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Japan game charts: September 4-10

Remake of original PlayStation game nabs top slot; overall weekly sales sluggish due to lack of new titles, end of summer holiday season.


The kids and college students are going back to school and buying fewer games as a result, according to digital entertainment analysts at Media Create. As a result, combined sales of the top 100 titles in Japan totaled 699,571. This is the first time top 100 sales have failed to break 700,000 since May. However, Media Create notes that growth is still at a relatively healthy level compared with the same period last year.

Tales of Phantasia: Full Voice Edition, an updated PlayStation Portable remake of the 1995 PlayStation role-playing game, stole the number-one slot, denying the Nintendo DS that position for the second week in a row. It was also the only new release to crack the top 10 and the first PSP game to take the top slot since the beginning of August.

Meanwhile, most of the previous week's top 10 games managed to stay somewhere in the top flight, with Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop being the lone exception. It lost its grip on the number 10 spot, yielding it to Mario Hoops 3 on 3, which slipped from seventh the week before. That week's number-one game, Phantasy Star Universe, fell to ninth after problems that have hindered its online play mode. New Super Mario Bros. retained its hold on the second spot.

New titles that made the top 50 included the number 16 game, Taiko no Tatsujin Portable 2 by Bandai Namco, and the number 18 game, Capcom Classic Collection for the PSP. The DS got yet another brain-training game, this one wrapped around a virtual parenting game in the form of Unou no Tatsujin: Hirameki Kosodate My Angel, which launched September 7 and ranked 22nd overall.

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