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Zelda helps 3DS outsell PSP in Japan

Software chart sees draw for number one with Level-5's new PSP title

For the first time in months the 3DS is the best-selling hardware format in Japan, with sales receiving a considerable boost from the release of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D.

3DS sales for the week were up by more than a third to 40,649, well ahead of the PSP on 31,747 - despite an increase for Sony's portable this week as well.

There has been some controversy over the performance of Ocarina of Time 3D though, with website Andriasang reporting that it may have been supply constrained, with retailers reporting a low first shipment.

As a result sales of the game were almost identical to the other major release of the week: Level-5's Danbōru Senki on PSP - part of a cross-media franchise that includes toys and an anime.

Although independent chart compiler Media Create puts Ocarina of Time 3D in second place with 164,110 unit sales to 166,187, the chart from rival Enterbrain reverses the two positions.

In either case Nintendo will hope that this week sees a turning point for the 3DS's fortunes in Japan, with three titles in the top 10 and new releases generally now charting higher and for longer than during the post-launch period.

The other major new release this week is visual novel sequel Steins;Gate Hiyoku Renri no Darling on Xbox 360, from specialist publisher 5pb. A total of three new titles in the romance-themed franchise were released this week, with the sequel itself selling 31,666 units at number four.

A double pack containing the original game sold 11,041 units at number five and a budget-priced re-release of the first game sold 3,914 units at number 16.

Last Week
This Week
Title
Format
New Entry
1
Danboru Senki
PSP
New Entry
2
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
3DS
1
3
Yakuza Of The End
PS3
New Entry
4
Steins;Gate: Hiyoku Renri no Darling
360
New Entry
5
Steins;Gate Double Pack
360
2
6
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
3DS
4
7
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Professional
DS
3
8
Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS
DS
7
9
Wii Party
Wii
5
10
One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP
3DS
PlatformThis WeekLast Week
3DS40,64924,649
PSP31,74126,681
PlayStation 316,08117,104
Wii6,6786,357
Nintendo DSi XL5,4645,283
Nintendo DSi5,3225,232
Xbox 3602,8752,370
PlayStation 21,3461,291
Nintendo DS Lite109146
PSPgo5569

Latest comments (1)

Tony Johns5 years ago
When the good games come in for the 3DS, the sales will rise.

Most industry analysis should not be too quick to judge too early. Or perhaps they just want Nintendo to fail in the handheld market after over 30 years of dominance that had started with the Game & Watch.
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