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AC: Brotherhood scrapes into Japan charts

Level-5's Ni No Kuni makes solid start.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood has crept into the weekly Japanese sales chart at number 10.

According to Andriasang, the PlayStation 3 version of Ubisoft's GOTY contender managed to sneak into the homes of 36,098 gamers in its first week on sale in Japan, though the Xbox 360 version failed to make the top 20.

As a comparison, the game sold 1.14 million copies in its first two weeks on sale in the US, across both platforms.

Elsewhere in the chart, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd hogged the top spot, while the highest new entry was Level-5's gorgeous Studio Ghibli collaboration Ni No Kuni at number two. The DS RPG managed to sell 170,548.

Wii platformer Donkey Kong Country Returns followed at number three, shifting 163,310 in its debut week.

Here's how the full top 10 shaped up:

  1. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom, PSP): 629,541 (2,580,258)
  2. Ni no Kuni (Level-5, DS): 170,548
  3. Donkey Kong Returns (Nintendo, Wii): 163,310
  4. Pokemon Black & White (Pokemon, DS): 79,819 (4,628,773)
  5. Mario Sports Mix (Nintendo, Wii): 68,430 (212,420)
  6. Wii Party (Nintendo, Wii): 55,412 (1,318,875)
  7. Super Mario Collection Special Pack (Nintendo, Wii): 53,670 (712,989)
  8. Mario vs Donkey Kong Totsugeki Miniland (Nintendo, DS): 51,828 (109,302)
  9. Tales of Graces F (Namco Bandai, PS3): 39,640 (254,828)
  10. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood (Ubisoft, PS3): 36,098

On the hardware side, the PSP clung to the number one spot, though dropped off sharply following last week's Monster Hunter-inspired sales bump, while the Wii began its traditional Christmas surge.

  1. PSP: 158,029 (323,653)
  2. Wii: 79,424 (56,095)
  3. DSi LL: 59,709 (40,465)
  4. DSi: 55,993 (36,481)
  5. PS3: 41,882 (41,760)
  6. X360: 3,695 (3,497)
  7. DS Lite: 3,309 (1,580)
  8. PS2: 2,054 (1,440)
  9. PSPgo: 1,904 (1,875)

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