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After a downturn in sales last week, there is new reason for optimism in the Japanese games market. Sales of the top 100 titles reached 767,099 units – 7.8% more than las...

David Jenkins, Blogger

October 15, 2004

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After a downturn in sales last week, there is new reason for optimism in the Japanese games market. Sales of the top 100 titles reached 767,099 units – 7.8% more than last week. The average weekly sales volume in October of last year was just 532,568 units. Sales were led by a number of high-profile new releases, with Bandai’s new Mobile Suit Gundam Seed title leading the pack, selling 94,130 units in just its first day. This was followed by Nintendo’s latest entry in the Fire Emblem series, which sold more than 150,000 copies in its first week. The peculiarly titled Berserk: Millennium Falcon (which may attract the attention of LucasFilm lawyers when they hear about it) sold approximately 51,000 units, and the anime-based Space Battleship Yamato sold about 22,000 units. The Game Boy Advance still dominates hardware sales -- it had a 54% market share -- and it's likely to continue to continue its domination until the newly designed PlayStation 2 console is released. The the old design had a 37.5% share of the week’s hardware sales, followed by the GameCube at 7.9% and the Xbox at 0.3%.

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Title

Publisher

Format

Release Date

1

NE

Kidou Senshi Gundam Seed: Oranai Ashita e

Bandai

PS2

2004.10.07

2

NE

Fire Emblem: Seima no Kouseki

Nintendo

GBA

2004.10.07

3

NE

Berserk: Millennium Falcon - The Holy Evil War

Sammy

PS2

2004.10.07

4

1

Naruto: Narutimate Hero 2

Bandai

PS2

2004.09.30

5

2

Pokémon Emerald

The Pokémon Company

GBA

2004.09.16

6

3

Tales of Symphonia

Namco

PS2

2004.09.22

7

NE

Uchuu Senkan Yamato: Iscandar he no Tsuioku

Bandai

PS2

2004.10.07

8

4

Sengoku Musou: Moushouden

Koei

PS2

2004.09.16

9

8

Famicom Mini: Super Mario Bros. 2

Nintendo

GBA

2004.08.10

10

10

Jissen Pachi-Slot Hisshouhou: Fist of the North Star

Sammy

PS2

2004.05.27

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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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