Rhythm Heaven Wii Ascends To First Place In Japan

The delightful Rhythm Heaven series has come to the Wii — in Japan, at least — arriving to divine reception from the Nintendo-loving masses. Rhythm Heaven Wii (aka Minna no Rhythm Tengoku) is Japan's best-selling game.

The latest entry in Nintendo's simple rhythm game series bested two newcomers, Capcom's Sengoku Basara Heroes Chronicles for PSP and Grasshopper Manufacture's No More Heroes Red Zone for PlayStation 3, to secure first place with more than 118,000 copies sold, according to sales tracker Media Create. Rhythm Heaven Wii gives the Wii an uncommon first place software sales chart showing. The last game to do so was Pandora's Tower.

Two new Western-developed games, Sniper: Ghost Warrior and Alice: Madness Returns, join the list of top 20 debuts. See how those titles performed during the week of July 18 to 24 in the sales chart listing below.

01. Rhythm Heaven (Wii) - 118,173 / NEW 02. Sengoku Basara Heroes Chronicles (PSP) - 82,798 / NEW 03. No More Heroes Red Zone (PS3) - 40,313 / NEW 04. Inazuma Eleven Strikers (Wii) 05. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2011 (PS3) - 35,379 / 153,498 06. Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX (PSP) - 35,694 / 115,910 07. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2011 (PSP) - 27,158 / 100,405 08. Nora to Koku no Koubou: Kiri no Mori no Majo (DS) - 24,481 / NEW 09. Alice Madness Returns (PS3) - 19,994 / NEW 10. Wii Sports Resort with Wii Remote Plus (Wii) - 18,666 / 421,465

11. Puyo Puyo! (DS) 12. Cardboard Senki (PSP) 13. Wii Play Motion (Wii) 14. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS) 15. Pokemon Black / White (DS) 16. Sniper: Ghost Warrior (PS3) 17. Alice Madness Returns (Xbox 360) 18. GoldenEye 007 (Wii) 19. Star Fox 64 3D (3DS) 20. Steins;gate (PSP)

On the hardware side, the Nintendo 3DS dominated the competition, even with only two games representing in the top 20. It will be interesting to see how Japanese gamers react to the system's new price drop in the coming weeks.

Elsewhere, the Wii saw a nice bump, thanks to Rhythm Heaven, no doubt, and the PSPgo continues to do double-digit sales.

Nintendo 3DS - 31,826 PSP - 26,854 PlayStation 3 - 23,343 Wii - 17,114 Nintendo DSi LL - 5258 Nintendo DSi - 4921 Xbox 360 - 1546 PlayStation 2 - 1475 Nintendo DS Lite - 155 PSP go - 14


    Looking forward to Rhythm Tengoku on the Wii, as the GBA version was one of my very favourites on the platform. Though I'm not sure that I'll have the patience to sit down to play it in front of a TV - the bite-sized portability was part of its original appeal.

    Any idea if/when we're getting a EU/AU release?

    Wow! no 3DS games in the top 10 and only Zelda and Starfox in the top 20!

    Anyone know if we are getting Lylat Wars 3D or Starfox 64 3D?

    hahaha double digits! Go PSPGO!

    Looking forward to Rhythm Heaven on the Wii as the DS version was fun but very hard as you progress.

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