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Looking over Media Create's weekly Japanese software sales chart for May 24 reveals something distinctly non-Japanese is mucking up the list. BioWare's space opera Mass Effect for Xbox 360 premiered in the number three spot, having sold 18,000 copies. Sure, that's less than half of Pro Yakyuu Team...

May 29th 2009 at 3:00am 0 Comments
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Gamasutra reports that this week's Japanese software sales are dominated by Sony consoles. Six of the top 10 titles are for Sony platforms -- three for PS3, three for PSP -- with Muso Orochi Z (known as Warriors Orochi Z in these parts) for PS3 at the tippy-top. That's right, a PS3 compilation of t...

March 19th 2009 at 10:50pm 0 Comments
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Japanese gamers evidently don't want to work; they just want to bang on the virtual drum all day. Or, more specifically, the Wii release of Namco's Taiko no Tatsujin, which barely eked out a first-place spot over Animal Crossing: City Folk in Media Create's Japanese software sales charts for Decemb...

December 19th 2008 at 7:56pm 0 Comments
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No. 042 20 Picarats Coins: 10 "Luke, why don't you solve this one? Correctly order the following games in terms of their sales in Japan this week.""Okay professor. I think I've got it!" Professor Layton and The Final Time Journ...

December 4th 2008 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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From Capcom designer Yokshiki Okamoto: "Rockstar is not unsuccessful in Japan, but their success here is on a much smaller scale than elsewhere in the world market. The low Japanese sales of the sandbox-style GTA series simply do not make any sense to me."Well, it looks like that trend has stumbled...

November 5th 2008 at 7:49pm 0 Comments
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We already knew sales of Metal Gear Solid 4 were good for Japan, with Famitsu reporting earlier that 476,000 copies had been sold in the first few days of release. According to Media Create, that figure sneaks in an extra 11,000, as they're only tracking 465,000 in sales for the first week (via Gam...

June 19th 2008 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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You know times have changed when the top three spots in Japan's software sales chart are no longer occupied by traditional fare, but rather a miasma of Mario mini-games, a balancercise board and a glorified automotive demo. Gamasutra runs down last week's top ten, highlighting Polyphony Digital's G...

December 20th 2007 at 3:55pm 0 Comments