The Joker Beats The Snake Again In Japan Game Sales

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Snake will settle for second place again this week in the battle of Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. The two portable games sit comfortably atop the country's weekly sales chart.

The two games hold spots one and two again, with a string of Nintendo favorites—New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Tomodachi Collection, Mario Kart Wii and Wii Fit Plus—securing the next four spots. More recent releases like Nier Replicant and Super Street Fighter IV for the PlayStation 3 manage to keep their top ten spots.

Not much activity in this week's Media Create charts, as Japanese software companies opted not to release any new and noteworthy games this week. Look for recent releases and old favorites (Super Smash Bros. Brawl!) in the top 30 bestsellers list for the week of May 5 to 9.

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01. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 (DS) - 253,000 / 877,000
02. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP) - 141,000 / 575,000
03. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) - 47,000 / 3,807,000
04. Tomodachi Collection (DS) - 33,000 / 3,191,000
05. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) - 32,000 / 2,771,000
06. Wii Fit Plus (Wii) - 23,000 / 1,891,000
07. Super Street Fighter IV (PS3) - 20,000 / 101,000
08. Pokemon Ranger: Hikari no Kiseki (DS) - 20,000 / 446,000
09. Wii Sports Resort (Wii) - 16,000 / 1,887,000
10. Nier Replicant (PS3) - 16,000 / 97,000

11. Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2010 (PSP)
12. New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
13. Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2010 (PS3)
14. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (the Best) (PSP)
15. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)
16. Pokemon GoldHeart / SoulSilver (DS)
17. One Piece Unlimited Cruise: Episode 2 - Mezameru Yuusha (Minna no Susume Selection) (Wii)
18. Fist of the North Star (PS3)
19. Crayon Shin-Chan: Obaka Daininden - Susume! Kasukabe Ninja Tai! (DS)
20. Dragon Quest IX (Ultimate Hits) (DS)
21. Mario Kart DS (DS)
22. Inazuma Eleven 2: Fire / Blizzard (DS)
23. Super Street Fighter IV (Xbox 360)
24. Yakuza 4 (PS3)
25. Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2010 (PS2)
26. Momotarou Dentetsu 16 (Minna no Susume Selection) (Wii)
27. Katekyoo Hitman Reborn! DS Fate of Heat III - Yuki no Shugomono Raishuu! (DS)
28. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii Dodoon to 2 Yome! (Wii)
29. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
30. Ikki Tousen: Xross Impact (PSP)

Media Create Weekly Software Sales [Gpara]

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As someone who just bought a DSi and didn't previously own a DS of any sort, what games would people suggest?

I'm sort of disappointed by the game selection in most retail stores, since a lot of older games are well out of print at this point. But the stores do seem to have all the 1st party Nintendo stuff still.

In addition to my original question: Is it worth it for me to buy New Super Mario Bros. DS and Mario Kart DS when I already own the Wii iterations of the series, and have played them to death?