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Sega finds goal in Japanese charts

New football title tops weekly chart as Japanese market slows

For the second week running a football title sits atop the weekly Japanese sales charts, although Konami's World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010 (aka Pro Evolution Soccer 2010) has been replaced by the first PSP entry in Sega's long-running J-League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! series.

Although only one iteration in the role-playing/management series has ever been released in Europe (as Let's Make a Soccer Team!) the franchise continues to prove popular in Japan. First week sales of just 63,000 are low for a number one title in Japan though and compare poorly to Konami's total of 218,000 last week.

Weekly sales overall were generally low across the board, with new PS3 entry Dragon Ball: Raging Blast at number three selling only 58,000 units. The Xbox 360 version entered the charts at number 28.

The rest of the chart is largely unchanged from the previous week with only two other new entries. The long delayed Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - The Crystal Bearers on Wii made little impact at number eight, with just 35,000 unit sales.

What would be known in the West as Mega Man Battle Network: Operate Shooting Star also showed some signs of franchise fatigue at number nine, with the DS remake of the original Battle Network title on GBA selling a mere 23,000 units.

  • 01 J-League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 6: Pride of J (Sega)
  • 02 Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver (Nintendo)
  • 03 Dragon Ball: Raging Blast (Namco Bandai)
  • 04 Tomodachi Collection (Nintendo)
  • 05 Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo)
  • 06 World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010 (Konami)
  • 07 Inazuma Eleven 2: Kyoui no Shinryokusha - Fire/Blizzard (Level-5)
  • 08 Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers (Square Enix)
  • 09 Rockman EXE: Operate Shooting Star (Capcom)
  • 10 Persona 3 Portable (Atlus)
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David Jenkins