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Dissidia, PSP see big gains in year-end Media Create charts

Nintendo titles continue to dominate.

 

Media Create followed up on its regular Friday sales report early this week with another update, bringing the firm up to date following the year-end holiday period.

For the week covering December 29 through January 4, Dissidia Final Fantasy reclaimed the top spot as Nintendo's long-legged titles continued to dominate. Unexpectedly, DSi and PSP proved to the major pieces of hardware for the gift-heavy New Years period.

Dissidia (Square Enix, PSP) sold an additional 104,395 units this week. Now in its third week, it has crossed the 770,000 mark and appears to be on its way to topping a million.

Nintendo's biggest sellers filled the remaining top five. Rhythm Heaven (Nintendo, DS) took second with 89,307 units. It was followed by Kirby: Ultra Super Deluxe (Nintendo, DS) at 77,431 units, Wii Fit (Nintendo, Wii) at 74,416 units and Animal Crossing City Folk (Nintendo, Wii) at 72,948 units. Of these, Rhythm Heaven has crossed the 1.5 million mark. Kirby and Animal Crossing will likely top a million next week.

Last week's top placer, White Knight Chronicles (Sony, PS3) came in at sixth place this week. An additional 71,077 units took the highly anticipated Level-5 RPG to the 278,000 mark.

Older titles made up the rest of the top 10. Wagamama Fashion Girl's Mode (Nintendo, DS) took 7th with 68,316 units. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii) sold 67,475 units. It crossed the two million mark last week. The PSP the Best budget version of Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (Capcom, PSP) made it back into the top 10 with an additional 62,296 units. This sudden surge was likely due to an influx of new PSP adopters. Closing out the top 10 was Momotaro Dentetsu 20th Anniversary (Hudson, DS), with 56,626 units in its third week.

In hardware, the DSi and DS Lite combined once again for over 200,000 unit sales, with the DSi selling 182,518 units and the DS Lite 48,160 units. These were down somewhat from last week's 188,697 and 56,453 units. PSP surged from last week's 118,765 units to 157,088 units.

Aside from the Wii, the consoles were up for the week. Wii fell from last week's 134,958 units to 119,965 units. PS3 saw a leap from 45,989 units last week to 60,654 units. Xbox 360 was up from last week's 13,011 units to 19,694 units.

The software sales total for the week was 2,797,057 units, Media Create reports. This is a drop from the 3,101,066 units of the same period last year (12/31/2007 to 1/6/2008).

Media Create also shared comparison stats between this year and last year for the full holiday sales season. For the six week period covering November 24, 2008 to January 4, 2009, hardware and software were down respectively to 75.90% and 92.43% of last year's totals.

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