Japanese charts – 3DS loses top hardware spot to PSP

Thursday, 31st March 2011 15:24 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Media Create has released the unit sales figures for Japanese hardware and software for the week ending March 27, and it finds PSP back on top and a new software title stealing the top spot from Dynasty Warriors 7.

Final Fantasy leads the way

Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection debuted in the chart at number one, beating Dynasty Warriors 7 down into second after two weeks at the top. The Square-developed PSP title also helped the handheld usurp 3DS’s throne – but more on that in a bit.

Dynasty Warriors 7 still came in second to FFIV’s 104,173 units sold, moving 36,548 units. That’s a 46 percent drop in sales over the week prior.

Gundam: The 3D Battle moved 23,500 units with its third place debut, pushing Dissidia 012 into fourth with 21,741 units moved, a 30 percent drop in sales.

Monster Hunter Freedom 3 moved back up the charts over the week prior to fifth place with an 11 percent sales increase, which caused Professor Layton to fall from the third place spot it’s held for three weeks to sixth.

Debut titles for the week other than the aforementioned were Idea Factory’s Gakuen Hetalia Portable (9,729 units) and Nippon Ichi’s Classic Dungeon X2 (5,956 units), both on PSP.

Below is Media Create’s top 20 sales chart for the week ending March 20, 2011. Last week’s figures can be found here.

  1. Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection (PSP) – 104,173 (New)
  2. Dynasty Warriors 7 (PS3) 36,548
  3. Gundam: The 3D Battle (3DS)  – 23,500 (New)
  4. Dissidia: 012 (Duodecim) Final Fantasy (PSP) – 21,741
  5. Monster Hunter Freedom 3 (PSP) – 16,444
  6. Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (3DS) – 16,294
  7. Phantasy Star Portable 2: Infinity (PSP) – 14,403
  8. Nintendogs + Cats: French Bulldog/Shiba/Toy Poodle (3DS) – 13,219
  9. SD Gundam G Generation: World (PSP)  – 10.160
  10. Pokemon Black / White (DS) – 10,025
  11. Gakuen Hetalia Portable (PSP)  – 9,729 (New)
  12. Way of the Samurai 4 (PS3) – 9,153
  13. Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) – 8,526
  14. Wii Party (Wii)  – 8,450
  15. Fairy Tail: Portable Guild 2 (PSP)  – 6,291
  16. Classic Dungeon X2 (PSP) – 5,956 (New)
  17. Digimon Story: Super Xros Wars – Blue/Red (DS)  – 5,812
  18. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)  – 5,762
  19. Samurai Warriors: Chronicles (3DS) – 5,641
  20. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) – 5,574

Software top 50 chart offerings per system

  • PSP – 8
  • 3DS – 4
  • Wii – 4
  • NDS – 2
  • PS3 – 2
  • 360 – 0
  • PS2 – 0

PSP beats 3DS

3DS has led the Japanese hardware charts for the four weeks since it launched on February 26; however, thanks to the help of Final Fantasy IV Complete hitting stores, sales in PSP were up 27,568 units over the week prior with 50,479 folks purchasing the handheld.

PSPgo managed to move 16 more units over the week prior, and should 231 more folks purchased a PSP-3000, it would have tied 3DS for the top spot. When you look at combined SKUs, PSP edged out 3DS by 385 units.

PS2 moved an additional 224 units over last week.

3DS stayed in first place on the separate SKU chart with unit sales totaling 50,710. It should be noted, that if sales of the handheld continue in this pattern, by July it will have moved around 1,042,954 – providing it continues to sell around 50,000 a week, give or take a few hundred units.

Combined sales of other DS offerings were up over the prior week by 4,504 units. Wii sales were back up as well, moving 11,808 units compared to last week’s 9,724 units.

Microsoft sold 1,963 Xbox 360′s during the period (up 344 units). Last week, PS2 outsold the console by 19 units.

Japanese hardware, January 3 – March 27, 2011 (combined SKUs, ytd):

  • 3DS    792,954
  • PSP     584,585
  • PS3   355,171
  • NDS  311,042
  • WII   208,918
  • 360  30,026
  • PS2  21,746

Japanese hardware, March 21 – March 27, 2011 (combined SKUs):

  • PSP – 51,095
  • 3DS – 50,710
  • PS3 – 28,973
  • NDS – 19,094
  • Wii – 11,808
  • 360 – 1,963
  • PS2 – 1,862

Japanese hardware, March 21 – March 27, 2011 (separate SKUs):

  • 3DS – 50,710
  • PSP – 50,479
  • PS3 – 28,973
  • Wii – 11,808
  • DSiLL – 9,760
  • DSi -  8,604
  • PS2 – 1,862
  • 360 – 1,963
  • DSL – 730
  • PSPgo – 616



  1. Mike

    PSPGo’s doing very well.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. The_Red

    WTF!?!!!?! PSP. The PSP. Beating a new handheld from Nintendo? And they said there are no shortages or something?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    @2 The PSP has always consistently been top of the hardware charts in Japan.

    It’s a new handheld at a high price point. This is how it goes during every new hardware release. As the price goes down and list of big titles go up, hardware sales will rise accordingly.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. 2plus2equals5

    WHAT? In the 4th week of it’s life 3ds was beaten by psp?
    I predicted psp sales really close to 3ds’ ones, but i’ ve never thought that psp can do this! 8O

    #4 4 years ago
  5. The_Red

    Good call on the price. Still, it’s the freaking 3DS. Follow up to the DS. Also a new Gundam game has come out for it and its not even 1st or 2nd!
    This is not what I expected to see even considering the price and other small advantages PSP has.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Lounds

    PSP was epic when it came out!, tbh I think the surprise i got when I first played on one will be the same when NGP comes out

    #6 4 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    Um Fellas, think the disasters could have anything to do with sales?

    I am amazed things sold as well as they have.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Galactic_Barret

    It isn’t price, its software. Specifically, the PSP’s software and the 3DS’ lack of. Nintendogs is the sole first party offering on the list, and while its predecessor is a title with legs, its not the strongest IP.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Galactic_Barret

    @7 I can’t believe that games are selling at all.

    It makes me think that Japan isn’t as bad as we all believe. Everytime I think of the quake, I get the mental picture associated with some third world country. Maybe it isn’t THAT bad.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    The quake didnt wipe out the whole country, you know…

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Aimless

    Do you know what I’d do if I was stuck at home due to travel issues keeping me from work? Buy and play games.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. OlderGamer


    Maybe your right, and I have the same images stuck in my head too.

    @ Gek and Aimless

    Good points.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. neon6

    Because the 3DS has no games, noone’s rushing out to buy one. It’s just like when the PS3 launched.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. frostquake

    This will be an up and down game for a while. The One and Only Problem the PSP every had was, Software, Software, Software. As an owner of 2 PSP’s, us owners are STARVED for High Quality software for our PSP’s.

    When something decent comes out, we gobble it up!!

    Also, think about it…what if this was a Final Fantasy title coming out for the 3DS…that would have blown the Hardware Units out of the water.

    For me, there was absolutely no Launch titles that made me want the 3DS at all, even with the $75 credit trade-in of the my Old DSi, towards a 3DS.

    #14 4 years ago

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