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Blue Dragon Plus debuts at third in Media Create charts

Lowest weekly software sales in three years.


Rhythm Tengoku lead the way once again in Media Create's weekly sales chart in what was apparently the slowest week for game sales in three years.

For the period covering September 1 to 7, Rhythm Tengoku Gold (Rhythm Heaven internationally) sold 55,276 units, putting it in first place. Wii Fit jumped up in the charts to second, despite, at 31,970 units, remaining level to last week's sales.

Composer Nobuo Uematsu appears at a Blue Dragon launch event in Tokyo.

Blue Dragon Plus made its DS debut at 21,174 units. This was good enough to push Afrika from its debut last week at third to fourth this week with 18,567 units. Below these two was last week's number 2, J League Winning eleven 2008 Club Championship, which sold 18,342 units in its third week of sales.

The top ten closed off with all older titles. DS's Fire Emblem: Shin Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Ken took sixth place with 17,349 units and was followed by Dragon Quest V (Square Enix, DS, 15,454), Band Bros. DX (Nintendo, DS, 14,688), Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii, 14,207), and Inazuma Eleven (Level-5, DS, 13,803).

Debuting outside the top ten this week were Musou Orochi Maou Sairin (Koei, Xbox 360, 19th place), Zettai Karen Children DS (Konami, DS, 24), and Chi's Sweet Home (Interchannel, DS, 25).

In hardware, the DS Lite and PSP both saw slight drops from last week, to respectively 51,412 and 34,462 units. Wii, at 33,128 units, once again beat all other console hardware combined. PS3 sold 8,317 units, just ahead of the PS2's 7,948. Xbox 360 dropped down to 1,044 units in the week prior to its price drop.

Media Create reports that the top 100 titles for this week sold 496,313 units, a drop to 68.35% of last week. The tracking firm places the slowdown on the end of summer break causing a drop in demand for games. Media Create also notes that this is the first time since September 2005 that total software sales have dropped below 500,000.

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