BioWare's space opera Mass Effect has debuted at three in the Japanese chart this week, according to Media Create data translated mostly by NeoGAF.

It's preceded by two new DS games: Level-5's Sloane and McHale's Mysterious Story at one, and SEGA's Pro Yakyuu Team o Tsukurou! 2 at two.

The rest of the top 10, however, is as normal, and stagnating more each week; Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP the Best) is up two places despite dropping 8 per cent in sales, for example.

And compare the winning total of 44,000 sales with the Japanese chart this time last year and Sloan and McHale would only manage to finish at five.

It's a similar story for hardware, as a winning DS total of 39,464 is less than half the 90,000 that the PSP managed over seven-days in May 2008.

This Week Last Week Title Platform Weekly Sales Lifetime Sales
1 New entry Sloane and McHale's Mysterious Story DS 44,000 44,000
2 New entry Pro Yakyuu Team o Tsukurou! 2 DS 39,000 39,000
3 New entry Mass Effect Xbox 360 18,000 18,000
4 6 Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP the Best) PSP 14,000 693,000
5 1 Bleach: Heat the Soul 6 PSP 13,000 54,000
6 3 Dragon Ball Kai: Saiyajin Raishuu DS 12,000 148,000
7 4 Pokmon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky DS 12,000 311,000
8 5 Made in Ore DS 11,000 123,000
9 8 Wii Fit Wii 10,000 3,424,000
10 9 Mario & Luigi RPG 3 DS 9000 624,000

Japanese hardware sales:

Platform This Week Last Week 2009 Sales Lifetime Sales
DS 39,464 63,203 1,365,779 26,485,414
PSP 27,536 43,009 990,224 12,348,327
Wii 16,233 24,397 512,448 7,991,425
PS3 10,932 18,483 524,054 3,146,522
PS2 4075 5137 109,377 21,508,906
Xbox 360 3854 5068 194378 1,023,815

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