Pokemon Sales Super Effective Against Zombies In Japan

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After being kicked around by Bayonetta and a pair of soccer sims from Sega and Konami, Nintendo's Pokemon double team of Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver return to the top of Japan's video game charts.

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This week's tally from sales tracker Media Create pushes the newest Pokemon games past the 3 million mark. Its Nintendo DS compatriot, Tomodachi Collection, continues to sell almost as well. It grabs the number two spot with another 49,000 copies sold. Don't be surprised to see the Mii collecting game push 2 million by spring of next year.

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A trio of games scored top ten debuts this week, including Valve's Left 4 Dead 2, which sold just a little poorer than Namco Bandai's newest Wii drumming game Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Dodoon to 2 Yome! but better than Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games for the Nintendo DS.

For the rest of Japan's bestselling games in handy list format, read on.

01. Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver (DS) - 55,000 / 3,036,000
02. Tomodachi Collection (DS) - 49,000 / 1,689,000
03. Wii Fit Plus (Wii) - 43,000 / 946,000
04. Inazuma Eleven 2: Fire/Blizzard (DS) - 29,000 / 635,000
05. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Dodoon to 2 Yome! (Wii) - 28,000 / NEW
06. Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360) - 28,000 / NEW
07. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010 (PS3) - 24,000 / 291,000
08. J-League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 6: Pride of J (PSP) - 24,000 / 109,000
09. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (DS) - 23,000 / NEW
10. Dragon Ball Raging Blast (PS3) - 17,000 / 75,000

11. Dorabase 2: Nettou Urutorasu Tajiamu (DS)
12. Armored Core Portable: Silent Line (PSP)
13. Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
14. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time (PS3)
15. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Wii)
16. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers (Wii)
17. Persona 3 Portable (PSP)
18. Metal Fight Beyblade: Gachinko Stadium (Wii)
19. Hikari no 4 Senshi: Final Fantasy Gaiden (DS)
20. Tamagotchi no Narikiri Channeru (DS)
21. Bayonetta (PS3)
22. Dragon Quest IX (DS)
23. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (the Best) (PSP)
24. Mega Man Battle Network: Operating Shooting Star (DS)
25. Tekken 6 (PS3)
26. New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
27. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
28. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Bargain Edition) (PS3)
29. Infamous (PS3)
30. Hexyz Force (PSP)

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DISCUSSION

Seeing the best selling games in Japan week after week affirms the open secret:

Japan is no longer relevant to the gaming industry.

The Japanese gaming audience refuses to evolve, instead they keep buying rehashed sequels one after the other. They stick to what they know and never beyond that. This rot has already started to show in the JRPG genre as western style RPGs have basically replaced them.

I find it hard to even name 1 JRPG that I've enjoyed more than Fallout 3 or Dragon Age. Funny thing is that the most well-received "JRPG" is the western styled Demon's Souls.

Perhaps this problem is endemic to their aging population and low-birth rates.