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Xenoblade cuts straight to number one in Japan

New Wii RPG tops chart as Grand Theft Auto takes third place

Super Mario Galaxy 2 has been dethroned from the number one spot in Japan by another new Wii title from Nintendo, as role-playing game Xenoblade takes the top spot.

A spiritual successor to the Xenosaga series, the game was created by Nintendo-owned developer Monolith Soft (not to be confused with F.E.A.R. developer Monolith Productions in the US) and sold 83,000 units in its debut.

Sales for Super Mario Galaxy 2 remained strong though, with an additional 73,000 units sold this week. This saw the total so far in Japan pass the half million mark after just three weeks.

The second highest new entry of the week was the PlayStation 3 version of Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, with 64,000 units sold. The Xbox 360 version entered the charts at number 18 with less than 12,000 units sold. The series, which has always enjoyed a cult following in Japan, is now published directly by Take-Two Interactive Japan, rather than Capcom.

Capcom did have a new entry in the charts this week though, with Nintendo DS retro compilation Mega Man Zero Collection entering at number four with 22,000 units sold.

The final new entry in the top ten was also a Western developed title, with the PS3 version of Avalanche Studios' Just Cause 2 debuting with 19,000 units at number six. The 360 version entered the charts at number 24.

The Media Create Japanese software chart for the week ending June 13 is as follows:

  • 01 Xenoblade (Wii)
  • 02 Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
  • 03 Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City (PS3)
  • 04 Mega Man Zero Collection (DS)
  • 05 Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 (DS)
  • 06 Just Cause 2 (PS3)
  • 07 Fairy Tail: Portable Guild (PSP)
  • 08 Pro Evolution Soccer 2010: Blue Samurai Challenge (PS3)
  • 09 Friend Collection (DS)
  • 10 New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)

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