Bandai's new Naruto title debuts in the top spot

The latest title in Bandai's immensely popular Naruto franchise, PS2 fighting game Naruto: Narutimate Hero 2, has gone in at number one in the Japanese chart and is selling significantly faster than the previous game in the series.

Based on a popular manga which originated in Shonen Jump and a major TV anime series, the Naruto franchise - which follows the adventures of a trainee ninja in a fantasy world - has become one of the most powerful in Japan in the past few years.

This latest game to be based on the license sold some 231,000 units in its first weekend on sale, well ahead of the sales of its predecessor, which sold around 136,000 units in the same period of time, reflecting the growing popularity of the series.

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