PSP Beats 3DS in Japan Again

April 11, 2011 -

Another week, another defeat for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. According to sales figures for the week of March 28 - April 3, the PSP sold the most with 57,379 units - up 6,900 units or 13.7 percent. The 3DS was down 15.3 percent compared to last week, followed by the PS3, Wii, DSi LL, and DS. Full charts, from Joystiq, below:

 

  1. PSP: 57,379 [UP] 6,900 (13.67%)
  2. 3DS: 42,979 [DOWN] 7,731 (15.25%)
  3. PS3: 27,453 [DOWN] 1,520 (5.25%)
  4. Wii: 10,249 [DOWN] 1,559 (13.20%)
  5. DSi LL: 9,706 [DOWN] 54 (0.55%)
  6. DSi: 9,566 [UP] 962 (11.18%)
  7. PS2: 1,996 [UP] 134 (7.20%)
  8. Xbox 360: 1,789 [DOWN] 174 (8.86%)
  9. PSP Go: 696 [UP] 80 (12.99%)
  10. DS Lite: 629 [DOWN] 101 (13.84%)

 

Source: Media-Create by way of Joystiq


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Re: PSP Beats 3DS in Japan Again

Let's not forget that the launch titles of the 3DS weren't exactly the strongest either (aside from maybe Super Street Fighter IV 3DS) and that a lot of people are waiting for a particular game to come out first such as Ocarina of Time 3D or Paper Mario 3D. Not only that, but because the technology is very new, I wouldn't be surprised if many want to see how it fares first before making a purchase. If there are any major flaws in the hardware, they will be revealed pretty quickly. So far, it's only been the "black screen of death" which I personally attribute to the game being played rather than the game system (e.g. for me, it happened in only one specific level of Rayman 3D and some had it tripped when loading certain applications).

In short, I think this system will pick up later on when a more established game base materializes. For now, I wouldn't be surprised if many play it safe. Besides, the PSP seems to still be receiving some pretty nice titles too (e.g. that Final Fantasy IV remake which includes "the after years").

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djnforce9: In short, I think this system will pick up later on when a more established game base materializes. For now, I wouldn't be surprised if many play it safe. Besides, the PSP seems to still be receiving some pretty nice titles too (e.g. that Final Fantasy IV remake which includes "the after years"). 

I so want that.

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Re: PSP Beats 3DS in Japan Again

I'm having a hard time getting a good feel for the status of the 3DS.  It seems that every day, there are reports of how much the 3DS is a failure and everyone hates it.  There are also tons of reports of everyone loving the 3DS and it being a huge success for Nintendo.

Hopefully, the smoke will settle and the fate of the damn thing will seem more clear. 

Re: PSP Beats 3DS in Japan Again

The 3DS is getting a start similar to the DS -- it's actually kind of silly.

Just like the DS, people who don't like it are claiming that it's failing and bombing and yadda yadda. But as the software comes out, it'll gain steam and become fairly big. I don't know if it'll be as successful (as the DS) until they boost the battery in the 3DS2, but you definitely need about 6 months of data to make any kind of real forecast.

So regardless of my expectation of it succeeding, take everything with a grain of salt until fall, or Christmas if you really want to be certain.

Re: PSP Beats 3DS in Japan Again

Probably, still for me its worse than the DS at elast it tried soemthing new, the 3DS is crap and assbackwards a shame the nin/apple zombies will happily get raped by it....


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Re: PSP Beats 3DS in Japan Again

I'm surprised to keep hearing this sort of thing, considering how much I want to do development for the thing. I've had limited exposure to it, so maybe you've got a point, but 3D displays offer a lot more options than just a cool appearance (not to mention all the other toys loaded on it). 3D displays legitimately let you show people things that cannot be displayed in 2D screens.

It's not just the illusion of 3D depth, it's all the other things that binocular vision provides. Like real sheen, for example (like how you can tell metal apart from things spray-painted metallic paint, or glossy plastic from flat plastic) -- those effects are caused by each eye percieving different ammounts of light on the same point on an object.

There's also stuff like impossible colors -- there are ways of displaying colors that can't occur in nature with 3D displays, by overlapping colors that normally cancel each other out when blended. You want something to look magical? That's a great way to do it.

And that's just the simple stuff; I'm sure designers more creative than me can easy brainstorm up a few dozen ways of using 3D in a way that makes older display seem pathetically underequipped.

Re: PSP Beats 3DS in Japan Again

Its somewhere in the middle, once people firgue out how to play games without the 3D effect sales should improve.


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Re: PSP Beats 3DS in Japan Again

Amen to that. Looks to me like Nintendo released it too early. Not hardware-wise: thing works fine. Software. Launch line-up sucks, and we're a month away from the eshop, dsiware, Netflix, even the web browser. And who knows when we'll be seeing Mario, Zelda, and Kid Icarus, everything that was supposed to make this thing awesome (besides the 3D, which does get boring fast).

I can say that the 3DS WILL be a must have, but that's later. For now, wait.

Re: PSP Beats 3DS in Japan Again

Slow news day? The 3DS is new and the DS is insanely popular so its more likely the PSP will get a spike in sales, least until the 3DS gets more games. Tho IMO its the worst portable yet.


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