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After weeks of abnormal behavior, due to the holiday buying season, the Japanese charts have returned to something very much like normal – with multiple new entries in th...

David Jenkins, Blogger

January 30, 2004

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After weeks of abnormal behavior, due to the holiday buying season, the Japanese charts have returned to something very much like normal – with multiple new entries in the top ten, many of which will no doubt disappear just as quickly. The top title this week is Genki’s Fuun Shinsengumi, a samurai themed team-based combat game. The rest of the new entries will be equally unfamiliar to Western gamers with few, if any, likely to be released outside of Japan. If software sales have returned to normal then so to have the hardware results with combined Game Boy Advance sales commanding a huge 44.56% market share this week. The PlayStation 2 is only a little behind at 42.71%, but the GameCube has slipped yet again to one of its weakest ever performances at just 11.13%. The Xbox has fared equally poorly in the post-holiday season at 0.87% and risks again being outsold by the PS one at 0.49%.

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LW

Title

Publisher

Formats

Release Date

1

NE

Fuun Shinsengumi

Genki

PS2

2003.01.22

2

NE

Phantom Brave

Nippon Ichi

PS2

2003.01.22

3

NE

Upset Trial 3

Capcom

GBA

2004.01.23

4

NE

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

Square Enix

PS2

2003.01.22

5

2

Rockman.EXE 4: Blue Moon

Capcom

GBA

2003.12.12

6

5

Rockman.EXE 4: Red Sun

Namco

GBA

2003.12.12

7

1

Gran Turismo 4: "Prologue"

SCE

PS2

2003.12.04

8

4

Hot Shots Golf 4

SCE

PS2

2003.11.27

9

NE

Stellvia of the Universe

Bandai

PS2

2003.01.22

10

9

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Nintendo

GC

2003.11.07

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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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