Japan game charts: July 24-30

Slew of new titles lead by Tamagotchi and Sengoku Basara 2 storms this week's rankings; DS games take seven of the top 10 spots.

It's Friday, which means it's time to consult with Media Create on the state of software sales in Japan. The week of July 24 to 30 saw the release of lots of high-quality titles as the summer-software battle heats up.

The big story is the continued success of the Nintendo DS, which owned six of the top 10 slots for the week. New Super Mario Bros. and a pair of brain-training games continued to rack up sales, with three DS debuts also cracking the top 10. These include the number one title, Tamagotchi no Puchi Puchi Omisecchi Gohi-Kini, Mario Hoops 3 on 3 at number four, and Konchuu Ouja Mushi King at number 10, all making strong debut showings.

Games for older audiences were also prevalent, such as Capcom's Sengoku Basara 2, spooky adventure title Kamaitachi no Yoru x3, and horse-track simulator Derby Stallion P for the PSP, which placed second, fifth, and eighth respectively.

Looking at the top 100, the Xbox 360 at last got some good news from the Japanese market, with three titles making the top 50--Bullet Witch placing 29th, Shutokou Battle X 37th, and Senko no Ronde Rev. X 42nd.

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jknowlton
jknowlton

Even though the DS owns the top 10 with 7 entries, Sony has the other 3 spots with the PSP (what a weird game that is to make the top 10 :) ) and the PS2. Can't really say anything bad about that.

phreeQue
phreeQue

Wow. I just watched gameplay video of the 3on3 basketball game and it was so awful. I can't believe Nintendo gets away with releasing these cheesy-ass games in Japan. Oh well.

Incomplete
Incomplete

Xbox is a failure in Japan, I've had several Japanese exchange students ask me what an xbox is when I say I'm going off to play or they'll ask what it is when they see it.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

The 360 needs to start picking up. Its only going to get worse with the release of the Wii and PS3. Im impressed by how many DS games are in the top 10.

Shingo
Shingo

one word: phenomenon

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

A game at 29th place is good progress for the 360 in Japan. It's just the user base is so small for the 360 that it will be tough for a 360 game to crack the top 10, for quite awhile at least.

duffman0hy3a
duffman0hy3a

LOL i love how big the Horse Racing games are down there, but here in the US people could give 2 Sh*ts about that stuff

ssjdagas
ssjdagas

Why don't games have English titles like that? "Super Super Super Ultra Extreme Deluxe Super Snowboard". (I'm not kidding, some games have THREE "Super" in them in Japan =P)

godovivel
godovivel

360 is already dead in japan

PaLoY21
PaLoY21

DS is owning the whole videogame industry right now.

enoslives7
enoslives7

not a single gamecube or xbox game.......

-o-o-o-o-o-o-ox
-o-o-o-o-o-o-ox

We should get some of those games over here. (North America)

kafuffle
kafuffle

Hey Tamagotchi... I recognize that word lmao. .

TorugotoShinsan
TorugotoShinsan

If you translate it into English it is probably only 2 words long comthitnuong =p And awesome, Devil Kings 2 is second. I should pick that up when it (finally) gets a UK release.

King_Dodongo
King_Dodongo

and castlevania and FF III haven't como out yet and the DS is strong. No surprise in that

tmacyao111
tmacyao111

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lalex2
lalex2

Im glad M$ is seling none

Platyphyllum
Platyphyllum

It looks like Mario Hoops 3 on 3 is doing good in Japan! I wonder if it's a goo game though.

exedeath
exedeath

Hey Rockman X9. You are sooo right there. I mean I love playing the metal gear card game on my PS2 rather than the PSP. The only thing that I hate about that list is tamagotchi...........I really don't have anyhitng to say except that I must know what that game is, cause apparently it is the best game known to man if it is in the top spot.

