Japan Charts Nov. 5-11: Mario Party DS celebrates

Portable minigame compilation featuring Nintendo's irrepressible mascot unseats Galaxy and ekes past Koei's latest beat-'em-up.

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Last week, Nintendo's mustachioed mascot stormed the Japanese sales charts with his critically acclaimed interstellar jaunt Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii. Apparently in celebration of last week's success, Mario Party DS has sold 235,000 units in its first week at retail, making it the best-selling game for the week ended November 11, according to the latest figures from stat trackers Media Create.

This week's chart showed a bit more diversity than last, with Nintendo products amounting for only six of the top 10 best-selling titles. The latest iteration of Koei's long-running beat-'em-up franchise Shin Sangoku Musou 5 (aka Dynasty Warriors 6) cut through the competition in a big way this week, with the PlayStation 3 version being the second-best seller for the week with 188,000 units sold and the Xbox 360 version selling 22,000 units. A North American release for Omega Force's next action game is currently slated for next year.

Sony platform titles scored the only other non-Nintendo slots in this week's chart. Konami's Castlevania Chronicle for the PlayStation Portable, which went on sale in North America in October, debuted in the sixth slot with 19,000 units sold. Also trailing its North American release, Insomniac Games' Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction sold 12,000 copies in its opening week, securing it the 10th slot.

The rest of the week belonged to Nintendo. Super Mario Galaxy cooled its jets this week, selling 74,000 copies and bringing its two week total to 325,000 units in Japan. Square Enix's Final Fantasy Tactics A2 for the DS dropped one slot to four, selling 23,000 units, while Wii Sports maintained is seventh position, selling 15,000 units. In the eighth and ninth slots were DS Nishimura Kyotarou Suspense Detective Series: Deadly Intent and Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day for the DS, both selling approximately 13,000 units.

Japan Game Chart Week of November 5, 2007

1. Mario Party DS - 235,000 / DS
2. Shin Sangoku Musou 5 - 188,000 / PS3
3. Super Mario Galaxy - 74,000 / Wii
4. Final Fantasy Tactics A2 - 23,000 / DS
5. Shin Sangoku Musou 5 - 22,000 / X360
6. Castlevania Chronicle - 19,000 / PSP
7. Wii Sports - 15,000 / Wii
8. DS Nishimura Kyotarou Suspense Detective Series: Deadly Intent - 13,000 / DS
9. Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day - 13,000 / DS
10. Ratchet & Clank Future - 12,000 / PS3

Rankings based on Media Create figures from November 5-11, 2007.

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