Big in Japan: Halo 3: ODST cracks top 10, PS3 wins Sept.

Xbox 360 makes rare appearance on weekly chart otherwise dominated by Tomodachi Collection, Pokemon, and Tales of Vesperia; Sony's slim console prevailed last month.

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The last time an Xbox 360 game cracked Media-Create's top 10 chart was the week of July 27-August 3, when Gears of War 2 landed at number six. This week, another Microsoft Games Studios 360 exclusive, Halo 3: ODST, infiltrated ninth place on the chart by selling 29,734 units during the week of September 21-27.

Halo 3: ODST infiltrated the Japanese top 10.
Halo 3: ODST infiltrated the Japanese top 10.

The 360 shooter was the sole newcomer in the top 10, which otherwise saw a reshuffle of last week's biggest sellers. Once again, Nintendo had the most games in the top 10: Tomodachi Collection (DS, 1st), Pokemon HeartGold (DS, 2nd), Pokemon SoulSilver (DS, 3rd), and Wii Sports Resort (Wii, 6th).

In fourth place was the PlayStation 3 version of Namco Bandai's formerly 360-exclusive Tales of Vesperia, followed by Konami's PSP baseballer Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Portable 4. Square Enix took seventh with SaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu Goddess of Destiny (DS) and eighth with Dragon Quest IX (DS). Last and, numerically speaking, least, was Konami's Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 4 for the PSP.

On the hardware front, the DSi continued its palm-sized reign with 63,342 units but was followed by a resurgent PS3 with nearly 40,000--far ahead of the Wii's 11,731 units. Indeed, according to Famitsu publisher Enterbrain, the introduction of the cheaper PS3 Slim made Sony the September console victor. According to a Bloomberg report quoting Enterbrain, 309,939 PS3s were sold from August 31 to September 27, more than the DS Lite and DSi's combined 297,060 units. It marks the first month since the PS3's introduction in 2006 that it was the top-selling platform in Japan.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 21-27, 2009

Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1) Tomodachi Collection / Nintendo / DS / 96,584
2) Pokemon HeartGold / Nintendo / DS / 67,911
3) Pokemon SoulSilver / Nintendo / DS / 64,083
4) Tales of Vesperia / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 48,642
5) Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Portable 4 / Konami / PSP / 41,929
6) Wii Sports Resort / Nintendo / Wii / 36,422
7) SaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu Goddess of Destiny / Square Enix / DS / 31,981
8) Dragon Quest IX / Square Enix / DS / 30,086
9) Halo 3: ODST / Microsoft / Xbox 360 / 29,734
10) Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 4 / Konami / PSP / 14,101

Hardware:
DSi - 63,342
PS3 - 39,960
PSP - 17,334
DS Lite - 15,057
Wii - 11,731
Xbox 360 - 4,854
PS2 - 2,347

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