Big in Japan Mar. 16-22: Super Robot Taisen K props up DS

Namco Bandai's mechanized tactical RPG debut drives Nintendo's handheld to top of Media Create's weekly sales charts.

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At the beginning of March, Japanese crowds greeted the release of Namco Bandai's Super Robot Taisen Z Special Disc on the PlayStation 2 with a less-than-warming reception. The same cannot be said for the DS installment of Super Robot Taisen K, however, whose 117,000 units more than doubled its closest challenger on Media Create's sales charts for the week of March 16-March 22.

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Konami's Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2009 also debuted this week, with the PS2 edition of the cutesy baseball title sliding into second with 50,000 units and the Wii installment batting ninth with 22,000 copies sold. Enterbrain's adventure title Amagami for the PS2 finished the week in third with 42,000 units sold, closely followed by Nintendo's DS title Mario Luigi RPG 3!!! at 39,000 copies. Coming off last week's first-place performance, Koei's Mosou Orochi Z for the PS3 dropped to fifth with 36,000 additional copies sold.

Resident Evil 5 on the PS3 continued its strong run in Japan, selling 29,000 units, while Nintendo's Rittai Picross 3D on the DS again charted with 24,000 units for the week. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for the PSP once again slotted in near the bottom of Media Create's weekly chart, scoring an eighth place finish with 23,000 units, while Koei's Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce for the PSP rounded out the list with 19,000 units.

Super Robot Taisen K's strong debut undoubtedly helped Nintendo move systems during the week. The DSi and DS Lite combined to sell just over 80,000 systems, outpacing the PSP's 65,800-unit tally. The PS3 again outpaced the Wii and Xbox 360, with Sony's system logging sales of 25,400, Nintendo's console selling 18,100 units, and Microsoft's machine eking out just 5,400.

Week of March 16-22, 2009
Software:
1) Super Robot Taisen K (DS)
2) Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2009 (PS2)
3) Amagami (PS2)
4) Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!! (DS)
5) Musou Orochi Z (PS3)
6) Resident Evil 5 (PS3)
7) Rittai Picross (DS)
8) Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP)
9) Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Next (WII)
10) Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce (PSP)

Hardware:
DSi 71,200
PSP 65,600
PS3 25,400
Wii 18,100
DS Lite 8,900
Xbox 360 5,400
PS2 5,100

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