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PlayStation 3 soars above Nintendo’s Wii in Japan

Every week this year Sony’s PlayStation 3 has been beaten out over in Japan by the powerhouse that is Nintendo’s Wii. However, following a timely price-cut over in the Land of the Rising Sun, as well as the launch of the new white PlayStation 3, the tides have turned this week and Sony has proved to be triumphant.

Each week Japanese sales tracker ‘Media Create’ releases data on the Top 50 all format software sales, plus the breakdown of hardware numbers and for the week that ran between 5th and 11th of November, Sony saw its PlayStation 3 console shoot upwards to dizzy heights not seen since around launch time, lifting the platform above the sales of Nintendo’s Wii, which has been struggling lately, despite the release of seminal 3D platform title ‘Super Mario Galaxy’. The full breakdown of the hardware sales for the week, along with each platform’s previous weekly numbers, year totals and lifetime figures can be seen in the easy-to-view table below:

Media Create Hardware Chart

Format This Week Last Week 2007 Sales Lifetime Sales
Nintendo DS 78,884 78,597 5,961,099 19,966,778
PlayStation Portable 58,964 59,714 2,244,938 6,777,067
PlayStation 3 55,924 17,434 844,568 1,302,126
Wii 34,546 37,617 2,860,430 3,780,073
PlayStation 2 9,043 10,209 658,773 20,813,632
Xbox 360 5,817 17,673 188,716 453,418
Game Boy Advance 923 319 49,903 15,347,982
GameCube 69 155 10,303 4,179,771

As you can see, clearly Sony has had quite a boost this week, with the PlayStation 3 nearly catching up to the revitalised PlayStation Portable this week. The question has to be, though, whether or not next week will see similarly large numbers, or whether the majority of sales have come from owners of the black model merely trading in their old system for the new one.

Onto the other important factor this week, actual software sold, Media Create reveals that Sony fans were shooting out and picking up the new Dynasty Warriors game in their droves as Koei’s Shin Sangoku Musou 6 lights up the Top 50 by entering at No.2 with sales of around 188,000 in its début week, making it one of the best selling PlayStation 3 games already. The only reason it was not top of the charts is due to Nintendo shipping a massive 500,000 copies of Mario Party DS to retail, allowing eager portable owners to snap up a stunning 235,000 copies of the Hudson Soft-developed title very quickly indeed. On the Sony front again, Konami’s new Castlevania game on the PlayStation Portable has basically sold through all of its initial stock, landing at No.9 with sales of around 19,000, whilst Ratchet & Clank fails to perform quite as well as expected, but still garners a No.10 placing.

Shin Sangoku Musou 6 - performing very strongly on PlayStation 3

You can check out the full Top 50 listing below, complete with small comments on the various games featured:

