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Japanese Charts: Soccer Releases Dominate In Slow Week
Japanese Charts: Soccer Releases Dominate In Slow Week
August 28, 2008 | By David Jenkins

August 28, 2008 | By David Jenkins
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Two new soccer simulations have dominated the new releases this week in the Japanese sales charts, although overall sales are relatively low. Konamiís 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 Enixís 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.

TWLWTitlePublisherFormatWeekly Sales
1NEJ-League Winning Eleven 2008: Club ChampionshipKonamiPS279,000
21Rhythm Tengoku GoldNintendoDS57,000
3NEInazuma ElevenLevel-5DS41,000
43Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu no HanayomeSquare EnixDS32,000
52Phantasy Star PortableSegaPSP31,000
64Wii FitNintendoWii30,000
7NEHarukanaru Toki no Naka de: YumenoukihashiKoeiDS26,000
8NESigma HarmonicsSquare EnixDS23,000
95Mario Kart WiiNintendoWii19,000
107Daigasso! Band Brothers DXNintendoDS16,000
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