Japan game charts: October 2-8

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 gets off to a roaring start; Pokémon titles continue selling six digits.

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Japan's software sales continued to be bullish this week, according to the rankings released by Japanese digital entertainment analysts Media Create. Although the sales figures have settled somewhat after last week's huge Pokémon Pearl and Diamond debut, this week's numbers were still impressive, with the top 100 games moving a total of 1,301,313 units.

In at number one with 263,897 copies sold was Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi (called Dragon Ball Z Sparking! Neo in Japan), the latest in a long pedigree of Dragon Ball Z fighting games from Namco Bandai. The success of this game comes on the heels of June's Super Dragon Ball Z, which did far worse in retail than expected according to the pundits at Media Create.

Neo managed to bump the mighty Pokémon down, pushing Diamond and Pearl to the second and third positions. Nonetheless, these two titles have kept their momentum from last week. Diamond moved another 254,080 units, while Pearl sold 212,193. The popularity of the new games seems to have sparked a resurgence of interest in Pokémon Emerald. This Game Boy Advance title, which debuted in Japan on September 16, 2004, resurfaced on the top 100 this week in the number 33 position.

Yet another anime-based Bandai Namco title, Gundam Battle Royale for the PSP, captured the number four slot. The game largely follows the career of Amuro from the original One Year War story arc and includes mech designs from the 1985 Zeta Gundam and from the Mobile Suit Variations.

Discussion

59 comments
ImSwordMan
ImSwordMan

The DS status in Japan=sucess 360 status=fail lawl

PaperLink64
PaperLink64

I never found any interest in DBZ. =/

gimi-x7
gimi-x7

ey dbz is the good game okjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj

EPaul
EPaul

Good to see a few ps2 titles up there

_Sam_
_Sam_

Wow, they've been selling a lot of copies!

Jebril
Jebril

Japan -> Buys Anime Games US -> Buys football games and whatever's on the movies/TV UK -> Buys the soccer games and whatever's on the movies Every country just buys their pop culture no country gets better games than others.

meimnobody
meimnobody

Final Fantasy III is still sold out like Diamond and Pearl. It's a shortage caused by the mere fact they are selling so many game carts they cannot make enough to meet the demand. Europe DS games are selling out at a consistant rate same with the US and Japan. No one in Japan has seen both game shortages and hardware since the NES era. Nintendo is on fire.

Arusu666
Arusu666

Congratulations go for DBZ then! But the chart sure is dominated by DS.

faridmon
faridmon

i hope that SE focus better on FF III, the game is falling off the chart for love of life.

link3ri
link3ri

They seem to like a lot the DS, this system is more and more popular each day.

patjuan
patjuan

Nintendo and Square-Enix can not keep up with the demand for the pokemon games and Final Fantasy III. Those games have/are selling out all over Japan.

ghostadv
ghostadv

I'm glad I po'd DBZ:BT2 for Wii, it looks really good for a dbz game.

revamparts
revamparts

The chart isn't deceiving at all. If you want to split one game into two then that's how your games will appear on the sales chart; as two.

Knight_of_Malta
Knight_of_Malta

Despite a PSP and few PS2 games, the DS is still dominating the charts.

evansnfm05
evansnfm05

the combined sales of pokemon far surpass the sales of DBZ so this chart is a little deceiving.

TryMe01
TryMe01

pokemon has been knocked of the top, but this wont last for long

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

Finally it has a PSP game, now is that coming to the states?

admir1983
admir1983

i think japan has no tast in games. there is nothing great about the DS but thats me

ralphikari
ralphikari

"I don`t find the DS that great...these people are strange....or maybe I`m strange" You're not alone. The GBA was excellent so to me the DS was a natural, no-brainer upgrade. My PSP has serious ghosting and low battery life I didn't play it much. But over time I find the games on the PSP not only have better presentations but also deeper and more involved gameplay, and now my DS just sits idle and gathers dust. I use PDA's and tablet PC's so touchscreen is nothing new. I think if quick fun, small gags, flashy graphics, melodrama and character-worship were all I need the DS would be fine. My aunt and cousins and a number of friends live in Japan and they all play video games. From what I can see Japanese gamers are too eager to follow fads and dismiss the alternatives. Famicom in, Master System out. SNES for everyone, PC-Engine for Otaku's. PS1 ruled, N64 owned. PS2 FTW, Dreamcast FTL. Wii omoshiroi! PS3 takai! 360 gaijinppoi! Other kids play Pokemon in recess so I hid my new Optimus Prime I wanted to show them... You got the picture:)

BYS2
BYS2

lol.. nintendo and sony owning the charts again... guess microsoft always loses

Nintendus
Nintendus

"Ps3 the future, wii is another Gamecube. " And how do you know that? you have yet to play either one, and you give biased crap, shut up.

S-Biz
S-Biz

Good to see Sparking! NEO on the top charts. Hopefully, it will hold longer than Super DBZ did to make up for the loss in retail.

EAfan90
EAfan90

wow it's surprising how successful DS is over there.

Cool-AN
Cool-AN

PSP Gundams back on the list.

wildsoul0509
wildsoul0509

:shock: pokemon pearl and diamond are in second place

okaoka
okaoka

Ps3 the future, wii is another Gamecube.

Nintendus
Nintendus

It's funny how the little Sony fanboys say the DS is gay when it is killing the PSP. today one of my friends goes" on November 17th, i'm getting a PS3!" then i go" yeah, but you do know the problems of it, 360 and Wii are better." then he says all this **** saying Nintendo is gay well he probably never played a Nintendo system!

Manatassi
Manatassi

Damn the DS dominating the charts yet again!

calvinx6
calvinx6

Nintendo is the future Sony is the past.

abelmaestro
abelmaestro

I don`t find the DS that great...these people are strange....or mybe I`m strangeO.o

gertish
gertish

Dragon dragon rrrruff the Dragon?

rl_41
rl_41

Budokai is a lot of fun... I haven't played it in years though, and don't plan on getting back into it. Tekken and Mortal Kombat satisfy all my fighting needs. I stil can't believe they have MORE pokemon games... they've got to run out of names for those things eventually

HiNu
HiNu

"sony rules again and again,and this time the psp is back in the top ten.Can't wait for the ps3" Sure, if you consider 3/10 as Sony ruling "again and again".

smashbro64
smashbro64

must.....get.....pokemon dimond......NOW!