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Overall sales have increased again in Japan this week, up 17 percent on last week and almost twice the weekly average. Not only that but three of the top ten titles recor...

David Jenkins

August 12, 2005

2 Min Read

Overall sales have increased again in Japan this week, up 17 percent on last week and almost twice the weekly average. Not only that but three of the top ten titles recorded sales of over 100,000, making this late summer period one of the busiest so far this year in Japan. Konami’s PlayStation 2 version of World Soccer Winning Eleven 9 (which will form the basis of Pro Evolution Soccer 5 in Europe) easily dominated the other titles, with 573,847 units sold. This is marginally down on the approximately 697,000 first week sales of its immediate predecessor, although analysts are still predicting that the latest iteration will achieve total sales of over one million in Japan. The next highest-ranking game, with 121,935 sales, was GameArts' critically acclaimed PS2 role-playing game Grandia III, now one of Square Enix’s key RPG franchises after Dragon Quest. The third highest ranking game was Pokemon XD, which has received a somewhat frostier critical reception but nevertheless managed to achieve 103,080 sales. This includes copies of the game bundled with new GameCube consoles, with hardware sales for the format rising by around a third, to 4,445 units. Banpresto’s role-playing title Summon Night EX Thesis also performed extremely well, with a total of 95,487 units sold. In hardware sales, the Nintendo DS continued to lead the pack, with sales of 43,665 for a 37.81 percent market share. This was followed by the PlayStation 2 with 34,057 and a 29.49 percent share of the market, and the PSP with 20,571 sales and a 17.81 percent share. Next was the Game Boy Advance at 10.84 percent, the GameCube at 3.85 percent and the Xbox at 0.20 percent.

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Title

Publisher

Format

Release Date

1

NE

World Soccer Winning Eleven 9

Konami

PS2

2005.08.04

2

NE

Grandia III

Square Enix

PS2

2005.08.04

3

NE

Pokémon XD: Yami no Senpuu Dark Lugia

Nintendo

GC

2005.08.04

4

NE

Summon Night EX Thesis: Yoake no Tsubasa

Banpresto

PS2

2005.08.04

5

1

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

Banpresto

PS2

2005.07.28

6

NE

Armored Core: Last Raven

From Software

PS2

2005.08.04

7

NE

Bleach: Erabareshi Tamashii

Sega

Sony

2005.08.04

8

9

Gentle Brain Exercises

Nintendo

DS

2005.06.30

9

10

The King of Beetle MushiKing: Greatest Champion

Sega

GBA

2005.06.23

10

NE

Power Pocket Koushien

Konami

DS

2005.08.04

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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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