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PS3 Beats Wii For Second Week In Japan

Despite a drop in sales following the initial launch of the 40GB model the PS3 has remained the best selling home console in Japan for the second week - with equally strong sales for the PSP, despite a typically subdued showing in the software charts.
Market research firm Media Create has revealed data for weekly hardware sales in Japan for the week ending November 18th, following details of the software top thirty. With last week’s hardware sales results only covering the first few days of the PlayStation 3’s price cut, and the launch of the 40GB model, Sony’s next generation console has beaten both the Wii and Xbox 360 for the second week running. Despite continued strong sales of Dynasty Warriors 6, though, overall sales did slip, by over 16,500 units, to 39,178. The Nintendo DS remained the number one selling console of the week though, with sales down by almost 3,000 units to 76,084. The PSP however saw sales rise by over 6,500 units to a total of 65,609. As ever, though, there was little or no correlation between PSP hardware and software sales, with not a single PSP game in the top twenty – the highest ranked being Hudson’s PC Engine remake Dungeon Explorer at number twenty-four. Given the sales of the lowest ranked title in the software top ten (the only titles for which figures are given) the game likely recorded sales well below 10,000 units. Despite the success of Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, Wii sales rose by under 2,000 units to 36,230. PlayStation 2 sales remained below the 10,000 mark for a second week, almost unchanged at 8,855 units. The Xbox 360 rallied by a few hundred units to 6,525, while the Game Boy Advance family of consoles dropped to 262 units.

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