MC 2008-12-15 and Famitsu 2008-12-08: Things of Note


Based on the latest Famitsu hardware numbers...
PSP comparisons: After 210 weeks, PSP is where PS2 was at 157.9 weeks (March 8, 2003), where DS was at 93.2 weeks (September 11, 2006), and where GBA was at 143.0 weeks (December 14, 2003).

X360 comparisons: After 158 weeks, X360 is where GCN was at 15.3 weeks (December 25, 2001), where PS3 was at 21.8 weeks (April 6, 2007), and where Wii was at 4.3 weeks (December 26, 2006).

PS3 comparisons: After 110 weeks, PS3 is where PS2 was at 25.6 weeks (August 24, 2000), where PSP was at 55.3 weeks (December 27, 2005), where GCN was at 114.5 weeks (November 20, 2003), and where Wii was at 27.2 weeks (June 5, 2007).

Wii comparisons: After 107 weeks, Wii is where GBA was at 91.7 weeks (December 20, 2002), where DS was at 72.4 weeks (April 18, 2006), where PS2 was at 103.9 weeks (February 23, 2002), and where PSP was at 158.0 weeks (December 16, 2007).

DSi comparisons: After 7 weeks, DSi is where GBASP was at 10.3 weeks (April 22, 2003), and where DSL was at 6.9 weeks (April 15, 2006).

Based on the latest Media Create hardware numbers...
DS vs PSP: Weekly shares of 63.5 / 36.5 bring total shares to 69.0 / 31.0. If DS stopped selling and PSP continued at this week's rate, it would catch up in 93.9 weeks (October 9, 2010).

X360 vs PS3: Weekly shares of 24.8 / 75.2 bring total shares to 24.1 / 75.9. If PS3 stopped selling and X360 continued at this week's rate, it would catch up in 136.3 weeks (August 3, 2011).

PS3 vs Wii: Weekly shares of 23.0 / 77.0 bring total shares to 26.0 / 74.0. If Wii stopped selling and PS3 continued at this week's rate, it would catch up in 121.8 weeks (April 23, 2011).

Week over week the big improvers are DS, PSP, and Wii; with PSP and Wii switching places from last week.

Are PS2's 10K hardware days finally over? It has done so a few times this year, but is now failing to do so in the peak of the holiday season and doing far worse than the year before.

GCN and PS3 get compared a lot, and now their third year numbers are looking pretty similar. This is a turnaround from earlier in the year, where PS3 got an early lead and kept it with things like the MGS4 spike. However, GCN was a bit of a holiday machine and is making up ground FAST in the last weeks of the year. Unless PS3 hits 91K next week (more than a doubling of this week's sales), it falls behind.

Famitsu Software Stuff
Animal Crossing City Folk (3281) continues its previous trend of both failing to keep up with Wild World (95) while still doing much better than previous console releases. It should soon be the #1 console version.

Inazuma Eleven fell off the charts, but has returned with legs showing.

Pokémon Platinum joins the 2 million club. It also apparently passes up Pokémon Emerald on the charts, though since Emerald's last update was 2007's Top 500 list its number is out of date.

New software group: Taiko no Tatsujin
Among known numbers, Taiko no Tatsujin Wii's (3314) first week gives it rank 9 of 15. At 115K, it's the best first week of the series since... actually, ever, it appears.


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