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DS Retakes Hardware Top Spot In Japan

After a three week reign as the best selling console in Japan, helped by the release of the PSP Slim and Lite and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, the PSP format has been overtaken by the DS once again, although Wii sales continue to flounder.
Market research firm Media Create has revealed data for weekly hardware sales in Japan for the week ending October 7th, following details of the software top thirty. After a three week reign as the best selling console in Japan, helped by the release of the PSP Slim and Lite and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, the PSP format has been overtaken by the Nintendo DS. Sales of Nintendo’s portable recovered by over 14,500 units to a weekly total of 87,535. PSP sales fell by almost 16,000 units to 86,895 for the week. As before, sales of the PSP Slim and Lite are not distinguished from that of the original hardware and it is now difficult to predict at what level future PSP sales will stabilize. Although the Nintendo DS has showed signs of recovery this week, following several weeks of below average sales, demand for the Wii still appears to be falling with sales dropping by over 3,000 units to 20,704 despite no significant stock problems. With only three software titles in the top fifty, the highest being The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion at number twenty-five, PlayStation 3 sales have fallen by over 2,000 units to 10,822. Despite two titles in the top ten PlayStation 2 sales have also fallen by over 2,000 units to a total of 10,446. With Halo 3 falling all the way to number thirty-six in the charts after its debut at number one last week, Xbox 360 hardware sales have also fallen by over 3,500 units to 1,547 – a level even lower than the week before Halo 3’s release. Sales of the Game Boy Advance family of consoles fell slightly to 242 units, while the GameCube increased to 109 units.

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