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Another Week in Japan: Hardware and software numbers 3/17-3/23

Candace Savino

Goodbye, Family Ski and Winning Eleven: Play Maker 2008 -- we hardly knew ye. While Family Ski enjoyed a seven-week run in the top thirty, Wining Eleven (aka Pro Evolution Soccer) only lasted for four. It's no coincidence that they fell off this week, though, as fifteen spots were taken up by new releases.

The big Wii dog in town was not Brawl (which ended up 7th), and not even Wii Fit (which ended up 5th), but new release Deca Sports. We can't help but wonder if the appearance of Deca Sports will have an effect on that other sports game for the Wii. Is there room for both on the charts? (We think so.) And will Deca Sports have the same longevity as Wii Sports? (Probably not, but we're sure the game will do well for itself.) It's also worth noting that Deca Sports had the third highest third-party sales debut for the Wiil, following only Dragon Quest: Swords and Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles.

You may notice another new Wii release in the top thirty -- House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return. While debuting at the 19th spot isn't too shabby, the game is reported to have only a 50% sell-through, making its first week sales a disappointment.

Also, there's something that we missed last week, so we're just going to go ahead and tell you now: Baroque for the Wii was an absolute bomb, selling 660 copies in its debut (as reported by Famitsu). Yikes.

As for hardware, the Wii ended up in second place, topped only by its handheld counterpart (the DS). The PSP will see a resurgence next week, though, with the release of Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G.

Check out all the numbers for yourself below.


  • Nintendo DS: 65,055
  • Wii: 62,404
  • PSP: 59,833
  • PlayStation 3: 12,874
  • PlayStation 2: 9,990
  • Xbox 360: 1,407

01. (__) Pokémon Ranger: Batonnage [DS] --- 241,663 (New)
02. (__) Deca Sports [Wii] --- 65,359 (New)
03. (__) Armored Core for Answer [PS3] --- 54,022 (New)
04. (__) Sim City DS 2: From the Past to the Future [DS] --- 49,018 (New)
05. (03) Wii Fit [Wii] --- 48,459 (1,752,000)
06. (__) Tales of Rebirth [PSP] --- 46,719 (New)
07. (04) Super Smash Bros. Brawl [Wii] --- 41,070 (1,490,000)
08. (__) Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi wo Yobu Cinema Land [DS] --- 34,936 (New)
09. (01) DS Beautiful Letter Training [DS] --- 34,859 (101,000)
10. (__) Time Hollow: Seeking the Lost Past [DS] --- 34,268 (New)

11. (__) Dramatic Dungeon: Sakura Wars [DS]
12. (__) Echochrome [PSP]
13. (__) Armored Core for Answer [Xbox 360]
14. (02) Yakuza 3: Kenzan! [PS3]
15. (08) Wii Sports [Wii]
16. (05) Gundam Musou Special [PS2]
17. (__) Super Dodge Ball [DS]
18. (10) Wii Play [Wii]
19. (__) The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return [Wii]
20. (__) Army of Two [Xbox 360]
21. (22) Mario Kart DS [DS]
22. (__) Army of Two [PS3]
23. (09) Harvest Moon: Shining Sun and Friends [DS]
24. (20) Mario Party DS [DS]
25. (__) Kekkaishi: Kubourou Shuurai [DS]
26. (21) Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games [DS]
27. (14) Everyone's General Knowledge Training TV [Wii]
28. (12) Musou Orochi [PSP]
29. (06) Shugo Chara! Three Eggs and the Joker in Love [DS]
30. (24) Taiko Drum Master DS [DS]

[Via NeoGAF]

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