MC 2009-03-09 and Famitsu 2009-03-02: Things of Note


Based on the latest Famitsu hardware numbers...
PSP comparisons: After 222 weeks, PSP is where PS2 was at 174.1 weeks (June 30, 2003), where DS was at 98.2 weeks (October 16, 2006), and where GBA was at 149.8 weeks (January 31, 2004).

X360 comparisons: After 170 weeks, X360 is where GCN was at 16.4 weeks (January 2, 2002), where PS3 was at 34.2 weeks (July 2, 2007), and where Wii was at 5.0 weeks (December 31, 2006).

PS3 comparisons: After 122 weeks, PS3 is where PS2 was at 39.7 weeks (December 1, 2000), where PSP was at 61.3 weeks (February 7, 2006), where GCN was at 119.7 weeks (December 26, 2003), and where Wii was at 32.3 weeks (July 10, 2007).

I think that's an interesting combination. The X360/PS3 hardware numbers now are very much where the PS3/Wii hardware numbers were a year and a half ago.

Wii comparisons: After 119 weeks, Wii is where GBA was at 94.0 weeks (January 5, 2003), where DS was at 75.8 weeks (May 13, 2006), where PS2 was at 112.9 weeks (April 27, 2002), and where PSP was at 163.4 weeks (January 22, 2008).

DSi comparisons: After 19 weeks, DSi is where GBASP was at 39.5 weeks (November 13, 2003) and where DSL was at 12.6 weeks (May 25, 2006).

Based on the latest Media Create hardware numbers...
DS vs PSP: Weekly shares of 47.4 / 52.6 bring total shares to 68.6 / 31.4. At this week's rates, PSP catches up to DS in 3,259.4 weeks (September 2, 2071). If DS stopped selling and PSP continued at this week's rate, it would catch up in 324.6 weeks (June 4, 2015).

X360 vs PS3: Weekly shares of 23.0 / 77.0 bring total shares to 24.8 / 75.2. If PS3 stopped selling and X360 continued at this week's rate, it would catch up in 233.8 weeks (September 7, 2013).

PS3 vs Wii: Weekly shares of 61.0 / 39.0 bring total shares to 27.2 / 72.8. This is the first time PS3 has outsold Wii three weeks in a row, unless you count the three weeks PS3 was out and Wii wasn't. At this week's rates PS3 catches up to Wii in 487.5 weeks (July 19, 2018). If Wii stopped selling and PS3 continued at this week's rate, it would catch up in 175.3 weeks (July 25, 2012).

Week over week, Wii's a little up, everything else is down. Though PS2's amount of down is tiny, and if DS was split into its component parts then DSL would be a little up, too.

Through the first eleven weeks of the year, almost everything is down by some degree. Here's how the year-to-date year-over-year percents stand as of now.

Wii: -62.5%
DSL+DSi: -6.9%
PS2: -55.3%
PS3: -7.0%
PSP: -36.9%
X360: +204.5%

Home hardware: -41.4%
Portable hardware: -21.9%
Sum of all hardware: -30.5%

Here's another way of looking at how things are down this year. I've taken the first eleven weeks of every year DS/PSP/X360/PS3/Wii started in, and ranked them.

DS 2007:1,719,595
Wii 2008: 944,254
DS 2008: 926,177
PSP 2008: 918,997
Wii 2007: 915,139
DS 2009: 861,904
DS 2006: 844,214
PSP 2007: 603,928
PSP 2005: 580,120
PSP 2009: 579,953
PSP 2006: 484,474
DS 2005: 429,545
Wii 2009: 354,367
PS3 2008: 322,510
PS3 2007: 316,475
PS3 2009: 299,850
X360 2009: 134,239
X360 2007: 71,632
X360 2008: 44,092
X360 2006: 28,750

We can note things like that while X360 is having by far its best start, it's also far lower than anything any other modern system has done. We can see that Wii is massively down from last year: last year's Wii start is the second best on the list, even topping most DS starts. However, even with Wii massively down, it's still doing slightly better than any PS3 year so far. PSP isn't having its worst year, but its performance is very similar to early 2005 when it was very new.

Famitsu Software Stuff

Another interesting week on the Famitsu Software Pie. It's very much like last week's, except that with Resident Evil 5, both PS3 and X360 take a bigger share. While not Wii's lowest week in the pie, I believe this is the first time both PS3 and X360 have been above it.

PS3: 32.0%
DS: 31.2%
PSP: 12.3%
X360: 9.1%
Wii: 8.8%
PS2: 6.3%
Other: 0.3%

PS3 Resident Evil 5 is the biggest first week for an RE game in the Garaph database; you'd have to go back to its PS1 heyday to find one bigger. Of course if you add in the sales of the X360 version, it's even greater. There are a lot of things to get jumbled in this mega RE image, but the PS3 one is the one rising above the rest at the far left (3455).

Yakuza 3's (3445) second week is still pretty good, but it loses some ground to Yakuza 2's (2540) bigger second week.

Mario & Luigi RPG 3 (3432) keeps trucking on. It's passed the point where Partners in Time (212) was when it fell out of the Top 30, though not quite the same point for the original (1150).

Game Center CX (Retro Game Challenge) 2 appears to be performing almost identically to... Game Center CX.

This is the first week since Animal Crossing: City Folk released that Animal Crossing: Wild World outsold it by a slight amount: 6,285 to 5,996. A line image wouldn't show very well, since Wild World has popped in and out of the Top 30 this year.


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