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Any suspicions that the Pokémon bubble may finally have burst have been thoroughly disproved in Japan this week, as the release of the latest Game Boy Advance titl...

David Jenkins, Blogger

February 6, 2004

2 Min Read

Any suspicions that the Pokémon bubble may finally have burst have been thoroughly disproved in Japan this week, as the release of the latest Game Boy Advance titles in the series have jointly brought in 1,010,000 units in sale in just one week – this despite the slow time of year and the fact that the games are merely remakes of the original Game Boy versions. By comparison total software sales in the country as a whole was only 1,656,000, with third place title Hajime no Ippo 2 (Victorious Boxers 2 in the West) selling a respectable, but by comparison insignificant, 116,000 units. As expected this staggering performance has also had a marked effect on hardware sales with the Game Boy Advance dominating with a 56.22% market share. With the PlayStation 2 weathering the storm at 34.49% it is the GameCube that has suffered the most with a new low of just 8.03%. Xbox sales, meanwhile, continue to be of virtually no significance with a risible 0.60% market share.

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LW

Title

Publisher

Formats

Release Date

1

NE

Pokémon Fire Red

The Pokémon Company

GBA

2004.01.29

2

NE

Pokémon Leaf Green

The Pokémon Company

GBA

2004.01.29

3

NE

Hajime no Ippo 2: Victorious Road

ESP Software

PS2

2004.01.29

4

1

Fuun Shinsengumi

Genki

PS2

2004.01.22

5

NE

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne Maniax

Atlus

PS2

2004.01.29

6

NE

Exciting Pro Wrestling 5

YUKE'S

PS2

2004.01.29

7

3

Upset Trial 3

Capcom

GBA

2004.01.23

8

4

Star Ocean 3: Till the End of Time - Director's Cut

Square Enix

PS2

2004.01.22

9

2

Phantom Brave

Nippon Ichi

PS2

2004.01.22

10

5

Rockman.EXE 4: Blue Moon

Capcom

GBA

2003.12.12

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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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