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Japanese Charts:  Rhythm Heaven  Enjoys Festive Number One
Japanese Charts: Rhythm Heaven Enjoys Festive Number One
August 21, 2008 | By David Jenkins

August 21, 2008 | By David Jenkins
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Nintendo’s Rhythm Tengoku Gold has reached number one in the Japanese sales charts, three weeks after its initial release. Although never falling out of the top three the game, which is to be released as Rhythm Heaven in the West, jumped to the number one spot during the Bon Festival period in Japan.

Although not officially a public holiday, the three-day Buddhist festival is often treated as an opportunity for family reunions, and this is reflected in the charts with a number of mainstream titles re-entering the top ten and no new entries.

Daigasso! Band Brothers DX moved up seven places to number seven, while fellow Nintendo DS music game Meccha! Taiko no Tatsujin DS gained 14 places to re-enter the top 10 at number eight.

Konami’s baseball simulator Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 15 also rose two places to number nine, while Wario Land Shake moved up five places to number 10. Namco Bandai’s Tales of Vesperia on Xbox 360 fell seven places to number 11, doubtless hampered by the console running out of stock in Japan.

The highest new entry of the week is PlayStation 2 visual novel Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka: Parareru from GN Software at number 27, the only other being the belated Japanese release of Sega’s Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars on PSP at number 29.

TWLWTitlePublisherFormatWeekly Sales
13Rhythm Tengoku GoldNintendoDS137,000
21Phantasy Star PortableSegaPSP74,000
35Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu no HanayomeSquare EnixDS74,000
48Wii FitNintendoWii47,000
59Mario Kart WiiNintendoWii36,000
62Fire Emblem: Shin Ankoku Ryu to Hikari no KenNintendoDS35,000
714Daigasso! Band Brothers DXNintendoDS24,000
822Meccha! Taiko no Tatsujin DS: 7-tsu no Shima no DaiboukenNamco BandaiDS20,000
911Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 15KonamiPS219,000
1015Wario Land ShakeNintendoWii18,000
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