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3DS sells 200,000 units in first full week in Japan

New portable outsells all competition combined in second week on sale

The Nintendo 3DS has sold 209,623 units in its second week of release in Japan, more than all the other competing formats combined.

The 3DS went on sale in Japan on February 26, giving it just two days on the previous week's hardware chart. It nevertheless managed to register 374,764 sales - out of an estimated 400,000 available launch units.

With hundreds of people queuing up for the console's release the format appears to have got off to a positive start in Japan, although its true impact will not be obvious for several months. What impact the recent earthquake might have on sales and distribution in the country is also unclear.

Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle remained the number one selling 3DS game, at number three in the software charts, followed by nintendogs + cats and Samurai Warriors: Chronicles.

The number one selling game of the week was new release Dissidia 012[duodecim] Final Fantasy, which inspired a healthy rise in PSP sales from 49,031 the previous week to 77,326 (including 1,080 sales for the PSPgo).

PlayStation 3 sales also saw a small increase from 23,654 to 25,918, in part thanks to the release of Spike's Way of the Samurai 4 - which reached number two in the software charts.

Nintendo DS sales were down only a few hundred on the previous week at 17,096 (DSi XL: 8,951, DSi: 7,388, DS Lite: 757). The Wii, which had no software titles in the top ten, saw a small drop in sales from 12,159 to 11,654.

Xbox 360 sales were down from 3,366 to 2,353 for the week, with the PlayStation 2 holding steady at 1,750 units sold.

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David Jenkins