Top 30 Japanese Video Games 12/29/02

Our weekly rundown of what's hot in Japan for the week ending December 29, courtesy of Famitsu magazine.

Here are the top 30 best selling games in Japan for the week ending December 22, courtesy of the editors and marketing research types at Famitsu magazine.

Is there no stopping the relentless reign of the two Pok�mons at the top of charts? As a matter of fact, yes�most stores in Japan will be closed on New Year's Day, so maybe the numbers will go down a little next week. Otherwise, sorry.

The only major new release up near the top is Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, a director's cut of the original with all the extra bits Square made for the American version (English voices, hidden bosses, super-secret ending movie) included. There are still a few movies and such that are exclusive to this Final Mix, though, so if you're an utter KH nut, you'll have to import this game to own the definitive version. (And don't forget the laughably enormous Kingdom Hearts Ultimania hintbook Square released today, too.)

  1. Pok�mon Ruby/Sapphire (Nintendo, GBA) [385,614 / 3,197,762]
  2. Kingdom Hearts Final Mix (Square, PS2) [163,668 / NEW]
    The original Kingdom Hearts is hovering around a million copies sold in Japan, and the U.S. version is rapidly approaching that mark as well. Knowing Square, a sequel of some sort is certainly not out of the question.
  3. Mario Party 4 (Nintendo, GBA) [126,220 / 677,890]
  4. Unlimited SaGa (Square, PS2) [82,293 / 272,907]
  5. Ratchet & Clank (Sony, PS2) [81,257 / 275,740]
  6. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Nintendo, GC) [76,391 / 448,606]
  7. Mega Man Battle Network 3 (Capcom, GBA) [64,034 / 289,351]
  8. World Soccer Winning Eleven 6: Final Evolution (Konami, PS2) [63,645 / 406,234]
  9. Momotaro Dentetsu 11 (Hudson, PS2) [63,104 / 239,711]
  10. Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland (Nintendo, GBA) [49,804 / 480,738]
  11. Taiko no Tatsujin (Namco, PS2) [44,589 / 289,784]
  12. Jissen Pachislo Hisshouhou! Majuuoh S (Sammy, PS2) [38,666 / 145,009]
  13. Sonic Advance 2 (Sega, GBA) [33,903 / 62,877]
  14. Tales of Destiny 2 (Namco, PS2) [29,763 / 662,699]
  15. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (Nintendo, GBA) [27,895 / 349,998]
  16. Metal Gear Solid 2 Substance (Konami, PS2) [26,707 / 91,574]
  17. Resident Evil 0 (Capcom, GC) [24,833 / 311,870]
  18. Shinobi (Sega, PS2) [24,287 / 158,116]
  19. Million God (JAB, PS2) [24,174 / NEW]
    Another Japanese slot-machine sim.
  20. Densetsu no Stafy (Nintendo, GBA) [22,667 / 291,616]
  21. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyu 9 Ketteiban (Konami, PS2) [21,148 / 51,345]
  22. Dark Cloud 2 (Sony, PS2) [19,471 / 193,190]
  23. Kido Shinsengumi: Moeyo Ken (Enterbrain, PS2) [18,743 / NEW]
    This game couldn't copy Sakura Taisen more if it tried, but that's all right�it's designed by Red Entertainment, with good old Teruhisa "Ohji" Hiroi on the director's chair and Rumiko Takahashi (Inuyasha and all that) as character designer. Despite all these names, this game's got an extremely low profile in Japan--part of the reason why it's debuting so low.
  24. One Piece: Nanatsu-tou no Daihihou (Banpresto, GBA) [18,198 / 100,234]
  25. SD Gundam G-Generation Neo (Bandai, PS2) [17,673 / 474,907]
  26. The King of Fighters 2001 (Playmore, DC) [17,198 / NEW]
    The first Dreamcast game to break the top 30 in ages, and it's not even a dating sim! By the way, import fans: Playmore is planning to release Metal Slug 3 for the PS2 in Japan this spring.
  27. King of Colosseum (Red) (Spike, PS2) [16,155 / 66,603]
  28. Clock Tower 3 (Capcom, PS2) [15,784 / 78,961]
  29. Inuyasha (Bandai, PS) [15,626 / 51,671]
  30. One Piece: Treasure Battle (Bandai, GC) [15,351 / 179,456]

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