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Friend Collection Tops Charts

PSP, Wii sales fall following price drop announcements.

Friend Collection lets you interact with your Miis in various ways.

You can probably count on Nintendo mentioning Friend Collection as an example of that uniquely DS sales pattern displayed in the past by such monster hits as Brain Age. The Mii virtual world program sold 97,000 units this week, according to Media Create, placing it back in first place following a few weeks of disturbance by Pokemon and Gundam.

Friend Collection debuted in late June with 102,000 units. It fell to the 57,000 mark a few weeks later, but has rebounded since, managing 70,000 to 90,000 units every week and grabbing the top spot in the absence of major releases. Total sales for the title have topped the 1.2 million mark.

Media Create attributes the game's success to its popularity amongst female audiences, and to its long play time. The latter keeps the game out of used game shops, helping to maintain sales.

Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver fell to second and third place this week for the first time since their September 12 release. Both SKUs have topped the million mark. According to Media Create, the games have sold through 98% of their stock, with new shipments selling out immediately.

Here's the full top 10, covering September 21 through September 27. Total sales for older titles are in parentheses.

  • Friend Collection (Nintendo, DS): 97,000 (1,220,000)
  • Pokemon Heart Gold (Pokemon, DS): 68,000 (1,009,000)
  • Pokemon Soul Silver (Pokemon, DS): 64,000 (1,010,000)
  • Tales of Vesperia (Namco Bandai, X360): 49,000 (265,000)
  • Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball Portable 4 (Konami, PSP): 42,000 (146,000)
  • Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo, Wii): 36,000 (1,226,000)
  • SaGa 2 Goddess of Destiny (Square Enix, DS): 32,000 (124,000)
  • Dragon Quest IX (Square Enix, DS): 30,000 (3,944,000)
  • Halo 3: ODST (Microsoft, X360): 30,000
  • Yugioh 5D's Tag Force 4 (Konami, PSP): 14,000 (65,000)

On the hardware front, DSi topped the charts this week as the PS3 continued to keep the momentum of its recent hardware revision and price drop. PSP and Wii continued to fall. Both saw price drop announcements at the Tokyo Game Show, although neither took effect until after the sales period.

Here's the full hardware chart for September 21 through September 27

  • DSi: 63,342
  • PS3: 39,960
  • PSP: 17,334
  • DS Lite: 15,057
  • Wii: 11,731
  • X360: 4,854
  • PS2: 2,347

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