Japan game charts: July 3-9

New Super Mario Bros. on top again, but Namco Bandai gets a pair of new entrants on the list in Xenosaga Episode III and Tekken: Dark Resurrection.

While Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS remained dominant atop the newly released Media Create weekly sales charts for Japan, there was a good amount of upheaval through the lower ranks.

The week saw a slew of debuts, with 14 newly released titles making it into the top 100. The best debut belonged to Namco Bandai's PlayStation 2 role-playing game Xenosaga Episode III, which came in second. According to Media Create, while Episode III moved a respectable 124,000 copies during its first week, it failed to match Episode II, which sold 186,000 copies in its launch week. Media Create expressed some concern about this, noting "this result is somewhat unsatisfactory given that this is the final chapter of the Xenosaga series, which until now has enjoyed the support of many fans."

Another Namco Bandai title, Tekken: Dark Resurrection, was the next-best-selling new release and the only non-DS, non-PS2 game to crack the top 10, coming in fourth with 49,000 copies sold. The series' debut on the PlayStation Portable will have another chance to put up impressive launch numbers later this month when it is released in the US. On top of that, Capcom's DS action game Rockman ZX (Mega Man ZX in the US) made its debut in the top 10, selling 34,000 copies to claim the sixth spot on the charts.

You can't have new faces in the top 10 without kicking some others to the curb. Those others would be Square Enix's anticipated PS2 release Valkyrie Profile 2, Sony's Boku no Natsuyasumi Portable for the PSP, and Gust's PS2 RPG Iris no Atelier: Grand Fantasm. Valkyrie Profile 2 missed the top 10 cut, but not by much. It placed 11th for the week.

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kimpipi
kimpipi

i love xenosaga! the best out of the 3 so far. =)

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

Xwnosaga is a great game no suprise it sold so well

faridmon
faridmon

nice to see Megaman ZX on the list that game should be awsome.

crills
crills

the ds won the race the psp is wack i dont see people wit them no more and 4 you guys that say ds is 4 kids please go try it your self and you see wats better. me i know the truth i got both and i have not played my psp in a longtime im about to sell it just like my 360 if no good games come out that why i love japan gamers its gameplay over graphics psp heads how can you play gta wit one analog i tryed it and it sucks

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

whoa a psp game in the top 10...... tekken must be pretty popular in japan for it to make it there

Elwor
Elwor

Wow the DS is hot! Could be fun to know how much tje 360 have sold in Japan, can't be that much.

Jrock7
Jrock7

Super Mario is one of the best series ever. Super Mario is probably always going to be on top. Not my favorite game, but it is the best series. I've always liked Nintendo's line-up of characters over the other systems. Even though I prefer Playstation over nintendo.

Aslanpower86
Aslanpower86

Nintendo has a firm hand on the Japanese marketplace, which is neat. New Super Mario Bros. is a very nice title in that it is full of unstoppable nostalgia and punchy graphics. I'm ready for New 2 and 3 as well!

seg555
seg555

same as the last infinity Japan sales chart. Wich is the ds is ruling

erlik9
erlik9

An XBOX 360 game will probably never make the list. It's already being treated as a dead system by most retailers, shoved off to the side. I went to Akihabara last week, to the big new Yodobashi store, and it took me a full 10 minutes to find the 360 "section" because it was all the way over in the corner on the far wall... And most other stores are treating it the same way.

AxL_2k7
AxL_2k7

Faltan 1085 dias para que Nintendo sea declarado como el rey de los portatiles durante 20 años XD.

nintendoom
nintendoom

These comments made me remember exactly why I don't visit here anymore.

xxcommixx
xxcommixx

wow nintendo fan boys goin at it again...... OMG MARIO! OMG BRAIN AGE! they are all kids games. well.. mario does kick some a$$ but PSP owns with a line under owns the DS. PSP forever.

Leick3
Leick3

Its awesome to see xbox doing terrible in Japan. At least some gamers are smart enough to stay away from that crap. Maybe japan is the start of a nintendo revolution? Maybe America will come to see the truth someday.

friky00
friky00

DS owing the PSP proves that the games are the most important thing to the sucess of a console, are the games, not the fancy ultra new hardware. Also i feel the psp like an ipod with more functions more than an portable console. I borrowed one all the last week.

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

Wow, DS continues to rule Japan. It's like you can't budge NSMB from the top either. And 1 PSP title compared to 6 DS titles, now that's funny :lol:.

