After a few months of lowered sales, Nintendo has fully regained control of the Japanese sales charts with all but one of the top ten titles being for either the Wii or Nintendo DS, six of which are published by Nintendo themselves.
Returning to the top spot weeks after its initial release, Mario Party DS
continues its strong run of success, with the franchise in general proving a perennial winter favorite in Japan. The DS version sold 180,000 units this week for a lifetime total in Japan alone of over 800,000.
Falling only one space to number two the much anticipated Wii Fit
sold another 124,000 units, with its own lifetime total now well over the half million mark despite only three weeks on sale. As such it was able to hold off Sony’s Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
, which entered the charts at number three with 116,000 units sold.
The rest of the chart is composed of other recent family favorites, with the Japanese retail cycle always lagging around three weeks behind the West. With the busiest sales weeks still yet to come, Professor Layton
, Super Mario Galaxy
, Dragon Quest IV
and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
are all beginning to show impressive longevity.
The re-entry of Wii Sports
and Wii Play
into the top ten also point towards especially high Wii hardware sales this week, with exact sales figures due tomorrow. In one of its best ever showings, the Wii has six titles in the top ten this week, including the new entry of what will be known in the West as Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: The Labyrinth of Lost Time
at number ten.
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|1||2||Mario Party DS||Nintendo||DS||180,000|
|3||NE||Gran Turismo 5 Prologue||Sony||PS3||116,000|
|4||5||Layton Kyouju to Akuma no Hako||Level-5||DS||74,000|
|5||9||Super Mario Galaxy||Nintendo||Wii||74,000|
|6||6||Dragon Quest IV: Michibikareshi Monotachi||Square Enix||DS||73,000|
|7||10||Mario & Sonic at Bejing Olympics||Nintendo||Wii||64,000|
|9||15||Hajimete no Wii||Nintendo||Wii||55,000|
|10||NE||Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon: Toki Wasure No Meikyuu||Square Enix||Wii||41,000|
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