ChartSpot: Big in Japan, 4/3-4/9

The DS continues to dominate the charts across the Pacific, courtesy of the brain-training game craze. (Or is it the other way around?)


If you've been following the game charts in Japan the last few weeks, you know one thing for certain--the Japanese looove to train their brains. Several entries in the brain-training genre made the top 10 list during the week of April 3 to April 9. Kahashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu: Motto Nou o Kitaeru Otona DS Training took the top slot, followed by Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day (fourth) and Eigo ga Nigate na Otona no DS Training: Eigo Duke (sixth).

Japan's other big obsession, baseball, was also represented in the week's bestsellers. The PlayStation 2 version of Konami's popular baseball sim, Pro Yakyuu Spirits 3, made it to second place, way ahead of its Xbox 360 sibling, which slid into the 42nd slot. Namco's Japanese baseball sim, Yakyuu Netsu Star 2006 (PS2), also did well, landing in fifth place.

Two other PS2 games made the top 10--Sega's soccer sim Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! Euro Championship and Square Enix's long-awaited Final Fantasy XII. The rest of the list was all DS, however, thanks to the huge popularity of the still new-ish DS Lite. In addition to the brain-training games, Animal Crossing: Wild World (third), Pokemon Rangers (sixth), and Mario Kart DS (10th) rounded out the list.

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