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Resident Evil 5, PSP top Media Create charts

Sony continues to dominate as Wii and DS fall.

 

Last week, PlayStation 3 made a rare appearance at the top of the Media Create charts, fueled by sales of nearly 400,000 for Sega's Yakuza 3. This week, Sony's dominance continued in both hardware and software.

Resident Evil 5 got the full special register treatment at major retailers on launch day last week.

For the week covering March 2 through March 8, the PS3 version of Resident Evil 5 was the top selling game in the Media Create charts, with 319,590 units sold. While this was not up to Yakuza 3's debut, the Xbox 360 version did contribute an additional 79,157 units, good enough for third place itself. Both versions exhausted 70% of stock, according to Media Create.

Sega's Seventh Dragon, a DS RPG with a staff that includes such major names as Reiko Kodama, Kazuya Niinou, and Yuzo Koshiro, debuted in second place for the week with 79,757 units. Sega had been heavily promoting the title through weekly website updates, pod casts, and -- a common feature now for domestic promotions -- blog tools that allow users to spice up their blogs with visual elements from the game.

A few older titles followed. Shin Sangoku Musou Multi-Raid (Koei, PSP) fell from its second place debut last week to fourth place with 63,584 units. Yakuza 3 (Sega, PS3) fell from first place to 52,974 units. Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!! (Nintendo, DS) continued with steady sales this week at 44,027 units.

Aibou DS, a Tecmo adventure game that's based off a popular detective drama, debuted in 7th this week with 42,618 units. Super Robot Taisen Z Special Disc (Bandai Namco, PS2), a fan disc for last year's Super Robot Taisen Z game, debuted in 8th with 27,934 units.

Closing off the top ten were Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G PSP the Best (Capcom, PSP) in 9th with 17,234 units, and Tennis no Oujisama: Doubles no Oujisama -- Girls, Be Gracious (Konami, DS) in 10th with 13,855 units. The latter is the latest adaptation of the popular "Prince of Tennis" anime and manga.

Debuting outside of the top 10 this week were the PS3 the Best version of Valkyria Chronicles (Sega, PS3) in 32nd, and Simple DS Series Vol.47 The Detective New Chapter 2009 (D3 Publisher, DS) in 49th. Valkyria will presumably see an influx of interest when a new anime kicks off in early April.

Although PS3 topped the software charts, PSP was tops in hardware this week with 59,568 units sold. The boost from last week's 35,588 units was presumably due to the release of the new Carnival Color series of systems. Media Create reports even sales of around 18,000 each for both the Radiant Red and Vibrant Blue colors.

The new PSP Carnvial Color series debuted this week with red and blue. Green and yellow will follow later this month. All versions of the hardware are offered in both standard and Value Pack varieties.

PS3 also saw somewhat of a boost to 39,835 units, up from last week's 36,513 units, giving it second place for the week. As with Yakuza, Sony made available a hardware bundle for the game, featuring a specially designed black PS3 system.

DSi followed at 32,102 units, down from last week's 35,827 units. DS Lite sold 11,240 units, down from last week's 11,774 units.

For the remaining consoles, Wii fell from last week's 17,876 units to 16,560 units. The 360, which also got its own Resident Evil 5 bundle, saw a slight boost from last week's 11,795 units to 14,994 units.

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