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Jet Set
09-01-2006, 11:05 AM
DS Completes Clean Sweep In Japanese Top Ten
http://www.gamasutra.com/db_area/images/news2001/10717/B000CSFA0A.09._SS400_SCLZZZZZZZ_V60971761_.jpg The Nintendo DS’s domination of the Japanese sales charts has reached new heights, with every single one of the top ten titles being exclusively for the format. Seven of these are published directly by Nintendo, but the biggest selling title of the week by far is Square Enix’s Final Fantasy III.

The 3D remake of the original NES/Famicom game sold over half a million units in its first week, accounting for over 90 percent of the initial shipment. So successful has the game been that it appears to have cannibalized sales from other titles, with New Super Mario Bros. well down on its usual weekly sales, and English Training, the tenth ranked title, selling less than 20,000 units.

The only other new entry is Marvelous’ new role-playing game spin-off from the Harvest Moon series at number three, with a solid debut of 42,210 units. Meanwhile, Mario Basket 3 on 3 (known as Mario Hoops 3 on 3in the West) has shown unexpected longevity for a relatively niche sport in Japan.

Hardware sales have also been unremarkable, given the high sales of Final Fantasy III and long queues to obtain it at many stores, with the Nintendo DS selling 163,684 consoles and no sign of the rumored stockpiled units. PSP sales, which usually benefit from increased shop traffic regardless of software sales, were down by over 10,000 to 29,945 units. The PlayStation 2 registered 21,829 unit sales, the Game Boy Advance family of consoles 4,552, the Xbox 360 just 1,197 and the GameCube 837.

TWLWTitlePublisherFormatWeekly Sales1NEFinal Fantasy IIISquare EnixDS503,05121New Super Mario Bros.NintendoDS65,5563NERune Factory: Shin Bokujou MonogatariMarvelousDS42,21044Kahashima Ryuuta Kyouju Kanshuu: Motto Nouo Kitaeru Otona DSNintendoDS41,78453Shaberu! DS Oryouri NaviNintendoDS37,32662Tamagotchi no Puchi Puchi Omisecchi Gohi-KiniBandaiDS30,504718Mario Basket 3 on 3NintendoDS30,35585Oide yo Doubutsu no MoriNintendoDS30,02398Kahashima Ryuuta Kyouju no Nouo Kitaeru Otona DS TrainingNintendoDS22,8661013Eigo ga Nigate na Otona no DS Training: Eigo DukeNintendoDS17,465Media Create Co., Ltd. (http://www.m-create.com/) All Rights Reserved.
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LHX
09-02-2006, 02:12 PM
plus Nintendo launched internet browser software for the DS recently

Nintendo got some momentum going for it.

I wonder how long sony can last in the handheld market

Bloo
09-03-2006, 11:52 PM
Sony's not gonna let the PSP die. It's a decent little set up but they just don't know how to market it really. I think the movies on UMD is what fucked them up a bit. They might gain some more ground when (or if) they get around to doing PSOne downloads on that thing. I know that's what I'm waitin on.

Icurus
09-04-2006, 03:33 AM
Sony's not gonna let the PSP die. It's a decent little set up but they just don't know how to market it really. I think the movies on UMD is what fucked them up a bit. They might gain some more ground when (or if) they get around to doing PSOne downloads on that thing. I know that's what I'm waitin on.

Exactly, the PSone downloads legally will help them, other than that DS is a better handheld, gamewise. Plus its cheap so yeah its kicking sony's ass right now, badly.

Frontal Lobotomy
09-04-2006, 07:05 AM
Nintendo got the handheld market good and cornered. Consoles I'm less convinced about but they're still well cool.