PSP Clings To Top Spot In Japanese Hardware Charts

Japan's latest game hardware charts saw a slight dip for the PlayStation Portable - but had Sony's portable still the best selling of the week, keeping ahead of the Wii and a resurgent DS. Xbox 360 sales also doubled following a good week for software sal
Market research firm Media Create has revealed data for weekly hardware sales in Japan for the week ending June 29th, following details of the software top thirty. With software sales having seen an upswing in volume this week in Japan, hardware sales also saw increases almost across the board. The only exception was the PSP, which actually saw a slight dip in sales. With fewer major new software releases than the other formats, sales of Sony’s portable fell by around 500 units to 58,861. With three new titles in the software top five, including Derby Stallion DS at number one, sales for the Nintendo DS rose by over 12,000 units to 48,884. This pushed the portable into second place for the first time in several months, although the Wii was only just behind on 48,480 units – up over 7,000 on the previous week. PlayStation 3 sales continued a slow decline following the release of Metal Gear Solid 4 three weeks ago - down over 2,000 units to 17,973. PlayStation 2 sales were up over 1,000 units to 7,673. With two titles in the top thirty (Mobile Ops: The One Year War at number ten and Battlefield: Bad Company at number nineteen) Xbox 360 sales doubled to 5,104 units for the week. Overall in the software sales top fifty, there were twenty-four titles for the Nintendo DS, nine for the Wii, eight for the PSP, five for the PlayStation 2, two for the PlayStation 3 and two for the Xbox 360.

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