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Japanese software sales: week ending 02.11.07

Jonti Davies
02.15.07
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Let's welcome in Media Create's record of the past week's game sales in Japan. This is where you'll get big numbers and not-so-big numbers, mixed in with the crucial numbers one through ten -- a mathematician's wet dream. Firstly, here's this week's chart, with combined total sales of titles inside those pouting parentheses:

  1. Virtua Fighter 5 - 48,346 units sold last week (new entry / Sega, PS3)
  2. Wii Sports - 45,897 (1,004,555 units sold to date / Nintendo, Wii)
  3. Wii Play - 36,090 (879,432 / Nintendo, Wii)
  4. More Brain Training - 32,800 (3,963,712 / Nintendo, DS)
  5. New Super Mario Bros. - 29,026 (4,118,078 / Nintendo DS)
  6. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - 27,519 (304,113 / Capcom, PS2)
  7. Wario: Master of Disguise - 26,815 (185,695 / Nintendo, DS)
  8. Harvest Moon: The Island I Grew Up On - 26,804 (106,212 / Marvelous, DS)
  9. Luminous Arc - 25,676 (new entry / Marvelous, DS)
  10. J-League Pro Soccer 5 - 24,468 (131,541 / Sega, PS2)
And here are some lessons we can learn from the big figures:
  • Virtua Fighter 5 is the WINNER
  • Sega is Sony's most valuable ally in Japan right now
  • Capcom's San Andreas marketing has paid off
  • DS-like "slow sellers" are also possible on Wii
  • There's still a place in the Japanese market for little players, which is just Marvelous

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