Japanese Game Sales (Last Week of August)

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The games industry continues to turn itself inside out. Investors demanded Nintendo to stockpile their DSes for the week when Final Fantasy 3 DS comes out. So Nintendo shipped out like half the number the week previous to this list of sales. Square-Enix was caught by surprise when their FF3 remake completely sold out. The picture above is a used FF3 bundle that originally sold for $200. The used price of it is $500.

To those asking, “Why does Japan matter? LOL.” The combined hardware and software for Japan is now slightly ahead of America’s sales. Japan has suddenly seen its market double in size… if not more.

One you thing you shouldn’t do in business is run your mouth off. Here are some quotes from Sony, mostly Phil Harrison, on his reaction to the mutant two screened DS:

“The idea of a handheld rivalry with Nintendo is an irrelevance, those formats don’t appear in our planning. It’s not a fair comparison; not fair on them, I should stress. That sounds arrogant, maybe, but it’s the truth.”

“With the DS, it’s fair to say that Nintendo stepped out of the technical race and went for a feature differentiation with the touch screen, but I fear that it won’t have a lasting impact beyond that of a gimmick – so the long-lasting appeal of the platform is at peril as a direct result of that.”

“Nintendo knows its target audience, because it has really narrowed that down; and it’s pretty much defined by a boy or girl’s ability to admire Pokemon.”

“PSP will elevate portable entertainment out of the handheld gaming ghetto, and Sony is the only company that can do it.”

01 NDS FF3 – 503.051 / NEW
02 NDS NEW SMB – 65.556 / 2.901.264
03 NDS Rune Factory – 42.210 / NEW
04 NDS Brain Age 2 – 41.784 / 3.073.195
05 NDS Cooking Navi – 37.326 / 384.045
06 NDS Tamagotchi 2 – 30.504 /430.933
07 NDS Mario Basketball 3on3 – 30.355
08 NDS Animal Crossing WW – 30.023 / 3.149.131
09 NDS Brain Age – 22.866 / 2.736.150
10 NDS English Training – 17.465

11. Daito Giken Pachislot Hihouden
12. Tetris DS
13. Mario Kart DS
14. Jissen Pachislot Hokuto no Ken SE (PS2)
15. Melty Blood Act Cadenza
16. Wrestle Angels Survivor
17. SD Gundam G Generation Portable
18. Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 13
19. Sengoku BASARA 2
20. Guilty Gear Judgment (PSP)
21. Digimon Story
22. Monster Hunter Portable (PSP The Best)
23. summer##
24. Kirarin Star Revolution Kirakira Idol Audition
25. Atsumare! Power Pro Kun no DS Koushien
26. Rhythm Tengoku
27. Minna no DS Seminar Kanpeki Kanji
28. Battle Stadium DON (PS2)
29. Mushiking Greatest Champion e-no Michi 2
30. Pokemon Ranger Diamond and Pearl e-no Michi

1. Nintendo DS Lite  163.274
2. PlayStation Portable  29.945
3. PlayStation 2  21.829
4. GameBoy Advance SP  2.719
5. GameBoy Micro  1819
6. Xbox 360  1197
7. Nintendo GameCube  837
8. Nintendo DS  410
9. GameBoy Advance  14
10. Xbox  12