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Sony’s PSP slim obliterates Nintendo in Japan

Nintendo’s DS has been beating all and sundry over in Japan for such a long time now that it is actually hard to remember it ever being usurped from the top of the weekly Media Create chart. However, for the second week in a row it has indeed been de-throned as the power of the PSP Slim surges across the Land of the Rising Sun.

Whilst the solid figures from Media Create have yet to be released, early Famitsu / Enterbrain numbers have leaked out of Japan to reveal that the launch of the PlayStation Portable’s new sleek edition has taken the country by storm, selling an incredible 264,000 units in just one week. This is a massive leap from the painfully average 15,564 is sold two weeks prior. Last week saw a major upturn in fortunes due to the release of Square Enix’s eagerly awaited Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and the 77,777 special edition PSP Slim units launched alongside it (resulting in a total of 95,487 that week, beating the DS for the first time in 2007).

In comparison the Nintendo DS Lite appears to have only sold around 67,000 units and the rest of line-up is as thus:

  • Wii - 27,000
  • PlayStation 2 - 13,000
  • PlayStation 3 - 11,000
  • Xbox 360 - 1,800
PlayStation Portable Slim beats Nintendo DS

Many have questioned whether or not this will make much of a difference to the software situation for the PlayStation Portable, considering the hardware has been selling on such a regular basis for a long time now, yet games barely ever sell anywhere near as much as Nintendo DS titles. Well, this week sees the latest Pokémon Mystery Dungeon RPG duo from Chunsoft retain the No.1 spot with 176,000 units sold, bringing the total to 760,000 in just two weeks and clearly a contender for the next Nintendo million seller. As for Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, it has to settle for the runners-up spot yet again, with sales of 133,000 and a total of 603,000. The game, whilst clearly very popular, is not even tracking close to Monster Hunter Portable 2nd (Monster Hunter Freedom 2 in the West), which is well on its way to 1.3 million units now, with practically a million sold in just its first week. Whether or not Final Fantasy VII’s latest spin-off can crack the million milestone is still a matter of question right now.

For reference, a few other games have been performing well lately, with the revamped Metal Gear Solid Ops+ in at No.3 with 89,000 sales, its special edition pack at No.9 with 15,000 sales, and Mario Strikers Charged on Wii entering at No.4 with 33,000 units.

So it does indeed appear that the PlayStation Portable software seen was not reinvigorated quite as much as some thought it might be. The key will be how hardware sales hold up next week to see if the sales are merely attributed to current owners simply upgrading as opposed to new consumers being drawn to the system.

Keep your eyes firmly on Playstatic for more updates…

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Comment by AugustusBot on 2007-09-27 17:05:45 | Reply

Lol, NICE!
Just imagine what FFXIII will do for the PS3.

Comment by Veritas on 2007-09-27 20:48:18 | Reply

The Japanese sure love the Sony shit. Even with terrible product design…

Comment by augustusbot on 2007-09-27 22:47:05 | Reply

terrible design? like the 360 and it’s overheating problems?

Comment by Veritas on 2007-09-28 01:28:15 | Reply

Not sure what you’re talking about, since my launch box still functions perfectly well. And, as far as I’ve seen, Microsoft does a good enough job designing things like Windows and the original Xbox. Whereas the evil empire that is Sony thinks they can fuck consumers in the ass with their designs (although, I guess the consumers themselves are partly to blame, being that they don’t do a fucking thing about it). When MS makes mistakes, they admit them and apologize for them by compensating consumers. When Sony makes mistakes, they try to cover it up or say it was intended, and then finally break when customers are jumping down their throats.

I’m talking about the absurdly huge screen, the proprietary media format that nobody’s adapted (and yet Sony constantly comes out with more to push on consumers), and the buttons close to the screen that don’t function as they should (which the designer said he wasn’t going to apologize for, even though it was clearly a mistake). That’s called terrible product design, and it’s something Sony specializes in, because they know their robot consumers (see: every frat boy and high school student in the US that plays a sports game, as well as every weeaboo that wishes he were Asian) will eat it up.

Comment by augustusbot on 2007-09-28 02:54:09 | Reply

Windows had more flaws than the 360 upon launch /lol. Good ‘ole Microshit’s got you brainwashed.

Comment by Veritas on 2007-09-28 04:11:22 | Reply

Good job completely ignoring everything else, there. Which Windows are you talking about? 98 was fine, and XP is damn near perfect now, with only a few flaws at launch. The only things wrong with Vista were a lack of drivers and some problems with ATI graphics cards, and now SP1 is coming out, and all of that’s going to be resolved. It still remains the superior OS for everything but music production and graphical work, in which case one should go for a Mac. If you were referring to Vista (which I’m sure you were, being as it’s the most recent launch), your claims are unsubstantiated and reek of bandwagon-ism. “Microshit” doesn’t have me brainwashed, I’m just a smart consumer that can see when he’s being raped by a company for his money, and refuses to take it.

