As widely expected, the latest entry in the Kirby series topped the Media Create sales charts for the week covering November 3 to November 9. In hardware, the DSi remained at the top as supplies made it back into retail.
Fully titled Hoshi no Kirby: Ultra Super Deluxe, the latest title starring Nintendo's pink mascot who sucks up enemies to take on their powers, not only topped the charts, it dominated, outselling the total of all other games in the top ten. In its first week, Kirby managed sales of 265,654 units, far ahead of the 166,000 units at which 2006's Hoshi no Kirby Sanjou! Dorocche-dan debuted. That title went on to top the million mark, suggesting that Nintendo could have yet another million selling DS game on its hands.
The rest of the top ten was old in what was overall a slow week for game releases. Taking second place was Rhythm Heaven (Nintendo, DS) with 39,891 units. Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode (Nintendo, DS) took third with 37,411 units. Pocket Monsters Platinum (Pokemon, DS) was in fourth with 36,670 units.
The PS3 version of Grand Theft Auto IV (Capcom) dropped from its first place finish last week to fifth this week with 35,851 units. The Xbox 360 version was down in 22nd for the week.
Closing out the top ten were Valkyrie Profile Toga wo Seou Mono (Square Enix, DS) at 32,569 units, the PSP the Best budget version of Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (Capcom, PSP) at 19,048 units, Walk to Know: Lifestyle Rhythm DS (Nintendo, DS) at 18,465 units, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Spec III (Sony, PS3) at 16,927 units, and LittleBigPlanet (Sony, PS3) at 16,905 units.
As with last week, it should be noted that the GT5 Prologue and LittleBigPlanet sales include hardware bundles. Currently, both games are available individually and packaged with 80 gigabyte PS3 systems. Aside from the LittleBigPlanet bundle and remaining 40 gigabyte systems, the only way to purchase a PS3 is through the GT5 Prologue bundle, so it's likely that sales of the game and the system will match closely for the time being.
Games debuting outside the top ten this week included Shugo Kyara! Amu no ni Jiiro Chara Change (Konami, DS) at 13, Wrestle Angels Survivor 2 (Try First, PS2) at 15, Wind of Nostalgio (Tecmo, DS) at 21, Zero no Tsukai Ma Mayogo no Period to Ikusen no Symphony (Marvelous Entertainment, PS2) at 25, and Jiro Akagawa Mystery (Marvelous Entertainment, DS) at 40.
In hardware, the DSi sold 104,897 units for the week, likely another sellout. Prior to the system's November 2 release, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata had told investors that the initial shipment would be followed a week later by a shipment of 100,000.
PSP stayed level with last week at 43,726 units. The Wii also stayed within its regular range, selling 24,726 units.
In the high end system race, the PS3 failed to keep the momentum of the release of its 80 gigabyte Gran Turismo 5 Prologue bundle, dropping down more than half to 18,354 units. The Xbox 360 saw a surge to 12,759 units with the release of a Value Pack bundling extra games with the hardware at no additional charge.
Closing out the hardware chart were two systems on their way out: the DS Lite at 8,381 units, and the PS2 at 5,743 units.