Japan game charts: October 9-15

Final Fantasy V Advance off to a strong start, sandwiched at number two between a pair of Pokémon games.

Friday brings us another fresh batch of Japan software sales statistics from entertainment analysts Media Create Co., Ltd. Based on the firm's figures for sales of the most popular console games, the week saw a bit of a dip compared to the previous week. For the week of October 9-15, the top 100 games sold a total of 949,807 copies, or about 73 percent of last week's top 100 sum of 1,301,313.

Although this week underperformed the running average for the business year, it outperformed by a wide margin the second week of October 2005, during which the top 100 collectively sold 512,623 copies. Media Create notes it was a tough week for the newcomers; of the 10 new games that made their top 100, only two--Final Fantasy V Advance and Bleach: Blade Battles--broke 10,000 copies.

Zooming in on individual games, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl continued to sell at a brisk pace, moving 159,443 and 116,051 copies, respectively. The number two game, Square Enix's port of the 1992 Final Fantasy V for the GameBoy Advance, also made a fairly strong debut showing with 124,840 units moved in the latter half of the week.

While Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 for the PlayStation 2 was knocked out of the top position, it hung in at fourth place. Another anime-derived PS2 title, Bleach, fared well, landing at number eight in its first week. Also proving remarkably popular for a game devoted entirely to quizzing players on their knowledge of Sino-Japanese characters, KanKen DS placed sixth for the third week in a row.

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coxp
coxp

If only it were in the UK...

Andrew_LL
Andrew_LL

Does Japan ever have any variety in top games? I pretty much guessed all that was on this list before I even clicked on the story >=(

brettneo3012
brettneo3012

HA... The DS is doing really well over there.. Im glad too... But its becuase video games are really big over there.. Like if you were taking a bus in the states.. and someone saw you playing ur DS youd get made fun of.. But in Japan... Everyones playin a DS there.

_Sam_
_Sam_

:lol: no gory games I see :?

inferno394
inferno394

No PSP games Again?!?!? AWWWE :( ..................... muahahahahhaha!!!!! :)

bignfanboy
bignfanboy

Wow, a GBA game. And there's not as much Nintendo bashing as I thought there'd be! And whoever said D/P was selling because it was a Pokemon title needs to grow up. The games sell for a reason...THEY'RE GOOD. But I do agree that all other Pokemon properties suck (the anime, toys, etc.).

Superzone
Superzone

Uh, TintedChimes... the PSP sucks. The people of Japan are smart and buy DS games because the DS is better.

manapsal
manapsal

Zaidan Houjin Nippon Kanji Nouryoku Kentei Kyoukai Kounin: KanKen DS holy **** that's long

Gmacrusher
Gmacrusher

Yes looking forward all of this games if they come out in the U.S

Jayson619
Jayson619

My Japan Games Choice (in order) GUILTY GEAR XX SLASH MELTY BLOOD Act Cadenza THE KING OF FIGHTERS XI STREET FIGHTER ZERO (ALPHA) FIGHTER'S GENERATION Best Console - PS2

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

DS hold most of the spots in JP? not surprised. it's success over there is quite impressive.

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

DBZ, FF,Pokemon, NSMB on top in Japan. This just shows that the Japanese have finer taste in games.

ice_rocman
ice_rocman

Or just the fact people like the games. Go b*tch elsewhere Mjc.

777rak
777rak

Cant wait till D/P come to America

Bachim4
Bachim4

like i said before, LONG LIVE NINTENDO

Gmacrusher
Gmacrusher

Pokemon, Final Fantasy, DBZ....Good games put there has to be a winner an it had to be Pokemon games, then FF and then DBZ. Ohh well i like those games any ways.

metal_assassin
metal_assassin

why is the game sales of Japan is all nintendo ? .....ahh

EikoAtoride
EikoAtoride

I also would prefer Pokemon Diamond because I like diamonds as gems but not pearls which can be equally expensive and thus are two gems at the same quality/rarity level. Pearls simply don't fit me cause I am pale and they are too big for a small person like me. One version always sold better than the other (I like Bulbasaur more than Charizard and the Pokemon's green colour more than the red one used - blue more than red long ago - and I like sapphires more than rubys apart from that Kyogre looks better than Groudon.) I will buy both versions as usual (the one prefered earlier) as no one of my friends likes Pokemon. :( And of course, congratulations to FFV. You still have the power to rule, cause you are simply a good game. I love you and I am impatiently looking forward to you. (That is a proof for: the quality of a game does not depend on its graphics.)

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

As usual, pokemania continues. And 360 is nowhere to be seen. FF can bring back anything to life.

faizali86
faizali86

i thought bleach was famous :S

Hollaback_Girl
Hollaback_Girl

Congrats to Final Fantasy breaking up the Pokemon Top 2, GO DIAMOND looks like Animal Crossing is the longest laster!

cfamgcn
cfamgcn

Incredible... the GBA still has strength to fight...

TryMe01
TryMe01

lol, the GBASP outsold the Xbox360 for last week in japan! GBASP 2,299 Xbox360 1,743 thanks to meimnobody for the data!

