Japan game charts: May 29-June 4

New Super Mario Brothers remains at the top of the heap and Metroid Prime Hunters debuts at number four as the Japanese continue to train their brains.


Media-Create has rolled out its Japanese console game sales figures for the week of May 29 through June 4. Regarding the software market overall, the industry-research firm stated that sales were stagnant for the week, citing the "absence of any remarkable new titles" as the main reason.

New Super Mario Brothers held onto its number one position, and the rest of the top 10 was once again dominated by games for the DS. Considering the limited popularity of first-person shooters in Japan, Metroid Prime Hunters put in a strong debut showing at number four.

And what would a Japanese best-seller chart be without a brain-training game? Once again, this week saw perennial DS favorites Kahashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu: Motto Nou o Kitaeru Otona DS Training and Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day stay near the top of the charts, remaining in second and third, respectively. The top 10 played host to two other DS brainteasers: Tetris DS (sixth) and Eigo ga Nigate na Otona no DS Training: Eigo Duke (eighth).

Only one other portable game, Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street Portable for the PSP (10th) cracked the Japanese top 10 the week of May 29-June 4. The remaining two slots were taken by two returning Konami sports games--the soccer sim World Soccer Winning Eleven 10 (fifth) and the baseball sim Jikkyou Powerful Major League (ninth).

The only game to drop off the charts during the week was the PS2 dating sim KimiKiss, which finished in sixth place the week before.

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