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Another Week in Japan: Hardware and software numbers 5/5-5/11

Candace Savino

There's no new DS software in the top of the charts to report this week, but that doesn't mean Nintendo's little handheld didn't completely clean house. In fact, nineteen of the top thirty were DS games, showing how gluttonous the dual-screened portable can get when it comes to sales. Some old favorites also popped back up around the bottom, including Brain Age 2, Animal Crossing, and the original Taiko Drum Master DS.

Hardware continues to be a struggle, though. That doesn't mean the DS is doing poorly, because it's not; sales for the handheld even jumped up almost 10,000 units since last week. However, since the PSP and Wii have been doing so well lately, it's hard for Nintendo's handheld to compete:
  • PSP: 89,884
  • Wii: 67,308
  • Nintendo DS: 51,228
  • PlayStation 3: 8,054
  • PlayStation 2: 7,464
  • Xbox 360: 1,298
We have no doubt that the DS will be on top again soon enough, but until then, you can check out the satisfactory software numbers posted after the break.


01.(01) [WII] Mario Kart Wii --- 107,000 (1,227,000)
02.(02) [PSP] Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G --- 82,000 (1,992,000)
03.(04) [WII] Wii Fit --- 53,000 (2,039,000)
04.(03) [WII] Link's Crossbow Training --- 49,000 (141,000)
05.(05) [NDS] Taiko Drum Master DS! Adventure of 7 Islands --- 34,000 (133,000)
06.(06) [NDS] Pokemon Ranger Batonnage! --- 27,000 (535,000)
07.(09) [WII] Deca Sports --- 22,000 (207,000)
08.(10) [WII] Wii Sports --- 21,000 (2,979,000)
09.(07) [NDS] We're Fossil Diggers --- 17,000 (102,000)
10.(15) [WII] Super Smash Bros. Brawl --- 16,000 (1,620,000)

11.(14) [WII] Wii Play
12.(16) [NDS] Mario Kart DS
13.(11) [NDS] DS Beautiful Letter Training
14.(18) [NDS] Tottado! Yowiko's Deserted Island Life
15.(08) [PS3] Valkyria Chronicles
16.(17) [PS2] Musou Orochi: The Evil King Returns
17.(13) [NDS] Hitman Reborn DS: Fate of Heat
18.(25) [NDS] Mario Party DS
19.(23) [NDS] New Super Mario Bros.
20.(19) [NDS] Naruto Shippuuden Shinobi Retsuden 2
21.(27) [NDS] Yatterman DS
22.(12) [NDS] Emblem of Gundam
23.(22) [PS2] Pro Baseball Spirits 5
24.(28) [NDS] Crayon Shinchan Arashi wo Yobu Cinema Land
25.(30) [NDS] Kanji Brain Test 2.5M
26.(__) [NDS] Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
27.(26) [NDS] Sim City DS 2
28.(__) [NDS] Brain Age 2
29.(__) [NDS] Taiko Drum Master DS
30.(__) [NDS] Animal Crossing Wild World

If any you analyst wannabes out there want to check out the hardware and software numbers for previous weeks in Japan, click on this blue text.

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