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Street Fighter boosts PS3‭, ‬360‭ ‬sales across Japan

While sales of the Nintendo DS climb above the‭ ‬50k mark following the release of‭ ‬Mario‭ & ‬Luigi RPG3

After much speculation,‭ ‬Media Create has confirmed that Capcom's Street Fighter IV had sold over‭ ‬86,000‭ ‬units in Japan last week.‭

Sales of the title also gave a lift to its two host consoles,‭ ‬the PS3‭ ‬and Xbox‭ ‬360,‭ ‬with both enjoying a combined weekly sales increase of over‭ ‬4,000‭ ‬units.‭

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Individually,‭ ‬Microsoft's box saw sales rise by over fifteen hundred units to reach a weekly figure of‭ ‬9,833.‭ ‬Sony's PS3,‭ ‬on the other hand,‭ ‬enjoyed further gains despite a significantly larger install base,‭ ‬climbing over‭ ