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Japan Charts: Eastern success for Burnout 3

EA's Burnout 3: Takedown has achieved remarkable success in the Japanese market, with the PS2 version going in at number two in the software charts with first week sales of around 32,000 units.

EA's Burnout 3: Takedown has achieved remarkable success in the Japanese market, with the PS2 version going in at number two in the software charts with first week sales of around 32,000 units.

It enters the chart just behind Nintendo's GBA title Mawaru Made In Wario, with the latest instalment in the critically acclaimed series which is known as WarioWare in the west taking the top spot with sales of around 86,000 units.

Outside of those two stand-out titles, however, it's a quiet week for the Japanese market, with no other games breaking through the 10,000 sales mark, and overall sales down by almost 40 per cent from last week to just under 500,000 units.

Nintendo's recent releases continue to sell fairly well, with Pokemon Emerald at number three and Fire Emblem: Seima no Kouseki at number four, while Bandai's anime franchises are also still ranked highly - Naruto: Narutimate Hero 2 is at number five, while Gundam SEED: Never Ending Tomorrow is at six.

In hardware terms, the GBA is once again the best selling platform on the market, enjoying a massive 57 per cent market share compared to 36 per cent for the PlayStation 2, while the GameCube makes up the remaining seven per cent.

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