Rhythm Heaven Wii Ascends to First Place in Japan

The delightful Rhythm Heaven series has come to the Wii—in Japan, at least—arriving to divine reception from the Nintendo loving masses. Rhythm Heaven Wii (aka Minna no Rhythm Tengoku) is Japan's bestselling game.

The latest entry in Nintendo's simple rhythm game series bested two newcomers, Capcom's Sengoku Basara Heroes Chronicles for PSP and Grasshopper Manufacture's No More Heroes Red Zone for PlayStation 3, to secure first place with more than 118,000 copies sold, according to sales tracker Media Create. Rhythm Heaven Wii gives the Wii an uncommon first place software sales chart showing. The last game to do so was Pandora's Tower.

Two new Western-developed games, Sniper: Ghost Warrior and Alice: Madness Returns, join the list of top 20 debuts. See how those titles performed during the week of July 18 to 24 in the sales chart listing below.

01. Rhythm Heaven (Wii) - 118,173 / NEW
02. Sengoku Basara Heroes Chronicles (PSP) - 82,798 / NEW
03. No More Heroes Red Zone (PS3) - 40,313 / NEW
04. Inazuma Eleven Strikers (Wii)
05. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2011 (PS3) - 35,379 / 153,498
06. Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX (PSP) - 35,694 / 115,910
07. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2011 (PSP) - 27,158 / 100,405
08. Nora to Koku no Koubou: Kiri no Mori no Majo (DS) - 24,481 / NEW
09. Alice Madness Returns (PS3) - 19,994 / NEW
10. Wii Sports Resort with Wii Remote Plus (Wii) - 18,666 / 421,465

11. Puyo Puyo! (DS)
12. Cardboard Senki (PSP)
13. Wii Play Motion (Wii)
14. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS)
15. Pokemon Black / White (DS)
16. Sniper: Ghost Warrior (PS3)
17. Alice Madness Returns (Xbox 360)
18. GoldenEye 007 (Wii)
19. Star Fox 64 3D (3DS)
20. Steins;gate (PSP)

On the hardware side, the Nintendo 3DS dominated the competition, even with only two games representing in the top 20. It will be interesting to see how Japanese gamers react to the system's new price drop in the coming weeks.

Elsewhere, the Wii saw a nice bump, thanks to Rhythm Heaven, no doubt, and the PSPgo continues to do double-digit sales.

Nintendo 3DS - 31,826
PSP - 26,854
PlayStation 3 - 23,343
Wii - 17,114
Nintendo DSi LL - 5,258
Nintendo DSi - 4,921
Xbox 360 - 1,546
PlayStation 2 - 1,475
Nintendo DS Lite - 155
PSP go - 14