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Weekly Japanese Hardware Sales Hold Steady

The Nintendo DS has remained the top seller as game hardware sales have held steady this week in Japan, but with the PSP much closer behind than earlier in the year - full stats inside.
Market research firm Media Create has revealed data for weekly hardware sales in Japan for the week ending October 28th, following details of the software top thirty. After weathering the software sales slump last week, hardware sales have held steady this week in Japan, with small increases for most formats. The Nintendo DS is still the top selling console, with sales increasing by over 5,500 units to 76,273. PSP sales increased by just over 1,000 units to 59,792. Although the increase itself may not be significant the format has now reversed a series of falls since the release of the new iteration of the hardware, suggesting that a figure of around 60,000 units per week in Japan may become the new norm for the console. For the second week in a row Wii sales rose, by just over 2,500 units, to a total of 27,502. PlayStation 3 sales also rose, up over 1,500 units to 18,785. PlayStation 2 increased by just under the same amount to 11,698 units for the week. With only one title in the top fifty (Bladestorm: The Hundred Years’ War at number thirty-three), Xbox 360 sales rose by a little over 500 units to 3,718. Sales for the Game Boy Advance family of consoles more than halved to 105 units.

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