Top 30 Japanese Video Games 02/02/03

Our weekly rundown of what's hot in Japan for the week ending February 2, courtesy of Famitsu magazine.

Here are the top 30 best selling games in Japan for the week ending February 2, courtesy of the editors and marketing research types at Famitsu magazine.

January 30 was a very busy day for the Japan games industry�no less than 17 new games, spearheaded by Devil May Cry 2 but also featuring several other very powerful titles, hit stores at the exact same time. Capcom's newest title sold over 309,000 titles, around 75 percent of its initial shipment, in an overall pretty good week for the storeowners.

Operator's Side, the voice-controlled adventure game mentioned in a previous Game of the Week, didn't do terribly either: it sold over 23,000 copies in its first week, selling out in several places. There hasn't been very many voice console games since the infamous Seaman for Dreamcast, but now there's three more coming out in Japan very soon: Dogstation (a dog-own-em-up), Deka Voice (a cop sim), and Shibai Michi (a game that lets you do voice work for fake movies and such). Are we seeing another mini-boom in the making?

  1. Devil May Cry 2 (Capcom, PS2) [309,279 / NEW]
  2. Pok�mon Ruby/Sapphire (Nintendo, GBA) [56,075 / 3,960,253]
  3. Nobunaga no Yabou: Soutenroku (Koei, PS2) [46,921 / NEW]
  4. Makai Senki Disgaea (Nippon-ichi Software, PS2) [46,883 / NEW]
    A simulation RPG in the classic Final Fantasy Tactics vein... except we don't think FFT featured this many hot anime ladies.
  5. James Bond 007: NightFire (EA Square, PS2) [33,840 / NEW]
    EA's had some fair-to-middling successes over in Japan recently--first Medal of Honor Frontline, and now this. The Two Towers has already been scheduled for Japan release, too.
  6. Taiko no Tatsujin (Namco, PS2) [29,581 / 353,938]
    A sequel of sorts to this happy drum game--a disc with new music and such--is due to hit Japan next month.
  7. Power Pro-kun Pocket 5 (Konami, GBA) [24,401 / 93,932]
  8. Operator's Side (Sony, PS2) [23,217 / NEW]
  9. Armored Core 3: Silent Line (From Software, PS2) [21,564 / 124,793]
  10. Ratchet & Clank (Sony, PS2) [18,743 / 495,972]
  11. Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (Tecmo, Xbox) [15,335 / 103,565]
  12. World Soccer Winning Eleven 6: Final Evolution (Konami, PS2) [13,814 / 540,958]
  13. Bakusou Dekotora Densetsu (Spike, PS2) [12,967 / 47,517]
  14. Momotaro Dentetsu 11 (Hudson, PS2) [8566 / 390,112]
  15. Jissen Pachislo Hisshouhou! Moujuuoh S (Sammy, PS2) [8149 / 222,247]
  16. Mega Man Battle Network 3 (Capcom, GBA) [7618 / 419,694]
  17. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Nintendo, GC) [7572 / 580,671]
  18. Wind: A Breath of Heart (Alchemist, DC) [7553 / NEW]
    Girls, girls, girls! They're all over your Dreamcast!
  19. The House of the Dead 3 (Sega, Xbox) [7383 / NEW]
    Sega's Xbox light-gun game doesn't fare quite as well as it did in the U.S. Is there even an Xbox light gun available in Japan?
  20. Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland (Nintendo, GBA) [7147 / 592,949]
  21. Mario Party 4 (Nintendo, GC) [6757 / 820,110]
  22. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyu Premium (Konami, PS) [6522 / 18,776]
  23. Unlimited SaGa (Square, PS2) [6470 / 392,335]
  24. World Soccer Winning Eleven 6: Final Evolution (Konami, GC) [6371 / NEW]
  25. Whistle!: Fukinukeru Kaze (Konami, PS) [6325 / NEW]
    A combo soccer sim/adventure game based on a fairly long-running manga series in Japan.
  26. Kingdom Hearts Final Mix (Square, PS2) [6221 / 326,183]
  27. Final Fantasy X (Mega Hits edition) (Square, PS2) [6194 / 21,698]
  28. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (Nintendo, GBA) [5640 / 417,613]
  29. My Merry May (KID, PS2) [5332 / NEW]
    More girls, girls, girls! This game was originally released on the Dreamcast last year, but now it's made the jump to "the big show," so to speak.
  30. Devil May Cry (Mega Hits edition) (Capcom, PS2) [5338 / 62,592]

Other New Titles

  • Tenerezza (Aquaplus, Xbox) [4344]
  • Army Men: RTS (Capcom, PS2) [3392]
  • Puyo Puyo Sun (Sega, PS) [1886]