Big in Japan: Pokemon Black and White dominates video game sales

Enterbrain already confirmed what many would have assumed: The Japanese DS debut for Pokemon Black and White was hugely successful. So while the pair’s combined sales of nearly 2.6 million was certain to land it atop Media Create’s Japanese sales charts for the week of September 13-19, the remainder of the top 10 held some interesting results.Pokemon Black and White cast a large shadow over the Japanese sales charts.Chief among those was Square Enix’s Front Mission Evolved, which placed second on the chart in its week of release. The game marks a drastic departure for the series, as it featured 3D shooter mechanics rather than the turn-based tactics for which the Front Mission series had been known. Development duties for Front Mission Evolved were entrusted to California-based Double Helix, which previously offered a Western spin on an Eastern franchise with 2008’s Silent Hill: Homecoming. While Front Mission Evolved couldn’t hold a candle to the Pokemon launches, the game’s 51,084-selling debut was enough to stave off two other big new releases, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Tag Force 5 for the PSP third place with 45,879 sold and Halo: Reach fourth place with 44,413 sold.

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