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Layton, Winning Eleven top Media Create charts; PS3 surges

New titles place in weekly sales chart.

 

The third game in Level 5's Professor Layton DS trilogy topped the Media Create sales charts in its first week. But the real area of interest came below as the PS3 version of Winning Eleven 2009 placed second and helped push the PS3 to double last week's sales.

For the week covering November 24 through November 30, Professor Layton and the Final Time Journey was the dominant title, with 347,360 sold. The game was released on November 27.

Past Layton titles, known for their casual appeal, have combined for over 1.5 million units sold. The third entry appears to be off to a good start, as its first week total beat the first weeks for the first and second entries, respectively 137,000 and 294,000 units.

The final DS Professor Layton game. Level-5 aired the game's first commercial back in May promoting Shun Oguri's appearance as a voice actor.

World Soccer Winning Eleven 2009 debuted this week on both the PS3 and Xbox 360. The PS3 version placed second at 168,504 units. The Xbox 360 version was down at 34. The two combined for 176,000 units, a drop from 2008's first week total of 447,000 units, although the PS2 version accounted for 294,000 units last year. This year, the ratio between the PS3 and 360 versions leaned further towards the PS3.

Last week's top placers followed. Animal Crossing City Folk (Nintendo, Wii) placed third at 108,547 units following its debut in first last week. Chrono Trigger, which debuted in second place last week, was in fourth with 80,157 units.

The PS3 hardware bundle package. Pictured on the box is Lionel Andrés Messi, who also features in the game's commercial campaign.

The rest of the top ten was a mix of old and new. Yugioh Duel Monsters GX Tag Force 3 (Konami, PSP) debuted in fifth with 64,179 units. Below it were Gundam VS Gundam (Bandai Namco, PSP) at 56,557 units, Kirby: Ultra Super Deluxe (Nintendo, DS) at 56,176 units, Kenka Bancho 3 (Spike, PSP) at 53,966 units, Musou Orochi Maou Sairin (Koei, PSP) at 45,809 units, and Higurashi Daybreak Portable (Alchemist, PSP) at 32,639 units. The latter three were new for the week.

Aside from the 360 version of Winning Eleven 2009, debuting outside of the top ten were Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna Chapter 2 (Alchemist, DS) at 14, Tamagotchi no Kira Kira Omisecchi (Bandai Namco, DS) at 16, Patapon 2 (SCE, PSP) at 18, Rune Factory Frontier (Marvelous Entertainment, Wii) at 19, Naruto Shippuuden Gekitou Ninja Taisen! EX 3 (Takara Tomy, Wii) at 21, Eiyuu Densetsu Sora no Kiseki Set (Nihon Falcom, PSP) at 26, Bakumatsu Renka Shinsengumi DS (D3 Publisher, DS) at 33, Junjou Romachika Koi no Doki Doki Daisakusen (Marvelous Entertainment, PS2) at 45, and The Convenience Store DS Adult's Management Training (Nippon Ichi, DS) at 47.

The Xbox 360 version of Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft) debuted at 39. The PS3 version won't be released until December 25. The PSP version of Moe Moe 2-ji-taisen Deluxe (Bandai Namco) debuted at 49. The PS2 version, released simultaneously, did not place.

In hardware, DSi was once again at top with 87,185 units sold, remaining level with last week's 89,000. As reported earlier in the week, the system has crossed the 500,000 units sold mark. The DSi is selling at the same rate as the DS Lite, Media Create says, although it's important to note that the DSLite had extreme shortages at its release so it's difficult to compare the two.

PSP dropped a touch from last week's 61,000 units to 55,090 units.

Both the Wii and the PS3 had surges, the PS3 about double to 34,978 units, and the Wii up from 35,000 units to 49,848 units. The PS3 boost is likely explained by Winning Eleven 2009, which was offered as part of a heavily promoted bundle. The Wii boost could be the start of a typical upwards trend as the end of the year approaches.

Closing out the hardware charts was DS Lite at 26,851 units, Xbox 360 at 11,423 units, and PS2 at 5,628 units.

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