Japan game charts: July 31-August 6

PSP strategy title SD Gundam G Generation Portable grabs top spot; Star Fox Command misses top 10 in first week.

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The Japanese gaming world was rocked this week with two monumental revelations: The best-selling game of the week was not for the Nintendo DS and Brain Age has finally left the top 10.

SD Gundam G Generation Portable for the PlayStation Portable, the latest game based on Bandai's Gundam anime franchise, was the best seller of the week, according to the latest data from Media Create. The top slot during the last several months typically has been claimed by a Nintendo DS game, with an occasional PlayStation 2 offering stealing a week on top here and there. Still, the anomaly will likely be brief. Five DS games remain in the top 10, with New Super Mario Bros. threatening at number two.

Another new game to the top 10, Jissen Pachi-Slot Hisshouhou! Hokuto no Ken SE, racked up high sales and came in at number three. Jissen Pachi-Slot is based on a Japanese slot machine, itself based on the Fist of the North Star manga series.

As well as those new titles sold, the performance of another new game was perhaps more notable for missing the top 10. Nintendo offered Japanese gamers a mix of action and strategy in Star Fox Command, but those who took the publisher up on that were only enough to make it the 14th best-selling game of the week. Meanwhile, Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day is showing signs of slowing down. The game has sold 4 million units worldwide--including 3 million in Japan--but this week it missed the top 10 cut, sliding to number 12.

Discussion

72 comments
tankbusta
tankbusta

but overall in japan the DS Is really popular but i think psp should enjoy its place at no 1 for a while

lvlUNE3B
lvlUNE3B

Sadly, When time changes thing changes.

monk12345
monk12345

This wont last long anyways, so let the psp have its first place for once. Jeez all these nintendo fanboys or sony haters are digusting.

hue14
hue14

At least I live in the USA!

patjuan
patjuan

Come on Japan and push New Super Mario Bros over the 3 Million mark. It has sold over 2.6 million units therefore it 's not too hard. This would make NSMB the third DS game to sell over 3 million units.

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

Wow ,a PSP game at #1 and and the GBA can still place a game in the top ten. Amazing stuff!

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

i wish G Generations makes it to the US. I hope there won't be any problems with regards to royaly rights and all other bs. All of the Gundam DVDs which are in the User Video (provided by Orangestar - THANKS!) already came out in the US with the exception of Turn A Gundam. I hope that won't be a problem as my PSP has been collecting dust for a while. This is the only game which would make me give my DS a well-deserved rest ... unless Final Fantasy III comes out around the same period.

bamf03
bamf03

All Soy needs to do now is drop the price around the same time as GTA Vice City stories launch and start the downloadable PS1 games sevice. I think the Japanese will go mad for a downloadable Final Fantsy VII game. With a price drop I'm sure many will think it's worth a purchase of a PSP just to play FFVII and then many other games that become downloadable. I wonder if the downloadable games will be included in the charts?

Ratchetbuddy101
Ratchetbuddy101

*sigh* I'm getting sick and tired of all the Nintendo fan-boys screaming over the spot. Get over it, god. Can't you guys be happy for other people!

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I am not a fan of the Gundam series but seeing as a lot of people in Japan do I can see it up there. So it is not a big deal if a PSP game is number one or fifty. It depends on what you like and this week people like that. So I can see it up there.

xxcommixx
xxcommixx

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Ek-Andy
Ek-Andy

Are all the games their Japanesse, i dont see any western game in that selection lol.

Rockman_X9
Rockman_X9

INTERESTING!!!! BUT FOR HOW LONG WILL BE PSP ON THE FIRST SPOT??? About the STARFOX, thats really weird. Because I play it and is a really good game!!! Congratulations for PSP

Mad_Professor_X
Mad_Professor_X

I wonder how much money Sony gave to gamespot to write that article .....

doubtme
doubtme

I need a price check on all Sony platforms, it seems they suck. hahaha, sony is going downhill. Anybody else ready to get some cheap electronics? I sure am!

