Two new soccer simulations have dominated the new releases this week in the Japanese sales charts, although overall sales are relatively low. Konami’s J-League Winning Eleven 2008: Club Championship
for the PlayStation 2 debuted at number one but sold only 79,000 units.
The game is not a full sequel though, to what is known in the West as Pro Evolution Soccer
, but merely a minor local update.
More might have been expected of new franchise Inazuma Eleven
on Nintendo DS though, which developer and publisher Level-5 have been heavily promoting with a spin-off manga, anime and a demo in the second Professor Layton
title. The game entered the charts at number three, with 41,000 units sold.
The next highest new entry, at number seven, was Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Yumenoukihashi
- part of a successful series of dating simulators aimed at female users. Published by Koei, the DS game sold an initial 26,000 units.
The final new entry in the top 10 is Square Enix’s Sigma Harmonics
for the DS. The new internally developed role-playing game sold 23,000 units upon its debut at number eight in the charts.
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|1||NE||J-League Winning Eleven 2008: Club Championship||Konami||PS2||79,000|
|2||1||Rhythm Tengoku Gold||Nintendo||DS||57,000|
|4||3||Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu no Hanayome||Square Enix||DS||32,000|
|5||2||Phantasy Star Portable||Sega||PSP||31,000|
|7||NE||Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Yumenoukihashi||Koei||DS||26,000|
|8||NE||Sigma Harmonics||Square Enix||DS||23,000|
|9||5||Mario Kart Wii||Nintendo||Wii||19,000|
|10||7||Daigasso! Band Brothers DX||Nintendo||DS||16,000|
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