Japan's Biggest Game Right Now Is A Wii RPG, Which Makes Sense

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Xenoblade, the new Wii role-playing game made by the people who made Xenosaga, is Japan's top selling game, dethroning previous champ Super Mario Galaxy 2, which crosses a milestone of its own.

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Super Mario Galaxy 2 owners in Japan now number more than half a million, putting the Wii game on its way to great success. The game is followed on the charts by the episodic release of Grand Theft Auto IV, which joins Just Cause 2 as the only other Western developed PlayStation 3 game in the top ten.

What else... oh! Since I'm sure you were wondering, Hisshou Pachinko * Pachi-Slot Kouryaku Series DS Vol. 5: Shinseiki Evangelion - Tamashii no Kiseki for the DS still managed to land in the top 30. The rest of the week's new additions and bestsellers, courtesy of Media Create, follow.

01. Xenoblade (Wii) - 83,000 / NEW
02. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) - 73,000 / 519,000
03. Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City (PS3) - 64,000 / NEW
04. Mega Man Zero Collection (DS) - 22,000 / NEW
05. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 (DS) - 20,000 / 1,142,000
06. Just Cause 2 (PS3) - 19,000 / NEW
07. Fairy Tail: Portable Guild (PSP) - 14,000 / 49,000
08. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (PS3) - 13,000 / 106,000
09. Tomodachi Collection (DS) - 12,000 / 3,263,000
10. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) - 12,000 / 3,885,000

11. Soccer Tsuku DS: World Challenge 2010 (DS)
12. Lost Planet 2 (PS3)
13. Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
14. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP)
15. Medarot DS: Kabuto / Kuwagata (DS)
16. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
17. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (PSP)
18. Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City (Xbox 360)
19. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (the Best) (PSP)
20. Hisshou Pachinko * Pachi-Slot Kouryaku Series Portable Vol. 1: Shinseiki Evangelion - Tamashii no Kiseki (PSP)
21. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (PS2)
22. Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
23. New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
24. Just Cause 2 (Xbox 360)
25. Wand of Fortune Portable (PSP)
26. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010 Play Maker: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (Wii)
27. Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2010 (PSP)
28. Hisshou Pachinko * Pachi-Slot Kouryaku Series DS Vol. 5: Shinseiki Evangelion - Tamashii no Kiseki (DS)
29. Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Masou Kishin - The Lord of Elemental (DS)
30. FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 (PS3)

DISCUSSION

Timnicebutdim
Timnicebutdim

I hope Xenoblade will continue to sell well (though I have my doubts), because the game deserves it.

I had my doubt before going in, but I'm totally absorbed in it now, and it's already one of my favorite games of the year.

To be honest, I'm having much more "glued to the screen" fun with it than Mario Galaxy 2, not because there was anything wrong with SMG2, but it was, for all intents and purposes, a sequel and therefore felt like it was running on automatic a bit too much.

Fantastic level design though, as usual.

Xenoblade on the other hand, has the considerable advantage of being a fresh new IP, and a pretty hardcore RPG at that, which is something the Wii desperately needed.

I'll say I'm enjoying it more than I've ever been able to enjoy any Xeno-game before. The story may not be as dramatic and complex (yet, at least) as the other games, but it makes up for that by actually being FUN to play and giving you a shitload of stuff to do and a huge world to lose yourself in, which I found missing in the old games.

Highly recommended, so I hope it gets localized at some point.