MC 2009-03-23 and Famitsu 2009-03-16: Things of Note


Based on the latest Famitsu hardware numbers...
PSP comparisons: After 224 weeks, PSP is where PS2 was at 176.5 weeks (July 16, 2003), where DS was at 98.8 weeks (October 21, 2006), and where GBA was at 151.2 weeks (February 10, 2004).

X360 comparisons: After 172 weeks, X360 is where GCN was at 16.5 weeks (January 3, 2002), where PS3 was at 35.2 weeks (July 10, 2007), and where Wii was at 5.1 weeks (January 1, 2007).

Again any kind of being specific on a date is bound to be off since we only have data per week... but for our close-enough purposes, X360 has finally made it past what Wii did in its first calendar year.

PS3 comparisons: After 124 weeks, PS3 is where PS2 was at 41.7 weeks (December 15, 2000), where PSP was at 63.2 weeks (February 21, 2006), where GCN was at 120.1 weeks (December 29, 2003), and where Wii was at 32.8 weeks (July 14, 2007).

Wii comparisons: After 121 weeks, Wii is where GBA was at 94.5 weeks (January 8, 2003), where DS was at 76.1 weeks (May 15, 2006), where PS2 was at 113.4 weeks (May 1, 2002), and where PSP was at 164.0 weeks (January 25, 2008).

DSi comparisons: After 21 weeks, DSi is where GBASP was at 41.8 weeks (November 28, 2003) and where DSL was at 12.9 weeks (May 27, 2006).

Based on the latest Media Create hardware numbers...
DS vs PSP: Weekly shares of 54.9 / 45.1 bring total shares to 68.5 / 31.5. If DS stopped selling and PSP continued at this week's rate, it would catch up in 261.0 weeks (March 30, 2014).

X360 vs PS3: Weekly shares of 17.5 / 82.5 bring total shares to 24.7 / 75.3. If PS3 stopped selling and X360 continued at this week's rate, it would catch up in 411.8 weeks (February 18, 2017).

PS3 vs Wii: Weekly shares of 56.9 / 43.1 bring total shares to 27.4 / 72.6. This is the first time PS3 has outsold Wii five weeks in a row. At this week's rates PS3 catches up to Wii in 882.7 weeks (February 27, 2026). If Wii stopped selling and PS3 continued at this week's rate, it would catch up in 214.6 weeks (May 10, 2013).

Week over week, everything is down. Most noticeable with DS and PSP, coming down from bumps.

After its 225th week, the combined DS systems have passed 26 million.

Through the first thirteen 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: -63.1%
DSL+DSi: -4.0%
PS2: -54.5%
PS3: +0.4%
PSP: -36.9%
X360: +207.2%

Home hardware: -40.7%
Portable hardware: -20.9%
Sum of all hardware: -29.4%

Since we've got 13 weeks of MC sales now, a full quarter, it's a decent time to go back to that beginnings-of-years comparison I did a few weeks ago.

DS   2007:1,930,291
DS 2006:1,212,781
PSP 2008:1,108,816
Wii 2008:1,055,443
DS 2008:1,050,148
Wii 2007:1,042,075
DS 2009:1,007,894
PSP 2009: 699,866
PSP 2007: 684,551
PSP 2005: 657,074
PSP 2006: 552,494
DS 2005: 528,393
Wii 2009: 389,738
PS3 2007: 353,823
PS3 2009: 348,110
PS3 2008: 346,590
X360 2009: 144,529
X360 2007: 79,013
X360 2008: 47,046
X360 2006: 33,423

There's shuffling of order several places, but the biggest difference related to modern times is that PS3 is no longer having its worst beginning. It's slightly ahead of last year, but really all three of its years are close enough that it's a tie through the first quarter. Also, note that DS is the first system to reach a million this year. In 2007 and 2008 there were 2-3 that had reached a million by this time.

Famitsu Software Stuff

DS's Super Robot Taisen K is the top game this week, but it starts off lower than the other DS entry of two years ago: Super Robot Taisen W. Also much lower than last fall's Super Robot Taisen Z on PS2, which still seems to be the main Super Robot Taisen platform. Unrelatedly: this series must be running out of letters to stick at the end of titles by now?

Though the new PS2 and Wii Power Pro releases sit higher on the list, a surprise visit comes at #29 this week from the last DS Power Pro released in December. It last appeared in the Top 30 in January, but has apparently continued along pretty well out of sight.

Mario & Luigi RPG 3 (3432) has now passed the last known total of Partners in Time (212) and is less than 1,000 units from passing Superstar Saga (1150). And still has yet to drop from the top 10. Actually, its lowest rank yet was #6 the week starting March 2.

In its fourth week, Yakuza 3 (3445) falls behind Yakuza 2 (2540), but not by much yet.

A bit of a stranger comparison, but looking at some of the top third party console games this generation... it looks like Yakuza 3 will narrowly miss catching up to Taiko no Tatsujin Wii. Their totals are closer than ever this week, but Yakuza's weekly number is less than 1000 ahead, and it seems doubtful it will stick around at this level for a long time.

Neither Animal Crossing made the Top 30 this week.


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