Wii Party Keeps The Festivities Going In Japan

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Nintendo's latest Wii hit shows its impressive legs once again this week, with mini-game collection Wii Party returning to its first place spot on the Japanese video game sales charts. Almost zero competition certainly helped.


Really. There wasn't much in the way of competition for Wii Party—or anything else for that matter. New PSP game Corpse Party: Blood Covered - Repeated Fear may have a great title, but it didn't crack the top ten. The same for Kazoku Keikaku.

That stagnant release week helped keep games like Sengoku Basara 3 and Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X near the top of the charts, making for a relatively unexciting week, sales competition-wise.


For the bestselling games in Japan for the week of August 9 to 15, courtesy of Media Create, read on.

01. Wii Party (Wii) - 124,000 / 736,000
02. Sengoku Basara 3 (PS3) - 35,000 / 335,000
03. Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! Bomber / Spark (DS) - 28,000 / 780,000
04. Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X (PSP) - 28,000 / 136,000
05. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2nd (PSP) - 24,000 / 301,000
06. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) - 21,000 / 770,000
07. Egokoro Kyoushitsu DS (DS) - 17,000 / 125,000
08. Tomodachi Collection (DS) - 15,000 / 3,379,000
09. Dragon Quest Monsters: Battle Road Victory (Wii) - 15,000 / 220,000
10. Taiko no Tatsujin DS: Dororon! Youkai Daikessen!! (DS) - 14,000 / 176,000

11. Tetris Party Premium (DS)
12. Corpse Party: Blood Covered - Repeated Fear (PSP)
13. Jikkyou Power Pro Baseball 2010 (PSP)
14. Fire Emblem: Shin Monshou no Nazo Hikari to Kage no Eiyuu (DS)
15. Sengoku Basara 3 (Wii)
16. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
17. Kamen Rider Battle: Ganbaride Card Battle Taisen (DS)
18. Heart Catch PreCure! Oshare Collection (DS)
19. Bokujou Monogatari: Futago no Mura (DS)
20. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
21. Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
22. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2010 (PS3)
23. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (the Best) (PSP)
24. New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
25. Kazoku Keikaku (PSP)
26. Modnation Racers (PS3)
27. Pokemon HeartGold / SoulSilver (DS)
28. Digimon Story: Lost Evolution (DS)
29. Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
30. J-League Winning Eleven 2010 Club Championship (PS2)

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My goodness, I don't understand Nintendo. Okay yes, I get that the Wii is a family console, but wasn't Nintendo always a family company? So why are they releasing these kinds of games instead of higher quality games?

I was born in '89, so I was only around for the later part of the NES [I remember having it before the SNES came out though], and I always had Nintendo products up until the GameCube, which I skipped for the PS2. But I don't understand why are they making these kinds of games like WiiParty, WiiFit, WiiMusic, WiiPlay. I don't recall anything like this being on the SNES/N64/GC or NES. Don't quote me on the NES because I don't exactly know the whole library.