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Manga Based Fighter Tops Japanese Charts,  Other M  Sales Decline
Manga Based Fighter Tops Japanese Charts, Other M Sales Decline
September 16, 2010 | By Tom Curtis

September 16, 2010 | By Tom Curtis
More: Console/PC

Namco Bandai's One Piece: Gigant Battle for Nintendo DS debuted on top of the Japanese retail game sales charts this week, outselling all other games by a wide margin.

For the week ended September 12, the DS title sold 131,854 units, with the number two title, Capcom's Monster Hunter Diary: Pokapoka Ailu Village, immediately following with 55,569 units sold, announced tracking firm Media Create.

One Piece: Gigant Battle is a fighting game based on the popular manga series One Piece, and features gameplay similar to that of Smash Bros. or the Japanese-only Jump Superstars, which also included characters from the One Piece manga.

Nintendo's Metroid: Other M, which made its debut last week at number three, dropped to number five this week with just 11,239 units sold—only 24% of what it sold the previous week.

Other new titles this week include Vitamin X: Evolution Plus and Sengoku Efuda Yuugi: Hototogisu Tairan for PSP, which landed at numbers eight and 10, respectively.

Games that fell from the top 10 include Square-Enix's reprint of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and PSP fighting game Bleach: Heat the Soul 7.

Yuke published UFC 2010 Undisputed 2010 made its debut this week, but failed to reach the top 10, landing at number 16.

LWTWTitlePublisherPlatformWeekly Sales
NEW1One Piece: Gigant BattleNamco BandaiDS131,854
12Monster Hunter Diary: Pokapoka Ailu VillageCapcomPSP55,569
23Wii PartyNintendoWii44,908
44Ace Combat X2: Joint AssaultNamco BandaiPSP12,667
35Metroid: Other MNintendoWii11,239
66Super Mario Galaxy 2NintendoWii9,827
77Art AcademyNintendoDS8,172
NEW8Vitamin X: Evolution PlusD3 PublisherPSP7,975
89Inazuma Eleven 3: World Challenge!! Spark / BomberLevel 5DS7,640
NEW10Sengoku Efuda Yuugi: Hototogisu TairanIremPSP7,407

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DanielThomas MacInnes
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Metroid: Other M will be lucky to break 100,000 copies at this rate. I think it's time for Yoshio Sakamoto to retire from Nintendo. Let's bring back game designers who actually want to make videogames.

Ken Masters
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Metroid breaking 100k would be great. That series never saw big sales in Japan since Super Metroid.

DanielThomas MacInnes
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Nintendo didn't throw away three years and millions of dollars so a game could collapse at retail and barely sell 50,000 copies. That's absolutely abysmal. And Metroid is one of Nintendo's "big three," after Mario and Zelda. It's really unfortunate that Sakamoto was allowed to pursue his ridiculous vanity progress about "babies" and "maternal extincts" and comic book storylines.

A Metroid that returned to its roots would be a big hit, no question about it. Give me a game with all the best traits from NES Metroid and Super Metroid. Oh, and steal some inspiration from Slime World, while we're at it. And make it 2D!

Ian Uniacke
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and add in some metroid pinball gameplay. I loved that game :D

Carl Chavez
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Daniel, you did notice these were Japan-only sales numbers, didn't you? Ken is right, Japanese sales of Metroid games are usually much lower than sales in the rest of the world. Early POS reports indicate that Metroid: Other M has had decent sales in its first two weeks worldwide (VGChartz reports 370,000).

Also, give Sakamoto a break. He was trying something new along with Team Ninja and D-Rockets. I think a guy who has been a game designer for games that have sold over twenty million software units and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for Nintendo has earned the right to experiment with what you call a "vanity" project. If game companies fired successful game designers over a single perceived failure, there would be for far less risk-taking and innovation.