MC 2009-04-06 and Famitsu 2009-03-30: Things of Note


Based on the latest Famitsu hardware numbers...
PSP comparisons: After 226 weeks, PSP is where PS2 was at 179.3 weeks (Augut 5, 2003), where DS was at 99.5 weeks (October 25, 2006), and where GBA was at 152.8 weeks (February 21, 2004).

X360 comparisons: After 174 weeks, X360 is where GCN was at 16.6 weeks (January 3, 2002), where PS3 was at 35.7 weeks (July 13, 2007), and where Wii was at 5.1 weeks (January 1, 2007).

PS3 comparisons: After 126 weeks, PS3 is where PS2 was at 42.4 weeks (December 20, 2000), where PSP was at 64.1 weeks (February 27, 2006), where GCN was at 120.4 weeks (December 30, 2003), and where Wii was at 33.2 weeks (July 16, 2007).

Wii comparisons: After 123 weeks, Wii is where GBA was at 94.9 weeks (January 11, 2003), where DS was at 76.3 weeks (May 16, 2006), where PS2 was at 113.9 weeks (May 4, 2002), and where PSP was at 164.7 weeks (February 1, 2008).

DSi comparisons: After 23 weeks, DSi is where GBASP was at 44.2 weeks (December 16, 2003) and where DSL was at 13.8 weeks (June 3, 2006).

Based on the latest Media Create hardware numbers...
DS vs PSP: Weekly shares of 53.8 / 46.2 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 346.2 weeks (December 1, 2015).

X360 vs PS3: Weekly shares of 37.8 / 62.2 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 198.9 weeks (February 3, 2013).

PS3 vs Wii: Weekly shares of 55.6 / 44.4 bring total shares to 27.6 / 72.4. This is the first time PS3 has outsold Wii seven weeks in a row. At this week's rates PS3 catches up to Wii in 1,458.8 weeks (March 28, 2037). If Wii stopped selling and PS3 continued at this week's rate, it would catch up in 292.8 weeks (November 22, 2014).

Week over week, everything is down... except X360.

Through the first fifteen 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: -63.5%
DSL+DSi: -3.0%
PS2: -53.4%
PS3: +5.2%
PSP: -40.0%
X360: +227.3%

Home hardware: -39.8%
Portable hardware: -22.7%
Sum of all hardware: -29.8%

By Media Create's reckoning, PS3 hits 3 million in its 127th week.

Famitsu Software Stuff

Mario & Luigi RPG 3 (3432) remains in the top 10, and continues increasing its lead over the previous games in the series. There's little telling where this one will end up. Since it hasn't behaved like the previous two games, using them as a model isn't appropriate. And since the last few weeks of sales are so steady (30K, 29K, 30K, 27K) it's hard to predict its eventual pattern down to negligible sales.

The numbers in this week's Top 30 are quite low, which leads to a few interesting results. For instance, when Yakuza 3 placed 30th last week, I said that would be the last we saw of it in the Top 30. However, this week it managed to both move up three places on the list and sell 1400 fewer copies than the week before.

Also burbling up on the bottom thanks to the low barrier are two old DS favorites, Animal Crossing Wild World and Taiko Drum Master 2.

Animal Crossing has continued at a pace of about 6K a week, and so should pass 5 million with about 5 more weeks of sales.

Taiko DS 2 (2860) makes its first appearance on the charts in over 2 months, and in the meantime has added over 50K to its total. This apparently has it passing up the original Taiko DS (297), but since it's had great legs too, it's probably gained a bit since we last saw an update for it at the end of 2008, too. It's a good thing Taiko DS2 had an updated sales total this week; otherwise, it's previously known total of 484,186 would've been surpassed this week by Taiko Wii at 484,657.

Another incredible effect of such a low week: my Famitsu Top 30 Software bar generator can't muster up the will to add a display number higher than 0 for the Y axis. Truly, this week's sales are better than nothing.


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