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Japanese sales chart, Dec 18-24: long time no see

It's been a long time since the last time we've been able to write up one of these reports. Why? These Japanese charts haven't been too friendly to PSP fanboys...

Thankfully, Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops has changed all of that, resulting in quite an impressive showing for the PSP last week in Japan. Let's take a look at the numbers:

1. Pokémon Diamond (DS) - 209,379 / 2,329,227
2. Metal Gear Solid : Portable Ops (PSP) - 178,370 / *NEW*
3. Pokémon Pearl (DS) - 164,670 / 1,931,445
4. New Super Mario Bros. (DS) - 154,107 / 3,771,128)
5. Wii Sports (Wii) - 152,756 / 471,229)

The PSP also sold an impressive amount of hardware. Sure, not as much as either the DS or the Wii, but isn't that expected by now? The PSP represents the strongest part of Sony's three-pillar strategy:

1. DS Lite: 485,584 165,876 (51.88%)
2. Wii: 279,277 171,040 (158.02%)
3. PSP: 138,588 89,626 (183.05%)
4. PS3: 76,882 5,940 (8.37%)
5. PS2: 46,209 8,479 (22.47%)

Look at that surge of demand for PSP. It shows you that as long as interesting software continues to come out on our beloved handheld, gamers will rush out and buy it.

[Via Jeux-France]

GTA:VCS debuts at 6th in UK game charts


Take-Two, the parent company of Rockstar Games, needed some financial help. They looked to the PSP as a source for the big bucks, and it looks like they're making a healthy return. Within one week of sales, the PSP-exclusive Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories debuted at number 6 in the UK game charts, making it the top-selling handheld game for the week. With Bully also ranking high, and nary a DS game in sight, it appears that both Take-Two and PSP can breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy their success.

[Via Gamespot]

Japanese hardware sales, Oct. 16-22: Mad Lib edition

Japanese hardware sales, Oct. 16-22: Mad-Lib editionYa know, I've thought about coming up with all sorts of creative ways to present you the hardware sales like our sister sites do, but there's really only so many ways you can creatively express the DS Lite's ass kicking of the PSP in Japan. But I'm going to give it a go this week.

So, in honor of the Joystiq family tradition, I'll bring you a creative hardware sales post this one time. If you've ever played Mad Libs, you'll know exactly what to do. If not, go outside and play in the street.

- DS Lite: 116,941 12,454 (11.92%)
- PS2: 22,380 2,347 (9.50%)
- PSP: 20,271 1,332 (6.17%)
- GBA SP: 2,421122 (5.31%)
- Game Boy Micro: 1,660 54 (3.15%)
- Xbox 360: 1,287 456 (26.16%)
- Gamecube: 638 15 (2.30%)
- DS Phat: 130 143 (52.38%)
- GBA: 37 25 (67.57%)
- Xbox: 6 3 (100.00%)

The [insert adjective] DS Lite [insert verb] the PSP's [insert noun] in this week's Japanese hardware sales. But even though the PSP is [insert verb] this week, the [insert noun] is definitely [insert adjective] for the our beloved handheld. Just wait until [insert upcoming PSP game] comes out. Yeah, then things will be different!

[Source: Media Create]

Australian PSP software chart, Oct. 2-8: They like violence

Australian PSP software chart, Oct. 2-8: They like violenceUnfortunately, my beloved Aussies let me down this week by not buying enough PSP games like they did last week; none made it into the top 10. However, they still bought enough to have a top-10 PSP list.

1. Tekken: Dark Resurrection
2. GTA: Liberty Cities
3. Gangs of London
4. Star Wars: Battlefront II
5. Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
6. Daxter
7. WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW
8. NBA Live 2006
9. NFS: Most Wanted
10. Burnout Legends

Well, it seems like the Aussies love their violence as the top-five games are all about hunting down and killing your opponent in violent fashion. You gotta love it!

Japanese hardware sales, Sept. 25 - Oct. 1: The Pokemon are back

Japanese hardware sales, Sept. 25 - Oct. 1: The Pokemon are backThe recent news of Sony getting a new ad agency couldn't have come sooner because things are getting worse by the week for the PSP in Japan. Maybe this new agency can somehow spin this mess into something positive. However, this ridiculously huge increase in DS Lite sales most likely is due to Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, which sold about 1.5 million copies combined. And I thought that whole Pokemon craze was over years ago.

- DS Lite: 274,389 134,554 (96.22%)
- PS2: 31,992 681 (2.08%)
- PSP: 25,319 2,201 (9.52%)
- Xbox 360: 2,195 1,086 (97.93%)
- GBA SP: 1,811334 (15.57%)
- Game Boy Micro: 1,103 83 (7.00%)
- Gamecube: 523 240 (31.45%)
- DS Phat: 253 63 (19.94%)
- GBA: 10 10 (50.00%)
- Xbox: 3 5 (62.5%)

The DS Lite outsold the PSP by nearly 250,000 units. Seriously, that's not a typo. Apparently, Sony seems to think a price drop is not what it needs at this point, but thinks we need more than 100 games shoved down our throats by the end of the year. However, at this point, I believe Sony should focus on quality over quantity. If they can give us a dozen worthwhile games by year's end, I'll be a happy camper.

