Pokemon Rangers Hold Back Bad Company On Japan's Software Battlefield

Just like last week, Nintendo's latest Pokemon spin-off, Pokemon Ranger: Hikari no Kiseki for the Nintendo DS, tops Japan's weekly software chart, fending off a long list of newcomers, including Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

To Bad Company 2's credit, the PlayStation 3 version of DICE's shooter managed a top 10 spot, wedged between Japanese fare like RPG Maker DS and the customisation heavy role-playing game Zettai Hero Kaizou Keikaku. (The Xbox 360 version of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 scored a spot at 14.)

Other new bestsellers on the Media Create chart include Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida Or 3D, part of the Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! series, now known as What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? in English speaking areas of the world. And way down near the bottom of the list? Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the PSP, which debuted slightly better in its DS incarnation late last year.

For the top 30 games for the week of March 8-14, according to Media Create, read on.

01. Pokemon Ranger: Hikari no Kiseki (DS) - 65,000 / 226,000

02. Tomodachi Collection (DS) - 36,000 / 2,953,000

03. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) - 35,000 / 3,487,000

04. Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida Or 3D (PSP) - 34,000 / NEW

05. Dynasty Warriors Multi Raid 2 (PSP) - 32,000 / NEW

06. Zettai Hero Kaizou Keikaku (PSP) - 31,000 / NEW

07. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (PS3) - 28,000 / NEW

08. RPG Maker DS (DS) - 24,000 / NEW

09. Dragon Quest IX: Hoshizora no Mamoribito (Ultimate Hits) (DS) - 22,000 / 63,000

10. Wii Fit Plus (Wii) - 21,000 / 1,741,000

11. God Eater (PSP)

12. Kenka Bancho 4 (PSP)

13. Nobunaga no Yabou Tendou (PS3)

14. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Xbox 360)

15. .hack//LINK (PSP)

16. Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition (PS3)

17. Dragon Quest IV: Michibikareshi Monotachi (Ultimate Hits) (DS)

18. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (The Best) (PSP)

19. Wii Sports Resort (Wii)

20. Everybody's Tennis Portable (PSP)

21. Fushigi no Dungeon: Fuurai no Shiren 4 - Kami no Hitomi to Akuma no Heso (DS)

22. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)

23. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)

24. New Super Mario Bros. (DS)

25. Pokemon HeartGold / SoulSilver (DS)

26. Summon Night Gran-Thesis: Horobi no Ken to Yakusoku no Kishi (PS2)

27. Inazuma Eleven 2: Fire / Blizzard (DS)

28. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (PSP)

29. Demon's Souls (The Best) (PS3)

30. Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu no Hanayome (Ultimate Hits) (DS)

Media Create Weekly Software Sales [Gpara]


    Thats pretty impressive for BC2, considering japs dont really like FPS.

    I feel like I'm missing out on something when I consider the culture gap evident in gaming choices between east and west. I'm busy racking up hours of BC2 myself between chunks of study, and while somewhat unpolished, is certainly a great game. Yet these hardly seem to make a dent on Japanese sales.... Is the FPS for us what pokemon is for japan? Do they too view our sales trends with puzzlement over the seemingly rudimentary changes between titles that some see in the pokemon franchise?

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