Media Create Top 50 Software Chart:
5th-11th November, 2007

Position Title/System/Publisher Sales (Plus Total Where Available & Commentary)
1.) Mario Party DS (NDS, Nintendo) 235,000 | NEW
2.) Shin Sangoku Musou 6 (PS3, Koei) 188,000 | NEW
3.) Super Mario Galaxy (Wii, Nintendo) 74,000 | 325,000
4.) Final Fantasy Tactics A2 (NDS, Square-Enix) 23,000 | 215,000
5.) Shin Sangoku Musou 6 (360, Koei) 22,000 | NEW
6.) Castlevania Chronicles (PSP, Konami) 19,000 | NEW
7.) Wii Sports (Wii, Nintendo) 15,000 | 2,197,000
8.) Nishimura Kyotarou Suspense Detective Series (NDS, Tecmo) 13,000 | 129,000
9.) Sight Training (NDS, Nintendo) 13,000 | 690,000
10.) Ratchet & Clank Future (PS3, Sony) 12,000 | NEW
11.) Wii Play (Wii, Nintendo) Back up one place
12.) Kanji Brain Test 2.5M (NDS, IE Institute) Dropping down just one
13.) Mario Kart DS (NDS, Nintendo) Up two places
14.) Mario Party 8 (Wii, Nintendo) Up two places
15.) DS Literature Collection (NDS, Nintendo) Falling ten places
16.) Pokémon Mysterious Dungeon: Time Expedition Party (NDS, The Pokémon Company) Down six, but likely to surge back up as Christmas approaches
17.) New Super Mario Bros. (NDS, Nintendo) Up three more this week
18.) My Housekeeping Diary (NDS, Nintendo) Jumping back up seven
19.) Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 (PS3, UbiSoft) New entry
20.) Pokémon Mysterious Dungeon: Shadow Expedition Party (NDS, The Pokémon Company) Falling six places
21.) World Soccer Winning Eleven DS: Goal x Goal (NDS, Konami) Falling quickly from No.9 and looking to struggle to reach the sales milestone of its DS predecessor
22.) Gundam Battle Chronicle (PSP, Bandai-Namco) Down five places
23.) Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation (360, Bandai-Namco) Plummeting from last week’s No.2, but not out of the Top 30 like Halo 3 did
24.) NBA Live 08 (PS2, EA) New entry
25.) More Brain Training (NDS, Nintendo) Dropping one place
26.) More English Training (NDS, Nintendo) Back up from No.34
27.) Tamagotchi no Puchi-Puchi Omisecchi: Thanks Everybody! (NDS, Bandai-Namco) Sliding four places, but could still get a new lease of life in the coming weeks
28.) Animal Crossing Wild World (NDS, Nintendo) Dropping one
29.) Dragon Tamer: Sound Spirit (NDS, Bandai-Namco) Down ten places fast
30.) Monster Hunter Portable 2nd (PSP, Capcom) Holding at No.30 for another week!
31.) Kanji Test 2 (Rocket Co.) Dropping hard, down from No.18
32.) Hot Shots Golf 5 (PS3, Sony) Moving back up five in the wake of the renewed PS3 activity
33.) Super Robot Wars Scramble Commander the 2nd (PS2, Banpresto) Dropping like a stone from last week’s No.4!
34.) Ar Tonelico 2 (PS2, Banpresto) Falling even faster than last week, now down from No.13
35.) Dragon Ball Z: Sparking! Meteor (PS2, Bandai-Namco) Down from No.22 and a real underperformer
36.) Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops+ (PSP, Konami) Losing steam following the PSP Slim release, down five
37.) Ghost Squad (Wii, Sega) Falling eleven places, but performing stronger than many expected and clearly well enough for Sega to greenlight the House of the Dead Wii project
38.) Brain Training (NDS, Nintendo) Sliding just three
39.) Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PSP, Square-Enix) The bottom has now fallen out of this one, dropping eleven and showing now signs of recovery
40.) Drum Master DS (NDS, Bandai-Namco) Finally on its way out after a longer than expected chart spell, unless Christmas boosts this popular, and immensely fun, rhythm game
41.) Just Cause (360, EA) New entry
42.) Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX: Tag Force 2 (PSP, Konami) Moving back up six
43.) WarioWare: Smooth Moves (Wii, Nintendo) Back up another three - could Wario climb even higher a year after release?
44.) Sangokushi DS 2 (NDS, Koei) Falling fast, down eleven in its second week and a major disappointment for Koei
45.) English Training (NDS, Nintendo) Down just four places for this long-term seller
46.) NBA Live 08 (PS3, EA) A very low new entry, but then again there is no sign of the Wii version…
47.) Prof. Layton and the Curious Village (NDS, Level 5) A re-entry, with its sequel just around the corner now
48.) Brilliantly-Coloured Gift (PS2, Takuyo) New entry
49.) Yosumin DS (NDS, Square-Enix) A very disappointing start for this really addictive DS puzzle game from the RPG heavyweights
50.) Pokémon Diamond (NDS, The Pokémon Company) Sticking at No.50 for a second week

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