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Japanese Software:  Bayonetta  For PS3 Leads Charts,  Pokemon  Dethroned
Japanese Software: Bayonetta For PS3 Leads Charts, Pokemon Dethroned
November 5, 2009 | By Kris Graft

November 5, 2009 | By Kris Graft
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Sega's action game Bayonetta debuted at the top of Media Create's weekly Japanese sales charts, with the PS3 version selling 135,000, knocking down the three-week leader Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver for the week ended November 1.

Bayonetta is the latest game developed by Platinum Games, the developer of the violent stylized Wii game Madworld. Japan-based Platinum formed in 2006 from the remnants of Capcom's defunct Clover Studio, creators of Viewtiful Joe, Okami and God Hand.

Bayonetta sparked pre-release buzz among gamers after the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game scored 40/40 and 38/40, respectively, in popular Japanese gaming mag Famitsu.

The game was able to dethrone the combined weekly sales of Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, which together topped Japanese charts for the previous three consecutive weeks.

Two other games during the week topped 100,000 units on debut: Square Enix's Final Fantasy Gaiden: Four Warriors of Light for Nintendo DS sold 115,000 units, while Namco Bandai's fighter Tekken 6 sold 103,000 units on PS3.

Other new games during the week in Japan include the Sony PSP game Persona 3 from Atlus, which sold 94,000 units and the Wii title Super Robot Taisen NEO from Namco Bandai, which sold 26,000.

Games that fell out of the top 10 from last week include Marvelous' Rune Factory 3, Microsoft's Forza Motorsport 3, EA's FIFA 10 World Class Soccer, Wii Sports Resort, Sony's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Koei's Shin Sangoku Musou 5 Special.

Below are Media Create's Japanese rankings by unit sales for the week ended November 1:

LW TW Title Publisher Platform Weekly Sales
NEW 1 Bayonetta Sega PS3 135,000
NEW 2 Final Fantasy Gaiden: Four Warriors of Light Square Enix DS 115,000
NEW 3 Tekken 6 Namco Bandai PS3 103,000
NEW 4 Persona 3 Atlus PSP 94,000
1 5 Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver Pokemon DS 88,000
2 6 Wii Fit Plus Nintendo Wii 81,000
NEW 7 Bayonetta Sega Xbox 360 64,000
3 8 Tomodachi Collection Nintendo DS 53,000
4 9 Inazuma Eleven 2: Kyoui no Shinryakusha (Fire/Blizzard) Level 5 DS 41,000
NEW 10 Super Robot Taisen NEO Namco Bandai Wii 27,000



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