You know how this works. Square-Enix takes classic game, remakes it for the Nintendo DS, Japan freaks. The gamers in that nation snapped up well over a half-million copies of the Dragon Quest V do-over last week, according to Media Create. They also grabbed a considerable amount of the latest Gundam thing, further lining the pockets of Namco Bandai bigwigs. Capcom's Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G returns to the top ten, after a drop in sales. The rest of the best sellers are after the jump. 1. Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu No Hanayome (DS) - 644,000 / NEW 2. Gundam Battle Universe (PSP) - 138,000 / NEW 3. Persona 4 (PS2) - 41,000 / 233,000 4. Tears to Tiara: Kakan no Daichi (PS3) - 34,000 / NEW 5. Wii Fit (Wii) - 27,000 / 2,380,000 6. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) - 24,000 / 1,584,000 7. Daigasso! Band Brothers DX (DS) - 21,000 / 212,000 8. Derby Stallion DS (DS) - 16,000 / 223,000 9. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP) - 16,000 / 2,293,000 10. Densetsu no Stafi: Taiketsu! Dire Kaizokudan (DS) - 16,000 / 44,00011. Bimoji Training DS (DS) 12. Super Mario Stadium: Family Baseball (Wii) 13. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3) 14. Wii Sports (Wii) 15. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Portable 3 (PSP) 16. Resident Evil 0 (Wii) 17. Pokémon Diamond (DS) 18. Hanayori Danshi: Koi Seyo Onago (DS) 19. Tales of Symphonia: Knight of Ratatosk (Wii) 20. Wii Play (Wii) 21. Meccha! Taiko Drum Master DS: 7-tsu no Shima no Daibouken (DS) 22. God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP) 23. Pokémon Pearl (DS) 24. Family Trainer: Athletic World (Wii) 25. Initial D: Extreme Stage (PS3) 26. Mario Kart DS (DS) 27. Gegege no Kitarou: Youkai Daigekisen (DS) 28. Bokura wa Kaseki Holder (DS) 29. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) 30. Hisshou Pachinko*Pachi-Slot Kouryoku Series Vol. 12: CR Shinseiki Evangelion: Shito, Futatabi (PS2) Media Create Weekly Software Sales
1-It's a remake. Remakes of DQ and FF typically don't sell super mega well, but the fact that it moved 700K in a week is still impressive.
2-Most PSP buyers are people who already own DS's..or two or even three and are just now picking up the other system. The PSP may have ruled the sale charts in Japan for the last four months, but the DS is still selling 30-40k units every single week and keep in mind that if DS sales stopped -dead- today, it would take the PSP about 3 years at current sales levels to catch up. And when the new DQ game drops, PSP sales are going to go under the bus.