Ices100
Ices100

Wow psp fans are really excited that there is one game on the list which probabl won't be for long, and the rest owned by nintendo....wow good job sony (note the sarcasm ) R.I.P sony

EPaul
EPaul

sony gain some ground from the ds

troakun
troakun

Now here's some drama, NSMB loses out to a PSP game, but is it a good game like say Locoroco? No, of course not, it's just another liscened anime game. I find it really odd that PSP fans are celebrating this, I'd rather celerbrate LocoRoco's high reviews than the popularity of yet another SD Gundam strategy game (which Bandai has been pooping out regularly since the days of the Famicon BTW and even has *shock* been released on the DS).

dexter111344
dexter111344

Well, it is Gundam. That is the reason why it happened. I wonder if it is good enough to stay in the top 10. Don't worry everyone. DS will gain the top spot next time. And hey, there is a Brain Training game up there. Don't ignore it! Still no Xbox or 360 game up there. That is kinda sad. DS still has half of the spots(which is good).

rl_41
rl_41

hey Jestarius, i wasn't just calling the system good because of the #1 game, I said it was good since the day I bought it. Now those who only care about sales charts have something to look at. Chill out man, don't get all cheesed

Carman101
Carman101

as long as the ds sells more and people keep on selling their psps for DSes. i dont care how many sales 1 game gets if you notice their is 6 nintendo handheld games up there and only 1 psp game so shut up sony fanboys.(yes im a fanboy wanna fight about.)

Leick3
Leick3

Is that the only PSP game that has ever been #1 in the game charts! All games must slow down, even brain age

Ponsardin
Ponsardin

Anime/manga + PSP = a game for number one spot in Japan.

bobreturns
bobreturns

id say thats dominated by nintendo

faridmon
faridmon

ok tthe apoclypse is coming, prepare for the endtime, first it was bush twice, and then juventus to serie B,6/6/06 (not just that GTA game was released at that time), and then a PSP game nu. 1, not just that a FREAKING PSP game......, ok thats it am praying now, don't have to talk, i don't want to go to the hell, u know....

daqua_99
daqua_99

Oh no ... I can't believe Brain Training lost out .... its a sorry day for the DS ...

MiReflejo
MiReflejo

That's okay... mANY NDS Games still hanging in top 10

faizali86
faizali86

i hope theres a good lineup of games during the winter. that would be amazing considering that there might be a price drop for the psp.

thekey
thekey

This is probaly the first PSP game I've seen in the top ten in a while, if not at all.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

Bring it to the US and hopefully the sole PSP game on the chart is good or at least decent. We need some different games on the PSP and I don't mind trying a turn base strategy game.

Karjah
Karjah

meh it's a single good psp on top. :) it happens one game isn't going to make or break the psp in the end though.

adrianchan56
adrianchan56

1 month stats don't mean much. Annual sales are more interesting to see.

Gigadragon2005
Gigadragon2005

They really love Gundam SD! Pity that the innovative game locoroco is ignored :(

Jestarius
Jestarius

you are calling other people fanboys, yet you declare the system 'good' for getting #1 once. wow. just...wow.

rl_41
rl_41

haha told u guys PSP was good... now there's a sales chart to prove it in other fanboys' ignorant eyes.

OmegaOrtega
OmegaOrtega

PSP O_o Umm, is this game good? LoL import baby!

shp2400
shp2400

What the hell, a PSP game?

Friis87
Friis87

To tuler2010: Well there is a brain age game up there, Kahashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu: Motto Nou o Kitaeru Otona DS Training is a sequel to Brain age and it have sold even better in Japan than Brain age 1.. You got to give to the japaness people, there are many different kind of games up there: Strategy, 2d platformers, Casino, Virtual life, Basketball, Brain Training, Cooking, Adventure, Rhythm and RPG.. 10 different genres in a top 10! Pretty impressive..

Zaxex
Zaxex

No xbox, or 360, a few ps2, 1 psp, 1 gba and five ds games. That console is insanely popular in Japan.

Kayrod29
Kayrod29

hey look and xbox g.... oh wait..... v_v

9997
9997

Msoft shouldn't have even bothered releasing 360 there. Msoft was not in the top ten, or in the article..

assassinX01
assassinX01

Wow. That's pretty impressive that a PSP game topped the list amidst all of this DS frenzy.

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

Finally the PSP had it's taste of being #1, this must be a sing for things to come. YAY! Sony!!