Japan Chooses Miis! Pokemon Is Defeated!

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Who can dethrone Pokemons Heart Gold and Soul Silver in Japan? Only Tomodachi Collection, the Mii collecting game for the Nintendo DS that shipped in June, a title that led a slow week of releases that included Halo 3: ODST.


Bungie's latest Halo outing managed to squeak into the Media Create top ten, moving 30,000 copies in Japan in its debut week. That's about half of what Halo 3 did when the game launched over there nearly two years ago.

Given the slow week, there's not much activity on the Media Create software sales charts, but at least the top ten is a nice blend of multiplatform releases.

Below are Japan's bestselling games for the week of September 21 to 27.

01. Tomodachi Collection (DS) - 97,000 / 1,220,000
02. Pokemon Heart Gold (DS) - 68,000 / 1,009,000
03. Pokemon Soul Silver (DS) - 64,000 / 1,010,000
04. Tales of Vesperia (PS3) - 49,000 / 265,000
05. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Portable 4 (PSP) - 42,000 / 146,000
06. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) - 36,000 / 1,226,000
07. SaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu - Goddess of Destiny (DS) - 32,000 / 124,000
08. Dragon Quest IX (DS) - 30,000 / 3,944,000
09. Halo 3: ODST (Xbox 360) - 30,000 / NEW
10. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 4 (PSP) - 14,000 / 65,000

11. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (the Best) (PSP)
12. Monster Hunter 3 (Wii)
13. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Bargain Edition) (PS3)
14. Sloane to MacHale no Nazo no Story 2 (DS)
15. Ys 7 (PSP)
16. Forever Blue 2: Beautiful Ocean (Wii)
17. Mobile Suit Gundam Senki Record U.C. 0081 (PS3)
18. Penguin no Mondai X: Tenkuu no 7 Senshi (DS)
19. Puyo Puyo 7 (DS)
20. Nihon Keizai Shinbunsha Kanshu Shiranai Mama dewa Son wo Suru: Mono ya Okane no Shikumi DS (DS)
21. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
22. Love Plus (DS)
23. Pokemon Platinum (DS)
24. Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! Battle Arena 2 - Spirits Burst (PSP)
25. Okaeri! Chibi-Robo! Happy Richie Oosouji (DS)
26. Idolm@ster: Dearly Stars (DS)
27. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Bargain Edition) (Xbox 360)
28. Way of the Samurai 2 Portable (PSP)
29. Mario Kart DS (DS)
30. 428: Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de (PSP)

Media Create Weekly Software Sales [Gpara]



Prediction time: What do you predict Uncharted 2 will sell in its first week in Japan?

It has got a few things going for it. For one, it's on a system Japan cares about, the PS3. Secondly, it's within a genre Japan cares about, that being "third-person shooter" genre just like Biohazard and Metal Gear Solid (which both had respectable sales in Japan). And thirdly, by an almost unanimous decision by critics, it is one of the best games of all time.

However, it is a Western game.

So what are your predictions? Pencil me in for 68,000 in the first week.