Nintendo DS and GBA take up half of the all formats top 10.
While the UK game charts are almost entirely ruled by Electronic Arts, its a very different story over in Japan. The top 10 all formats chart consists almost entirely of Nintendo hardware, with only the first and fifth positions taken by Sonys PS2 and PSP respectively. The remainder of the chart is for software sales on Nintendos DS and GBA handhelds. Microsofts Xbox system, which has struggled to find a customer base in Japan, doesnt feature at all in this weeks top 10.
Of the game releases, five out of ten are Nintendo first party games, giving the manufacturer and publisher an overwhelming grip on the software sales in Japan. Bandai, who recently merged with Namco, holds third position in the charts with its Tamagotchi Connection on DS, while Banpresto is in fifth with GBA title Super Robot Wars 3. Capcom is the only other third party publisher, entering at number six with DS game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
News source: GameIndustry.biz