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Nintendo Dominates Summer Holidays -- Media Create

Friend Collection battles Dragon Quest IX for the top spot.

Talent Yuka continues to appear in commercials for Friend Collection.

Following last week's surprising dominance of PlayStation 2 software, Nintendo took back the Media Create sales charts in the week covering August 10 through August 16. This was the summer vacation period, a time when Nintendo platforms tend to do well.

The top 10 was packed with long sellers. Dragon Quest IX retook the top after being beaten in recent weeks by Monster Hunter 3 and SD Gundam G Generation Heroes. But it just barely beat Nintendo's Friend Collection (rival tracker Enterbrain actually gave the edge to the Nintendo title!). Nintendo continues to promote Friend Collection through television commercials, suggesting that this could yet another long legged success story. Sales of the game have actually risen consecutively for the past four weeks.

Also making news in software sales this week was Wii Sports Resort, which topped the million mark. Its 8 week path to platinum is faster than that of its predecessor's 11 weeks. Monster Hunter 3 had already surpassed PlayStation 2's Monster Hunter 2 figure last week, and now seems to have Capcom's initial million shipment in sight.

Here's the full top 10 for August 10 through August 16.

  • 1. Dragon Quest IX (Square Enix, DS): 127,000 (3,644,000)
  • 2. Friend Collection (Nintendo, DS): 126,000 (728,000)
  • 3. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii): 105,000 (1,006,000)
  • 4. Monster Hunter 3 (Capcom, Wii): 93,000 (750,000)
  • 5. SD Gundam G Generation Wars (Namco Bandai, PS2): 57,000 (233,000)
  • 6. Tales of VS (Namco Bandai, PSP): 35,000 (168,000)
  • 7. Puyo Puyo 7 (Sega, DS): 29,000 (109,000)
  • 8. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G PSP the Best (Capcom, PSP): 27,000 (889,000)
  • 9. Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love (Nintendo, DS): 18,000 (51,000)
  • 10. Penguine no Mondai X Tenkuu no 7-Senshi (Konami, DS): 18,000 (90,000)

Despite five new releases, only one game debuted in the top 50. Square Enix's Wii adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist hit at 25 in its first week.

To give an indication of Nintendo's dominance during this period, Nintendo formats took 69.80% of software sales over the week. This is actually down some from two years ago when the figure was 76.45%.

Most hardware platforms saw a boost, some of which can likely be attributed to the summer break. Xbox 360 nearly doubled in sales, topping PS3. However, Microsoft's relative success could have more to do with lack of availability of the PS3 pending the new slimline remodel.

Here's the full hardware chart with last week's sales in parenthesis.

  • DSi: 87,936 (70,066)
  • Wii: 47,732 (47,140)
  • PSP : 39,882 (33,893)
  • Xbox 360: 9,162 (5,436)
  • DS Lite: 7,921 (8,699)
  • PS3: 5,944 (5,826)
  • PS2 : 4,907 (4,601)

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