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After debuting at number one last week, Halo 3 has fallen completely out of the top thirty in Japan, replaced by a strong-selling Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 for PlayStation 2, as Pokemon Mystery Dungeon 2 continues solid sales

David Jenkins, Blogger

October 11, 2007

2 Min Read

After posting the lowest week of sales all year, during which Halo 3 debuted at number one, the Japanese software sales charts have returned to a more familiar state – with Dragon Ball Z: Sparking! METEOR (Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 in the West) on PlayStation 2 entering the charts at number one with 204,000 units sold. Overall sales are still below average, although second placed PSP title Gundam Battle Chronicle has performed well with 86,000 units sold. The most significant trend continues to be a quieter time for Nintendo software and hardware, with fifteen Nintendo DS titles in the top thirty this week, compared to many more in previous weeks. One less successful launch on Nintendo's console is the debut of Mistwalker’s ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat on Nintendo DS, with just 50,000 units sold. The same developer’s Blue Dragon on Xbox 360 sold almost twice this amount at a much busier time of year in 2006. There was also disappointment for the Wii version of Dragon Ball Z: Sparking! METEOR which sold only 40,000 units, despite the considerable success of the PlayStation 2 version. However, the large disparity in installed userbase for each console does make direct comparisons somewhat unfair. The final new entry of the week in the top ten is a PlayStation 2 spin-off from Konami’s long-running Power Pro baseball series, focusing on the U.S. MLB league, which sold 35,000 units. Although Halo 3 has fallen completely outside of the top thirty this week, suggesting the title’s initial success was due only to a hardcore group of fans, the rest of the charts is made up of now familiar faces. Nintendo's Pokemon Mystery Dungeon 2 for DS, in particular, continues performing strongly – with combined sales of the title totaling 63,000 units this week.

TW

LW

Title

Publisher

Format

Weekly Sales

1

NE

Dragon Ball Z: Sparking! METEOR

Namco Bandai

PS2

204,000

2

NE

Gundam Battle Chronicle

Namco Bandai

PSP

86,000

3

NE

ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat

Nintendo

DS

50,000

4

NE

Dragon Ball Z: Sparking! METEOR

Namco Bandai

Wii

40,000

5

NE

Jikkyou Powerful Major League 2

Konami

PS2

35,000

6

2

Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon: Toki no Tankentai

Nintendo

DS

34,000

7

3

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

Square Enix

PSP

30,000

8

5

Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon: Yami no Tankentai

Nintendo

DS

29,000

9

7

KanKen DS 2 + Jouyou Kanji Jiten

Rocket Company

DS

23,000

10

4

Tamagotchi no Puchi Puchi Omisecchi: Mina San Kyu

Namco Bandai

DS

20,000

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David Jenkins ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and journalist working in the UK. As well as being a regular news contributor to Gamasutra.com, he also writes for newsstand magazines Cube, Games TM and Edge, in addition to working for companies including BBC Worldwide, Disney, Amazon and Telewest.

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