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Japanese Hardware: PS3 Sales Nearly Double On  Yakuza 4 , Torne Launch
Japanese Hardware: PS3 Sales Nearly Double On Yakuza 4, Torne Launch
March 26, 2010 | By Kris Graft

March 26, 2010 | By Kris Graft
More: Console/PC

PlayStation 3 sales nearly doubled week-on-week in Japan to 50,164 for the week ended March 21, according to Media Create.

Thanks to the boost, the PS3 was able to outsell regular handheld chart-toppers PlayStation Portable as well as Nintendo's line of DS hardware.

The PS3's strong performance occurred the same week as the release of Sega's Japanese organize crime-themed game, Yakuza 4. Media Create reported that the game sold a hefty 384,000 units in its opening week.

In addition, this week saw the much-awaited release of the Torne, a device that turns the PS3 into a digital recorder. It is available in Japan as a standalone unit as well as bundled with a PS3.

PSP sales, including the PSP-3000 and PSP Go, stood at 39,508 units for the week, enough to capture the second slot. Combined sales of the DS line, which includes the DS Lite, DSi and DSi XL, were close behind at 38,974 units for the week.

Below are the full sales rankings from Media Create for the week ended March 21, 2010. (The second chart lumps together sales of all models in a given line of hardware.)

LW TW Platform Weekly Sales Last Week
3 1 PS3 50,164 26,481
1 2 PSP 38,017 39,125
2 3 Wii 31,101 31,460
4 4 DSI LL 20,765 21,604
5 5 DSI 14,256 13,581
6 6 DS Lite 3,953 3,920
7 7 Xbox 360 2,419 2,668
8 8 PS2 1,711 1,825
9 9 PSP Go 1,491 1,191

LW TW Platform Weekly Sales Last Week
4 1 PS3 50,164 26,481
1 2 PSP 39,508 40,316
2 3 DS 38,974 39,105
3 4 Wii 31,101 31,460
5 5 Xbox 360 2,419 2,668
6 6 PS2 1,711 1,825

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Jeremy Reaban
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Uh, actually a lot of it was probably due to sales of that Torne device, not so much Yakuza 4. Basically it's a thing that turns the PS3 into a DVR...which apparently isn't as available in Japan as elsewhere

David Rodriguez
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@Jeremy the article just says it happened same week as launch, not necessarily "thanks to the yakuza 4launch, PS3 doubled" but I still see your point. The Torne released March 18th so it should have been mentioned in this article.

Kris Graft
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Hey guys. Yes Torne's launch is definitely worth mentioning so I updated the story. Hopefully we'll know more soon about how many units it sold, and how many PS3 bundles were included.

Jasper W
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I'd like to see an analysis on the Japanese market. Instead of the exception of more units sold of Sony's products, Sony and Nintendo seem to be battling for the top spot for a while now. Where does all this support for PSP in Japan come from?