Japan game charts: April 17-23

At long last, a non-brain-training game takes the top slot--but the Nintendo DS continues to rule the charts.

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There was a change at the top of the Japanese game charts during the week of April 17. After ruling the roost for over a month, Kahashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu: Motto Nou o Kitaeru Otona DS Training was removed from the number-one position.

Its successor, Mother 3 for the Game Boy Advance, was a non-brain-training game, and it wasn't for the DS. The week's second- and third-place finishers--the expansion Final Fantasy XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan and the spin-off Dragon Quest: Shounen Yangus no Fushigi na Daibouken--weren't even on a Nintendo platform. Both were PlayStation 2 favorites (apparently).

However, just because the DS didn't win, place, or show didn't mean it wasn't well represented on the top 10. Five games on the list were for Nintendo's dual screen handheld, which continues to take Japan by storm: Kahashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu: Motto Nou o Kitaeru Otona DS Training (fourth), Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day (seventh), Animal Crossing: Wild World (eighth), Eigo ga Nigate na Otona no DS Training: Eigo Duke (ninth), and Pokémon Rangers (10th).

Smack-dab in the middle of the chart were two more PS2 titles--Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai (fifth) and Okami (sixth), the much-anticipated and recently previewed adventure game from Capcom and Clover Studio. However, no PSP titles were to be found in the top 10.

The week of April 17 also saw an Xbox 360 game almost make it into the top 10. Ninety-Nine Nights, the upcoming fantasy action game from legendary designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi's studio Q Entertainment, came in 11th place.

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