Japan game charts: May 29-June 4

New Super Mario Brothers remains at the top of the heap and Metroid Prime Hunters debuts at number four as the Japanese continue to train their brains.

Media-Create has rolled out its Japanese console game sales figures for the week of May 29 through June 4. Regarding the software market overall, the industry-research firm stated that sales were stagnant for the week, citing the "absence of any remarkable new titles" as the main reason.

New Super Mario Brothers held onto its number one position, and the rest of the top 10 was once again dominated by games for the DS. Considering the limited popularity of first-person shooters in Japan, Metroid Prime Hunters put in a strong debut showing at number four.

And what would a Japanese best-seller chart be without a brain-training game? Once again, this week saw perennial DS favorites Kahashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu: Motto Nou o Kitaeru Otona DS Training and Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day stay near the top of the charts, remaining in second and third, respectively. The top 10 played host to two other DS brainteasers: Tetris DS (sixth) and Eigo ga Nigate na Otona no DS Training: Eigo Duke (eighth).

Only one other portable game, Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable for the PSP (10th) cracked the Japanese top 10 the week of May 29-June 4. The remaining two slots were taken by two returning Konami sports games--the soccer sim World Soccer Winning Eleven 10 (fifth) and the baseball sim Jikkyou Powerful Major League (ninth).

The only game to drop off the charts during the week was the PS2 dating sim KimiKiss, which finished in sixth place the week before.

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59 comments
rey06
rey06

yay, i love Metroid prime huntesr!!!, 4 star mwuhahahaha!!!

shebby
shebby

lol, do u guys know ,that the 360 sells the same amount of consoles as a gamecube in japan in a week lol, yes daed or alive 4 made it to to #4 , which was quite good, the aim is to get more rpg to satisfy japanese gamers :), neway hyrray for nintendo, im abig N fan myself, got 360 , its class :), well im off to play halo 2 now laterz :)

vaejas
vaejas

We should give a damn about what the Japanese play because they influence over two-thirds of the console market's direction. Unless you don't mind waiting 3-4 years for another Halo, praying for Psychonauts 2, or, y'know, whatever they're making in the UK these days.

solidusScott
solidusScott

everyone keeps asking where the 360 games are on this list. well i know where they are.....on the store shelves!!! haha... go nintendo!!!!! and uhum..sony....Wiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!

dr23benway
dr23benway

VladimrCrow.....why should you care about what Japan plays? Come on...Chun Li is your freakin icon!

Zharak
Zharak

If a console in Japan is big (like DS) it means Japanese developers will make games for the system. As you can see, DS owning the charts means support for the PSP won't get any better soon (over there of course). That's why Microsoft is trying hard to sell their system in JAP. PS2 had alot of Japanese exclusives that sold well all over the world, whereas Xbox... yada yada yada, you know the rest of the story.

alexgangur
alexgangur

Wow... the Japanese must be very smart by now.

dexter111344
dexter111344

Wow! 7 of the 10 games are for the 360! And I don't even see a DS game in sight! Good job, 360! That's about the 1,000,000,000th time you have been first in game sells in Japan! Congratulations!

flex49
flex49

I'm so glad Microsoft will lose in Japan because I will not have see MS try to make those old cutesy games redone for Xbox360. Japan might be the motherland but they're not the originators of video games.

Draggunof
Draggunof

Just two PS2 games and both sport themed? Where did JRPGs go? Oh, and I have another doubt, if these people only buy games for portable systems when do they work? Seems out of home not. Farewell~~!!

