MC 2009-05-25 and Famitsu 2009-05-18: Things of Note


Based on the latest Famitsu hardware numbers...
PSP comparisons: After 233 weeks, PSP is where PS2 was at 186.8 weeks (September 27, 2003), where DS was at 101.3 weeks (November 7, 2006), and where GBA was at 157.7 weeks (March 26, 2004).

X360 comparisons: After 181 weeks, X360 is where GCN was at 16.9 weeks (January 5, 2002), where PS3 was at 37.7 weeks (July 27, 2007), and where Wii was at 5.4 weeks (January 3, 2007).

PS3 comparisons: After 133 weeks, PS3 is where PS2 was at 44.9 weeks (January 6, 2001), where PSP was at 67.9 weeks (March 25, 2006), where GCN was at 123.3 weeks (January 20, 2004), and where Wii was at 35.2 weeks (July 30, 2007).

Wii comparisons: After 130 weeks, Wii is where GBA was at 97.5 weeks (January 30, 2003), where DS was at 77.0 weeks (May 21, 2006), where PS2 was at 115.7 weeks (May 17, 2002), and where PSP was at 166.6 weeks (February 14, 2008).

DSi comparisons: After 30 weeks, DSi is where GBASP was at 45.9 weeks (December 27, 2003) and where DSL was at 15.8 weeks (June 16, 2006).

Based on the latest Media Create hardware numbers...
DS vs PSP: Weekly shares of 69.4 / 30.6 bring total shares to 68.3 / 31.7. If DS stopped selling and PSP continued at this week's rate, it would catch up in 441.9 weeks (November 19, 2017).

X360 vs PS3: Weekly shares of 28.1 / 71.9 bring total shares to 24.6 / 75.4. If PS3 stopped selling and X360 continued at this week's rate, it would catch up in 440.3 weeks (December 29, 2019).

PS3 vs Wii: Weekly shares of 41.1 / 58.9 bring total shares to 28.3 / 71.7. If Wii stopped selling and PS3 continued at this week's rate, it would catch up in 390.6 weeks (November 25, 2016).

Week over week, everything is up a little; except for DS which is up a lot.

Our old friend Pac-Man makes a short-lived and painful-looking return this week.

Through the first twenty-two weeks of the year, overall sales are down. However, the systems can be split into camps of 3 up and 3 down. Here's how the year-to-date year-over-year percents stand as of now.

Wii: -64.1%
DSL+DSi: +1.7%
PS2: -50.1%
PS3: +28.4%
PSP: -44.4%
X360: +235.2%

Home hardware: -37.0%
Portable hardware: -24.4%
Sum of all hardware: -29.4%

Last year:

This year:

Famitsu Software Stuff

Bleach: Heat the Soul 6 (3521) is still the top dog in the series after week two... but it's mostly notable for how closely it's mirroring the sales of Bleach: Heat the Soul 5 (2874), currently the best seller in the series.

Wii Monster Hunter G is no longer outselling the equivalent weeks from launch of its PS2 counterpart, but it has passed where the PS2 version was when it dropped out of the Top 30.

Animal Crossing: Wild World probably hit 5 million this week. Last week it sold 3.7K had had 1.5K left to go, but it missed making this week's Top 30.

This week #30 sold 3,162 units. This isn't a record low, but it's among the worst of recent times. There was one worse week last year, when the week of 2008-10-06 #30 sold 2,812. Before that we'd have to go back to 2005, where it was worse than this week seven times. Garaph doesn't currently list weekly data for systems earlier than PS2 and GBA, so it's possible that I'm missing counting some weeks where there was, say, a PS1 game hanging out in #30. But from what I do have, the lowest #30 appears to be 2,449 the week of 2004-05-10.

Thanks to overall low sales, we get more updates of some games which have been leggily trekking on unnoticed for a few months:

Metal Fight Beyblade has a low overall total, but I always find games which seem to sell at such a constant rate interesting.

Kirby Super Star Ultra Deluxe has gained about 50K since we last saw it in early March.

Momotarou Dentetsu 20th Anniversary has also gained about 50K, though in this case it's been working on it since February.

Though this one actually reappeared on the charts last week, this week Wii Sports passes 3.5 million.

At 4,041, Takt of Magic is the lowest first week we've seen for a Nintendo game on Wii--at least among those that actually made the Top 30 on opening week. Before this the low was Captain Rainbow's 6,361.


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