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New Monster Hunter blitzes Japanese chart

Capcom's PSP title enters at number one, selling almost 900,000 units, while Super Smash Bros Brawl passes 1.5 million

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G for the PlayStation Portable has gone straight in at number one in the Japanese software sales chart, according to information from Media Create for the week ending March 30.

The Capcom title sold 880,000 units, over eight times more than the week's second-placed game, Pokemon Ranger: Batonnage - which itself only sold around 240,000 on its debut at number one the previous week.

Monster Hunter's stunning showing also eclipsed the week's next highest new entry, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 for the Nintendo DS in third, which sold 49,000 copies.

Wii Fit held steady in fourth place, followed in fifth by the PSP edition of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: Lost Colors and Super Smash Bros Brawl in sixth, which broke the 1.5 million mark during that week.

The PlayStation 2 edition of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: Lost Colors took seventh place, with Deca Sporta in eighth, SimCity DS 2: From the Past to the Future in ninth and Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi wo Yobu Cinema Land rounding out the top ten list.

The full top ten is as follows:

  • 1. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP)
  • 2. Pokemon Ranger: Batonnage (DS)
  • 3. Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (DS)
  • 4. Wii Fit (Wii)
  • 5. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: Lost Colors (PSP)
  • 6. Super Smash Bros Brawl (Wii)
  • 7. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: Lost Colors (PS2)
  • 8. Deca Sporta (Wii)
  • 9. SimCity DS 2: From the Past to the Future (DS)
  • 10. Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi wo Yobu Cinema Land (DS)

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