Game market slowest since start of 2009 -- Media Create Charts
Gundam stays on top as DSi and PSP continue to fight for the top hardware spot.
The domestic games market saw its slowest week yet in 2009 over March 30 to April 5, Media Create reported today. A total of 790,499 pieces of software were sold over the week. This is 75.16% of the total for the week prior and the lowest figure thus far this year.
Gundam Senjo No Kizuna Portable (Namco Bandai, PSP) remained in top, but dropped from last week's debut at 85,208 units to 34,122 units. This was just sufficient to beat Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!! (Nintendo, DS), which rose to second place this week with 32,731 units.
The first of two top ten newbies came in at third as Pro Baseball Famisuta DS 2009 (Namco Bandai, DS) sold 27,301 units in its debut week. This is lower than the first week sales of 49,000 experienced by 2007's Pro Baseball Famisuta DS. That title went on to sell 137,000 units.
Following Famisuta were Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G PSP the Best (Capcom, PSP) in fourth with 23,812 units, Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2009 (Konami, PS2) in fifth with 16,362 units, Musou Orochi Z (Koei, PS3) in sixth with 15,346 units, Makai Senki Disgaea 2 Portable (Nippon Ichi, PSP) in seventh with 15,305 units, and Super Robot Taisen K (Namco Bandai, DS) in eighth with 12,755 units.
The PS3 version of Winning Post World (Koei) debuted in ninth with 12,694 units. The PS2 version, also released over the week, debuted at eighteen. The Wii version did not place.
Closing out the top ten was Wii Fit with 11,843 units.
The only other newcomer to place in the top 50 this week was 11eyes CrossOver (5pb., Xbox 360) at 13. A total of 12 new titles were released over the week, meaning most of the new releases did not crack the top 50.
In hardware, the PSP and DSi continued to fight for the top spot as the other systems continued to fall. DSi once again came out on top with its 53,680 units beating the PSP's 48,118 units. Last week, the two systems sold, respectively, 57,401 units and 54,148 units. The DS Lite sold 8,729 units this week, up from last week's 8,408 units.
PS3 fell from last week's 22,825 units to 20,362 units, but this was still enough to beat Wii, which sold 15,525 units, down from last week's 17,276 units. Xbox 360 rose from last week's 4,849 units to 7,812 units this week.