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Japanese Sales: November 28 – December 4, 2005

Sales of the top 100 titles totaled 1,203,066 units, 83.27% of last week’s total and 155.35% of the weekly average. Twenty-seven new releases took spots in the top 100, accounting for 47.87% of total sales. Top-ranked Resident Evil 4 sold approximately 243,000 units. The title was released about 10 months after the GCN version, which was launched in January of this year, and it appears to have gotten off to a strong start in its first week, surpassing results for the GCN version. At this point in time, the GCN version has sold a total of approximately 220,000 units.

Meanwhile, sales of existing titles jumped from approximately 458,000 units to 627,000 units partially due to the effects of titles launched last week such as Animal Crossing: Wild World. This week’s strong performance was supported by rich lineups in both the new title and the existing title markets. Titles returning from last week’s Top 10 include Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo DS), Mega Man Battle Network 6: Grega (GBA), Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon: Blue Rescue (DS), and Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon: Red Rescue (GBA).

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1. PS2 Resident Evil 4 – 242,878
2. DS Animal Crossing: Wild World – 130,355
3. PSP Monster Hunter Portable – 113,640
4. DS Slime Morimori Dragon Quest 2 – 45,810
5. GBA Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon: Red Rescue – 39,267
6. DS Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 – 35,675
7. DS Pokemon Mysterious Dungeon: Blue Rescue – 35,093
8. GBA Mega Man Battle Network 6: Grega – 32,767
9. GC SD Gundam Gashapon Wars – 28,382
10. DS Training For Adults: Work Your Brain – 26,219

It is another strong week in Japan for the Nintendo DS. Nintendo’s popular handheld has consistently throughout 2005 led the PSP in sales on a week-to-week basis. The Nintendo DS makes up a majority of overall hardware sales, with Nintendo handhelds making up an even larger majority at 59.49%. Sony systems make up 38.45% of the market. From the console side, PS2 leads the pack at 32,000, GCN trailing at approx. 6,500. On the eve of the Xbox 360’s Japanese launch, Xbox sales amounted to 149 for the week.

1. DS – 176,958
2. PSP – 92,121
3. PS2 – 32,042
4. Game Boy Micro – 7,911
5. GBA SP – 6,797
6. GCN – 6,494
7. GBA – 386
8. Xbox – 149