Knight_of_Malta
Knight_of_Malta

Ha, Dragon Ball only lasted one week,. and Pokemon took away yet again top places.

troakun
troakun

Looking at the difference in sales between diamond and pearl versions of pokemon I can't help but think Nintendo could've picked a better name for Pearl.

dsmen
dsmen

Pokemon is that so HOtt that is something am wanting for.

MatthewNintendo
MatthewNintendo

I hope Animal Crossing manages to stay in the top ten for a year, now that would be an amazing achievement, awesome game, although it'll b tough with the ps3 and wii out next month.

Charlie2688
Charlie2688

Si basically this time around Pokemon Diamond is the choice!

iain23
iain23

looking forward for a diamond release in europe

meimnobody
meimnobody

DS games are selling so well the factories cannot keep up with demand. It's unprecented. Not since the days of the NES has there been such a high demand for games. 1. (DS, Pokemon) Pokemon Diamond - 159,443 / 1,233,570 2. (GBA, Square-Enix) Final Fantasy V Advance - 124,840 3. (DS, Pokemon) Pokemon Pearl - 116,051 / 1,096,932 4. (PS2, Bandai Namco) Dragon Ball Z Sparking Neo - 67,642 / 331,540 5. (DS, Nintendo) New Super Mario Brothers - 40,609 / 3,274,402 6. (DS, Rocket Co.) Zaidan Houjin Nihon Kanji Nouryoku Kentei Kyoukai Kounin Kanken DS - 36,622 / 120,713 7. (DS, Nintendo) More Brain Age - 25,758 / 3,314,005 8. (PS2, SCE) Bleach Blade Battlers - 25,203 9. (DS, Nintendo) Animal Crossing: Wild World - 23,627 / 3,328,871 10. (PS2, SCE) Minna no Tennis - 22,599 / 439,106 Final Fantasy III was number 11 with over 20,000 copies sold. Square-Enix severly undershipped the title. It is still apparently sold out. Top selling portable games in Japan from Apr 1 to September 30. No lifetime to date numbers though. Does not include Pokemon Pearl Diamond. 1. DS New Super Mario Bros - Nintendo - 3,150,716 2. DS Pokemon Diamond / Pearl - Pokemon - 1,586,360 3. DS More Brain Age - Nintendo - 1,570,965 4. DS Brain Age - Nintendo - 919,443 5. DS Animal Crossing - Nintendo - 891,674 6. DS Tetris DS - Nintendo - 851,294 7. DS Final Fantasy III - Square Enix - 771,925 8. DS English Training - Nintendo - 686,212 9. DS Talking DS Cooking Navi - Nintendo - 525,268 10. DS Tamagotchi Corner Shop 2 - Bandai Namco - 519,127 11. DS Pokemon Ranger - Pokemon - 434,283 12. DS Mario Kart DS - Nintendo - 364,641 13. GBA Mother 3 - Nintendo - 360,964 14. DS Mario Basketball 3 on 3 - Nintendo - 318,871 15. PSP SD Gundam G Generation Portable - Bandai Namco - 255,493 16. DS Digimon Story - Bandai Namco - 204,755 17. GBA Rhythm Tengoku - Nintendo - 172,710 18. DS Starfy 4 - Nintendo - 158,856 19. PSP Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball Portable - Konami - 149,190 20. DS Nintendogs - Nintendo - 144,385 21. PSP Dragonball Z - Bandai Namco - 139,765 22. DS Tingle RPG - Nintendo - 136,670 23. DS Sudoku - Hudson - 136,236 24. PSP LocoRoco - SCE - 124,970 25. DS Naruto 4 DS - Takara Tomy - 116,243 26. PSP Tekken Dark Resurrection - Bandai Namco - 112,197 27. PSP DQ&FF in Itadaki Street Portable - Square Enix - 109,859 28. PSP Derby Stallion P - Enterbrain - 105,708 29. PSP Monster Hunter Portable - Capcom - 104,680 30. DS Kanji-input Easy Dictionary - Nintendo - 103,238 31. PSP Kazuo (aka Sudoku) - SCE - 102,684 32. DS Children of Mana - Square Enix - 99,801 33. DS DS Seminar: Kanji Power - TDK Core - 95,579 34. PSP My Summer Vacation Portable - SCE - 94,978 35. GBA Famicom Mini Super Mario Brothers - Nintendo - 94,528 36. DS Clubhouse Games - Nintendo - 93,917 37. PSP Tales of Phantasia Full Voice - Bandai Namco - 93,351 38. DS Megaman ZX - Capcom - 91,846 39. DS Mushiking 2 - Sega - 89,609 40. DS Rune Factory - MMV - 87,965 41. DS Metroid Prime Hunters - Nintendo - 87,542 42. DS Big Brain Academy - Nintendo - 87,320 43. DS Teadog's Room DS - MTO - 82,889 44. DS Phoenix Wright (best price) - Capcom - 81,765 45. PSP Brain Trainer Portable 2 - Sega - 81,571 46. DS Project Hacker - Nintendo - 81,220 47. DS Starfox Command - Nintendo - 80,483 48. DS Power