Shingo
Shingo

Why do we see this each week? its basically the same charts, with the same people saying 'DS Rules!!! w00t!11!!1!

kinncolts
kinncolts

even though this wud never happen imagine next week its all 360 games...

hemakm3
hemakm3

good job nintendo ds.

mhder
mhder

Fallout_red What is wrong with Japanesse gamers???? They have Xenosaga Episode 3 and Tekken Dark Ressurection still buy MARIO GAMES!!??? Got bless America. What's wrong with you? There are just that many more DS owners out there and it appeals to young and old, rich and poor. By reaching out to gamers and non gamers, The DS has at least a dozen million sellers including Animal crossing which will cross over into the 3 million mark within a month. NSMB is well over 2 million as well as the brain training games. God Bless Japanese gamers for not dwelling on flashy graphics or the coolness factor when choosing games.

Neoyamaneko
Neoyamaneko

Only 49,000 for Tekken? I guess the franchise really is on its last legs in Japan. Looks like the biggest buyers will once again come from NA/EU like with Tekken 4 & 5.

Ponsardin
Ponsardin

I feel Brain Age was just the first step.

AlphonseElric23
AlphonseElric23

NSMB is still beasting these charts! Same with the DS 2! W00t!

SmashBrosLegend
SmashBrosLegend

ds rules!!! i hope this is a sign of what is to come with the wii.

DarkSamus64
DarkSamus64

wonder what the total sales numbers are for NSMB

rl_41
rl_41

hehe microsoft is unpopular in Japan. Of course TDR is the only non-ds non-ps2 game there, it's the only tekken game out for a long time, I'm gonna get it when it comes here. I'm also gonna get Def Jam FFNY Takeover. I can dust off my PSP!

MASTERCHIEFUSMA
MASTERCHIEFUSMA

Give it some time and well see some Xbox 360 games on that list

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

It's really amazing that New Super Mario Bros. is still up there. Go Mario go!

OmegaOrtega
OmegaOrtega

Keep in mind, I am not refering to sells.

OmegaOrtega
OmegaOrtega

Meh. I own a DS and PSP. They have both been collecting dust. I will be dusting my DS off once I get FF3 though and cleaning off my PSP once I get Tekken. IMO when it comes to good software they are neck to neck, I do not believe neither is dominating. Besides alot of the top DS games, just don't appeal to me. That is accept for NSMB.

passentry
passentry

New Super Mario is doing pretty well

mrvl912
mrvl912

i'm pretty sure DS rules. | | v

jofy
jofy

sony rules

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

@ fallout_red: what the hell is your problem? that Mario game is superb, of course you're too scared to try it in case you realise how crappola your psp is. OOOH LOOK FINALLY A TOP 10 GAME FOR PSP wow only took a year plus! LMFAO. DS owns and its obvious. you come off slightly racist to be honest. God blessing anywhere.. you are being ironic right? wouldnt she / he / it / they just bless everyone equally? gods bless Neptune.

Kayrod29
Kayrod29

Still no Xbox games .. aww well

zub1
zub1

Bunch of DS games, a few PS2 games, yadda yadda yadda...woah! A PSP game! Mixing up it looks like.

Devilwillcry
Devilwillcry

pretty good run for a PSP game in Japan. I will be picking DR up when it arrives here in America. maybe it will top charts in America, but I doubt that with all the blind MS nazism here in America. what can I say..... thats nationalism. great run for Mario and the DS :)

Xanog1
Xanog1

Good to see a PSP game in the top 10, and I'm not surprised that it's Tekken.

MatthewNintendo
MatthewNintendo

not even tekken can best Mario, hmm then again it is on PSP, though I am surprised xenosaga didn't get to no.1 Japan loves it.

rbranma
rbranma

6 DS Titles on TOP 10.Oh my dear...Nintendo comes...OH NOO ITS ALREADY THERE!!Its gonna eat me up,HELP MEEEE AHHR!

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

What is wrong with Japanesse gamers???? They have Xenosaga Episode 3 and Tekken Dark Ressurection still buy MARIO GAMES!!??? Got bless America.

Cool-AN
Cool-AN

This list doesn't really surprise me. Though it is good to see a PSP game up there.

puablo
puablo

We all know that the Japanese love their DSes (good luck trying to get a Lite there) but let's not forget that they are rabid Sony fans too. I'm not the slightest bit surprised by the Tekken game showing up there. What one would need to be surprised about is if an Xbox game showed up in the top 10... that would just be crazy talk!

tyler2010
tyler2010

Yes at least PSP is is on there...DS is kickin more @ss

WPack911
WPack911

So when would be a good time to declare Nintendo the winner of the Handheld war? It must be pretty soon since DS is dominating in all regions right now and has since launch.