DS Lite, Winning Eleven top Media Create sales charts
Two weeks in a row at top for Nintendo Portable
It's two weeks in a row at top for the DS. Following months of PSP hardware domination, the DS took Media Create's top hardware spot for the second week in a row as a PS2 game topped the software charts.
DS Lite sold 55,995 units over the week covering August 18 to August 24, placing it comfortably over the PSP's 47,604 units.
In consoles, Wii managed 35,173 units, again beating all other console hardware combined. PS3 sold 9,020 units, narrowly beating the PS2's 8,420 units. Xbox 360 dropped further from its Tales of Vesperia surge down to 3,551 units, although as with last week, hardware shortages may have had something to do with this.
The PS2 took a rare number one spot in software this week as J League Winning Eleven 2008 Club Championship debuted with 79,375 units. This is half of what the 2007 edition of the title sold, Media Create notes in its own brief analysis of the figures.
Rhythm Tengoku Gold (to be known as Rhythm Heaven internationally) dropped to second this week with 56,552 units, but this was good enough to beat Level-5's latest self-published DS title, Inazuma Eleven, which debuted in 3rd with 41,474 units.
Following the top three were Dragon Quest V (Square Enix, DS, 32,496 units), Phantasy Star Portable (Sega, PSP, 31,414), and Wii Fit (Nintendo, Wii, 30,096), all older titles.
Two new titles followed as Koei's Harukanaru Toki no Naka de Yumenouki Hashi, the new DS entry in the Harukanaru series, debuted with 25,549 units and Square Enix's Sigma Harmonics debuted on the DS with 23,076 units.
Closing off the top ten were Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, Wii, 19,450 units) and Band Brothers DX (Nintendo, DS, 15,605).
Debuting outside of the top ten were Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpuchou (Marvelous Entertainment, DS, 11th place), Memories Off 6 T-wave (5pb., PS2, 16), Secret Game Killer Queen (Yeti, PS2, 35).
The top 100 sold a total of 711,453 units, Media Create reports, a drop to 71.95% of last week. The firm attributes this to calming buying patterns following the end of the Obon summer holiday period.