Media Create released the hardware and software sales figures for Japan earlier in the week, and while PSP reigned supreme on the hardware side, game debuts stole the top four slots on the software charts.
Debuts couldn't speed up a slow week
As mentioned above, the top four spots on the software chart were dominated by new releases for the week of January 31 through February 6. Ace Attorney Investigations 2 sold over 130,000 units, which was around twice that of the other high charting debut for the week, Macross Triangle Frontier.
White Knight Chronicles Portable was also a new offering for the week, and moved 40,603 units, Dragon Ball Kai debuted at number four with 31,108 units sold, and rounding out the top five was Kenka Bancho 5 which moved another 28,000 units its second week of release.
All in all, it was a rather slow week for software sales.
Here’s the full software chart for the week. The previous week’s figures can be found here.
- Ace Attorney Investigations 2 (DS) - 132,266 (New)
- Macross Triangle Frontier (PSP) - 55,513 (New)
- White Knight Chronicles Portable (PSP,) - 40,603 (New)
- Dragon Ball Kai (DS) - 31,108 (New)
- Kenka Bancho 5 (PSP)- 28,000
- Monster Hunter Freedom 3 (PSP) - 27,861
- The Last Story (Wii) - 19,178
- Valkyria Chronicles 3 (PSP) - 17,927
- Donkey Kong Returns (Wii) - 16,493
- Is My Little Sister Seriously This Cute? Come On, Get Outtahere! (PSP) - 11,721
- Pokemon Black & White (DS) - 10,795
- Dragon Age Origins (PS3)- 10,517
- Wii Party (Wii) - 9,678
- Winning Eleven 2011 (PSP) - 9,301
- A Certain Magical Index ( PSP) - 8,863
- Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix (PSP) - 8,430
- Winning Eleven 2011 (PS3) - 8,229
- Ni no Kuni (DS) - 7,595
- Inazuma Eleven 3 The Ogre (DS) - 7,165
- Atelier Violet (PSP) - 5,564 (New)
Software chart offerings per system
- PSP – 10
- 360 – 0
- NDS – 5
- Wii – 3
- PS3 – 2
Sony claims the top two spots on hardware chart
PSP maintained the top spot for the week, despite the debut of the Ace Attorney sequel on DS, and sitting in second place was PS3 but without and game's debits for the period, continued sales of Dragon Age and Winning Eleven 2011 seemed can be just one explanation.
Wii was in third place again this week, while DS sales continued a slow decline what with 3DS set to launch in Japan at the end of the month.
Sales of Xbox 360 down by 1,231 unites over the week prior.
The full hardware figures are below, with the prior week’s figures here.
Japanese hardware, January 3 – February 6, 2011 (combined SKUs, running tally)
- DS – 187,336
- PS3 – 165,589
- PSP – 165,289
- Wii – 126,805
- Xbox 360 – 14,628
- PS2 – 9,847
Japanese hardware, January 31 – February 6, 2011 (combined SKUs):
- PSP – 30,611
- PS3 – 23,846
- DS – 22,565
- Wii – 14,972
- Xbox 360 – 2,282
- PS2 – 1,897
Japanese hardware, January 31 – February 6, 2011 (separate SKUs):
- PSP - 30,475
- PS3 -23,846
- Wii - 14,972
- DSi LL -11,555
- DSi - 9,954
- Xbox 360 - 2,282
- PS2 - 1,897
- DS Lite - 1,056
- PSP go -136