FlavaFresh
FlavaFresh

I m so happy that psp and ps2 selling better than microsoft I'm so happy that ps3 will flop in japan. Oh what the hell am I saying? It will flop in the US and Euro as well.

aus_pride
aus_pride

Global nexus --- Get off ure high horse!!

jofy
jofy

LosDaddie I'm so happy to see the PS2 & PSP not selling better than the DS I m so happy that psp and ps2 selling better than microsoft

jasonmacrillo
jasonmacrillo

the japanese have great taste :) dont get me wrong, i love the ps2 and the psp, but the ds is the better system.. and i have a soft spot for nintendo... keep buyin good games!

ewjim
ewjim

Only iI have thought (still not having come here) that here for a long time was't Tamagotchi - HERE IT IS! :lol:

Rockman_X9
Rockman_X9

Interesting!!! Is impressive to see that the NDS is beating both SONY´s consoles ( and if you think about it, the PS2 and the PSP can do more than twice than the NDS). I´m a little sad about the PSP, but as I have been saying and thinking, what is the used to have a PSP if you already have a PS2. To play a METAL GEAR, TEKKEN OR A GTA?. You can play THAT games on a PS2. The NDS is doing well thanks to his titles. And for all who only care about the PSP, power is nothing without fresh and innovative games to play. GOOD JOB NDS!!!!

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

I'm so happy to see the PS2 & PSP not selling better than the DS!:D

Golden_surfer
Golden_surfer

Good to see a third party game on DS leading the top 10. Gee, nintendo should stop selling games for a while to see if third parties can get some, that way we'd see more third party games on DS and the wii. :D

Aslanpower86
Aslanpower86

Excellent. I had no idea Mario Hoops 3 on 3 was already out in Japan though.

ice_rocman
ice_rocman

No surprises here. Ds is holding the spots for the Wii. Although I expected more MS fanboys to 'tard out.

Global_Nexus
Global_Nexus

-caesarbites Since when did Japan ever buy anything American?- The Japanese lap up a lot of things from the West -- music, movies, etc. The Xbox and its successor, however, haven't been on that list. [sarcasm]Ohnoes, this OBVIOUSLY means that Japan hates American products![/sarcasm] Or we could apply -real- logic here and deduce that the Xbox and the 360 haven't provided games that appeal to the Japanese audience. But that'd require admitting that, in some cases, your preferences are NOT universal. I know that's difficult for some -- okay, a WHOLE LOT of you people to figure out. -Paul_TheGreat Japanese taste in games sucks.- And American and English taste sucks, too. Football [US]! Football [US]! Soccer [football]! Soccer [football]!

johnnyv2003
johnnyv2003

wow DS must be crack to them over there...lol

EMH88
EMH88

PLease NIntendo give me some of your cash :(

GAMECAMILLER
GAMECAMILLER

It goes to show you how different Japanese tastes are from ours.

tmacyao111
tmacyao111

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liquid789
liquid789

ds is overrated man. what you call innovated, i call boring. what next a game based on feeding a gold fish every 6 hours or a game based on parking your virtual car on the alternate side of the street every monday and friday. yeah let the ds keep churnning its crap out tojapanese buyers

faizali86
faizali86

mostly ds games in there! only 2 ps2 games and 1 psp game?! i thought tekken would be a huge hit in japan. btw is it released in japan yet?

9997
9997

If it will be like this in next gen the results will be.......Nintendo-70% Sony-30% Microsoft-0% LOL

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

gcuber123 The PSP is pathetic. TintedChimes wow, ds games are owning, umm...where's tekken? I would assume that tekken will be there some where...maybe it didn't come out yet or the franchise is not as prominet but I assummed it will be there due to its reception in the states. If the PSP is pathetic, then GC, XBOX, X360 are even more pathetic... Tekken was there like a couple of weeks ago for like one week(lol) A horse-track sim? First time I heard of a game based purely on that. Can't believe it sold enough to chart, and on the PSP of all the places

faridmon
faridmon

Animal Crossing, rest in peace after you sold 3 million copies, no more for you at top 10 spot.

Pastehunter
Pastehunter

PSP game in the TOP 10 , YESSSS !!!!!

eiru
eiru

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thekey
thekey

The PSP is getting smoked!

zub1
zub1

Hmm... seven DS games in the top ten. I guess that's not that surprising.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

The original was released in the US in January for the DS. And well, it wasn't that great.