Top 30 Japanese Video Games 03/16/03

Our weekly rundown of what's hot in Japan for the week ending March 16, courtesy of Famitsu magazine.

Here are the top 30 best selling games in Japan for the week ending March 16, courtesy of the editors and marketing research types at Famitsu magazine.

It didn't require the services of Miss Cleo to surmise what would be on top this time�Final Fantasy X-2, Square's last pre-merger release, destroyed all comers and sold a million and a half copies in its first week. The newest FF is 2003's first million-seller in Japan, and it's the sixth PlayStation 2 title to break the mark in the region. It didn't quite beat the original FFX (that sold 1.75 million copies in its first week), but with numbers like these, who cares?

The only other major releases this week were GBA Zelda and VF4 Evolution for the PS2�both putting in fairly reasonable numbers. The last two portable Zelda games (the Oracle of Ages/Oracle of Seasons duo) both sold in the 350,000 range in Japan, with sales spread out across a surprisingly large stretch of time�something that's rare to see in the Japanese marketplace, where the great majority of sales take place on the first week of release. First-party Nintendo titles are always like that.

  1. Final Fantasy X-2 (Square, PS2) [1,472,914 / NEW]
  2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, GBA) [84,107 / NEW]
  3. Dynasty Warriors 4 (Koei, PS2) [73,434 / 945,300]
  4. Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution (Sega, PS2) [64,603 / NEW]
  5. Pok�mon Ruby/Sapphire (Nintendo, GBA) [28,840 / 4,168,906]
  6. Taiko no Tatsujin (Namco, PS2) [16,805 / 446,012]
  7. Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (Enix, PS2) [16,690 / 464,713]
  8. Dragon Ball Z Budokai (Bandai, PS2) [16,195 / 486,845]
  9. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (Square, GBA) [15,540 / 354,843]
  10. Kaidou Battle (Genki, PS2) [14,110 / 101,981]
  11. Final Fantasy X (Mega Hits edition) (Square, PS2) [13,598 / 66,167]
  12. Chaos Legion (Capcom, PS2) [13,580 / 62,693]
  13. Metroid Fusion (Nintendo, GBA) [9366 / 109,740]
  14. Mega Man Network Transmission (Capcom, GC) [9041 / 32,188]
  15. Interlude (NEC Interchannel, DC) [8992 / NEW]
  16. King of Colosseum: Green (Spike, PS2) [8397 / 34,061]
  17. Sakura Taisen: Atsuki Chishio Ni (Sega, PS2) [7903 / 206,715]
  18. Pro Yakyuu Team wo Tsukurou! 2 (Sega, PS2) [7526 / 188,588]
  19. Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (Sony, PS2) [7352 / 17,656]
  20. Power Pro-kun Pocket 5 (Konami, GBA) [7166 / 148,861]
  21. Slot! Pro DX � Fujiko 2 (Telenet Japan, PS2) [7133 / 28,280]
  22. Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne (Atlus, PS2) [6849 / 214,473]
  23. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (Ubi Soft, PS2) [6647 / NEW]
  24. Metroid Prime (Nintendo, GC) [6110 / 57,997]
  25. Tennis no Ouji-sama 2003 Cool Blue/Passion Red (Konami, GBA) [5627 / 113,713]
  26. Mega Man Battle Network 3 (Capcom, GBA) [5401 / 461,426]
  27. Tales of the World: Summoner's Lineage (Namco, GBA) [5131 / 19,959]
  28. Mobile Suit Gundam Seed (Bandai, WS) [5082 / NEW]
  29. Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland (Nintendo, GBA) [5013 / 626,078]
  30. Wagamama Fairy Mirumo de Pon (Konami, GBA) [4605 / 61,787]