Atlus remake of classic PlayStation role-playing game rules the retail roost as Sony's handheld tops hardware charts for second straight week.
Although it has gained increasing notoriety and acclaim from Western audiences in recent years, the Persona series is the very embodiment of "Big in Japan." The PSP remake of the original Persona role-playing game drove that point home when it debuted at the top of the Media Create Japanese sales charts for the week of April 27 to May 3, leading all comers with 79,200 copies sold.
Persona wasn't the only new release to make the charts that week, given that the top four slots were all taken up by just-launched games. Namco Bandai's Nintendo DS RPG Dragon Ball Kai: Saiyajin Raishuu was a close second with 74,300, trailed by Nintendo's make-your-own-WarioWare-game WarioWare Myself (56,200), and Konami's MLB-licensed baseball game Jikkyou Powerful Major League 2009 for the PlayStation 2 (43,000). Other new releases included Namco Bandai's ToraDora Portable for the PSP (38,400), and a Wii version of Jikkyou Powerful Major League 2009 also managed to squeak into the top 10, rounding out the list with 16,600 in sales.
A few older games also clung to the top of the sales charts for the week. The latest installment in the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series, Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon: Sora no Tankentai managed to make fifth place with 43,000 sold, followed by Monster Hunter G for the Wii in sixth (40,300) and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite in eighth (26,200). The last catalog release to make the charts was Nintendo's Mario & Luigi RPG 3, which placed ninth with 22,000 sold.
On the hardware front, the PSP once again led all comers with 49,600 sold, but it barely outpaced Nintendo's DSi handheld, which moved 49,100 units for the week. As in previous weeks, Nintendo actually topped Sony's portable hardware sales when the DSi and DS Lite are both taken into account.
Of the home consoles, Sony's PlayStation 3 maintained a similarly narrow edge on the Wii, selling 23,600 systems to the Nintendo product's 21,500. Despite a handful of new releases placing in the charts in recent weeks, Microsoft's Xbox 360 remained locked in the current-generation cellar, selling only 7,300 systems for the week.
Week of April 27-May 3, 2009
1) Persona (PSP) - 79,200
2) Dragon Ball Kai: Saiyajin Raishuu (DS) - 74,300
3) WarioWare Myself (DS) - 56,200
4) Jikkyou Powerful Major League 2009 (PS2) - 43,000
5) Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon (DS) - 43,000
6) Monster Hunter G (Wii) - 40,300
7) ToraDora Portable! (PSP) - 38,400
8) Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (PSP) - 26,200
9) Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!! (DS) - 22,000
10) Jikkyou Powerful Major League 2009 (WII) - 16,600
PSP - 49,600
DSi - 49,100
PS3 - 23,600
Wii - 21,500
DS Lite - 7,500
Xbox 360 - 7,300
PS2 - 5,500
Its Japan thats helping PS Sales!!!If sales rate in Japan would be like america then PS Consoles would be on top!!!Stupid recession!
is the entire world going to implode wow the psp outsold the dsi because of 1 game and the ps3 outsold the wii in japan last month because of one demo that was probaly 10minutes long damn i wonder whats gonna happen when FF13 the full game is actually released.
@mariokart64fan Since when was it normal for the PS3 to still for the third month straight outsell the Wii? And when you consider that the Dsi sales are half what Nintendo was projecting and you see the bigger picture. While I applaud nintendo on their success this gen I can't see how you can think that falling numbers are a good thing in any way shape or form for your company of choice. I look at these numbers and am personally glad to see relatively high numbers considering Japan's and the rest of the world's numbers. Basically take your fanboyism some place else and let these people celebrate their handheld of choice.
wii is catching the steam again , by a mear margin ps3 lead lol , and those saying go psp , dont forget dslite and ds i combined sales! out did psp , ,
DS sold more software not taking the sales of wii than the psp and ps2. Nintendo software leads in Japan. There were more ds's sold than the psp. PS3 outsold Wii by a close margin. Competition will mean better games for gamers.
I hope Persona is a true remake and not a port. It had better have widescreen and higher resolution. Otherwise, I'm very much looking forward to it.
Thats great for the PSP but I have to say Im surprised to see the DSi doing that well and I own one.
I can't wait for Unite to come out. Also this persona game looks fun. I need to find out a little more about it.
I'm looking forware to getting Persona for the PSP. Never got to play the original for the Playstation.
Can't wait to compare this one with the original and see how hilarious the old localization was compared to this one.
@ lamprey263 Persona for the psp is going to be awsome (aside from the black guy is now white) but you should know that it doesnt have any of the socializing stuff of 3 and 4
ps3 is selling better as the wii thats awesome.now please bring the japenese games to the western market
I've only played Persona 3 & 4, but I absolutely loved these games, so I'm gonna try the PSP version when it comes out.
Cool, I haven't played a Persona game but I know they are awesome. I would love to pick up the PSP version.
I have a feeling that the current chart isn't gonna change much, the Psp & DSi will switch places occasionally and the Wii might get close or slightly above the Playstation 3 but is gonna be on top most of the time
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