Japanese hardware sales, May 7 - May 13: Hidden in Halo edition

After a group of modders dug into the Halo 3 Beta code and seemingly discovered some embedded weapons and vehicles intended for the game's September release, we immediately set out to confirm the information for ourselves. Is there really a flamethrower hidden in there? Just what exactly is this "Chopper" vehicle? Depressingly, our frantic scratching through the code yielded no answers, only several bizarre items and unexpected discoveries.

First item: This week's Japanese hardware sales chart. It's appearance in the code seems awfully contrived, but it's sure to be useful during intense fanboy debate!

- DS Lite: 163,785 121,338 (42.56%)
- Wii: 52,544 48,776 (48.14%)
- PSP: 34,433 739 (2.10%)
- PS2: 10,414 4,401 (29.71%)
- PS3: 8,839 4,135 (31.87%)
- Xbox 360: 2,105 1,100 (34.32%)
- Game Boy Micro: 408 68 (20.00%)
- GBA SP: 343 41 (13.58%)
- Gamecube: 315 79 (20.05%)
- DS Phat: 39 30 (43.48%)
- GBA: 18 7 (63.64%)

[Source: Media Create]

See also: Previous Japanese hardware sales charts

Read on to see what else we found in the Halo 3 beta.




Second item: A stainless steel spatula. Nothing special about it.

Third item: A StarCraft 2 announcement. Um, won't Blizzard be needing this soon?



Fourth item: The PSP's second analogue stick.



Fifth item: Katamari Damacy creator, Keita Takahashi. We were wondering why he went all "one hit wonder" on us.


Sixth item: The PSP's first analogue stick.


Seventh item: Serious Cat. He seemed thoroughly... unamused when we pulled him out from under a nested If statement.


Eighth item: The ending of the next M. Night Shyamalan movie. Woah, the taxi driver was without a license all this time?!

This article was originally published on Joystiq.