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The Japanese games market has continued its uneven course through the year, with a week of sales that is only 52.37% of the weekly average and down almost by a half on la...

David Jenkins, Blogger

October 22, 2004

3 Min Read

The Japanese games market has continued its uneven course through the year, with a week of sales that is only 52.37% of the weekly average and down almost by a half on last week. This is largely due to the lack of new releases, with even number one, the tilt-sensor GBA title Mawaru Made in Wario (the sequel to what is known in the West as Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega MicroGame$) selling only around 86,000 units – less than the 100,000 usually expected of any Japanese number one. As occasionally happens, Western releases are starting to infiltrate the Japanese charts to fill in for the absence of new home grown titles, although Electronic Art’s Burnout 3 sold only around 32,000 units. These results are by no means disastrous for the Japanese market in general, though, as October is traditionally a relatively quiet time of year for sales. In terms of hardware, little has changed, with the Game Boy Advance still well ahead, sporting a 56.98 percent market share, followed by the PlayStation 2 at 35.65 percent, the GameCube at 6.93 percent and the Xbox at 0.27 percent. Once again, though, these figures are influenced not only by the strong performance of recent Game Boy Advance titles, such as Pokémon Emerald and Made in Wario, but also the limited availability of the PlayStation 2 console – in advance of the release of the newly designed version of the hardware.

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Title

Publisher

Format

Release Date

1

NE

Mawaru Made in Wario

Nintendo

GBA

2004.10.14

2

NE

Burnout 3: Takedown

EA

PS2

2004.10.14

3

5

Pokémon Emerald

The Pokémon Company

GBA

2004.09.16

4

NE

Fire Emblem: Seima no Kouseki

Nintendo

GBA

2004.10.07

5

4

Naruto: Narutimate Hero 2

Bandai

PS2

2004.09.30

6

1

Kidou Senshi Gundam Seed: Oranai Ashita e

Bandai

PS2

2004.10.07

7

6

Tales of Symphonia

Namco

PS2

2004.09.22

8

3

Berserk: Millennium Falcon - The Holy Evil War

Sammy

PS2

2004.10.07

9

9

Famicom Mini: Super Mario Bros. 2

Nintendo

GBA

2004.08.10

10

10

Sengoku Musou: Moushouden

Koei

PS2

2004.09.16

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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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