its way back onto the top 10 after a brief hiatus, appearing at number six.

As for the week's brand-new games, arguably the biggest news this week is Ecole Software's 2D fighting game Melty Blood: Act Cadenza, which debuted at number three. Melty Blood is notable in that it is a creation of Japan's "doujin circles"--which are groups of enthusiasts who collaborate to create products that often end up rivaling the quality of professional products. Melty Blood began life as a doujin title on the PC but was later ported to the NAOMI arcade board. The PlayStation 2 version has sold 64,980 copies in its first week, more than 92 percent of its existing supply, according to Media Create.

As for games that missed the top 10, Mario Hoops 3 on 3 quietly dropped to number 11, while Rhythm Tengoku, the Game Boy Advance collection of rhythm minigames from the maker of WarioWare, dropped to 14th. Star Fox Command also slipped a few places, ending up at number 17.

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78 comments
EPaul
EPaul

at least the ps2 is up there where's xbox 360

sasuke55
sasuke55

Mario don't quit do he? From what I have played its sweet. I should just pick it up.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

dang. ds keeps owning over there.

s0l0123
s0l0123

we need more platformers!!!

imkro2
imkro2

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Jestarius
Jestarius

I am still laughing at all the psp fanboys that said psps time had come after last week....yup, that was pretty amusing.

mskittykat
mskittykat

I'm glad they decided to bring the side-scroller back. I'm not normally one for rehashing procducts....but Mario's always been my favorite. :)

crills
crills

go mario long live the 2d years the golden years when it was all about game play man i miss them years

samus_aran-371
samus_aran-371

7 DS games ........... another DS month in japan

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

The 360 is nowhere. Maybe when Dead or Alive Beach Volleyball 2 comes out they will be back on the charts, of all games.. Im interested in seeing how well they do when the PS3 and Wii isnt even out yet. That is just going to make the 360 struggle more. Nintendo's DS Lite is the most successful gaming hardware of the year. Its conquering the charts so much!

9997
9997

GC and 360.......vanished a looong time ago, probly never to return.

monk12345
monk12345

Yep, i knew it, gundam wouldn't last long. The chart has turned back to what its usually is, same old, same old. Funny how a psp game can being first for only awhile can cause such a huge uproar from the nintendo fanboys. I mean it was a psp game to be on number one for the first time and all the nintendo fanboys go haywire

troakun
troakun

I knew Gundam wouldn't last long, anime games sell really well on the first day and than once every super-nerd has his copy that's it. Sorry you got your hopes up PSP fans. For the record though I also think NSMB is very flawed, it's like the DS's Donkey Kong Country (to be generous), how it's managed to stay on top as long as it has is beyond me. I guess when you get right down to it people don't care about amazing graphics OR innovation, they just want a "new" Mario game.

Leonhartxxx
Leonhartxxx

Melty Blood rocks, I love that game.

samus_hfm
samus_hfm

7 ds games ! Looks like ds is very popular in japan

patjuan
patjuan

ryunjin23k Keep in mind that the American and UK charts are similar. Though not as many DS games on the top ten chart You have not been paying attention to the US or European charts. New Super Mario Brothers and Brain Age have be in the top ten since their release dates. Other DS games have been in the top 10 in both territories as well. These are the sale numbers from Media Create: Confirmed software figures from Japan, courtesy of Media Create and Japanese website EG. Software - This Week | Total Sales 1.) New Super Mario Bros. (NDS, Nintendo) - 117,706 | 2,731,934 2.) Tamagotchi Shop 2 (NDS, Bandai) - 66,564 | 334,875 3.) Melty Blood: Act Cadenza (PS2, Ecole) - 64,980 | NEW 4.) More Brain Training (NDS, Nintendo) - 59,585 | 2,985,432 5.) Cooking Navi (NDS, Nintendo) - 57,257 | 290,960 6.) Animal Crossing: Wild World (NDS, Nintendo) - 44,201 | 3,077,295 7.) Brain Training (NDS, Nintendo) - 38,954 | 2,688,146 8.) SD Gundam Generation G Portable (PSP, Bandai) - 36,592 | 192,227 9.) Fist of the North Star Pachislot (PS2, Sega) - 33,951 | 116,507 10.) Kirarin Revolution: Kira Kira Idol Audition (NDS, Konami) - 33,332 | NEW 11.) NDS Mario Basket 3-on-3 (Nintendo) 12.) NDS English Training (Nintendo) 13.) PS2 Sengoku Basara 2 (Capcom) 14.) GBA Rhythm Tengoku (Nintendo) 15.) PS2 Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 13 (Konami) 16.) NDS Mario Kart DS (Nintendo) 17.) NDS Star Fox Command (Nintendo)

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

MotorChallenged, so 80's would be NO save, and you'd have to play it all through in one session. tmacyao111, I'm glad you've decided that for us. Keep telling yourself your PSP was the better decision, while you watch us have fun with our DS's. Enjoy those UMD's!

