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Japanese PS3 Sales Stumble

August 24, 2009 Written by Draisey

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In the week leading up to the announcement of the PS3 Slim at GamesCom 2009, something unprecedented happened in the PlayStation 3′s native land of Japan. Though the Sony-bred console typically holds its own against the Nintendo Wii, it actually fell to the bottom of the charts last week.

Though this may be due to the countless rumors warning of an impending price drop for the system, we’re placing our bets on the low inventory of 80GB PS3s in anticipation of the PS3 Slim’s release on September 1st. Here is the current number of units sold by game console last week in Japan.

  • DSi: 87,936 (70,066)
  • Wii: 47,732 (47,140)
  • PSP : 39,882 (33,893)
  • Xbox 360: 9,162 (5,436)
  • DS Lite: 7,921 (8,699)
  • PS3: 5,944 (5,826)
  • PS2 : 4,907 (4,601)

And for those interested, here are the top ten software titles for last week as well:

Here’s the full top 10:

  • 1. Dragon Quest IX (Square Enix, DS): 127,000 (3,644,000)
  • 2. Friend Collection (Nintendo, DS): 126,000 (728,000)
  • 3. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii): 105,000 (1,006,000)
  • 4. Monster Hunter 3 (Capcom, Wii): 93,000 (750,000)
  • 5. SD Gundam G Generation Wars (Namco Bandai, PS2): 57,000 (233,000)
  • 6. Tales of VS (Namco Bandai, PSP): 35,000 (168,000)
  • 7. Puyo Puyo 7 (Sega, DS): 29,000 (109,000)
  • 8. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G PSP the Best (Capcom, PSP): 27,000 (889,000)
  • 9. Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love (Nintendo, DS): 18,000 (51,000)
  • 10. Penguine no Mondai X Tenkuu no 7-Senshi (Konami, DS): 18,000 (90,000)

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