Pokémon Platinum Still Running Riot in Japan

By Adam Riley 17.10.2008 6

Nintendo's Pokémon Platinum may have been budged from the top spot this week in Japan, but it is still rampaging through the country with strong sales that will undoubtedly beat out the lifetime totals of Pokémon Crystal and Emerald. Rhythm Tengoku Gold is also on the cusp of breaking the million mark, something nobody could have predicted given the limited sales of the GBA version. Elsewhere, Level-5's fantastic football RPG has creeped over the 100,000 mark now, whilst SEGA's high profile RPG World Destruction is not far from the 100,000 milestone.

Media Create Sales, 6th-12th October, 2008
1.) Macross Ace Frontier (PSP, Namco Bandai) 103,676 | NEW
2.) Pokémon Platinum (The, Pokémon Company) - 85,880 | 1,681,000
3.) Rhythm Tengoku Gold (NDS, Nintendo) - 48,992 | 955,000
4.) Shin Sangoku Musou 5 Special (PS2, Koei) - 47,633 | 157,000
5.) Super Robot Taisen Z (PS2, Namco Bandai) - 23,194 | 449,000
6.) Wii Fit (Wii, Nintendo) - 16,466 | 2,722,000
7.) Mario Kart Wii (Wii, Nintendo) - 9,523 | 1,809,000
8.) Jikkyou Power Pro Major League 3 (PS2, Konami) - 8,196 | 26,000
9.) Dragon Ball: Origins (NDS, Namco Bandai) - 8,134 | 123,000
10.) Daigasso! Band Brothers DX (Nintendo) - 7,729 | 383,000
11.) Inazuma Eleven (NDS, Level 5) - With this now over the 100,000 point and still lingering near the top ten, Level-5 must be hoping the imminent release of the anime show will boost it even further
12.) World Destruction (NDS, SEGA) - Roughly at the 80,000+ mark now
13.) Wii Sports (Wii, Nintendo) - Now within reach of the 3.2 million mark, according to Famitsu
14.) One Piece Unlimited Cruise: Episode 1 (Wii, Namco Bandai) Whilst not as strong as the first One Piece on Wii, the slow week allows this game to jump back up
15.) Mario Kart DS (NDS, Nintendo) - At ~3.2 million already, perhaps it could crawl to 4 million sales eventually
16.) Sheng L Kinnikuman Muscle Grand Prix 2 (PS2)
17.) Monster Hunter Portable 2 G (PSP, Capcom)
18.) Taiko Drum Master 2: The Seven Island Adventure (NDS, Namco Bandai) With sales at over 360,000 units in the run-up to Christmas, the developer's lofty 400,000 expectations could well be met...and then some!
19.) To Love Ru Trouble (PSP, Marvelous)
20.) Animal Crossing: Wild World (NDS, Nintendo)
21.) Ikki Tousen: Eloquent Fist (PSP, Marvelous)
22.) New Super Mario Bros. (NDS, Nintendo)
23.) Dragon Quest V (NDS, Square Enix)
24.) Shinobido PSP (PSP, Spike)
25.) Aquanaut's Holiday (PS3, SCEI)
26.) Beautiful Letter Training DS (NDS, Nintendo)
27.) J-League Winning Eleven 2008 Club Championship (PS2, Konami)
28.) Wii Play (Wii, Nintendo)
29.) Hitman Reborn (PSP, Marvelous)
30.) Kamiyo Gakuen Makorouku Kurunugia (PS2, Idea Factory)
31.) Disaster: Day of Crisis (Wii, Nintendo) - This oft-delayed game from the Baten Kaitos makers started very slow and is struggling to pass the 25,000-30,000 mark
32.) Trusty Bell: Chopin's Dream - Reprise (PS3, Namco Bandai)
33.) Cross Edge (PS3, Compile Heart)
34.) Kawaii Koinu DS 2 (Pretty Puppy 2) (NDS, MTO)
35.) Quiz Magic Academy DS (NDS, Konami) - One of Konami's biggest hits on DS so far, selling in excess of 150,000 units so far
36.) Tetsudou Musume DS: Terminal Memory (NDS, Takara Tomy)
37.) Tales of the Abyss (BEST) (PS2, Namco Bandai) - Revived by the recent anime, most likely
38.) Fire Emblem: New Shadow Dragons and the Blade of Light (NDS, Nintendo)
39.) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii, Nintendo)
40.) Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Portable 3 (PSP, Konami)
41.) Will O' Wisp: Easter no Kiseki (PS2, Idea Factory)
42.) Puyo Puyo! (BEST) (NDS, SEGA)
43.) Tottadoo! Yoiko's Deserted Island Life (NDS, Namco Bandai)
44.) Densetsu no Stafi: Taiketsu! Dire Kaizokudan (NDS, Nintendo) - When will Nintendo give this platform series a chance in the West?
45.) Chokkan! Asonde Relaxuma (NDS, Rocket Company)
46.) Mana-Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis Portable+ (PSP, Gust)
47.) We are Fossil Diggers (NDS, Nintendo) - Still hanging around, and could get a boost as the holidays approach
48.) Jikkyou Power Pro Major League 3 (Wii, Konami)
49.) Tales of Vesperia (360, Namco Bandai) - Whilst it is still hanging on, sales of this mainline entry do not match the Wii's spin-off game
50.) Kanji Brain 2 + Dictionary (NDS, IE Institute)

This Week | Last Week | 2008 Sales | Lifetime Sales
Nintendo DS - 31,914 | 42,385 | 2,438,705 | 23,611,759
PlayStation Portable - 23,901 | 26,045 | 2,833,146 | 10,498,223
Wii - 22,877 | 25,330 | 2,238,365 | 6,854,504
Xbox 360 - 7,763 | 8,271 | 204,929 | 713,374
PlayStation 2 - 6,982 | 8,618 | 398,011 | 21,325,051
PlayStation 3 - 5,734 | 7,232 | 695,216 | 2,336,892

With Wii Music set to hit Japan soon, it will be interesting to see how much of an effect its launch has on the somewhat stagnant Wii hardware sales. Clearly the launch of the DSi in November has yet to knock sales of the DS either, with this merely being an all-round slow week. Stay tuned for further Japanese chart updates...

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Pokemon Platinum will be great for me, especially considering my tragic Diamond incident. It\'s definitely good news that it\'s selling so well already

Platinum is just what I need to get me back into 4th gen Pokemon. :3 It can\'t come out here quickly enough.

( Edited 17.10.2008 13:53 by SuperLink )

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Ahhh I didn't know this was released.... so when is it coming over here anyone knows?!?!

I see all these people insulting the Nintendo corporation because of the lack of mature content. Yet there is something about Nintendo (at least their games) that strikes a certain unadulterated feeling of joy!!!  Pokemon Y - 1048-9263-5562

Nope, but if past releases are anything to go by, it won\'t be out in Europe for over a year.

So thank the Pokégod for importing.

EDIT: Seems like the áccént glitch has returned.

( Edited 17.10.2008 14:29 by SuperLink )

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I think Nintendo Power has Pokémon Platinum as a Spring 2009 US release...

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

Awesome that Platinum is doing well. I'm looking forward to it. Smilie

And I hope One Piece: Unlimited Cruise does well, I want an english release of that sooooo badly. Smilie

This is something like the 5th week in a row that the Xbox 360 has out-sold the PS3 in Japan...(I think), which is a record!

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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