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  Japanese Charts: Warriors Orochi Z On Top As PS3 Leads The Way
by David Jenkins
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March 19, 2009
 
Japanese Charts:  Warriors Orochi Z  On Top As PS3 Leads The Way
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The Japanese sales charts continue to go Sony’s way this week, with PlayStation platforms taking the majority of the top 10: three on the PlayStation 3 and three on the PSP.

The number one this week is what's known in the West as Warriors Orochi Z, the latest entry in Koei’s crossover series between the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors franchises. The game is not a full sequel but a combination of the previous two titles - which were not released on the PS3 - with additional new content. The game sold 112,000 units in its first week.

With the PS3 version of Resident Evil 5 falling only one place to number two with 61,000 unit sales (the Xbox 360 version is at number 12), the second highest new entry of the week is Rittai Picross on Nintendo DS at number three. The new 3D version of the popular puzzle game series sold 38,000 units in its first week.

Also new at number six is the New Play Control! release of Pikmin 2 for the Wii. The new version of the 2004 GameCube title sold 29,000 units. It is the second highest charting game in the New Play Control! series so far, behind only the 57,000 unit debut of Mario Power Tennis earlier in the year.

The final new entry of the week is Resistance: Retribution on the PSP, with the Western series continuing to enjoy relative success in Japan. The third, rather than first, person perspective has not helped sales though, with the game selling only 16,000 units.

Other new entries in the top 30 include dating sim Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side: 1st Love Plus for the DS at number 13; Gust’s Annie no Atelier: Sera Shima no Renkijutsushi role-playing game spin-off for DS at number 15; Broccoli’s PlayStation 2 dating sim Galaxy Angel II at number 20; Namco Bandai’s The Idolm@ster: Twins for Xbox 360 – a bundle of the previous two games – at number 29; and Sega’s Sonic and the Black Knight for Wii at number 30.

TWLWTitlePublisherFormatWeekly Sales
1NEMuso Orochi ZKoeiPS3112,000
21Biohazard 5CapcomPS361,000
3NEPicross DSNintendoDS38,000
46Mario & Luigi RPG 3NintendoDS38,000
54Shin Sangoku Musou: Multi RaidKoeiPSP33,000
6NEPikmin 2NintendoWii29,000
75Ryu ga Gotoku 3SegaPS324,000
827th DragonSegaDS22,000
99Monster Hunter Portable 2nd GCapcomPSP16,000
10NEResistance: Houfuku no KokuSonyPSP16,000
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