Big in Japan August 2-8: Tales of Phantasia

Namco Bandai's turn-based strategy RPG unseats Sengoku Basara 3 in debut week; PSP, PS3 rule hardware charts.

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Sengoku Basara 3 has proven to be better at toppling regimes than holding onto them. Into its second week on Media Create's weekly sales chart, Capcom's historically based beat-'em-up was unseated from the top position by Namco Bandai's latest installment in the Tales of Phantasia series, Narikiri Dungeon X, which debuted to 108,356 units sold.

Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X began as a Game Boy Color title.
Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X began as a Game Boy Color title.

In fact, Sengoku Basara 3 for the PlayStation 3 fell to third during the week of August 2-8, slipping behind Wii Party's 82,698-unit tally with 57,021 copies sold during the period. Adding in the eighth-place Wii edition's 15,387 units, the game sold a total of 72,408 copies.

A remake of the 2000 Game Boy Color title of the same name, Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X wasn't the only new debut on Media Create's chart. Scoring a fifth place finish was D3 Publisher's StormLover for the PSP. Two DS debuts from Namco Bandai rounded out the chart, as Battle Spirits: Digital Starter and Heart Catch PreCure! Oshare Collection sold 15,338 units and 15,091 units, respectively.

Sony maintained a firm hold on the Japanese hardware charts during the week, as the PSP topped handhelds with 30,397 units and the PS3 bested other consoles with 28,630 units sold. Nintendo's systems fell in line behind the PS3 and PSP, as the DSi LL and DSi combined to sell more than 39,000 units and the Wii shifted 18,238 systems. Microsoft's Xbox 360 took up its customary place at the bottom of the console sales chart with 5,639 units sold.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF AUGUST 2-8, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X / Namco Bandai / PSP / 108,356
2. Wii Party / Nintendo / Wii / 82,698
3. Sengoku Basara 3 / Capcom / PS3 / 57,021
4. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2 / Sega / PSP / 35,865
5. StormLover / D3 Publisher / PSP / 20,087
6. Super Mario Galaxy 2 / Nintendo / Wii / 16,695
7. Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem - Hero of Light and Shadow / Nintendo / DS / 15,845
8. Sengoku Basara 3 / Capcom / Wii / 15,387
9. Battle Spirits: Digital Starter / Namco Bandai / DS / 15,338
10. Heart Catch PreCure! Oshare Collection / Namco Bandai / DS / 15,091

Hardware:
PSP - 30,397
PS3 - 28,630
DSi LL - 21,018
DSi - 18,318
Wii - 18,238
Xbox 360 - 5,639
DS Lite - 4,372
PS2 - 1,524
PSP Go - 708

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