In Japan, Soccer Role-Playing Games Are A Hit (Again!)

The people who make Professor Layton games and the sharp-looking Studio Ghibli game Ni no Kuni have another hit on their hands, the latest sports-themed RPG, Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!!, Japan's bestselling game.

Both versions of Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! for the Nintendo DS toppled last week's champ, the Xbox 360 game Monster Hunter Frontier. That previously bestselling Capcom game slips way down to 14th place on this week's chart, illustrating the staying power of Xbox 360 games. Japan would appear to prefer games like the latest taiko drumming game Taiko no Tatsujin DS: Dororon! Youkai Daikessen!! and fighting game Blazblue: Continuum Shift, two chart topping new debuts.

A smattering of other new debuts appear throughout this week's Media Create sales chart. Do your eyes and brain a favour and see what they are.

01. Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen!! Bomber / Spark (DS) - 505,000 / NEW 02. Taiko no Tatsujin DS: Dororon! Youkai Daikessen!! (DS) - 70,000 / NEW 03. Blazblue: Continuum Shift (PS3) - 50,000 / NEW 04. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) - 35,000 / 648,000 05. Digimon Story: Lost Evolution (DS) - 34,000 / NEW 06. Love Plus+ (DS) - 22,000 / 106,000 07. Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 3rd Story (DS) - 20,000 / 72,000 08. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (PS3) - 19,000 / 160,000 09. Egokoro Kyoushitsu DS (DS) - 19,000 / 60,000 10. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (PSP) - 16,000 / 101,000 11. Blazblue Continuum Shift (Xbox 360) 12. Totori no Atelier: Arland no Renkinjutsushi 2 (PS3) 13. Tomodachi Collection (DS) 14. Monster Hunter Frontier (Xbox 360) 15. Boku no Natsuyasumi Portable 2: Nazo Nazo Shimai to Chinbotsusen no Himitsu (PSP) 16. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (Ohaidoku-han) (PSP) 17. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen (PS2) 18. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) 19. Wii Fit Plus (Wii) 20. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 (DS) 21. Ghost Trick (DS) 22. Xenoblade (Wii) 23. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) 24. Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City (PS3) 25. Tamagotchi no Pichi Pichi Omisecchi (DS) 26. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (the Best) (PSP) 27. Kaidan Restaurant: Ura Menu 100-Sen (DS) 28. Daito Giken Koushiki Pachi-Slot Simulator: Ossu! Misao + Maguro Densetsu Portable (PSP) 29. Scared Rider Xechs (PS2) 30. Fairy Tail: Portable Guild (PSP)


Comments

    A soccer RPG? Without playing it I'm going to assume it goes something like this:

    1. Pick a 'class' (position).
    2. Choose your inventory (mystical boots of kicking +12)
    3. Run with ball until you trigger a 'random battle' in which AI players collapse holding their shins, and you have to avoid a red card.

    And I'm sure it will involve a child waking up in bed during a thunderstorm at some point; possibly with amnesia. It is Japanese after all.

    It's a Level 5 game... I want it, but I can't read Japanese... doh...

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