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 Dark Souls  Surpasses 250K Japanese Sales In Opening Weekend

Dark Souls Surpasses 250K Japanese Sales In Opening Weekend

September 29, 2011 | By Mike Rose

September 29, 2011 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

From Software's tough-as-nails RPG Dark Souls dominated the Japanese weekly software sales chart last week, in a week that saw over half of the top 20 taken by new releases.

For the week ended September 25, data from tracking firm Media Create, and as reported by NeoGAF, shows that Dark Souls sold a total of 279,567 units in its opening weekend.

Sony's ICO / Shadow of the Colossus Limited Box had to settle for second place, with 91,902 units sold in total. Down the bottom of the chart, the PS3 release of ICO on its own entered at number 20, and Shadow of the Colossus on its own jumped in at number 14.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 6 entered the charts at number three, while Microsoft's Xbox 360 behemoth Gears of War 3 followed closely behind at number four.

The previous week's number one, Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary, dropped down to number five, but still managed an impressive 54,775 sales for the week.

Positions six to ten saw four more new releases -- Senran Kagura: Shoujotachi no Shinei, Busou Shinki: Battle Masters Mk. 2, To Heart 2 DX Plus and Champion Jockey: Gallop Racer & G1 Jockey -- while Tales of Xillia dropped from position two to sit comfortably at number nine.

Other new releases included Monster Hunter Freedom 3 at 12 and Shadows of the Damned at number 18.

The complete top 20 chart, as supplied by Media Create, is shown below.

LWTWTitlePublisherPlatformWeekly Sales
NEW1Dark SoulsFrom SoftwarePS3279,567
NEW2ICO / Shadow of the Colossus Limited BoxSCEPS391,902
NEW3Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 6KonamiPSP64,350
NEW4Gears of War 3 Microsoft36056,113
15Dragon Quest 25th Anniversary: Famicom & Super Famicom Dragon Quest I-II-IIISquare EnixWii54,775
NEW6Senran Kagura: Shoujotachi no ShineiMarvelous3DS52,206
NEW7Busou Shinki: Battle Masters Mk. 2KonamiPSP32,318
NEW8To Heart 2 DX PlusAqua PlusPS324,429
29Tales of XilliaBandai NamcoPS322,484
NEW10Champion Jockey: Gallop Racer & G1 JockeyKoei TecmoWii18,281
511Rhythm HeavenNintendoWii 
NEW12Monster Hunter Freedom 3CapcomPSP 
413Wii Sports Resort with Remote PlusNintendoWii 
NEW14Shadow of the ColossusSCEPS3 
715Kirby Mass AttackNintendoDS 
816The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DNintendo3DS
617Monster Hunter Freedom 3 HD Ver.CapcomPS3
NEW18Shadows of the DamnedElectronic ArtsPS3
1219Pokemon Rumble BlastPokemon Co.3DS

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