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Japanese Sales Charts, Week Ending September 26th

The Japanese market has had a rather busy week of new releases. Although sales were well down on last week, they are still 105% of the weekly average, with over a million...
The Japanese market has had a rather busy week of new releases. Although sales were well down on last week, they are still 105% of the weekly average, with over a million units sold in total. The highest new entry, straight in at the top spot, was the PlayStation 2 version of Tales of Symphonia, with a very respectable 265,000 copies sold. The original GameCube version sold 332,000 in its first week on sale last year - but does the discrepancy in these figures arguably prove once again that gamers, in any country, do not like to wait for ports of titles from other formats? Samurai action game Kengo 3 sold around 73,000 units as the second highest new entry, with Square Enix’s latest Fullmetal Alchemist title scoring around 66,000, and Sega’s latest major-franchise Sakura Wars game selling around 57,000. Sega has taken the increasingly common step of releasing both the Japanese and Chinese-language Asian versions of the latter simultaneously. The preponderance of PlayStation 2 titles in the top ten has had surprisingly little effect on hardware sales, with the Game Boy Advance still dominating with a 62.24% market share, followed by the PlayStation 2 at 30.47%, the GameCube at 6.87% and the Xbox at an unfortunate 0.32%.
TW LW Title Publisher Format Release Date
1 NE Tales of Symphonia Namco PS2 2004.09.22
2 2 Pokémon Emerald The Pokémon Company GBA 2004.09.16
3 NE Kengo 3 Genki PS2 2004.09.22
4 NE Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Akaki Elixir no Akuma Square Enix PS2 2004.09.22
5 NE Sakura Taisen V: Episode 0 - Arano no Samurai Musume Sega PS2 2004.09.22
6 2 Sengoku Musou: Moushouden Koei PS2 2004.09.16
7 NE F1 2004 SCE PS2 2004.09.22
8 6 Famicom Mini: Super Mario Bros. 2 Nintendo GBA 2004.08.10
9 4 Biohazard: Outbreak - File #2 Capcom PS2 2004.09.09
10 10 Jissen Pachi-Slot Hisshouhou: Fist of the North Star Sammy PS2 2004.05.27
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