PSP Outsells 3DS in Japan

Maybe it’s just an anomaly, but Nintendo can’t be happy that Sony’s hand-held is beating its new 3DS system in Japan for the week. According to data from Media Create and posted on Kotaku, combined sales of the PSP hand-helds reached 58,075 – an increase of 7,000 on the previous week. This compares to 42,979 for the 3DS, which experienced a drop of almost 8,000 over the last seven days.

Combined PSP sales from last week beat the 3DS by a small margin, but this week sales of the PSP-3000 managed to outpace the new portable.

Much of the PSP’s sales were attributed to a dating sim for the system called Amagami. The game sold 69,221 units. Fighting game BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II sold 23,808 units. The only 3DS title in the top 10 this week is baseball game Pro Yakyu Famista 2011 at number nine with 12,851 sales. Other PSP games making the top ten included Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, Monster Hunter Freedom 3, Dissidia 012[duodecim] Final Fantasy, and Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity.


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    Grif says:

    And I agree with you, but I never said anything about beating Sony. I mean, come on, Nintendo’s been dominating the handheld market for nigh on two decades. The fact that it’s taken Sony nearly 5 years to even make this kind of headway doesn’t help their case any.

    And to be fair, I love my PSP.

    Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is great, I’m enjoying The 3rd Birthday, despite the mediocre reviews, and I’m really looking forward to Final Fantasy IV Complete, so I can beat the game for the umpteenth time. And I’m not entirely sure why, but to me, Dissidia 012 [duodecim] does not get old, no matter how many times I use Tifa to beat the bejeezus out of Cloud. Not to mention the dozen other games I own for it.

    I’m just saying that in June, when OoT comes around, people are going to be all over it. And I’m willing to be that the 3DS will have another sales spike in August, when the other big-name titles come out. (Star Fox, Mario, Mario Kart, Paper Mario, among others)

    And if you’ve never played a 3DS, let me tell you. The Face Raiders and the AR cards it come with are addicting as hell. It’s already plenty of fun right out of the box. I’ve had more fun with those than the games I played that are sold seperately, with the exception of SSFIV. In my opinion, totally worth the $250.

    Again, to be fair, they just dropped the price on the PSP to $130, so that’s a good value, too.

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    Thad says:

    Yes, because it totally helped Nintendo beat Sony 15 years ago.  The FIRST time everybody who would want it played it.

    Don’t get me wrong, the main reason I’d be interested in buying a PSP is for its great library of remakes.  But while I’m sure the 3DS’s sales will grow, and I’m sure OoT will move some units, I really don’t think it’s going to be a major driving force in the system’s popularity.

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    finaleve says:

    3DS does have an established library.  It’s called the DS.

    That being said, you are right.  Once the 3DS does actually have it’s own library, then it will easily pick up in sales.  Especially when it comes out with titles like Zelda, Mario, and Metroid.  Those are the titles that makes sales (Imagine playing Metroid Prime in 3D, or even Smash Bros.)

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    MechaCrash says:

    I’m not surprised the PSP outdid the 3DS. The PSP, as mentioned, has an established library, which includes Monster Hunter. And that is a killer app. The 3DS, in the meantime, has squat. It just launched, so pickings are terribly slim. I expect this situation to change once it gets its feet under it and a library behind it, but there’s not a lot of reason to buy a 3DS right away.

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