As for the 360, what “flaws” did it have? Some consoles overheated. And…? Why do you even own one, if you think it’s so terrible? Stop wasting your money.

You just enjoy posting inflammatory comments to piss people off because of some kind of complex. Or you feel bad about blowing $600 on a losing console…

Comment by Scorn on 2007-09-28 09:05:24 | Reply

As for the 360, what “flaws” did it have? Some consoles overheated. And…? Why do you even own one, if you think it’s so terrible? Stop wasting your money.

Dumbest comment of the week award has just been won lads, round of applause.

You been living in a basement for the last year ? A 35% failure rate is hardly a small problem. Dont even try to justify it cause your going to loose

Comment by Saurian on 2007-09-28 14:29:41 | Reply

35% failure rate?? WOW

Thats more than the total percentage of PS3’s bought against the total of 360s. Seems 70% of consumers think 360 is better.

Comment by Veritas on 2007-09-28 16:38:04 | Reply

It’s definitely less than 35%. Especially if retailers are saying 30% and MS is saying 5%.

Once again, at least Microsoft admits their mistakes and replaces consoles that malfunction, and then -fixes- what’s wrong with them. As far as I’ve seen the PSP still has faulty buttons.

Comment by Scorn on 2007-09-29 14:01:10 | Reply

So what if they admit the mistake, does that make it right ?

The fault shouldnt be there in the first place end of, and the product should be recalled.

And so far as the repair jobs go they still break down.

BIG BAG OF BOLLOCKS

Comment by bill on 2007-09-30 13:40:22 | Reply

no its not u retard

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-10-01 14:50:50 | Reply

The very fact that humans are involved in the making of the product (to whatever capicity) allows an element of human error.

The proper show of a company’s customer service is not the lack of problems they encounter but the action taken when a problem is encountered.

If you don’t understand or agree this fact then you have no credibility anyway so your words are worthless, end of.

It ain’t like this in just the console world that is a given fact in almost every facet of business, mistakes will be made, fact.

MS have made some mistakes, but have dealt with them in a far more favourable way than any of the faux pas which Sony has spewed out in this generation of the console wars.

Comment by Scorn on 2007-10-01 17:08:01 | Reply

And how long did it take before MS offered the increased warranty. ????

HMMMMMM im sure the vast range of law suits had nothing to do with the decision to offer the extended warranty in the end.

And by learning from mistakes your supposed not to make the same ones. So please tell me why they are still selling this broken piece of crap and that even the repaired ones break down.

In fact the updated elite has the same failure and thats supposed to be a new SKU

Customer service my arse, dont try and defend the situtation cause its un-defendable

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-10-01 17:55:34 | Reply

But you defend Sony by suggesting they can do no wrong?

Open your fucking eyes fool.

Sony are more than happy to rape the consumers and have done for some time.

PS2, disk read error, common known manufacturing fault. Yup thats a fact.

What is alos a fact that one day out of warrenty they expected half the price of the system for a repair that they guaranteed for a further 3 months only.

I will bash whatever company deserves to get bashed, yes MS did fuck up but they made an attempt to make ammends, Sony have not in the past, present and I highly doubt in the future made any sort of gesture to apologise for their shitty product.

If you are going to flame one company for something another is guilty of don’t try to then make them out to be perfect.

Comment by James C on 2007-09-28 00:29:18 | Reply

so tru august……. so tru………….

Comment by hofosho on 2007-09-28 05:07:08 | Reply

“You just enjoy posting inflammatory comments to piss people off because of some kind of complex”
You seem to be the only one doing that here Veritas. Fanboys are sad :’(

Comment by Veritas on 2007-09-28 06:30:23 | Reply

Stop by the Xbox side of things, and see why people are so sick of him.

Comment by Veritas on 2007-09-28 06:38:19 | Reply

Edit:

By the way, me saying the Sony PSP has terrible design flaws was in no way inflammatory.

Comment by roger on 2007-09-28 13:23:15 | Reply

Terrible product design? They lead the way over there. People used to laugh when you saw a product that stated it was produced in Malaysia or some country like that. These days we laugh at products that have printed ‘made in USA’ on them

Comment by Veritas on 2007-09-28 16:38:52 | Reply

There’s a difference between product durability and product design.

Comment by Saurian on 2007-09-28 14:32:42 | Reply

Then why did SONY copy the design of an american product when making PS3??
It looks just like a GEORGE FOREMAN GRILL

LOL

Comment by Rising penis on 2007-09-29 04:55:37 | Reply

It’s probably because about 80% of the people in japan own 3 DS Lites. Even the dog has one.

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