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As we're in the middle of another week we have the Media Create Japanese charts to consider, and this time around there's a new release on 3DS that's stealing the headlines.

It's Square Enix's 3DS RPG Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3, the latest entry in the spin-off series, that's stormed to the top of the charts with impressive numbers; its predecessor on DS did come to the West over a year after its Japanese release, so there's some hope for gamers outside of Japan. Nintendo's interest in the top 20 is limited beyond that, with Assassination Classroom: Assassin Training Plan making its debut for 3DS in 8th place, while Pokkén Tournament falls back to fifth place in its second week. Results are below with lifetime sales in brackets.

  1. [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 (Square Enix, 03/24/16) – 368,665 (New)
  2. [PS4] Dark Souls III (Bandai Namco, 03/24/16) – 210,141 (New)
  3. [PSV] Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X (Sega, 03/24/16) – 69,438 (New)
  4. [PS4] Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Fortune (Koei Tecmo, 03/24/16) – 44,723 (New)
  5. [Wii U] Pokken Tournament (Pokemon, 03/18/16) – 28,331 (98,007)
  6. [PSV] Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Venus (Koei Tecmo, 03/24/16) – 21,959 (New)
  7. [PS4] Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence Sengoku Risshiden (Koei Tecmo, 03/24/16) – 20,322 (New)
  8. [3DS] Assassination Classroom: Assassin Training Plan (Bandai Namco, 03/24/16) – 19,498 (New)
  9. [PSV] Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence Sengoku Risshiden (Koei Tecmo, 03/24/16) – 13,482 (New)
  10. [PS3] Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence Sengoku Risshiden (Koei Tecmo, 03/24/16) – 13,050 (New)
  11. [3DS] Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Nintendo, 02/18/16) – 11,543 (119,188)
  12. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 10,639 (712,822)
  13. [PS4] The Division (Ubisoft, 03/10/16) – 10,581 (114,414)
  14. [PSV] Digimon World: Next Order (Bandai Namco, 03/17/16) – 10,272 (74,490)
  15. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 8,980 (1,310,480)
  16. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Happy Price Selection) (Nintendo, 03/17/16) – 7,806 (14,737)
  17. [Wii U] Super Mario Maker (Nintendo, 09/10/15) – 7,047 (829,358)
  18. [PSV] Dance with Devils (Rejet, 03/24/16) – 5,129 (New)
  19. [3DS] Tomodachi Life (Happy Price Selection) (03/17/16) – 5,120 (8,252)
  20. [PSV] Gundam Breaker 3 (Bandai Namco, 03/03/16) – 4,908 (105,708)

In terms of hardware there are increases across the 3DS family, with New 3DS LL (XL) climbing to second place. The Wii U see its sales plummet after an improved previous week, however; results are below with last week's sales in brackets.

  1. PlayStation 4 – 34,377 (28,370)
  2. New 3DS LL – 22,639 (18,353)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 20,068 (19,028)
  4. New 3DS – 5,773 (5,142)
  5. Wii U – 4,545 (12,998)
  6. 3DS – 2,322 (2,187)
  7. PlayStation 3 – 1,290 (1,462)
  8. 3DS LL – 365 (370)
  9. Xbox One – 55 (91)

This week brings further proof of the enduring appeal of the Dragon Quest brand, which will hopefully encourage further localisation beyond the already confirmed 2016 releases of VI and VII in the West.

[via gematsu.com]