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Latest Japanese Sales Charts – Week Ending October 26

After weeks of inactivity the Japanese games charts have suddenly sprung into life with seven new entries in the top ten, although sales figures were still only 79% of th...
After weeks of inactivity the Japanese games charts have suddenly sprung into life with seven new entries in the top ten, although sales figures were still only 79% of the weekly average. Publisher Bandai won the top spot with the latest beat ‘em-up based on the popular Naruto anime. The Sega AM2 developed Macross: Super Dimension Fortress went straight into the number two spot, performing almost as well as the recent Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space – the company’s other major giant robot franchise. Elsewhere in the charts Eidos managed a highly respectable number four position with the critically panned Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness. This is the second Western title to perform well in Japan this month and could point to a softening of attitudes towards Western developed titles in the country. In hardware sales the GameCube won 18.1% of the market, compared to 38.8% for the PS2 and 40.6% for the GBA. The rise seems to be a result of the recent price cut for the console, although the rise in sales is nowhere near as marked as in the West.
TW LW Title Publisher Formats Release Date
1 NE Naruto: Narutimett Hero Bandai PS2 2003.10.23
2 NE Macross: Super Dimension Fortress Bandai PS2 2003.10.23
3 1 Atsumare!! Made in Wario Nintendo GC 2003.10.17
4 NE Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness Eidos PS2 2003.10.23
5 NE Oriental Blue: Blue Tengai Hudson GBA 2003.10.24
6 NE Front Mission 1st Square Enix PS1 2003.10.23
7 4 Grand Theft Auto III Capcom PS2 2003.09.25
8 2 Samurai Michi 2: Way of the Samurai 2 Spike PS2 2003.10.09
9 NE The King of Fighters 2001 SNK Playmore PS2 2003.10.23
10 NE Netsu Chu! Pro Baseball 2003: Autumn Night Games Festival Namco PS2 2003.10.23
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