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3DS boosts Namco Bandai software sales

Tales, One Piece, Ridge Racer numbers in.

Namco Bandai has reported a solid year-on-year boost in game sales, with Nintendo's 3DS affording the publisher a healthy slice of new business.

During the first quarter of the current fiscal year, software sales rose to 3.38 million compared to 3.15 million during the same period last year.

Of that total, PlayStation 3 titles contributed 657,000 sales, Xbox 360 651,000 and the 3DS 622,000. The DS added 614,000, the PSP 595,000 and the Wii a relatively paltry 199,000.

The publisher announced data for how four of its recent titles performed during the quarter. In Japan, anime tie-in One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP moved 170,000 copies and RPG Tales of the Abyss sold 150,000, both on 3DS. Ridge Racer 3D sold 90,000 in the US and PSP title Super Robot Wars did 70,000 in Japan.

Highlights from Namco's release slate for the rest of the year include Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions, Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon and Dark Souls.