[Source: Media Create]

Japanese software sales chart, Sept. 11-18: Sony strikes back

Japanese software sales chart, Sept. 11-18: Sony strikes backFor far too long Nintendo and its evil DS has dominated the Japanese sales charts, and at times, has taken nearly all spots in the top 10. But in the newest sales numbers, Sony shows they are still in the thick of things in Japan by taking four of the top seven slots, two of which are the top two.

1. Minna no Tennis (PS2) - 226,976/ *NEW
2. Rurouni Kenshin: Enjou! Kyoto Rinne (PS2) - 75,007/ *NEW
3. Final Fantasy III (DS) - 57,057 / 655,533
4. New Super Mario Bros. (DS) - 53,089 / 3,080,126
5. God Hand - 48,280 / *NEW
6. More Brain Age (DS) - 34,959 / 3,186,871
7. Ridge Racers 2 (PSP) - 28,232 / *NEW
8. Atama Scan (DS) - 27,890 / *NEW
9. Animal Crossing Wild World (DS) - 24,792 / 3,230,554
10. Cooking Navigator (DS) - 20,766 / 465,958

How refreshing is it to see a PSP title in the top 10 for the second week in a row? Very, my friends. Very.

(Via the NeoGAF forums)

Japanese hardware sale chart - Sept. 4 - 10, the war in percentages

Japanese hardware sale chart - Sept. 4 - 10, the war in percentagesWell, look how the mighty have fallen. The Nintendo DS Lite, which is the PSP's biggest competitor, saw a 50-percent decline in hardware sales last week. Never mind sales numbers ... who cares about those anyway? It's all about percentages, baby.

The PSP surged on with a six-percent jump in sales that can most likely be attributed to Tales of Phantasia Full Voice Edition's total domination in the software sales chart.

- DS Lite: 113,831 115,108 (50.28%)
- PSP: 29,141 1,642 (5.97%)
- PS2: 19,882 2,821 (12.43%)
- GBA SP: 2,104 647 (23.52%)
- Game Boy Micro: 1,801 10 (0.56%)
- Xbox 360: 1,094 156 (12.48%)
- DS Phat: 1,058 738 (230.63%)
- Gamecube: 696 159 (18.60%)
- GBA: 13 9 (40.91%)
- Xbox: 5 5 (infinite%)
- Wii: 0 0 (0%)

The PSP needs to keep looking in its rear-view mirror, however, because the DS Phat also saw a big spike in its percentages with a whopping 230-percent increase. But, I expect this to be short lived due to its "teh suck."

Also, look at how crappy the Wii is selling. Hah hah, it's being outsold by the original Xbox and hasn't even sold a single unit! Those percentages look pretty bad.

(Via Joystiq)

NPD releases top 20 U.S. games for August

NPD releases U.S. top 20 selling games for AugustWhile the DS has been killing just about everything in Japan, it doesn't appear to be as dominant according to NPD's August sales chart. And with news that the PSP's Tales of Phantasia Full Voice Edition taking the top spot in Japan, could the tide of war be changing?

1. Madden NFL 07 (PS2)
2.
Madden NFL 07 (360)
3. Dead Rising (360)
4.
Madden NFL 07 (Xbox)
5. Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus (PS2)
6. New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
7. NCAA Football 07 (PS2)
8. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PS2)
9. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day (DS)
10. Ninety-Nine Nights (360)
11.
NCAA Football 07 (360)
12. Naruto: Ultimate Ninja (PS2)
13. Big Brain Academy (DS)
14. Guitar Hero bundle (PS2)
15.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2)
16. Star Wars: Battlefront II (PS2)
17. Madden NFL 07 (PSP)
18. God of War (PS2)
19. Mario Kart (DS)
20. NCAA Football 07 (Xbox)

(* NPD does not release sales numbers)

Okay, so the PSP only has Madden in the top 20. The PSP is going to enjoy an extremely strong surge in the quality of its library in the coming months with the pending releases of Bounty Hounds, Killzone: Liberation,
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Lumines II and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, just to name a few. Stand strong, my fellow fanboys because the future is bright.

(Via PSP Advanced)

Japanese software sales chart - Aug. 28 - Sept. 3, Sega does what Sony can't

Japanese software sales chart - Aug. 28 - Sept. 3, Sega does what Sony can'tIsn't it great when the king of the hill is dethroned? Well, if you agree, then you may be happy to know Sega has done what Sony hasn't been able to by outselling all Nintendo games with its new online RPG Phantasy Star Universe.

1. Phantasy Star Universe (PS2) - 120,202 / *NEW
2. New Super Mario Bros. - (DS) 72,763 (2,974,027
3. Brain Age 2 - (DS) 46,662 / 3,119,857
4. Final Fantasy III - (DS) 45,949 / 549,001
5. Tingle RPG - (DS) 45,496 / *NEW
6. Cooking Navi - (DS) 35,689 / 419,733
7. Mario Hoops 3 on 3 - (DS) 34,001 / 267,763
8. Animal Crossing: Wild World - (DS) 32,605 / 3,181,735
9. Rythm Tengoku - (DS) 28,361 / 123,432
10. Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop 2 - (DS) 27,540 / 458,474

Aside from PSU, there has been some shuffling of Nintendo DS titles, but there are still no PSP games that have made it in the top 10 for the second week straight. Hopefully, this isn't a trend that continues, but it's always nice to see my beloved Sega doing something right every once and awhile.

(Via Games Are Fun)




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