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PSP and 3DS sales neck and neck in Japanese charts

Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection on PSP is number one game

Sales of the 3DS and PSP have reached parity just five weeks after the release of Nintendo's new console in Japan. Although the 3DS remains the number one selling hardware of the week it does so by a margin of only a few hundred units.

3DS sales for the week ending March 27 were 50,710, down from 61,394 the previous week. PSP sales were 50,479, but combined with 600 PSPgo sales made for a total of 51,079 - exceeding overall sales for the 3DS.

The 3DS's lifetime total in Japan now stands at 792,954 - well short of the 1.5 million units Nintendo was predicting by the end of the system's first month on sale. The hardware does not appear to be supply constrained, with the PSP instead recovering from reported stock issues the previous week.

Hardware sales for other formats were largely static, with the PlayStation 3 up over 2000 units to 28,973. Wii sales rose by a similar amount to 11,808. Nintendo DS sales rose by 4,500 units to 19,094, while the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2 increased by a few hundred to 1,963 and 1,862, respectively.

Much of the PSP's hardware success this week was due to the release of Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, which saw solid debut sales of 104,173.

Results for the rest of the software chart were weak though, with Namco Bandai's Gundam the 3D Battle on 3DS the only other new release in the top ten - with just 23,500 unit sales.

Last Week
This Week
Title
Format
New Entry
1
Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection
PSP
1
2
Dynasty Warriors 7
PS3
New Entry
3
Gundam the 3D Battle
3DS
2
4
Dissidia 012[duodecim] Final Fantasy
PSP
5
5
Monster Hunter Freedom 3
PSP
3
6
Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle
3DS
4
7
Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity
PSP
6
8
nintendogs + cats
3DS
7
9
SD Gundam G Generation World
PSP
11
10
Pokémon Black/White
DS

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Latest comments (3)

Haven Tso Web-based Game Reviewer 8 years ago
If they want to lump PSP with PSPgo why don't they just lump all the DS family (including 3DS) together? Sometimes I found this kind of reporting confusing and misinforming.

I think there are people who are waiting out for the next gen 3DS to come out first as with Nintendo, they released DS Lite not long after the original. A number of people I know basically say that they will wait it out cos they are sick of buying Nintendo things at launch only to find a new and better version coming out so quickly.

Further there are no really blockbuster killing games at launch. Professor Layton is good but then it is a new addition to the franchise, Nintendogs probably have worned out by the Ubisoft Petz series on DS, Street Fighter IV while impressive is just another fighting game. Wait till Mario Kart and Ocarina of Time to come out, there will be a boost. Also RE: Revelations and RE: Mercenaries
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Private Industry 8 years ago
600 more or less from the PSPGo added to the total PSP sales does not make much of a difference :D

The PSP is performing well since the last 9 - 12 or so month (same goes for PS3 against Wii) and since last late last year the system has seen actually a good amount of good games from GoW, to KH, MGS, Tacticts Ogre, Dissidia and now 3rd Birthday. At least from the Japanese developers there are plenty of good games lately and a couple more to come with Persona, FF4, Valkyria Chronicles and a new Patapon. Too bad the system didn`t have always such a nice stream of good games.
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Francisco Javier QA Engineering & Coordination, Saber Interactive Spain8 years ago
I bet that migration of players from PSP to 3DS will be performed with some games, such as Monster Hunter or SquareEnix games. Until these type of games doesn't appear on the 3DS, I don't feel like the 3DS will become such a big hit like the 3DS. The marquet has madurated since then and 3DS seems to appeal moreover to hardcore gamers, some of which still doesn't believe in 3D or think that the lack of a second slide pad is too harmful to 3D games.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Francisco Javier on 1st April 2011 10:11am

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