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Japanese Sales Charts, Week Ending June 19th

For the first time in almost two months, the number one title in Japan has reached the normally hoped for minimum of over 100,000 sales. Square Enix’s _Drag-On Dragoon ...

David Jenkins

June 24, 2005

2 Min Read

For the first time in almost two months, the number one title in Japan has reached the normally hoped for minimum of over 100,000 sales. Square Enix’s Drag-On Dragoon 2 (aka Drakengard II) sold 125,131 units, slightly more than its predecessor’s first week figure of around 122,000 units. The original went on to sell around 254,000 units in its lifetime, with the sequel now having a good chance of equaling or exceeding this figure. Sales for other games declined somewhat swiftly, though, with the tenth ranked title selling just 6,988 units. As a result sales were down 5 percent on last week, and are 58 percent of the weekly average. Although sales of other titles were somewhat depressed, Nintendo will still be celebrating the success of DS Rakubiki Jiten at number seven. The title is not a game at all, but an interactive dictionary and represents yet another success by the company in attracting non-gamers to the Nintendo DS format. By comparison, PSP software sales continue to lag behind, with the highest ranked game being launch title Minna no Golf Portable (aka Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee and Everybody's Golf) at number twenty-two. In hardware sales, the Nintendo DS lead the pack for the ninth consecutive week, with a market share of 34.92 percent and 31,376 units sold. The PlayStation 2 was next with 25,526 sales and a 28.41 percent market share, followed by the PSP with 20,416 sales and a 22.72 percent share. Next was the Game Boy Advance with a 11.36 percent share, then the GameCube at 2.43 percent and the Xbox at 0.17 percent.

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Title

Publisher

Format

Release Date

1

NE

Drag-On Dragoon 2: Fuuin no Kurenai, Haitoku no Kuro

Square Enix

PS2

2005.06.16

2

4

DS Training For Adults: Work Your Brain

Nintendo

DS

2005.05.19

3

2

Kenka Banchou

Spike

PS2

2005.06.09

4

3

Soccer Life 2

Banpresto

PS2

2005.06.09

5

1

Metal Saga: Sajin no Kusari

Success

PS2

2005.06.09

6

9

Nintendogs: Shiba & Friends

Nintendo

DS

2005.04.21

7

NE

DS Rakubiki Jiten

Nintendo

DS

2005.06.16

8

NE

Inuyasha: Ougi Ranbu

Bandai

PS2

2005.06.16

9

11

Nintendogs: Dachshund and Friends

Nintendo

DS

2005.04.21

10

6

TearRing Saga Series: Berwick Saga

Enterbrain

PS2

2005.05.26

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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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