TOKYO, July 16 Nintendo Co Ltd 7974.OS sold
more than twice as many units of the DS game player last week in
Japan as it did the week before, helped by the latest version of
Square Enix's (9684.T) "Dragon Quest" game, a research firm said.
Demand for video game machines had been showing signs of
slowing down worldwide, making investors wonder if the current
expansion phase will soon come to an end.
Nintendo sold 126,786 units of the DS portable video game
machine in the week ended July 12, up from 51,601 units in the
previous week and exceeding the 100,000-unit mark for the first
time in about half a year, Ascii Media Works said on Thursday.
Square Enix Holdings Co Ltd launched "Dragon Quest IX", the
latest in its role-playing game series, on July 11 in Japan, and
sold 2.32 million units in the first two days, the research firm
Shares in Nintendo, which is locked in a three-way battle
with Sony Corp (6758.T) and Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) in the global
video game industry, closed up 0.7 percent at 25,950 yen, roughly
in line with the benchmark Nikkei average .N225.
(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka)