Ahead of its release in the UK this Friday (October 7th) Namco Bandai's famously hard RPG Dark Souls has debuted at No.1 in the weekly Japanese software charts.
The game, which is a PS3 exclusive in Japan, sold 279,567 units according to MediaCreate figures.
Sony's Ico & Shadow of the Colossus HD re-release debuted in second place with sales of nearly 92k. Individually each game also made the Top 20, with Colossus claiming 14th and Ico 20th.
Microsoft's Gears of War 3 managed a highly respectable fourth place debut.
The 3DS was once again the best selling hardware of the week with 70,159 unit sales. This was followed by PS3 (39k), PSP (29k), Wii (14k) and Xbox 360 (4k).