Sales for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 hardware neared 700 units in the latest Japan retail figures.

Media Create Co. on Fri. reported that the Xbox 360 sold 742 units between Sept. 24 and Sept. 30 to rank No. 7 in overall sales.

By comparison, the hardware sold 748 units the week prior.

Tecmo Koei Corp.’s Dead or Alive 5 ranked in top 10 at launch selling 14,811.

Microsoft in July recorded a 39 percent decline in Xbox 360 sales from the year prior to 1.1 million units in the fourth quarter. Xbox 360 hardware market share increased to 49 percent from 42 percent.

The Entertainment and Devices division, which includes the Xbox business, climbed 19.4 percent year-over-year to $292 million.

Microsoft cited a soft gaming market for the decline.

The Xbox 360 held as the top console for the 18th consecutive month in the U.S.

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