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Another Week in Japan: Hardware and software numbers 5/19-5/25

Candace Savino

No new Wii games debuted last week; at least, none that ended up in the top thirty. There was one teensy weensy title that was introduced into the Japanese market, though. You may have heard of it: Guitar Hero III.

To put it bluntly, sales for the game were low. In fact, it didn't even make the top fifty in Media Create's charts, and Famitsu reports that the title only sold 1,300 copies. Compared to sales in other regions (like North America and Europe, for example), where Guitar Hero III performed fiercely, you can see that tastes often differ between western and eastern gamers.

Other than that, there's not to much to report about the software charts. Battalion Wars 2 managed to hang in the top ten, while Mario Kart Wii slipped into third place. Meanwhile, Smash Bros. Brawl might be in danger of falling out of the top thirty soon.

In hardware, the gap between the Wii and the PSP lessened as sales for Nintendo's console rose, while sales for Sony's handheld fell. Still, the PSP had a lead of about 15,000 units last week, keeping the Wii locked in its second place spot:

The software numbers are located after the break, so go on and take a look.


01.(00) [NDS] Let's Make a Pro Baseball Team! --- 59,321 (New)
02.(01) [PSP] Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G --- 51,370 (2,096,000)
03.(02) [Wii] Mario Kart Wii --- 47,758 (1,317,000)
04.(05) [Wii] Wii Fit --- 36,455 (2,110,000)
05.(00) [NDS] Glory of Hercules: Proof of Spirit --- 23,155 (New)
06.(07) [NDS] DS Beautiful Letter Training --- 15,282 (233,000)
07.(00) [NDS] Scarlet Fragment DS --- 15,261 (New)
08.(06) [Wii] Battalion Wars 2 --- 15,123 (39,000)
09.(09) [NDS] Taiko Drum Master DS: Seven Island Adventure --- 13,762 (161,000)
10.(08) [Wii] Link's Crossbow Training --- 11,757 (168,000)

11.(04) [PSP] Bleach: Heat the Soul 5
12.(10) [Wii] Wii Sports
13.(16) [NDS] We're Fossil Diggers
14.(03) [NDS] Luminous Arc 2: Will
15.(00) [360] The Orange Box
16.(11) [NDS] Pokémon Ranger: Batonnage
17.(00) [NDS] Tea Dog's Room DS 3
18.(15) [NDS] Mario Kart DS
19.(17) [Wii] Wii Play
20.(13) [PS2] Musou Orochi: The Evil King Returns
21.(19) [Wii] Super Smash Bros. Brawl
22.(20) [Wii] Deca Sports
23.(00) [PS3] Haze
24.(14) [PS3] Valkyria Chronicles
25.(18) [NDS] Tottado! Yowiko's Deserted Island Life
26.(24) [NDS] New Super Mario Bros.
27.(21) [NDS] Sim City DS 2: From the Past to the Future
28.(22) [NDS] Kanji Brain Test 2.5M
29.(29) [NDS] Professor Layton and the Curious Village
30.(00) [PS2] Princess Nightmare

[Via NeoGAF]

If any of you analyst wannabes out there want to check out the hardware and software numbers for previous weeks in Japan, just click on this blue text. You might also want to broaden your regional horizons and look at the weekly European charts and monthly NPD.

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