N-DAWG88
N-DAWG88

I'd like to see worldwide software sales comparisons between DS and PSP. We know DS is ahead in hardware, but they must be destroying in software also.

keinuveye
keinuveye

We pretty much owe ourselves to japan, as it is the video game motherland. I still give them props and I love anime, dig their art and their style. Maybe a little crazy, but definately a country of the imagination. looks like it will be hard for MS to make a claim there...

ewjim
ewjim

It's "only-for Japan" games... They TOO CRAZY...

johnnyv2003
johnnyv2003

it's funny to see how far we have come graphically with next-gen...but the land of video games still favors the old fun of Mario

VladimirCrow
VladimirCrow

Pokemon? DBZ? Card games? FF? No thanks.

vidgamer2002
vidgamer2002

Good to see New Super Mario Brothers at the top of the list. We need more 2D games like this.

faridmon
faridmon

mitroid prime at fourth place???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thats the biggest suprise so far this year.

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

Go go Nintendo Rangers...They're lovin' the morphin' ball in Japan!

FFObsessed
FFObsessed

Wow the Xbox 360 is really owning in Japan.... they're definitely gonna be market leaders next gen.

HarlockJC
HarlockJC moderator

The reason that you should care what the Japanese are doing is that everything comes from there first. Games, Anime, and even mobile phones if something get big in Japan most of the time it will get big here. Need I say Pokemon, Yu-Gi-oh and DBZ. Games like FF, Mario or DQ. Where games from the US stay in the US like Halo.

Furbyballistik
Furbyballistik

vladimircrow wrote: Why should I give a damn about what the Japanese play? haha i kno!!! i dont care bout that!! it doesnt change tha way, i play games...

VladimirCrow
VladimirCrow

Why should I give a damn about what the Japanese play?

troakun
troakun

Wow, forget DS, that's old news, the real news is that Metroid Prime Hunters is actually selling well in Japan. The Japanese hated the GC primes (as well as FPS's in general). Maybe the Japanese are finaly starting to warm up to western-style games, eh?

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

HOLLY CRAP! DS has taken up 7 spots! I knew it was popular but not THAT popular. Man, DS is selling like crazy!

galerian86
galerian86

what the heck with ds kicking ps2 ass so bad...? it`s more like ds is kickin 360 ass REAL bad

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

DS is kicking PS2 ass so bad. Where are the japanese 360 games in the lis??

Optimusv2
Optimusv2

The 360 already made the chart... Dead or Alive 4 when it first came out debuted on the chart at the #4 spot just wait till Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey come out.

WarVengeance
WarVengeance

Remember just like Nintendo has said before " We own the portable gaming market"

flyer4057
flyer4057

no 360 games?! im shocked *end of sarcasm*

rogdre
rogdre

i was wondering where most of my rivals for metroid prime hunters were coming from

Maui00
Maui00

:shock: the DS is ownig Japan!

juanfraino
juanfraino

wow, DS ownes Japan.... no surprise there, but wait!!!!! a PSP game!!! omg now thats a suprise!!!! :o

zakeruthunder
zakeruthunder

Hey man, KimiKiss was pretty good. Only problems there were in it was the lack of a Tsundere character and the underclassman character's ending sucked. I liked Tsuyokiss better though.

bigbadbobbyb
bigbadbobbyb

what the... a DATING SIM was in number 6 last week (or month or whatever)???? Soooooo freaking weird.

seg555
seg555

OMG a first person shooter selling good in japan. That like finding a English version of Earthbound.

xbox_gamer1
xbox_gamer1

Come on I want 2 see a 360 game on this chart, please at least once!!!!!

mhder
mhder

When you spend as much time on trains etc, portables are the best. When your homes are small and you might have to fight over the tv to play games, portables are the perfect solution. Some may think that Japanese gamers only play DS games but the main reason games like brain training are selling in incredible numbers is because they were able to draw in adults who didn't play games earlier (the new demographic/the previous non gamers). The trick will be to keep feeding those people with similar games.

rulo_rezn0r
rulo_rezn0r

cool to see a PSP game though maybe we will see 360 games when Blue Dragon comes and I guess thats all...360 is doomed in japan unless Blue Dragon is freakin unbelievable

AlexJ-
AlexJ-

Hate to say it, but what a predictable list.