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Yoshi’s Island DS Swallows Japanese Charts

Nintendo's Yoshi’s Island DS has gone straight to number one in the Japanese game charts, with over 303,000 units sold, and the DS again headed hardware charts, in what continues to otherwise be a quiet period for Japanese sales - full stats inside

David Jenkins, Blogger

March 16, 2007

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Although released at the end of last year in the West, the delayed launch of Yoshi’s Island DS has given Nintendo their biggest new release of the year so far in Japan. The game sold over 303,000 units in its first week, confirming the franchise in Nintendo’s top tier of titles. The only other new entry of the week in the top ten was role-playing and beat ‘em-up hybrid Kenka Banchou 2: Full Throttle for PlayStation 2 from Spike, which sold through 42,000 units, just under 3,000 more in its debut week compared to its 'sleeper mini-hit' predecessor. Existing titles in the top ten continued to perform well, with Monster Hunter Portable 2nd for PSP moving up one place thanks to around 93,000 sales, despite selling almost 45,000 less copies than the previous week. However, once again it has proven very much the exception to the rule for PSP software sales, with not a single other PSP title in the top fifty this week. Level 5's Professor Layton and the Mysterious Village for the Nintendo DS also continued to perform well, with the game moving up two places to Numbeer 3, and selling over 11,000 more copies than the previous week. Apart from Gundam Musou, last week’s number one, the only other PlayStation 3 title in the top fifty is Sega’s Power Smash 3 (aka Virtua Tennis 3) at number nineteen. There are no Xbox 360 titles in the top fifty, while Hajimete no Wii has become the second million-selling Wii title this week, after Wii Sports. In keeping with the lack of new software releases hardware sales were also subdued this week, with the Nintendo DS down slightly to 108,631 units. Although sales were down by almost 10,000, the PSP still managed to keep ahead of the Wii at 56,175 versus 44,495 units. PlayStation 3 sales fell to 32,115, with the PlayStation 2 down to 14,585 units sold. The Xbox 360 remained almost static at 3,333 units sold, ahead of the Game Boy Advance family of consoles at 1,504 and the GameCube at 240.

TW

LW

Title

Publisher

Format

Weekly Sales

1

NE

Yoshi's Island DS

Nintendo

DS

303,114

2

3

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd

Capcom

PSP

93,099

3

5

Layton Kyouju no Fushigi na Machi

Level-5

DS

45,344

4

NE

Kenka Banchou 2: Full Throttle

Spike

PS2

42,131

5

2

Super Robot Taisen W

Banpresto

DS

36,310

6

4

Wii Sports

Nintendo

Wii

35,298

7

1

Gundam Musou

Namco Bandai

PS3

31,145

8

8

Dragon Quest Monsters - Joker

Square Enix

DS

26,452

9

6

Hajimete no Wii

Nintendo

Wii

26,340

10

10

Motto Nou o Kitaeru Otona DS Training

Nintendo

DS

20,716

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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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