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The newly released DS title Jump Super Stars and the new red colored Nintendo DS console has given Nintendo executives much cause for celebration in this week's Ja...

David Jenkins

August 19, 2005

3 Min Read

The newly released DS title Jump Super Stars and the new red colored Nintendo DS console has given Nintendo executives much cause for celebration in this week's Japan charts, with DS hardware sales totaling an impressive 103,095 units. This added to an otherwise promising week for software releases, with overall sales down 32 percent on last week, but still 32 percent above the weekly average. Topping the software charts, the much-heralded Jump Super Stars for Nintendo DS sold 220,912 units in its first week. The game features a huge range of anime characters licensed from Japanese manga Shonen Jump, including the likes of Dragon Ball Z, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Naruto, One Piece, Shaman King and Yu Yu Hakusho, which has guaranteed it a high profile amongst games players and the wider Japanese public. (The game is unlikely to get a Western release, though, since most of the individual franchises are licensed by a wide range of different companies outside of Japan.) The combined advertising surrounding Jump Super Stars and the red colored Nintendo DS has also seen the two DS brain training games vault back up the charts, displaying a near-unparalleled amount of longevity for games in the Japanese charts. Other releases of interest in the top ten include Medal of Honor: European Assault, which after the similar success of Rising Sun confirms the series as easily the most successful first person shoot ‘em-up in Japan, with a not unimpressive 33,361 unit sales. This week also sees the first PSP game in the top ten for some time, with a new Mobile Suit Gundam title from Bandai. The 28,460 unit sales were not particularly impressive, although the game has been on sale for three days less than other titles in the chart. In hardware sales, the Nintendo DS took a massive 54.29 percent chunk of the market, followed by the PlayStation 2 at 19.51 percent with 37,041 unit sales and the PSP at 13.22 percent and 25,100 unit sales (actually the console’s best performance for several months). The Game Boy Advance was next with a 10.88 percent market share, followed by the GameCube at 2.00 percent and the Xbox at 0.11 percent.

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Title

Publisher

Format

Release Date

1

NE

Jump Super Stars

Nintendo

DS

2005.08.08

2

1

World Soccer Winning Eleven 9

Konami

PS2

2005.08.04

3

8

Gentle Brain Exercises

Nintendo

DS

2005.06.30

4

9

The King of Beetle MushiKing: Greatest Champion

Sega

GBA

2005.06.23

5

3

Pokémon XD: Yami no Senpuu Dark Lugia

Nintendo

GC

2005.08.04

6

NE

Medal of Honor: European Assault

EA

PS2

2005.08.08

7

11

DS Training For Adults: Work Your Brain

Nintendo

DS

2005.05.19

8

NE

Kidou Senshi Gundam: Giren no Yabou- Zeon no Keifu

Bandai

PSP

2005.08.11

9

2

Grandia III

Square Enix

PS2

2005.08.04

10

5

Dai-3-Ji Super Robot Taisen Alpha: Shuuen no Ginga e

Banpresto

PS2

2005.07.28

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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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