mhder
mhder

daqua_99 ... how long can NSMB keep on winning for? I think when we look at these weekly charts, we interpret them more as rankings rather than sales. As long as the DS keeps selling in the 100Ks every week in Japan, there are that many more potential customers to buy a game like NSMB. People tend to ask "how can that game keep selling" or "why are people still buying that game?" Well it's not the same person buying it. In theory, the game should stop selling after it reaches the equal number of sales as the platform.

mhder
mhder

mcquaig Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop 2 is selling pretty good considering its release is december 30th 2006 LOL, amazing what the future will bring.. Anyway, it has been out since the end of July and has racked up 300K + in sales already. I think the first one sold over a million.

mcquaig
mcquaig

Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop 2 is selling pretty good considering its release is december 30th 2006

acs703
acs703

Melty Blood ftw! That games awesome!

Agreb91
Agreb91

Another DS month in Japan.

Dark_Link657
Dark_Link657

Geez, DS rules Japan with an iron fist....

vaejas
vaejas

Nooooo.. come back Star Fox Command! (Don't you mean it "Slippy-ed" a few places?) Melty Blood.. that is just so.. Japanese. But I'll try any game with the word "Cadenza". Rawk. Soon as I finish Phoenix Wright, it's back to NSMB. Hey, Dead Rising should've done the same thing. Finish the game and you can save anywhere!

Global_Nexus
Global_Nexus

Well, looks like the DS reigns supreme in Japan yet again. The PS2 manages a...relatively...close second, and the #1 game of last month has dropped down to eight. Maybe it'll have the sustainability to stay on the lower end of the chart, but I'm leaning more to it hitting ten or dropping off entirely. That's still relatively impressive for a PSP game, though. MotorChallenged "Am I the only one who thinks NSMB is fundamentally flawed?" Considering how long it has been on the top of the charts? I'd wager that the answer to your question is a resounding yes. :p

lalex2
lalex2

Somebody can tell me if MS already released the X360 on Japan?

SpamMeGamespot
SpamMeGamespot

Curtizio- I hope you were joking. There has never been an Xbox 360 title in the top ten. The closest was an 11. I think it was DOA4.

shamarke
shamarke

i got a DS with super marios bros cant whait for the next one!!! XD

faridmon
faridmon

take that PSP fanboys!!!! and the fighting at no. 3 is pretty good i guess, but i don't understand why Starfox Command and Mariop Hoops isn't on top 10, i think japanese people don't like Basket ball (Slam Dunk, do something, nice anime by the way) and shooters, i bet if those two games were RPG games they wer going to be no 1 and 2.

MotorChallenged
MotorChallenged

Am I the only one who thinks NSMB is fundamentally flawed? I really didn't get very far before it got consigned to the "when I lose my job" section of my games drawer. The fact that you can't save wherever is just so Eighties, and not in a good way.

MiReflejo
MiReflejo

Mario rocks the world, even Animal Crossing, It's already hit 3 million copies!!! NDS Rocks

gt3killer
gt3killer

Sonic2batt whats happening is that the people of Japan are realizing that games CAN be fun and not just something to play through, And that side scrollers shouldn't become extinct because of Sony's 3D mantra. you absolutely right!!

daqua_99
daqua_99

7 DS games, 2 PS2 and 1 PSP ... Japanese are really enjoying their DSes ... but let me think ... how long can NSMB keep on winning for?

Slaveways
Slaveways

mario again... this is getting very old.

rentaro
rentaro

For those who have no idea what Melty Blood is, it is a fighting game based on Tsukihime, a visual novel which also spawn an anime and manga series

Sonic2batt
Sonic2batt

whats happening is that the people of Japan are realizing that games CAN be fun and not just something to play through, And that side scrollers shouldn't become extinct because of Sony's 3D mantra.

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

yay mario! just unlocked world 4 today! :)

Sig12047
Sig12047

Melty Blood? What kind of title is that?!

def_mode
def_mode

nintendo doesnt really interests me, but i bought GC just to play resident evil 0

macfastnin1
macfastnin1

microsoft should make more advertizements for xbox. cant believe mario hoops and starfox isnt on there. Mario hoops is bad, and now i start 2 feel like starfox is gonna suk 2.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Daaaaamn. I thought maybe New Super Mario Bros. was done in Japan but hey, I said the same for World of Warcraft. *snickers at all the idiotic World of Warcraft haters* Anyways, I'm guessing New Super Mario Bros. will be on top for maybe two more weeks?

TryMe01
TryMe01

thats 70% of the titlles being DS games. Woot!!

juanfraino
juanfraino

Good to see the DS back on the top.

sirhamalot
sirhamalot

I'm suprised people still haven't picked up the poorly titled but great game New Super Mario Bros. Next week though Snakes on a Plane DS is going to own the charts.

catacombs87
catacombs87

Shaberu?!?! It's not even a game! But am glad to see Nintendo back on track!