Well, that takes care of that. Part three of our four-part series keeping a close eye on the hardware and software sales during the Japanese holiday season confirms PSP’s pure dominance.
For the week of May 2 through May 8, Media Create’s hardware charts ended up looking like this:
DSi LL: 10,519
Xbox 360: 3,419
DS Lite: 289
PSP go: 258
As I’ve mentioned, the first week of May is chock full of holidays in Japan, so this is a critical sales week for game companies. It’s like Christmas Lite.
Continuing recent trends, handhelds took the top spots. The PSP’s next big releases will be Namco Bandai’s anime-based The Reminiscence of Haruhi Suzumiya and the wacky adventure game Akiba’s Trip, in which players must rip the clothes off of vampire-zombies in order to expose them to sunlight and kill them. I. Am. Not. Joking. These are highly anticipated titles, so PSP will definitely be in the top 3 for the whole month of May, if not still sitting in the throne.
Smart money also says the PS3 sees a surge in June, when Yakuza: Of the End hits store shelves. We’ll see just how high it gets.
In case you missed previous updates, here they are:
Japanese Holiday Sales Pt. 1: Handheld Hardware Domination
Japanese Holiday Sales Pt. 2: The Softer Side of Sales