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Another brisk week of sales in Japan has seen only three titles remain in the top ten, amidst a flurry of new releases. In many ways the chart this week are very stereoty...

David Jenkins, Blogger

June 4, 2004

2 Min Read

Another brisk week of sales in Japan has seen only three titles remain in the top ten, amidst a flurry of new releases. In many ways the chart this week are very stereotypical of the Japanese market, with two pachinko titles, a train simulator, two Japanese-only role-playing games and a giant robot title at number one. Indeed, the only oddity this week is the continued presence of Western title Vice City. Banpresto will be particularly pleased with the continued success of the Super Robot Taisen franchise, which has now sold over ten million copies over thirty-three different titles. The latest entry having sold 384,862 units in its first week. In hardware sales the large number of new PlayStation 2 releases put Sony’s console ahead with a 50.47% market share, followed by the Game Boy Advance at 41.09%, the GameCube at 6.92% and the Xbox above 1% for the first time in many months at 1.04%.

TW

LW

Title

Publisher

Format

Release Date

1

NE

Super Robot Taisen MX

Banpresto

PS2

2004.05.27

2

NE

Pachinko Slot! Fist of the North Star

Sammy

PS2

2004.05.27

3

1

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Capcom

PS2

2004.05.20

4

NE

Wario World

Nintendo

GC

2004.05.27

5

NE

Iris no Atelier: Eternal Mana

Gust

PS2

2004.05.27

6

NE

Metroid: Zero Mission

Nintendo

GBA

2004.05.27

7

NE

Tenshogakuen Gensouroku

Asmik Ace Entertainment

PS2

2004.05.27

8

NE

Densha de Go! Final

Taito

PS2

2004.05.27

9

3

Pikmin 2

Nintendo

GC

2004.04.29

10

5

Pachinko Slot Tokondensho: Inoki Festival

Success

PS2

2004.05.13

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David Jenkins

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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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