Japanese Sales: July 18 – July 24, 2005

The Nintendo DS continues to be the handheld system of choice in Japan. For several weeks, dating back to the Nintendogs release of April, the DS has seen strings of #1. Nintendo continued to beat Sony’s PlayStation Portable this week with over double the market share. Game Boy Advance sales are also relatively strong. The two systems combined, DS and SP, make up over 50% of hardware sales in Japan. On the console side, the PlayStation 2 dominates with nearly 26%, compared to approx. 3% for GCN and 0.16% for Xbox.

Nintendo DS – 41.36%
PlayStation 2 – 25.60%
PSP – 18.76%
Game Boy Advance SP – 10.77%
GameCube – 2.95%
Game Boy Advance – 0.39%
Xbox – 0.16%

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Total sales for the top 100 titles stood at 736,623 units. Eighteen new releases ranked among the top 100 titles, with new titles taking up a share of 43.98%. “Sengoku Basara” (approximately 89,000 units) stood out in first place as other new titles such as “Mario Superstar Baseball” (about 49,000 units), “Fullmetal Alchemist 3: Kami wo Tsugu Shoujo” (about 34,000 units), and “Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Nightmare Troubadour” (about 32,000 units) also fared well. Nevertheless, these results are somewhat disappointing, with sales at 80.54% of last week’s average. Although quite a number of new titles made the top 100, more than half failed to sell 10,000 units.

1. PS2 Sengoku Basara
2. PS2 Jikkyo Power Pro. Baseball 12
3. GC Mario Superstar Baseball
4. PS2 Fullmetal Alchemist 3: Kami wo Tsugu Shoujo
5. DS Gentle Brain Exercises
6. DS Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Nightmare Troubadour
7. GBA The King of Beetle Mushiking: Greatest Champion
8. PS2 Ape Escape 3
9. GBA BLEACH Advance
10. DS DS Training For Adults: Work Your Brain

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