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Japanese Charts: Xbox 360 Beats PS3 Again
Japanese Charts: Xbox 360 Beats PS3 Again Exclusive
September 26, 2008 | By David Jenkins

September 26, 2008 | By David Jenkins
More: Console/PC, Exclusive

The Xbox 360 has managed to outsell the PlayStation 3 for the second consecutive week in Japan, although sales are down on the previous week across the board.

As Pokemon Platinum still rides high in the software charts the Nintendo DS was again the best-selling platform of the week, despite sales falling by around 2,500 units to a total of 61,242.

As PSP hardware sales continued their decline, the Wii was able to steal second place, as sales rose by a few hundred units to 29,686. The PSP experienced a drop of around 1,500 units to 28,674, as the market continues to wait for the release of the new PSP-3000 model.

Despite a drop in sales of over 14,000 units, the Xbox 360 was still the fourth best-selling platform of the week, with a total of 13,777 units. It is unclear to what degree continuing retail inventory problems are to blame for the fall, although they are not reported to be a severe as in previous weeks.

PlayStation 3 sales were almost entirely unchanged at 8,156 units, despite the top five success of Eternal Sonata in the software charts. Sales of the PlayStation 2 were also static at 7,720 units.

Overall in the top 50, there were 22 titles for the Nintendo DS, nine for the Wii, seven for the PSP, six for the PlayStation 2 and only three each for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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Peter Park
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It's interesting to see how exclusive JRPG titles can change the landscape in Japanese market, at least in terms of Xbox360 and PS3.

Xbox360 has been considered to be lesser of the kind in Japan, and then a few notable titles (for US but probably gigantic franchises in Japan) come out as exclusives, and Xbox360 and PS3 switch their position right away. It makes one feel unfortunate for 360 that this had to happen only now. (since MS did realize this and tried so hard, yet failed)

Also, this seems to point out how resistant Japan's market is, no, how *Japanese consumers* are to change. Must be why Japanese developers are finding themselves failing to evolve and catch up to the rest of the world.

Geoffrey Mackey
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It's pretty cool to see happen. There are about 10 quality JRPG's on the 360 and now it's finally starting to catch on. I remember reading initially MS had a terrible marketing campaign out there and even the tagline "Jump In" just doesn't translate well to native Japanese. I wonder if they have made changes marketing wise, or maybe they're just letting the games do the talking. If the trend continues Square may be forced to release FF13 on 360 in Japan as well. It doesn't seem to late for MS though. PS3's haven't exactly been selling like hot cakes. The market there just doesn't seem to be into HD gaming.