Namco Bandai biggest moneymaker for March in Japan

One Piece: Kaizoku Musou for PS3 main reason for high software revenues.

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Namco Bandai was recently declared the biggest software revenue earner for the month of March in Japan, according to a recent article in Famitsu. The company that made Pac-Man and Tekken took 36.8 percent of software revenues for the entire month, bumping down Nintendo and Sega, who were at second and third place respectively.

Namco Bandai has Luffy to thank for being the sales king in March.
Namco Bandai has Luffy to thank for being the sales king in March.

The biggest contributing factor was the release of the PS3-exclusive title One Piece: Kaizoku Musou, which came out on March 1 in Japan. Developed by Omega Force (the team behind the Dynasty Warriors franchise), the game sold a total of 771,000 units. The PSP adaptation of Mahou Majo Madoka Magica also sold 79,000 units for the month.

In related news, Nintendo's top titles for the month were Kid Icarus: Uprising and the 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the 2012 London Olympics. The former sold 144,000 units while the latter sold 105,000 units for the entire month. The other two companies just below Namco Bandai, Nintendo, and Sega were Capcom and The Pokemon Company; the former represented 6.9 percent of the revenues chart, while the latter represented 6.3 percent.

The rest of the companies in order of the top 10 list were Konami, Tecmo Koei, Square Enix, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Idea Factory. For more information on Namco Bandai's top-selling title, check out GameSpot's video segment on One Piece: Kaizoku Musou.

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