Japan game charts: September 25-October 1

Japan's most popular game franchise meets Japan's most popular handheld: Pokémon Diamond and Pearl rock top 10 with monster sales.

A new pair of Pokémon titles--dubbed Diamond and Pearl--hit Japan on September 28, creating huge lines and waits of up to five hours in Tokyo, as fans mobbed the stores. Today's weekly software ranking from Media Create underscores the immensity of the Pokémon effect on Japan's game market.

According to Media Create's figures, in their first week, these two games moved 1,588,734 copies combined--820,047 for Diamond and 768,687 for Pearl. To put this in perspective, sales of the other eight top games combined came to 429,008 units, or a skosh over half of Diamond's sales.

This huge injection of Pokémon purchases boosted weekly top 100 software sales to 219.29 percent of the weekly average. Although on the high end, Media Create notes that Diamond and Pearl's sales figures are par for the course. January 2004's Fire Red and Leaf Green also did well their first week, selling 517,874 and 495,245 copies respectively. Emerald also did rather well, moving 790,527 units during its debut week.

In other news, the PlayStation 2 saw its slice of the top-10 pie dwindle, with just three games making the grade. The latest .hack title moved 122,800 copies to land at third place and Minna no Tennis, last week's top game, scored another 68,755 sales, allowing it to ace New Super Mario Bros.

The PS2's only other offering, coming in at number nine, was Koei's Romance of the Three Kingdoms 11. This game marries classical Chinese story of the Han Dynasty with strategic and role-playing elements, and the franchise has long been a staple of both strategy and history buffs throughout Asia.

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razu_gamer
razu_gamer

wow a war between a handheld and home console...

iceuk
iceuk

Is that the 1000th Pokemon game thats made it to the top?

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

They sure do like Pokemon games. Gotta catch 'em all! Pok-e-mon.

BrodiMan
BrodiMan

Isn't Pokemon just an excuse for animal abuse?

XGustaX
XGustaX

GO DS! Pokemon Diamond and Pearl will be the best games ever made!

Jtweedd
Jtweedd

WOW death giver you find pokemon redundant but not final fantasy. its just a remake that series is just as redundant

DeathgiverX
DeathgiverX

Wow, so have they managed to reach 1000 pokemon yet? No idea why this terribly redundant series sells (after crystal it just got retarded). I am intrigued by FFIII though.

jmegasite
jmegasite

Yea!! Go DS GO!! Don't worry PSP, maybe you will get on the top 10 next time (not being sarcastic). I can't wait for Pokemond Daimond!!. I imported it and should get it in a few more days. Thank God I can read japanese!!!

inferno394
inferno394

"sniff, sniff" no psp games again? AWWE :( mahahahahahah! :))

danzo88
danzo88

pokemon diamond n pearl will be the best pokemon games ever made

777rak
777rak

I figured just as much. When they come here, they will be on the top as wll.

TwinTiger
TwinTiger

Who says kiddie games don't sell? Pokemon is still a big seller after all these years. I'm surprised that Animal Crossing is still up there in the top 10, though.

ra7krz
ra7krz

when they are release here, expect to see em on the top

TheThreeSeat
TheThreeSeat

Odd how people still love those games that much. I wonder why.

winnazdaluza
winnazdaluza

wow boy is that titlle long!! just look at title no.6 how do they fit that on the box cover lol

_Sam_
_Sam_

I stopped playing the pokemon games many years ago

xXKINGPINXx
xXKINGPINXx

ok ok good 4 thr japanese.....but what about us we get 3 stick with pokemon blue rescue team ....we also want pokemon daimond and pearl i bet when it comes out in the americas its gonna score a wooping 1000000 sales in 1 -2 weeks thats it!!!

meimnobody
meimnobody

japanesegoth you really don't know anything about FF12 in Japan. It sold over a 1 million copies in one week then dropped off the charts. In Japan Final Fantasy games since number seven do not stick on the charts simply because the buyers beat the game then sell it to a used game store where everyone else buys it then beats sells it to the used game store. FF3 and other DS games are considered annomalies since they constantly stay on the charts and sell out most of their shipments in the week the shipment comes in. FF3 could have sold over a million or even two million if Square-Enix had ordered that many carts. They seriously underestimated the demand.

KYOGRE
KYOGRE

Pokemon can sell unlike any other that's for sure.

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

a thought just occurred to me. why isn't ffxii still up there? it's been a short while but still..didn't it get a perfect from that famitsu thingy?? and animal crossing has been out for like a year.. and nsmb has been out a while too.. whatever. ffiii is coming soon!

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

I'm not a big pokemon fan but I'll definitely try it if the DS touchpad will make the gameplay more interesting. FF III and Zelda (Phantom Hourglass) ... I'll get them on day one ... and an onyx ds lite too to replace my banged-up and overused original ds.

charizard1605
charizard1605 moderator

Go Pokemon! Go DS! Together, you can bash the living daylights out of the PSP!

