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Japanese Sales: October 17 – October 23, 2005

It’s been several weeks since our last Japanese weekly sales update, so here we return with a jumbled Top 10. Sales of the Top 100 titles totaled 631,223 units, 123.14% of last week’s total and 83.61% of the weekly average. Eleven new titles took spots in the top 100, with top-ranked Hisshou Pachinko Series Vol.1: CR Neon Genesis Evangelion followed by titles such as Pokemon Torouze, Super Princess Peach, and Brain Trainer Portable. The share of sales consisting of new titles also recovered, increasing from last week’s 21.09% to 51.15% this week. Perhaps the biggest surprise is EA’s Burnout Revenge in at #8.

1. PS2 Hisshou Pachinko Series Vol.1 – 71,759
2. DS Pokemon Torouze – 66,248
3. PSP Brain Trainer Portable – 42,674
4. DS Super Princess Peach – 37,870
5. PS2 Dragon Ball Z Sparking! – 34,066
6. PS2 Shuffle! on the Stage – 29,732
7. DS Training For Adults: Work Your Brain – 24,303
8. PS2 Burnout Revenge – 21,608
9. GBA Famicom Mini: Super Mario Bros. – 21,297
10. DS Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop! – 20,473

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Hardware sales for the week saw the Nintendo DS leading the pack again, accumulating nearly 40% market share. Combined sales of Nintendo handhelds accounted for 56.81% of the hardware market. Combined sales of Sony’s PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable account for 41.81% of the market. Both the GameCube, and to a much larger extent, the Xbox, continue to sag at the bottom of hardware sales.

1. Nintendo DS – 44,283
2. PSP – 28,067
3. PS2 – 21,699
4. GB Micro – 15,540
5. GBA SP – 7,389
6. GCN – 1,519
7. GBA – 396
8. Xbox – 129