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Sega’s Virtua Fighter 5 has become the first PS3 title to hit number one in the Japanese charts, in a slow sales week, but Nintendo continues to dominate Japanese hardware sales, with boosts to both Wii and DS totals - details included.

David Jenkins, Blogger

February 16, 2007

2 Min Read

The PlayStation 3 has achieved its first number one in the Japanese sales charts, with Sega’s Virtua Fighter 5 entering straight in at number one with over 48,000 unit sales. However, the result has been achieved in what is overall the slowest week of sales in Japan so far this year - and for most of 2006. Virtua Fighter 5, the first PlayStation 3 title to enter the top ten since the console’s launch week in November, has also fallen well short of the 100,000 unit minimum usually expected by Japanese analysts for any number one selling title. More worryingly for Sony, the release of the game appears to have had only a minimal effect on hardware sales. The only other new entry in the top ten is Marvelous’ turn-based strategy title Luminous Arc for DS at number nine, with over 25,000 unit sales. Once again, Nintendo formats have dominated the top thirty, in which only four of the titles were not created for the Nintendo DS, Wii or Game Boy Advance – and the majority of those published by Nintendo themselves. The highest ranked PSP title is again Monster Hunter Portable 2 at number twenty-two, while there were no Xbox 360 titles in the top fifty. Despite the marked drop in software sales, hardware sales were actually significantly up on the previous week, with the Nintendo DS selling a total of 201,298 units, up by over 55,000. The Wii rose to 78,550 units sold and the PSP was up to 32,175 units. PlayStation 3 sales rose from 17,727 to 23,431 units - although what effect the release of Virtua Fighter 5 had on these figures, compared to the existing upward trend for the week, is unclear. PlayStation 2 sales fell to 16,033, with the Xbox 360 also down from 6,130 units the previous week to just 4,811 units. The Game Boy Advance family of consoles sold 1,900 units and the GameCube 383.

TW

LW

Title

Publisher

Format

Weekly Sales

1

NE

Virtua Fighter 5

Sega

PS3

48,346

2

5

Wii Sports

Nintendo

Wii

45,897

3

6

Hajimete no Wii

Nintendo

Wii

36,090

4

7

Motto Nou o Kitaeru Otona DS Training

Nintendo

DS

32,800

5

8

New Super Mario Bros.

Nintendo

DS

29,026

6

6

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Capcom

PS2

27,519

7

14

Kaitou Wario the Seven

Nintendo

DS

26,815

8

2

Bokujou Monogatari: Kimi to Sodatsu Shima

Marvelous

DS

26,804

9

NE

Luminous Arc

Marvelous

DS

25,676

10

1

J-League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 5

Sega

PS2

24,468

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David Jenkins

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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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