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
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…