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 Yakuza 3  Proves Hit For PS3 and Sega In Japanese Charts
Yakuza 3 Proves Hit For PS3 and Sega In Japanese Charts
March 13, 2008 | By David Jenkins

March 13, 2008 | By David Jenkins
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Sega’s third entry in the Ryu ga Gotoku (aka Yakuza) series has become the company’s biggest hit so far on the PlayStation 3 in Japan and one of the fastest selling titles so far for the format.

The game sold around 181,000 units in its first week, which includes copies sold as part of a new hardware bundle for the PlayStation 3. Although retaining many of the same gameplay mechanics as the first two games, the PS3 exclusive is set in the 17th century, rather than contemporary Japan.

Despite a number of other new entries, sales were somewhat slower elsewhere in the chart, with Metroid Prime 3: Corruption debuting with around 32,000 unit sales at number five. The Metroid series has always been more popular in the West than in Japan, with the first person Metroid Prime series proving a particular sales challenge in the region.

Also new at number eight is Sega’s latest game featuring evergreen manga character Doraemon, with the new Nintendo DS title selling around 17,000 units in its first week.

The final new entry in the top ten is what roughly translates as Everybody's General Knowledge Training TV for the Wii – a variation on the similarly named Nintendo DS title, which remains one of the few major Touch! Generations products not to be adapted for release in the West.

TWLWTitlePublisherFormatWeekly Sales
1NERyu ga Gotoku Kenzan!SegaPS3181,000
21Dairantou Smash Brothers XNintendoWii50,000
32Wii FitNintendoWii49,000
41Gundam Musou SpecialNamco BandaiPS239,000
5NEMetroid Prime 3: CorruptionNintendoWii32,000
69Wii SportsNintendoWii19,000
74Soma BringerNintendoDS17,000
8NEDoraemon: Nobita to Midori no Kyojinden DSSegaDS17,000
97Musou OrochiKoeiPSP16,000
10NEMinna no Joushiki Ryoku TVNintendoWii14,000
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