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Wii Leads Hardware Sales In Japan

The Wii has become the best selling console of the week again in Japan, with sales edging down to 57,000 units - but PlayStation 3 sales were up to 21,000 in the territory thanks to the success of Sega's Yakuza 3, which debuted with a hardware bund
Market research firm Media Create has revealed data for weekly hardware sales in Japan for the week ending March 9th, following details of the software top thirty. The Wii has regained its place as the number one selling console in Japan this week, although with no major new releases, it edged down around 7,500 units to 57,068 units. The PSP has fallen further, down almost 20,000 units to 53,924 after a significant spike in sales last week, following the introduction of a new color model for the console. The Nintendo DS saw sales fall by over 3,000 units to 48,658 despite its software occupying more than half of the top fifty. The console also passed lifetime sales of 22 million this week in the country. By far the largest software release of the week has been Sega’s third volume of what is known in the West as Yakuza. Despite being a PlayStation 3 exclusive and launching alongside a new hardware bundle, the game helped sales of the console rise by only a modest 7,500 units to 21,008. PlayStation 2 sales were static at 10,429 units, while the Xbox 360 rose by a little over 600 units to 2,891 – despite no games in the software top fifty. Overall in the software top fifty there were twenty-six Nintendo DS titles, eleven Wii titles, five PlayStation 2 games, four PlayStation 3 games and four PSP titles.

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