Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata may have recently identified an "urgent" situation
in Japan that saw lagging sales of the Nintendo Wii, but the hardware was in top form this week.
For the week ended December 13, the Wii sold 135,898 units, a 2009 record for the Wii in Japan. That figure was up from the previous week's already very strong 106,555, and enough to put the Wii on top of the hardware charts for the second week in a row.
The Wii's strong figures arrived as Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros. Wii
hit store shelves on December 3, selling strongly
. The weeks just prior to the game's release saw Wii hardware sales ranging from around 25,000 to 45,000 units.
The PlayStation 3, which recently hit 4 million units sold in Japan, saw sales rise to 75,086 units, up from the prior week's 57,782. PSP sales grew to 71,885 from 67,880. Total sales of the DS line (DSi LL, DSi, DS Lite) were 137,566 for the week, up from 113,793.
Xbox 360, whose performance typically lags in Japan, also saw a bit of a sales boost, as the console moved 10,646, up from 5,314 units a week ago. Below are the full sales rankings from Media Create for the week ended December 13.
DSi LL: 58,006
DS Lite: 11,376
Xbox 360: 10,646
PSP Go: 3,077