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Japan Charts: Silent Hill 3 brings terror to the top of the charts

Mon 14 Jul 2003 1:32pm GMT / 9:32am EDT / 6:32am PDT

Konami's Silent Hill 3 has topped the Japanese charts this week, selling some 58,000 units in its first three days on sale - but it's the only major new release for the week, and the market has slowed down significantly again.

Konami's Silent Hill 3 has topped the Japanese charts this week, selling some 58,000 units in its first three days on sale - but with few major new releases during the week, the market has slowed down significantly again.

Aside from Silent Hill 3 (which was launched in Europe ahead of Japan and the USA, in case you're wondering why it's only topping the charts now), the other two new releases in the top ten are Konami's rhythm action title Pop 'n Music 8 at number five, and Sony's Mister Mosquito 2 (Ka 2) at number nine.

The rest of the chart looks pretty similar to last week really. Initial D Special Stage is at number two, displaced by Silent Hill 3, with Animal Crossing e+ and Hanjyuku Hero VS 3D making up the rest of the top five.

After several months which were dominated utterly by GBA titles, the chart is now moving back into more familiar territory, with PS2 games making up the bulk of the top ten. Seven of the games in the ranking are on the PS2, with two GameCube titles and only one GBA game (Nintendo's RPG remake, Mother 1 + 2) making the listing.

Aside from last week's major flood of new releases, the slow sales that have marked the start of this summer in Japan continue, with the marketplace once again dipping below half a million units in total this week.

Pos. Platform Title Publisher Released 1. PS2 Silent Hill 3 Konami 03/07/2003 2. PS2 Initial D Special Stage Sega 26/06/2003 3. GC Animal Crossing e+ Nintendo 27/06/2003 4. PS2 Hanjyuku Hero VS 3D Square Enix 26/06/2003 5. PS2 Pop 'n Music 8 Konami 03/07/2003 6. PS2 Let's Make J-League Pro Soccer Club! 3 Sega 05/06/2003 7. GBA MOTHER 1 + 2 Nintendo 20/06/2003 8. GC Viewtiful Joe Capcom 26/06/2003 9. PS2 Mister Mosquito 2 (Ka 2) Sony 03/07/2003 10. PS2 Dynasty Tactics 2 Koei 26/06/2003

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