Top 30 Japanese Video Games 03/09/03

Our weekly rundown of what's hot in Japan for the week ending March 9, courtesy of Famitsu magazine.

Here are the top 30 best selling games in Japan for the week ending March 9, courtesy of the editors and marketing research types at Famitsu magazine.

It goes something like clockwork. Every year, Japanese game companies release the majority of their lineup in the same two regions of the calendar: the holiday season, and the area between February and March when game houses rush to get their products out before the end of the fiscal year. We're in that latter region right now, and we've already got past the brunt of it: only one new title managed to break the top five this week, a week that showed strong performance among several long-selling games.

In first place, just like last time, is Dynasty Warriors 4 from Koei, selling nearly 150,000 copies and virtually assuring itself a million in sales sooner than later. The new Star Ocean isn't doing terribly bad, either�it'll break the half million point in due time�but the defective disc debacle undoubtedly took a great deal of wind out of their sails.

The top new title this time around is Capcom's Chaos Legion, an action game that explores what Devil May Cry would be like if it was fully 3D and had summons. It sold only 49,000 copies this week, bringing up worries within the industry that the whole "extreme action" genre might be getting a bit stale. Not that the game's not entirely at fault here�although it's extremely pretty and runs at a buttery 60 fps at all times, we hear it's even easier than Devil May Cry 2 to finish.

  1. Dynasty Warriors 4 (Koei, PS2) [148,739 / 871,866]
  2. Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (Enix, PS2) [61,675 / 448,023]
  3. Chaos Legion (Capcom, PS2) [49,113 / NEW]
  4. Kaidou Battle (Genki, PS2) [29,903 / 87,871]
  5. Dragon Ball Z Budokai (Bandai, PS2) [29,460 / 470,650]
  6. Pok�mon Ruby/Sapphire (Nintendo, GBA) [28,464 / 4,140,066]
  7. King of Colosseum: Green (Spike, PS2) [25,664 / NEW]
    The third disc in Spike's wrestling series; Red and Blue were released several weeks back. Each disc contains fighters from two or three Japanese wrestling leagues; if you own multiple discs, you can engage in a little fast swapping to stage inter-league matches.
  8. Mega Man Network Transmission (Capcom, GC) [23,147 / NEW]
    Capcom's 2D cel-shaded Mega Man has a par-for-the-course (by GameCube standards, that is) first week on the shelves. The U.S. version is coming later this year.
  9. Sakura Taisen: Atsuki Chishio Ni (Sega, PS2) [22,015 / 198,812]
  10. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (Square, GBA) [18,062 / 339,303]
  11. Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne (Atlus, PS2) [15,077 / 207,624]
  12. Metroid Fusion (Nintendo, GBA) [14,836 / 100,374]
  13. Tales of the World: Summoner's Lineage (Namco, GBA) [14,828 / NEW]
    A fantasy simulation RPG in Namco's never-ending Tales series. Namco will be announcing a new console Tales in Japan next week.
  14. Pro Yakyuu Team wo Tsukurou! 2 (Sega, PS2) [12,777 / 181,032]
  15. Metroid Prime (Nintendo, GC) [12,058 / 51,887]
  16. Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (Sony, PS2) [10,304 / NEW]
    Anyone who's finished Sly (and if you haven't, you really should; it doesn't take that long, y'know) knows that the Japanese version has a tricked-out anime-style opening that Sucker Punch really should've included in the U.S. original. Judging from the first week of sales, however, Japanese gamers themselves weren't all that impressed. Ah well.
  17. Taiko no Tatsujin (Namco, PS2) [9152 / 429,207]
    This is the third or fourth time Namco's drum-bapping music game has climbed back into the charts out of nowhere. It happens whenever Namco sends out another shipment of games�retailers can't keep this one on the shelves, apparently.
  18. Tennis no Ouji-sama 2003 Cool Blue/Passion Red (Konami, GBA) [8601 / 108,086]
  19. Slot! Pro DX � Fujiko 2 (Telenet Japan, PS2) [7669 / 21,147]
  20. Mega Man Battle Network 3 (Capcom, GBA) [7452 / 456,025]
  21. Final Fantasy X (Mega Hits edition) (Square, PS2) [6639 / 52,569]
  22. Power Pro-kun Pocket 5 (Konami, GBA) [6255 / 141,695]
  23. Wagamama Fairy Mirumo de Pon (Konami, GBA) [5836 / 57,182]
  24. Densha de Go! Professional 2 (Taito, PS2) [5326 / 26,138]
  25. James Bond 007: NightFire (EA Square, PS2) [5249 / 80,629]
  26. Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland (Nintendo, GBA) [5144 / 621,065]
  27. Mobile Suit Gundam: Ghiren no Yabou: Zeon Dokuritsu Sensouki (Bandai, PS2) [5026 / 41,615]
  28. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (EA Square, PS2) [4514 / 57,881]
  29. Devil May Cry 2 (Capcom, PS2) [3943 / 417,068]
  30. Yamasa Digi World 4 (Yamasa, PS2) [3769 / 28,490]

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