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Japanese hardware sales, Nov. 24 - Nov. 30: Scholastic pressure edition

It's that wonderful time of year once again -- temperatures are plummeting, houses are being adorned in blinding flecks of incandescence, folks are dressing up like Eskimos, and college students are being crushed under the terrible pedagogical strain of final examinations. Those among you who are currently pursuing your collegiate careers know the tragic side-effects of higher education during this new-release-filled season -- while your friends and colleagues are genociding zombies in Left 4 Dead, your ink-spotted nose is tucked uncomfortably in the relatively zombie-less Complete Works of Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust.

While we imagine there are those who find French literature from the early 1900s to be just as, if not more, thrilling than the virtual shooting of virtual things, the vast majority of our university-bound readers are probably aching to doff their coursework, giving them time for more ludological ventures. As in most aspects of life, we prefer to take the road less traveled -- we find ample time for both activities by eschewing our pesky physiological needs, namely sleep, by using all manner of caffeinated pharmaceuticals. Best of all, there's no negative repercussions! We're so excited! We're so excited! We're so ... so ... scared!

Update: Zack just came over and showed us the error of our ways with a tear-filled embrace. We're probably going to be spending the next week or so at our grandparents' place for some much-needed reflection. As we do so, you too should reflect -- on this week's sales figures. Observe the impressive doubling of PS3 purchases, and the continued rise of the DS Lite, owed largely to the scarcity of the DSi -- and, of course, to a certain tall-hatted riddle-flinger.

- DSi: 87,185 1,658 (1.87%)
- PSP: 55,090 6,136 (10.02%)
- Wii: 49,848 14,550 (41.22%)
- PS3: 34,978 17,542 (100.61%)
- DS Lite: 26,851 8,271 (44.52%)
- Xbox 360: 11,423 4,051 (26.18%)
- PS2: 5,628 347 (6.57%)

[Source: Media Create]

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