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Animal Crossing tops Media Create sales charts

Wii hardware sees slight boost.

 

One of the biggest DS titles ever came to the Wii last week, and had the expected effect of giving the Wii platform its first top placement on the Media Create software charts in some time. It also drove up Wii hardware sales a bit, helping to push the system over the 7 million total sales mark.

Animal Crossing took first place in the charts covering November 17 through November 23, its 305,180 units narrowly beating out second place's Chrono Trigger (Square Enix, DS) at 270,868 units and third place's Gundam VS Gundam (Bandai Namco, PSP) at 266,932 units.

The Wii entry in the Animal Crossing series. Expectations are high following the DS versions sales of over four million units.

Media Create reports a low 41.27% stock depletion rate for Animal Crossing, but also notes that the title is expected to have demand throughout the holiday buying season, which may have had an effect on retail orders. Additionally, the firm notes that the 300,000 figure is a ways lower than the DS version's first week total of 483,400 units. It suggests that people may be taking a wait and see approach to the Wii version which lacks the play-it-anywhere capability of the DS version.

Regarding the other two entries in the top 3, Media Create notes that Chrono Trigger exhausted 69.82% of stock and far outsold the November 1999 PlayStation remake, which debuted with 114,000. Media Create also reports hearing from retailers that Gundam VS Gundam's sales were centered on male students, overlapping Monster Hunter.

Square Enix and Microsoft made available a hardware bundle simultaneous with Last Remnant's release.

In fourth place this week was Square Enix's Xbox 360 version of Last Remnant, with 101,543 units. The multiplatform RPG, which debuted first on the Xbox 360 is now the second fastest selling domestic 360 title ever, just shy of Tales of Vesperia's 108,000 first week total from the Summer, but ahead of the 80,000 pulled off by Blue Dragon in 2006.

Sega's Sakatsuku DS Touch and Direct soccer simulation was in fifth in its debut week with 71,661 units. This latest entry in the popular soccer simulation series gives players full control over their team on the soccer field.

The rest of the top 10 was older titles. Kirby Ultra Super Deluxe (Nintendo, DS) sold 55,470 units in its third week . It topped the charts in its first two weeks and is closing in on the half million mark. Below it were Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode (Nintendo, DS) at 25,275 units, Rhythm Heaven (Nintendo, DS) at 24,731 units, Pokemon Platinum (Pokemon, DS) at 24,173 units, and Way of the Samurai 3 (Spike, PS3) at 19,641 units. Pokemon will likely top the two million mark over the next two or three weeks. Way of the Samurai 3 has topped 100,000.

The 20th was a packed release day -- typical for the end of the month. Debuting outside the top 10 were Prinny: Is it Okay if I'm the Main Character (Nippon Ichi, PSP) at 13, Koihime Musou (Yeti, PS2) at 15, Otomedeus G (Konami, Xbox 360) at 16, Clank and Ratchet (SCE, PSP) at 23, Koisuru Otome to Shugo no Tate (Alchemist, PS2) at 25, and Motor Storm 2 (SCE, PS3) at 31. Clank and Ratchet was also offered through download sales, which are not included in Media Create's sales totals.

In this weeK's multiplatform matchups, Katei Kyoshi Hitman Reborn! Kindan no Yami no Delta (Marvelous Entertainment) debuted on both the PS2 and Wii, respectively at 27 and 35. Mercenaries 2 World in Flames (Electronic Arts) debuted on the PS3 and Xbox 360 at, respectively, 32 and 45.

In hardware, Animal Crossing's debut gave the Wii a push of about 8,500 units to 35,298 units. As reported earlier in the week, the system has now topped the 7 million mark in domestic sales.

The portables still took the top spots, though. DSi was in first with 88,843 units. Its DS Lite predecessor saw a jump to 18,580 units. The PSP sold 61,226 units, presumably as a result of Gundam's release.

Closing out the hardware list were the remaining consoles. PS3 stayed level with 17,436 units. Xbox 360 saw a surge to 15,474 units, presumably due to the release of a Last Remnant hardware bundle (whose figures were included in the software totals). PS2 managed 5,281 units this week.

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