Japanese hardware sales: Micro management

Ludwig Kietzmann
L. Kietzmann|04.28.06

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Japanese hardware sales: Micro management
Japanese hardware sales: Micro management
The numbers for the week are in and, in a remarkable break from tradition, are actually pretty interesting. The PSP finally stands triumphant over the DS, though perhaps not for the reasons it was originally hoping for (to be fair, the system has been getting some really great games recently). The Phat's on its way out, it seems, with the Lite assuming a comfortable position at the top of the charts. The Japanese hardware sales charts for the week ranging from 17 April to 23 April are presented below. The ranking, according to number of units sold:
  • DS Lite: 168,809 27,840 (19.75%)
  • PSP: 32,323 5,983 (22.71%)
  • PS2: 25,763 1,786 (6.48%)
  • Game Boy Micro: 18,390 14,714 (400.27%)
  • GBA SP: 11,044 4,672 (73.32%)
  • Phat DS: 8,051 29,153 (78.36%)
  • Xbox 360: 3,990 2,064 (107.17%)
  • Gamecube: 1,106 26 (2.41%)
  • GBA: 58 12 (26.09%)
  • Xbox: 16 14 (46.67%)
There are two noteworthy things happening here. The original DS is plunging to the bottom of the charts (no doubt a new and scary experience for the little guy) whilst the Game Boy Micro jumps up by a whopping 400%, stopping only to give the plummeting DS a high-five as it goes hurtling by. You can probably thank the Japanese release of Mother 3 for the good fortune of Nintendo's most diminutive of devices.

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