PS3 drops to last place in Media Create hardware charts
System falls below PS2, boosted by Super Robot Taisen Z.
While the PS3 has been trailing in the current generation hardware race for the past few weeks, the latest Media Create hardware sales chart has the system in an even lower spot. For the period covering September 22 to September 28, the PS2, fueled by a debut at the top of the software charts for Super Robot Wars Z, managed to top the PS3, putting Sony's current main console at the bottom of the list amongst the hardware Media Create tracks.
DS topped the charts once again over the period with 57,847 units. Wii sold 26,314 units, about level with the PSP which dropped even further, to 25,671 units.
For the PSP, it's likely that dampening sales can be attributed to the upcoming October 16 release of the PSP-3000 units.
In the lower tier of the hardware race, Xbox 360 once again lead the way with 11,291 units. The 360 has remained atop the PS3 and PS2 since its September 11 price drop. PS2 sold 9,848 units with the PS3 closing off the list at 8,275 units.
Super Robot Wars Z sold close to double its nearest competitor in its debut to top the software charts with 366,493 units. While lower than 2005's Dai-san-ji Super Robot Taisen Alpha's 470,000 units, this was a bit higher than last year's Super Robot Taisen OG Original Generations.
The nearest competitor was Pokemon Platinum, which, in its third week, sold an additional 195,479 units, taking it close to the 1.5 million mark. Rhythm Tengoku Gold placed third with 65,000 units, giving it total sales since its July 31 release of 65,000 units.
A couple of new titles followed. Sega's World Destruction placed fourth with 55,938 units. The game has been heavily promoted with commercials and cross-media products. Kinniku Man Muscle Grand Prix 2 Tokumori debuted at 5th on the PS2 with 35,240 units.
The top-ten closed off with Dragon Ball DS (Bandai Namco, DS) at sixth with 29,879 units, followed by Cross Edge (Compile Hearts, PS3) at 22,386 units, Wii Fit (Nintendo, Wii) at 21,261, Aquanaut's Holiday (SCE, PS3) at 17,646 units, and Disaster Day of Crisis (Nintendo, Wii) at 14,310 units. Cross Edge, Aquanaut, and Disaster were new.
A number of games debuted outside the top ten. Mana Khemia Portable (Gust, PSP) placed 12th in its first week. Knights in the Nightmare (Sting, DS), promoted just prior to release with a Minna no Nintendo Channel and DS Station demo, debuted at 12. Below those two were Soul Eater Monotone Princess (Square Enix, Wii) at 19, Chokkan! Asonde Rirakuma (Rocket Company, DS) at 20, Cosplay Hajimemashita (ASCII Media Works, PS2) at 22, Sim City Creator (Electronic Arts, Wii) at 29, You Can Pen Character Training (Sega, DS) at 33, Bomberman (Hudson, Wii) at 41, Kumatanchi (Dimple, DS) at 43, Sugar+Spice (Alchemist, PS2) at 46, and True Fortune (Enterbrain, PS2) at 48.
In all, 23 newcomers made it into the top 100. Total software sales for the top 100 was 1,164,533 units, a bump of 27.08% from last week, which saw the debut of Pokemon Platinum with nearly a million sales.