Japanese gamers don't seem to have cooled on manga-licensed fighting games, as Bleach: Heat the Soul 6 tops this week's Japanese sales chart, the sixth entry in the 3D fighter in just over four years.
According to Media Create, the PSP game based on the works of Tite Kubo bested all software newcomers, selling 42,000 copies in its debut week on Japanese store shelves. Better than PSP peer Growlanser, the Atlus role-playing game that had to settle for second place.
A handful of new titles ranked in the top thirty this week, including a new pachislot game from Tecmo starring buxom mascot Rio and Konami's latest Winning Eleven entry for the Wii.
The top ten is almost all all PSP, DS and Wii this week, with only two high-def current-gen games representing in the top thirty—Sony's Killzone 2 and Sega's Valkyria Chronicles. The full list of bestsellers follows.
01. Bleach: Heat the Soul 6 (PSP) - 42,000 / NEW 02. Growlanser (PSP) - 23,000 / NEW 03. Dragon Ball Z: Story Saiyajin Raishuu (DS) - 20,000 / 136,000 04. Pokémon Fushigi no Dungeon: Sora no Tankentai (DS) - 16,000 / 299,000 05. Made in Ore (DS) - 15,000 / 112,000 06. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (the Best) (PSP) - 15,000 / 678,000 07. Winning Eleven Play Maker 2009 (Wii) - 14,000 / NEW 08. Wii Fit (Wii) - 11,000 / 3,414,000 09. Mario & Luigi RPG3!!! (DS) - 10,000 / 616,000 10. Rakushou! Pachi-Slot Sengen 6: Rio 2 Cruising Vanadis (PS2) - 9,000 / NEW
11. Monster Hunter G (Wii) 12. ToraDora Portable! (PSP) 13. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) 14. Taiko no Tatsujin Wii (Wii) 15. Persona (PSP) 16. Jikkyou Powerful Major League 2009 (PS2) 17. Sengoku Basara Battle Heroes (PSP) 18. Pokémon Platinum (DS) 19. New Super Mario Bros. (DS) 20. Rittai Picross (DS) 21. Killzone 2 (PS3) 22. Wii Sports (Wii) 23. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2009 (PS2) 24. A Ressha de Gyoukou DS (DS) 25. Pro Yakyuu Famista DS 2009 (DS) 26. Valkyria Chronicles (the Best) (PS3) 27. Jikkyou Powerful Major League 2009 (Wii) 28. Animal Crossing City Folk (Wii) 29. Rhythm Heaven (DS) 30. Inazuma Eleven (DS)