Pro-kun's DS Koushien - Konami - 79,992 49. DS Naruto RPG 3 - Takara Tomy - 77,560 50. DS Kirarin Revolution: Idol Audition - Konami - 74,891 51. GBA Mother 1+2 (value selection) - Nintendo - 74,541 52. PSP Bleach Heat the Soul 3 - SCE - 74,384 53. DS Wario Ware Touched - Nintendo - 74,165 54. PSP Monster Hunter Portable (the best) - Capcom - 73,332 55. DS Tamagotchi Corner Shop - Bandai Namco - 73,040 56. PSP Aha Taiken - Sega - 72,827 57. DS Super Mario 64 DS - Nintendo - 68,189 58. DS Kanji Test DS - Rocket Co. - 67,153 59. DS Travel Phrasebook DS 4: America - Nintendo - 66,615 60. PSP Naruto: Narutimate Portable - Bandai Namco - 59,070 61. DS Keroro Gunsou - Bandai Namco - 57,603 62. DS Brain Stress count: Head Scan - Sega - 54,780 63. PSP Valkyrie Profile Lenneth - Square Enix - 54,430 64. DS Right Brain Master: Gun Bullet Trainer - Bandai Namco - 54,336 65. GBA Pokemon Emerald - Pokemon - 53,746 66. DS Right Brain Master: Spot the Difference - Bandai Namco - 52,992 67. PSP Talkman - SCE - 52,135 68. DS Mario & Luigi RPG 2 - Nintendo - 51,379 69. GBA Crayon Shin-chan - Banpresto - 51,280 70. PSP Valhalla Knights - MMV - 49,107 71. PSP Everybody's Gold Portable (the best) - SCE - 47,068 72. DS Magical Vacation: When the 5 Stars Align - Nintendo - 45,713 73. PSP Pachislot! Fist of the North Star SE - Sega - 44,951 74. PSP Evangelion 2: Man-made World another cases - Bandai Namco - 44,922 75. PSP Ridge Racers 2 - Bandai Namco - 44,812 76. DS Travel Phrasebook DS 3: S.Korea - Nintendo - 44,750 77. DS Dragonball Z - Bandai Namco - 44,570 78. DS San-X Land - MTO - 44,349 79. PSP Dokodemo Issho: Let's School! - SCE - 44,229 80. PSP Goku Makaimura - Capcom - 43,875 81. DS Turn! Connect! Touch Panic - Nintendo - 43,730 82. DS Giant Mecha MG - Nintendo - 43,397 83. GBA Pokemon Fire Red / Leaf Green - Pokemon - 42,991 84. DS Cooking Mama - Taito - 42,518 85. DS Pachislot! Fist of the North Star SE - Sega - 40,073 86. DS IQ Teacher DS - IE Institute - 39,925 87. PSP Shin Sangoku Musou 2nd Evolution - Koei - 39,919 88. PSP Winning Eleven 9 Ubiquitous (the best) - Konami - 39,679 89. PSP Everybody's Map - Zenrin - 39,265 90. DS Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon Blue - Pokemon - 38,553 91. DS Travel Phrasebook DS 2: China - Nintendo - 38,377 92. DS Right Brain Kids DS - IE Institute - 37,468 93. PSP Daito Pachislot: Osu Banchou Portable - Daito - 37,420 94. PSP Mah Jong Fight Club (the best) - Konami - 36,975 95. DS Gintama DS - Bandai Namco - 36,883 96. DS Touch! Bomberman Land - Hudson - 36,054 97. DS Simple series 8: The Judge - D3 Publisher - 34,855 98. DS DS Seminar: English Power - TDK Core - 33,805 99. DS Chocodog's Shop - TDK Core - 33,620 100. PSP Taiko Drum Master Portable 2 - Bandai Namco - 33,021 Japanese hardware sales for that week are DSL 104,487 PS2 24,727 PSP 21,603 GBASP 2,299 Xbox360 1,743 GBM 1,714 GC 653 DS 273 GBA 37 Xbox 3

daqua_99
daqua_99

Good old DS is still thrashing the PSP ...

Dekuxutu
Dekuxutu

Will New Super Mario Bros. ever get off the chart?

Nintendus
Nintendus

6/10 of them are DS games, damn, if Mario is still there, then i really need to get my hands on it!

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

So when the hell is we gonna get pokefied?

TekkenMaster606
TekkenMaster606

No PSP games huh? Is it really flopping that bad in Japan?

Bio_Spark
Bio_Spark

"ok, thats it for 3rd party games on tehn DS, FF III is knocked from top ten *cries*, why Nintendo and SE, why? " C'mon. Are you really surprised? It sold so many, so fast, that either: A) They're nearly out of supply. B) Everyone who was going to buy it at launch, already has it. or C) They bought FFV this week instead. It'll break the one million mark, no problem.

Gamingcucumber
Gamingcucumber

lol the PSP game got knocked off the list as fast as it got on it.

faridmon
faridmon

ok, thats it for 3rd party games on tehn DS, FF III is knocked from top ten *cries*, why Nintendo and SE, why?

curtizio
curtizio

I really want some of these to come to NA!