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Koei have reason to be happy, with Fist of the North Star Musou debuting at even higher numbers than Yakuza 4’s stellar opening week. Between the game’s fantastic sales and the overseas publishing deal with Nintendo for Samurai Warriors 3, things are beginning to look up for Koei, who — collectively with Tecmo — posted at $20.4 million loss in their last quarter.

 

Meanwhile, every Nintendo-published game in the top-ten actually increased in sales from the previous week, due to the start of the Spring vacation. It should be interesting to see what effect Golden Week has on them during May. And coming in at #6, God of War III did relatively well for a western game centred around blood and guts.

 

The top-ten for the week of March 22nd – 28th is as presented below. Supplementary numbers follow, although, we ask readers to keep in mind that numbers outside the top-ten are sourced from a different sales tracker.

 

LWTWTitleTw salesTot. salesSys.Publisher
New01.Fist of the North Star Musou385,000NewPS3Koei
01.02.Yakuza 483,000467,000PS3Sega
03.03.Pokémon Ranger: Tracks of Light51,000327,000DSThe Pokémon Company
04.04.New Super Mario Bros. Wii51,0003,575,000WiiNintendo
05.05.Tomodachi Collection44,0003,032,000DSNintendo
New06.God of War III44,000NewPS3SCE
New07.Fist of the North Star Musou44,000NewXbox 360Koei
02.08.Gundam: Assault Survive27,000118,000PSPNamco Bandai
07.09.Wii Fit Plus21,0001,782,000WiiNintendo
New10.Saki Portable 21,000NewPSPAlchemist

 

Making their debuts outside of the top-ten were Chaos; Head – Love Chu Chu! for the Xbox 360 at #13, and Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero? 2 at #24. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories also released the same week, across the Wii, PS2 and PSP, although, the PSP version was the only one to appear on the charts at all at #41.

 

And finally, God Eater continues to hold steady with another 14,000 purchases under its belt. With Golden Week coming up in a few weeks, the game stands a good chance of maintaining its numbers until Monster Hunter Portable 3rd hits.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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