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Monster Hunter Keeps PSP Up In Japanese Hardware Sales

The success of Capcom's Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G has kept Sony's PSP at the top as the best selling console in Japan this week, ahead of the DS and Wii, as hardware sales fall for all formats in a relatively light software release period.
Market research firm Media Create has revealed data for weekly hardware sales in Japan for the week ending April 20th, following details of the software top thirty. As with previous weeks, though Mario Kart Wii remained atop the the software charts, it was again the continued popularity of Capcom’s Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G driving hardware sales. After falling some 35,000 units the week prior, the PSP maintained its holding pattern and sold 85,421 units, down by just 300, making it still the best selling console in Japan for the week. The DS again remained in second place, with sales falling some 3,000 units to 44,551. The Wii, too, fell by about 2,000 units to 44,241, despite Mario Kart's popularity. Elsewhere, the PlayStation 3 continued its soft decline during a light software release period, falling some 800 units to 7,438, while the PS2 fell some 2,000 units to 6,545. Finally, the Xbox 360 managed a drop of only 100 units to 1,076. Overall in the software top fifty, there were thirty Nintendo DS titles, seven on the Wii, five on the PlayStation 2, five on PSP, and three on the PlayStation 3.

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