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Wii Stays On Top In Japanese Hardware Sales

The Wii has remained the best selling console of the week in Japan, thanks to the success of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. However, most formats have seen a drop in sales from the previous week, with the PSP, PS3 and Xbox 360 all falling sharply.
Market research firm Media Create has revealed data for weekly hardware sales in Japan for the week ending February 17th, following details of the software top thirty. With Super Smash Bros. Brawl still at number one in the software charts the Wii has also remained the top selling console of the week, with sales down just over 3,000 units to 78,583. Sales of the Nintendo DS, which once again accounted for exactly half of the titles in the software top fifty, were up slightly, by almost 2,000 units to 62,362. With PSP sales falling by over 16,000 units Sony’s portable was pushed back into third place with 59,654 consoles sold. With all this week’s most prominent new releases on Sony platforms occurring on the PlayStation 2, the PlayStation 3 also saw sales drop, by over 6,000 units to 17,637. PlayStation 2 sales though only increased by a few hundred to 11,266. Xbox 360 sales fell by more than a third to a total of 2,198 units for the week. Overall in the software top fifty there were twenty-five Nintendo DS titles, eight Wii titles, seven PlayStation 2 titles, six PlayStation 3 titles, four PSP titles and zero Xbox 360 titles.

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