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Japan Charts: Pachinko title goes top as market settles after Golden Week

The Japanese software market has entered into a traditionally quiet period after the Golden Week national holidays at the beginning of May, with the top ranked title being a Pachinko game which sold only 81,000 units.

The Japanese software market has entered into a traditionally quiet period after the Golden Week national holidays at the beginning of May, with the top ranked title being a Pachinko game which sold only 81,000 units.

Success' PS2 title Pachinko Slot Tokodensho: Inoki Festival topped the charts in its first week on sale, followed by Bandai's anime-based GBA title Gundam SEED: Battle Assault, which sold some 49,000 units.

The only other new title in the software top ten was NEC Interchannel's Black Matrix 00 on the PlayStation, which debuted at number six in the chart - not a huge number of sales, but still impressive given that it is launching on a ten year old hardware platform.

In hardware terms, the PlayStation 2 continues to dominate with over 52 per cent market share, leading from the Game Boy Advance which had just under 39 per cent, and the GameCube with just under 8 per cent.

Although overall sales of software were very low compared to previous weeks, the market was actually stronger in the week following Golden Week than it has been in previous years. The Top 100 titles accounted for 446,000 units in total during the period - compared with 324,000 units in the same period last year.

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Rob Fahey is a former editor of GamesIndustry.biz who spent several years living in Japan and probably still has a mint condition Dreamcast Samba de Amigo set.