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PSP leads 3DS again in Japan

By David Jenkins

Thu 28 Apr 2011 10:24am GMT / 6:24am EDT / 3:24am PDT

Pokémon typing game takes software number one in weekly charts

After only one week of trailing the 3DS the PSP is once again the best-selling hardware platform in Japan, as Nintendo DS titles take the number one and two spots in the software charts.

The PSP has been the only major format affected by supply problems since the Japanese earthquake disaster, with website Andriasang suggesting that the system is still selling out quickly as new stock arrives.

As a result this week sales more than doubled to 49,427 - including 265 sales for the PSPgo. The 3DS though continued its slow decent, shedding another 5,000 unit sales for a total of 23,038.

The PlayStation 3 also saw a drop in sales, of around 3,000 units, to 22,265. Combined sales for the Nintendo DS family of consoles stood at 13,561, while the Wii slipped a few hundred to 7,866.

The top-selling software title of the week was DS hardware bundle Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS, which comes packaged with a full QWERTY keyboard. The game includes a number of Pokémon themed mini-games aimed at teaching typing skills - a surprisingly common spin-off concept in Japan that has previous encompassed franchises such as Street Fighter and The House of the Dead.

Battle & Get! sold 59,363 units on its debut, below the 100,000 minimum usually expected for a number one title in Japan - although the higher unit price will have compensated for this to a degree.

The second-highest new entry of the week was a new DS tie-in to anime Detective Conan at number six, with the Namco Bandai title selling 19,786 units over the course of the week.

Spike's new action title GachiTora! Sold 13,560 units at number seven, while Zipper Interactive's SOCOM 4 (aka SOCOM: Special Forces) debuted at number eight with 12,613 units sold. This is a much higher initial chart position than the game earned in its recent UK release.

Rounding out the charts is hardcore 2D shooter Otomedius Excellent from Konami on the Xbox 360, with 10,502 units sold.

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Detective Conan: Aoki Houseki no Rinbukyoku
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Platform This Week Last Week
PSP 49,162 23,846
3DS 23,038 28,252
PlayStation 3 19,033 22,265
Wii 7,866 8,122
Nintendo DSi XL 7,064 7,724
Nintendo DSi 6,214 6,809
Xbox 360 1,891 1,898
PlayStation 2 1,163 1,261
Nintendo DS Lite 283 423
PSPgo 265 207

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Terence Gage Freelance writer

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Hardware sales chart at the bottom is a bit skewed.

Is there some kind of shortage of 3DS hardware, or just general apathy toward it so far? I know the Japanese love the PSP, but I also thought they'd go crazy over some new portable hardware like the 3DS as well.

Posted:5 years ago


Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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Terence, the cost is ~$300 there and the software lineup isn't very mature yet. As the software titles come, so too will the hardware sales.

Posted:5 years ago


Daniel Hughes Studying PhD Literary Modernism, Bangor University

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I think it's a lack of software, mainly--Nintendo haven't released a heavy hitting title for the machine thus far. As big as Nintendogs was on DS, it's a slow burning title that sells hardware in the long run and during gift giving seasons. They had delayed their promotional campaign for 3DS due to the earthquake and tsunami, though I don't know if they've resumed heavy advertising yet or what kind of impact that's had on sales. Iwata has said Nintendo are disappointed with post-launch sales for 3DS and thinks this is due to Nintendo not communicating the features of the device properly--it could simply be that right now the 3DS is coming across as an incremental upgrade in the DS line rather than a brand new device.

However, with Zelda, Dead or Alive, Resident Evil: Mercenaries, Star Fox and the eShop during summer, combined with indications that Nintendo are going to outsource or seek some form of outside help to promote 3DS, I think the long term picture for the machine this year is more encouraging. And after summer the big guns really are coming out--Kid Icarus, Super Mario and Mario Kart have all been confirmed for Japan and 3DS's slightly rocky start should be left far behind the device when 2012 rolls in. If they add Animal Crossing to that list, sales in Japan would explode at year's end. Of course, E3 will give us plenty of indication of software releases on a worldwide scale--I think if Nintendo want a bumper Christmas, they'll need to get Mario Kart 3D out across all territories and perhaps be willing to cut the price slightly.

Posted:5 years ago


Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer

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I can laugh my head off when I read about how popular the PSP in Japan is, especially with the boring 3DS which normally everybody would have thought it would outsell everything.. But people see it for what it is, a very expensive soupedup DS with a mediocre 3D screen.. But time will tell once the price drops and more and more native software is released..

Posted:5 years ago


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