updated 03:05 pm EDT, Thu April 5, 2012
Nintendo 3DS outsells Sony gear for second week
Nintendo's handheld 3DS gaming console has topped the sales charts in Japan for week of March 26 to April 1. While this is the second week its was atop the charts, the week saw nearly a 30 percent boost from that earlier week, now at 121,921 units, according to numbers reported by Media Create (viaAdrianSang). The numbers were large enough that the total of 3DS sales outnumber the combined numbers of all of Sony's consoles, including the PS3, PSP, PS Vita, and PS2.
They totaled 55,606 for the week, or less than half of the 3DS' sales, with the PS3, PSP, and PS Vita taking up the number 2 through four slots for the week, in that order. It should be noted that the 3DS' numbers were greater than the combined sales of all Sony gaming hardware the previous week as well, though the difference wasn't as great.
The boost was no doubt bolstered by the March 29 launch of the Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance game, which is exclusive to the 3DS. Square Enix, the game's developer, partnered with Nintendo on a bundle for the 3DS system. Sales numbers for this bundle aren't available, however.