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Japan Selling More 3DS Consoles Than Other Platforms Combined

Posted by Trevor Chan

Last week's figures are in

Following the highly successful Japanese launch of the 3DS, Nintendo's hardware sales have been continually dominant as the handheld stays at the top of the charts after its first full week.

According to digital entertainment data tracker Media Create, the 3DS sold 374,764 units during the launch weekend of 26th February, and for the week running 28th February - 6th March, a further 209,623 consoles were sold. Although the figures show a decrease compared to the previous weekend, it's still a staggering number considering it dwarfs the combined sales of the other console systems ― the Playstation Portable trailed behind in second place with 76,246 units.

In terms of software, gamers spread themselves more thinly as half of the top ten consisted of PSP titles, with just three 3DS games making an appearance. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask sold 59,138 copies and secured a spot at #3. Nintendogs + Cats reached #5 with 44,699, and Samurai Warriors: Chronicles just managed to squeeze itself into the top ten with 30,112 copies. Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition, Ridge Racer 3D, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D just missed out, placing #11, #12 and #13 respectively.

Do you think the same games will have a repeat performance when they launch outside of Japan later this month?

[via gamasutra.com, translate.google.co.uk]

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User Comments (25)

Bassman_Q

#2

Bassman_Q said:

I think PilotWings, Nintendogs, and Steel Diver will be pretty popular in other regions.

citizenerased

#3

citizenerased said:

No surprises there, I'm just curious if it'll be sold out for months. Let's hope so, for Nintendo's sake. Oh and for the sake of getting awesome 3rd party exclusives.

outrun2sp

#4

outrun2sp said:

Course it's gonna sell more than other units as a launch. Sales aren't a measure of quality though as the wii outsold the 360 and ps3.

mastermp2

#6

mastermp2 said:

That's great news, however I wonder how will the recent events in Japan affect the gaming industry overall

J-Forest-Esq

#8

J-Forest-Esq said:

Eh? Only three games in the top ten? That doesn't seem like very many to me...
Still, it's good to see the 3DS itself is notching up sales

NintyMan

#10

NintyMan said:

The game sales will be different over here in the west, but that's a very strong start for the 3DS.

Token_Girl

#12

Token_Girl said:

Not too surprising - especially given how old the PSP was, it's not a fair comparison.

Is Japan seeing a lot of shortages? I think that's going to be a foreshadowing of what happens in the US.

Punny

#15

Punny said:

Holy crud! That's incredible! America will practically eat the 3DS up! :)

siavm

#17

siavm said:

Who knows what happens for rest of the month though in japan? Sells might halt for a while though with what is going on now.

Bankai

#18

Bankai said:

Not really surprising considering all the other consoles are literally years old now...

AlexSays

#20

AlexSays said:

As everyone else has said: Well duh.

It's like saying the new Zelda sold more than Black Ops the week Zelda is released. Doesn't mean much, the other game is a lot older. lol.

GamerZack87

#21

GamerZack87 said:

"Do you think the same games will have a repeat performance when they launch outside of Japan later this month?"

No way! SSF IV's already doing extremely well with preorders! And hopefully plenty more titles make the Top 10 during the end of March/start of April! :)

ToxieDogg

#23

ToxieDogg said:

All this info is just making me want to fast foward time by a week so we can all join in the fun. Can't wait to get my preordered 3DS :D

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