Japan game charts: July 17-23

Mario bounces back to the top slot; virtual cookbook serves up piping-hot sales figures; GameCube reenters top 10.

Media Create posted its game sales figures for the week of July 17-23 today. Nintendo's classic ode to two-dimensional gaming, New Super Mario Bros., and Motto Nou o Kitaeru Otona DS Training both bobbed back up after suffering slight setbacks last week.

The prominent role of non-gaming titles on the Nintendo DS continues to mark the handheld's presence in Japan--the market can't seem to get enough software titles that mix education with entertainment. This week, two new such titles made appearances on the charts. At No. 2, Shaberu! DS Oryori Navi sold 126,000 copies, while Minna no DS Seminar: Kanpeki Kanji Ryoku barely missed the top 10, ranking in at No. 11 with 23,000 copies sold.

For the first time in a while, a Nintendo GameCube game made the top 10. Combining Dragonball, Once Piece, and Naruto characters into a single fighting title proved to be a successful formula for Battle Stadium D.O.N on both the PlayStation 2, at No. 4, and the GameCube, at No. 8.

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jeremiah06
jeremiah06

What??? why don't we have Battle Stadium D.O.N????

xlrb5
xlrb5

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xlrb5
xlrb5

Is this game going to come to the U.S?

Sayin_Gogeta
Sayin_Gogeta

THIS GAME IS TOTALLY AWSOME!!!!!!! I bought the second time i saw it.

Stuffed
Stuffed

Kind of Funny how this is still called "Games Sales" when a good handful of the chart toppers are blatantly "non-gaming titles."

DevSingh1359
DevSingh1359

DON is fun but only if you're playing with 3 other friends. Otherwise it's crap. And the unlocking system sucks ***...seriously, slot maching? WTF?

Lanowar
Lanowar

The DS seems to go well I have a PSP but I never use it, just gathers dust I think in part it's just how eaiser it feels to pick up a DS and play a game then how the PSP is desgined and loading times etc. To get in the top 10 though they are using Bleach an awesome anime, anime games always sell big in Japan regardless.

Scammeleon
Scammeleon

assassinX01 "Japan is second behind the U.S., and is actually bigger in the Handheld Market." I never knew that, thanks for that bit of info, it might shut up my local psp owner with his "america's the market that matters". ******ks it is. The japanese market is really starting to reflect the worldwide market (Nintendogs, the brain games etc, none of which you'd've imagined to have done well outside of Japan, but have been bestsellers) I'm guessing post-september we can be sure of some Poke-domination... Again... (not that that's a bad thing in anyway)

Platyphyllum
Platyphyllum

D.O.N. isn't really that great of a game so I wonder why it's up there but at least it helped the Gamecuber get on the top 10 and not at 10th place.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

go Nintendo. show them young 'uns how its done. bye bye psp!

Shingo
Shingo

w00t!!! The charts throw a changeup! Finally, we might break the chain of people posting basically the same thing each week to basically the same chart.

Ponsardin
Ponsardin

The cooking training class has begun! :lol: Nevermind that, too bad that LocoRoco didn't made it. After all, Europeans liked it better. And anyway, it's good not to see Cars in these Japanese charts.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

DS owns everything in Japan! But I must say this about gaming taste of Japanese gamers= Ewwwww:lol::P

faridmon
faridmon

finally a gamecube game, thank you japan for showing how awsome this little thing is, and who said the gamecube is dead, Msoft is dead in japan. but really DON is crap game.

Dekuxutu
Dekuxutu

A gamecube game on the list?! Everyone, run! The worlds coming to an end! /sarcasm

priest17
priest17

These Japanese charts are always so Crazy :P

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

Wow, the GC finally bounced back. Looks like it still has a little spark of life left in it. I hope it goes out with a bang with Zelda TP. DS still looking good. But where's Locco Rocco? Wasn't that supposed to be the PSP's fun quirky killer app?

meimnobody
meimnobody

Loco Roco bombed fast. It's been slashed in price to 1980 yen from 3980 yen.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Doesn't everyone already have New Super Mario Bros.?! Jeez. That's selling like hotcakes everywhere.

Gigadragon2005
Gigadragon2005

wheres locoroco?! Ouch! it seems like japan has no room for the cute blobs.

EmptySki
EmptySki

Ha Microsoft isnt even on the list and they have the new gen system out.

Global_Nexus
Global_Nexus

s0ldier69 "The only thing that is a joke is the Japanese taste in games. Peeyyeewww" Because, obviously, their having different tastes than the US and UK and *insert country here* is such a bad thing.

seg555
seg555

There 6 DS games on the list and 1 Gamecube game on the list. Making Nintendo having 7 games for there system on the list. Then Sony comes with 3 games. Microsoft comes with 0 games. I wonder do japan know Microsoft have two systems in japan named Xbox and Xbox 360. Because if they don't then that why they might be failing. l

assassinX01
assassinX01

"Wii will dominate here. Too bad Japan is the smallest gaming market..." Ummm, try all outlying areas, and then Europe. Japan is second behind the U.S., and is actually bigger in the Handheld Market.

gamer_10001
gamer_10001

Apparently the GC did have a spark of life left in it after all.

boyblob
boyblob

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gameloverx
gameloverx

we see more DS games on the charts right now

bannanaman89
bannanaman89

man i am going 2 japan so i have 2 with more ds lovers than stupid mofos dissin me cuz i like ds bedtter than psps

frankeyser
frankeyser

man nintendo is doing well in japan. mario is even sell well here too. it is pretty amazing that mario is still such a system seller. but i have to admit even bad mario games like sunshine are still a few steps above the competition.

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

obviously microsoft isn't going to have any top 10s...the gamecube still outsells the 360 there.

rbranma
rbranma

enuf,i am going to get my ds now!

thepeter
thepeter

i hope there will be a super mario world

9997
9997

Wii will dominate here. Too bad Japan is the smallest gaming market...

s0ldier69
s0ldier69

The only thing that is a joke is the Japanese taste in games. Peeyyeewww

lalex2
lalex2

MS is a joke in Japan.

relset
relset

the only game that I`ve heard of is mario...japaneese are so insane at gaming...but they still a low entry in comparison to koreans :)

Chubbums
Chubbums

WOW! That big nose plumber seems to dominate every week. Awesome game though.

dexter111344
dexter111344

6 DS games, 1 GC game, 2 PS2 games, 1 PSP game Where you at, Mircosoft? lol

ALLeyesONme68
ALLeyesONme68

Nintendo is dominating with 7 games for their systems in the top 10.