We interviewed Mr. OMORI Shun'ichi of the used game and DVD shop "TRADER", of Akihabara and other locations. With the recent volatility in the used-game market fresh in his mind, he spoke of the current circumstances.
"Dragon Quest IV" (DS, Square Enix), helped by its near-sellout status as a new game, is both selling very well and being traded in quickly. Because "DQ" games lose value quickly due to sales volume, many copies are being traded in early. This is also increased due to the ease of leveling up, ease of play for the DS's light-user population, and its quick clear time. As a runner-up DS title, "Game Center CX" (DS, Bandai Namco Games) is also beginning to be traded in, but it's back out the door as soon as we get it on the shelves.
As for new titles, though we worried about its shipment figures, "Professor Layton and the Demon's Box" (DS, Level Five) gives me a good feeling. Its gap between shipment and sales figures was low, and like the predecessor "Mysterious City" we expect it to have legs, especially due to new game retailers' lack of post-release price cuts. However, the current price for "Mysterious City" remains higher. Also, we've begun to buy "SD Gundam G Generation Spirits" (PS2, Bandai Namco Games). Since as a simulation game it takes some time to complete, and it didn't have several different sets of bonus goods, it's surprising it's being sold back this early. It's probable there are many users whose tastes it just didn't suit; however, since we're selling it quickly, I'm still pleased with it.
Finally, on the topic of Wii Fit, most forecasts appear to have been mistaken; its sales are subdued. It's still available in most shops in Akiba, and most users seem to be taking a "wait-and-see" approach. For the Wii's biggest holiday title to have these sales, it seems we can't expect any more Wii hits in the short term.