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Sega Breaks Nintendo's Japanese Chart Domination

The Nintendo DS has not quite been able to repeat its clean sweep of the Japanese top ten this week, with Sega's Phantasy Star Universe debuting in the top spot, although sev

David Jenkins

September 8, 2006

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The Nintendo DS has not quite been able to repeat its clean sweep of the Japanese top ten this week, although seven of the ten titles remain as first party Nintendo releases. The biggest success of the week, though, is Sega’s Phantasy Star Universe, which has enjoyed a strong opening on the PlayStation 2 at over 120,000 units sold - with the PC version not included in Media Create’s top forty. (A Japanese release for the Xbox 360 version has not yet been confirmed.) The other new entry for the week is The Legend of Zelda spin-off Tingle RPG, which, despite considerable skepticism of the concept in the West, has had a respectably strong opening at number five, with over 45,000 units sold. Although the rest of the chart is composed of the usual suspects, continued stock problems have seen Final Fantasy III plummet quite precipitously from its debut last week, as the game continues to remain largely unobtainable. In a similar vein, Rhythm Tengoku, from the Wario Ware team, renters the top ten for the second time following unexpected demand. Ironically, despite the software shortages, stock for the Nintendo DS has improved this week, for a total of 229,259 units sold. PSP sales, though, fell again to 27,499, with the PlayStation 2 up slightly at 22,703 units. The Game Boy Advance family of consoles sold 4,564 units in total, the Xbox 360 1,250 units and the GameCube 855.

TW

LW

Title

Publisher

Format

Weekly Sales

1

NE

Phantasy Star Universe

Sega

PS2

120,202

2

2

New Super Mario Bros.

Nintendo

DS

72,763

3

4

Kahashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu: Motto Nouo Kitaeru Otona DS

Nintendo

DS

46,662

4

1

Final Fantasy III

Square Enix

DS

45,949

5

NE

Mogitate Tingle no Bara Iro Ruppee Land

Nintendo

DS

45,496

6

5

Shaberu! DS Oryouri Navi

Nintendo

DS

35,689

7

7

Mario Basket 3 on 3

Nintendo

DS

34,001

8

8

Oide yo Doubutsu no Mori

Nintendo

DS

32,605

9

26

Rhythm Tengoku

Nintendo

GBA

28,361

10

6

Tamagotchi no Puchi Puchi Omisecchi Gohi-Kini

Bandai

DS

27,540

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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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