After months of so-so weekly sales in Japan, the Wii returns to the top of the country's hardware sales charts, its best weekly tally since the release of Monster Hunter 3. Thank New Super Mario Bros. Wii for that!
Japanese Wii sales more than doubled on the release—and massive sales—of the new four-player Mario game, putting Nintendo's console well ahead of its closest competitor, the PSP. Sony's portable platform saw a solid boost from the release of Phantasy Star Portable 2 and Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam Next Plus.
Sony's other lead platform, the PlayStation 3, saw a nice uptick in sales too. Perhaps for Assassin's Creed II, perhaps just due to seasonal spending, but enough to give it a third place showing.
With those three consoles at the top, that means previous hardware chart topper, the Nintendo DSi LL, had to settle for fourth, just ahead of the regular-sized DSi.
Here's how sales tracker Media Create saw the Japanese hardware contest shake down last week.
- Wii - 106,555
- PSP - 67,880
- PlayStation 3 - 57,782
- Nintendo DSi LL - 53,791
- Nintendo DSi - 51,635
- Nintendo DS Lite - 8,367
- Xbox 360 - 5,314
- PSPgo - 3,412
- PS2 - 2,277