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Japanese Hardware Sales Dip After Bumper Week

Following a large number of new releases last week, Japanese hardware sales have dipped along with software, with most formats seeing a mild decline over the period, but Nintendo's DS and Wii still leading the pack - full stats inside.
Market research firm Media Create has revealed data for weekly hardware sales in Japan for the week ending August 5th, following details of the software top thirty. After a large number of new releases last week, Japanese hardware sales have seen a mild decrease almost across the board this week, following equally reduced software sales. The Nintendo DS was still by far the best selling format though, despite sales falling by almost 15,000 to 135,804 units in total. As has become the norm, the supply constrained Wii was in second place, with sales falling by nearly 16,000 to 61,498 units. With its highest ranked game being Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories at number fourteen, the PSP saw hardware sales fall by just over 1,000 units to a total of 33,886. With Hot Shots Golf 5 still performing well in the software charts, the PlayStation 3 was able to keep sales above that of its predecessor, despite a drop of over 4,500 units to 24,289. With J-League Winning Eleven 2007: Club Championship at number one in the software charts the PlayStation 2 was the only major format to see a rise in hardware sales this week, up by just over 1,000 units to 12,784. With The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion falling from a debut at number seven last week to number thirty-two this week, the Xbox 360 saw a drop in hardware sales of over 1,000 units to 2,691 in total. The Game Boy Advance family of consoles saw sales rise slightly to 641 units, while the GameCube sunk below 1,000 units at just 68.

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