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Kingdom Hearts, Gyakuten Kanji, DSi Lead Media Create Charts

Nintendo takes over following key releases.

The new Kingdom Hearts includes four player simultaneous play options.

DSi saw a sales surge last week thanks to some major releases. Media Create's sales charts covering May 25 and May 31 have the Nintendo platform in top with twice the sales of its nearest competitor.

Nintendo sold 65,537 DSi units over the week, up nearly twice over the previous week's 33,833 units. DS Lite sold an additional 7,519 units, up a bit from last week's 5,631 units.

PSP rose slightly from last week's 27,536 units to 32,251 units this week. This sales period does not reflect the announcement of PSP go, although given the changes in form factor and the price increase from PSP-3000, it's not necessarily a given that there will be an effect.

Console sales, while up slightly, continued to remain on the low side. Wii took the top spot with 17,810 units, up from last week's 16,233 units. PS3 came in at 12,427 this week, up from last week's 10,932 units. Xbox 360 rose from last week's 3,854 units to 4,857 this week.

DSi's success can likely be attributed to two major releases. Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days topped the charts in its first week of sales this week, with 295,205 units. Following it in second was Capcom's Gyakuten Kenji (Ace Attorney Investigations) with 171,940 units in its first week.

These are middle ground as far as past entries in their respective series go. Kingdom Hearts II on the PS2 sold 728,000 units in its first week in 2005. Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories, however, managed just 200,300 units in its first week in 2004. For Kenji, the last entry in the series sold 250,000 units in its first week. It should be noted, however, that the last entry was Gyakuten Kenji 4, a full numbered entry.

Both titles depleted a good amount of their stock, suggesting that they sold at or beyond expectations. Kingdom Hearts had a sell-through rate of 77.29%. Gyakuten Kenji sold through 73.45%.

Another common point for both titles was the release of hardware bundles. The 358/2 Days bundle sold 18,000 units, and was basically sold out by the game's second day of sales. The Kenji bundle sold just 2,000 units. Media Create cites this as an indication that, for a system with 26 million users, game makers need to add additional bonus content to their hardware bundles in order to encourage purchases.

The Kingdom Hearts and Gyakuten Kenji DSi units.

Outside of the top two, the top ten was a mix of new releases and top performers from the previous week. The PS3 version of Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires (Koei) debuted at 3 with 75,859 units. The 360 version placed 10 with 16,528 units.

In 4th place was last week's number one game, Level-5's new DS puzzle/mystery game Sloan and McHale's Mysterious Story. This sold 32,865 units in its second week. This was good enough to beat newcomers Yuusha 30 (Marvelous, PSP) in 5th at 26,451 units, Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kizuna Vol.3 (Alchemist, DS) in 6th at 22,876 units, Utawareru Mono Portable (Aqua Plus, PSP) in 7th with 21,682 units, and H.A.W.X. (Ubisoft, PS3) in 8th with 19,115. Let's Make a Pro Baseball Team! 2 (Sega, DS), which debuted last week, placed 9th this week with 17,083 units sold.

Other new releases this week include Haruhi Suzumiya no Chokuretsu (Sega, DS) at 12, Tactics Layer (D3 Publisher, DS) at 26, Battlestation Pacific (Spike, Xbox 360) at 27, The Last Guy (Sony, PS3) at 28, Memories Off 6 T-Wave (5pb, PSP) at 30, Youkoso Hitsuji Mura Portable (Success, PSP) at 33, Witch Tale (Nippon Ichi, DS) at 36, Bamboo Blade (Gadget Soft, PSP) at 38, Claymore (Digital Works, DS) at 40, and Myself; Yourself (Yeti, PS2) at 47.

Total software sales for the week stood at 1,224,865 units, Media Create reports. This is the first time the market has crossed the million mark since the last week of April.

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