Sony dominated the Media Create sales charts for the third week in a row, with PSP topping hardware and PS3 taking up three spots in the top 10. The latter feat was a first for the system.
Koei's Warriors Orochi Z topped the charts in its first week with 112,283 units. This is well lower than Dynasty Warriors 6's 2007 debut at 188,000 units, although Media Create notes that the game did sell through 70% of its stock. Additionally, the firm notes that the game could have been affected by not being an original title and also coming so close to such major hits as Yakuza 3 and Resident Evil 5.
The PS3 version of RE5 was second this week with 61,483 units, bringing its total to around the 38,000 mark. The 360 version fell to 12 this week.
Nintendo's DS puzzle game Rittai Picross placed third in its first week with 38,056 units. As always with casual Nintendo titles, one must pay close attention to long term sales.
Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!! (Nintendo, DS) followed in 4th this week, with its 37,907 units taking it close to the 400,000 mark. Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce (Koei, PSP) fell from last week's second place to fifth place this week with 33,000 units taking it above the 300,000 mark.
A mix of new and old followed. The Play on Wii version of Pikmin 2 (Nintendo, Wii) debuted in 6th place with 28,706 units. Yakuza (Sega, PS3) followed with 23,815 units, bringing its total up to 449,000. Seventh Dragon fell to 8th this week with 22,341 units. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G PSP the Best placed 9th with 16,209 units. The budget re-release could cross the half million mark next week. Resistance Retribution (Sony, PSP) debuted this week with 15,651 units.
Debuting outside the top ten this week were Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 1st Love Plus (Konami, DS) in 13th, the delayed Atelier Annie (Gust, DS) in 15th, Galaxy Angel II (Broccoli, PS2) in 20th, Idol Master Twins (Bandai Namco, Xbox 360) in 29th, Sonic and the Black Knight (Sega, Wii) in 30th, and Ever 17 The Out of Infinity (Cyber Front, PSP) in 34th.
In the hardware race, PSP and PS3 combined for over 50% of sales. PSP topped the charts with 43,463 units, presumably still fueled by the recent color releases. This was down from last week's 59,568 units, but still ahead of the 35,588 units from the week before. PS3 followed with 28,014 units, down from last week's 39,835 units.
DSi fell from last week's 32,102 units to 27,564 units this week. It's presumable that potential buyers were waiting for today's new color variation release (sales for the new units will be reflected in next week's charts). DS Lite sold 11,571 units, remaining level with last week's 11,240 units.
Closing off the hardware charts, Wii rose from last week's 16,560 units to 17,941 units this week. Xbox 360 fell sharply from last week's Resident Evil-influenced 14,994 units to 8,378 units this week.