Top 30 Japanese Video Games 04/27/03

Our weekly rundown of what's hot in Japan for the week ending April 27, courtesy of Famitsu magazine.

Here are the top 30 best selling games in Japan for the week ending April 27, courtesy of the editors and marketing research types at Famitsu magazine.

It's kind of funny about the Tenchu series�despite the great success it's had in the U.S. and Europe, it's never been that big a thing in its home country of Japan. Wrath of Heaven may be the break the series has been looking for, then: it sold 124,000 copies in its first week, selling out three-quarters of its stock and undoubtedly making From Software feel very chuffed indeed. It even outclassed Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken, Nintendo's latest strategy RPG, in this week's sales rankings�a notable feat considering how strongly all of Nintendo's products sell in Japan. (Except for Giftpia, apparently. But no matter.)

  1. Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven (From Software, PS2) [124,335 / NEW]
  2. Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken (Nintendo, GBA) [109,429 / NEW]
  3. Dragon Quest Monsters: Caravan Heart (Enix, GBA) [33,013 / 453,903]
  4. Summon Night: Craft Sword Monogatari (Banpresto, GBA) [32,601 / NEW]
    An action RPG with its feet firmly planted in the Tales of Destiny camp. If you thought Dark Cloud 2's item-creation system was a little strange, wait'll you see this game�weapons are built by combining items into ore, and then combining ore with "trade secrets" discovered during the game.
  5. Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ (Nintendo, GBA) [25,632 / 310,880]
  6. Pok�mon Ruby/Sapphire (Nintendo, GBA) [24,291 / 4,355,569]
  7. Giftpia (Nintendo, GC) [23,331 / NEW]
    This wacky, cel-shaded "alternative RPG" will very likely be shown at E3 in two weeks. No guarantees, but...
  8. Netchu! Pro Yakyuu 2003 (Namco, PS2) [22,525 / 170,789]
  9. Naruto: Gekito Ninja Taisen (Tomy, GC) [16,559 / 76,634]
  10. Dokodemo Issho: Watashi na Ehon (Sony, PS2) [16,316 / NEW]
    Back in the days of the PocketStation, the Dokodemo Issho series let you carry around (and have conversations with) a talkative li'l virtual pet, no matter where you went. This game doesn't let you do that though: instead, it's sort of a "choose your own adventure" toy that lets you build a story with your favorite characters and situations.
  11. Dai 2-ji Super Robot Taisen Alpha (Banpresto, PS2) [16,231 / 448,065]
  12. Final Fantasy X-2 (Square, PS2) [15,679 / 1,846,173]
  13. Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town (Victor, GBA) [14,749 / 34,799]
  14. The Conveni 3: Ano Machi wo Dokusen Seyo (Hamster, PS2) [13,848 / NEW]
    Has anyone released "Convenience Store Tycoon" for PC in America yet? If not, then they oughta just port this over.
  15. Taiko no Tatsujin: Doki! Shinkyoku darake no Harumatsuri (Namco, PS2) [13,326 / 182,833]
  16. Yumeria (Namco, PS2) [13,259 / NEW]
    A cute-girl adventure game�something of a rarity from Namco.
  17. World Rally Championship 2 Extreme (Spike, PS2) [12,737 / NEW]
  18. Taiko no Tatsujin (Namco, PS2) [11,935 / 540,212]
  19. Dynasty Warriors 4 (Koei, PS2) [11,361 / 1,076,656]
  20. RPG Maker Advance (Enterbrain, GBA) [11,015 / NEW]
    RPG Maker 2, the PS2 version of this product, is still heading for America later this year.
  21. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, GBA) [9227 / 229,286]
  22. Final Fantasy XI: Girade no Genei (Square Enix, PS2) [8699 / 105,806]
  23. Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue (Capcom, GBA) [8621 / 73,964]
  24. Yu-Gi-Oh! International Edition (Konami, GBA) [8242 / 29,542]
  25. N.U.D.E.@ Natural Ultimate Digital Experiment (Microsoft, Xbox) [8039 / NEW]
    Will we ever see this thing in the U.S.? It'd be neat if we did. Financially devastating for Microsoft, but still...
  26. The Baseball 2003 (Konami, PS2) [7650 / 94,305]
  27. DDRMAX2: Dance Dance Revolution 7th Mix (Konami, PS2) [7511 / NEW]
  28. G-Taste Mahjong (Psikyo, PS2) [6728 / NEW]
  29. Slotter UP Mania: Cho Okislo! Pioneer Special (Dorart, PS2) [6393 / NEW]
  30. Zoids Saga II (Tomy, GBA) [6335 / 15,772]