Scammeleon
Scammeleon

Riverwolf007 "LOL, not to pick on just one guy or anything but how far is that getting you with the ladies there Mireflejo?" Maybe he doesn't play it all the time or use it as a conversation starter. I tried that in the pub the other day, people walked off.

gagan21
gagan21

Hey its pokemon fever all over in japan :P . DS owns Japan :D. i Want pokemon diamond badly . Will have to wait atleast a month 4 it coz right now its not available in my town. Pokemon 4life . Pik Pikachu :P

MegaMAN1121
MegaMAN1121

WOW Man I SO can't wait for this game. I can't belive they get this first. Dumb Japan dudes

MasterAsh42
MasterAsh42

Women (18-mid 20s) get to be overrated after a while. . .until they calm down a bit and figure out exactly what the want out of life. Until then, even at 25, I'm about the find my "Pokemon legs" again.

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

LOL, not to pick on just one guy or anything but how far is that getting you with the ladies there Mireflejo?

MiReflejo
MiReflejo

WAY TO GO POKEMON Im 21 and still playing and addicted to POKEMON!!! Go goNew Super Mario Bros Long Live Animal Crossing!!!!!!

ziutek2
ziutek2

@meimnobody Realy? Those numbers migt be true - didn't Pokemon have stunning Japanese relase as 800.000 for ruby and 750.000 for the other one? [the numbers are on the page I given: "1up audio show 2006-10-06 66:30 newest 10.01- 10.07 Media Create statistic 624 000 DS vs 18 000 PSP LAST week 09.25 -10.01 Media Create] *********** http://www.m-create.com/jpn/s_ranking.html *********** 274,389 DS vs 25,319 PSP X360 2,195 [see Dead Rising sells ]

i_like_pizza
i_like_pizza

I find it odd that GS played down the success of the Pokemon debut a little bit. First off, this was the biggest Pokemon debut in History, even outselling Gold and Silver. And, quite significantly, these games were only out for four days last week, and there are many reports of massive sell-outs on the first day.

meimnobody
meimnobody

The media create numbers for 1-7 of October have not been released. It will be days before we know it. 1up got some false info from a known Nintendo hater on neo-gaf forums.

rulo_rezn0r
rulo_rezn0r

i never really liked pokemon i prefer new super mario and that kind stuff for my DS but good for nintendo are we goin to see a 360 game someday in this chart?

ziutek2
ziutek2

1up audio show 2006-10-06 66:30 newest 10.01- 10.07 Media Create statistic 624 000 DS vs 18 000 PSP LAST week 09.25 -10.01 Media Create] http://www.m-create.com/jpn/s_ranking.html 274,389 DS vs 25,319 PSP X360 2,195 [see Dead Rising sells:) ]

LoWpS
LoWpS

New Super Mario Bros!!! OMG!!! frikking KILLER GAME!!! If the Wii comes out with a game that big, its goin to enjoy very similar success...

Robinvd
Robinvd

lol Pokemon >> all ^^

dounowhatiam
dounowhatiam

i am 18 and i can't wait to get my hand on pokemon ds its great to see the serise is more popular then every poke-bomb FTW!!!

smeginthehead
smeginthehead

Crazy Japanses and their pocket Monsters. I have a pocket Monster of my own but lets not go there.

HighPunchRyu
HighPunchRyu

Day 1 purchase and I'm not ashamded to buy a pokemon game...

ewjim
ewjim

Pokemon is 1st?! Terrible! ... Japanese people are SURE CRAZY - Zaidan Houjin Nippon Kanji Kentei Kyoukai Kounin: Kanken DS or Kahashima Ryuuta Kyouji......... They don't think this can sound stupid on other language? :P :lol:

rl_41
rl_41

I can't believe they're still making pokemon games. It's very, very sad to think that adults are playing it.

cesarotromundo
cesarotromundo

WHEN ARE THEY COMMING IN THE US! I NEED THAT GAME!

swe_hotshot
swe_hotshot

Pokémon is more popular than ever! I thought that Pokémon was dead for ages ago.. :P

saris340
saris340

xbox 360 is for 1 thing...HALO

godovivel
godovivel

OMG x360 is already dead in japan

meimnobody
meimnobody

iebubu did wrong the psp has sold six million less units then DS and the gulf keeps growning each week. Japan already has ten million DSs out. This was before Pokemon btw and most supposedly hot system sellers. In Japan for every one psp sold there are over ten DSs. In America DS is now outselling psp by a factor of two to one. In Europe DS hardware is selling extremly well while psp sales are plummenting. Nintendo could very well move several million DSs in December alone. PSP in Japan has never gone past 100,000 units even in December/launch. The number of psp sales in Japan has dropped by over half to 20,000 units a week this with the psp price cut in Japan to be less then the price of a DS lite.