Top 30 Japanese Video Games 04/06/03

Our weekly rundown of what's hot in Japan for the week ending April 6, courtesy of Famitsu magazine.

Here are the top 30 best selling games in Japan for the week ending April 6, courtesy of the editors and marketing research types at Famitsu magazine.

A much slower week overall compared to the the spring-break/end-of-fiscal-year Mardi Gras we've seen over the past month or so, last week saw only one major new release�Namco's Netchu! Pro Yakyu, a realistic baseball title named after a Japanese TV sports show. As a result, the top spot was taken by the new Dragon Quest Monsters despite already being out for a week; over 107,000 copies were sold through the past seven days.

  1. Dragon Quest Monsters: Caravan Heart (Enix, GBA) [107,719 / 318,146]
  2. Netchu! Pro Yakyuu 2003 (Namco, PS2) [74,889 / NEW]
    The Japanese press has been having a field day with the recent low ratings of Japan League baseball broadcasts; most media pin the blame on Hideki Matsui and other top talents leaving Japan to try their luck in the U.S. leagues. Despite this, Namco's homegrown baseball title isn't doing too bad�it's on about the same pace as Netchu! 2002, which ended up selling 224,000 copies in total.
  3. Dai 2-ji Super Robot Taisen Alpha (Banpresto, PS2) [50,761 / 381,320]
  4. Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ (Nintendo, GBA) [48,986 / 218,663]
  5. Final Fantasy X-2 (Square, PS2) [45,039 / 1,780,046]
  6. Pok�mon Ruby/Sapphire (Nintendo, GBA) [38,913 / 4,282,822]
  7. Taiko no Tatsujin: Doki! Shinkyoku darake no Harumatsuri (Namco, PS2) [32,411 / 135,351]
  8. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, GBA) [24,860 / 195,421]
  9. Soul Calibur II (Namco, PS2) [23,136 / 102,439]
  10. Taiko no Tatsujin (Namco, PS2) [21,113 / 506,099]
    The Little Music Game That Could breaks half a million copies sold. If you have a chance, you should really try this game out�it'll make you the hit of your anime club.
  11. Dynasty Warriors 4 (Koei, PS2) [19,950 / 1,037,187]
  12. Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue (Capcom, GBA) [18,562 / 47,270]
  13. Sanyo Pachinko Paradise 8: Shin Umi Monogatari (Irem, PS2) [16,066 / 54,514]
  14. The Baseball 2003 (Konami, PS2) [15,877 / 70,479]
  15. Warship Gunner (Koei, PS2) [15,428 / NEW]
    The U.S. version of this real-time naval strategy game will come out this June from Koei's American division.
  16. Soul Calibur II (Namco, GC) [14,160 / 61,780]
  17. Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits (Sony, PS2) [13,581 / 122,574]
    This RPG is already available brand-new for about $20 in many Japanese game shops. Is it safe to call it a disappointment yet?
  18. Jissen Pachislot Hisshouhou! Salaryman Kintarou (Sammy, PS2) [12,382 / 103,797]
  19. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (Square, GBA) [7042 / 384,087]
  20. One Piece: Mezase! King of Bari (Banpresto, GBA) [6792 / 18,102]
  21. Final Fantasy X (Mega Hits edition) (Square, PS2) [6557 / 97,216]
  22. Shaman King: Soul Fight (Bandai, GC) [6369 / 26,671]
  23. Tennis no Ohji-sama 2003 Cool Blue/Passion Red (Konami, GBA) [6242 / 128,675]
  24. Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland (Nintendo, GBA) [6204 / 645,717]
  25. Dragon Ball Z Budokai (Bandai, PS2) [5957 / 510,808]
  26. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 8 (Konami, GBA) [5785 / 72,584]
  27. Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (Enix, PS2) [5587 / 493,746]
  28. World Soccer Winning Eleven 6: Final Evolution (Konami, PS2) [4857 / 593,316]
  29. Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution (Sega, PS2) [4689 / 85,412]
  30. Mega Man Network Transmission (Capcom, GC) [4679 / 51,695]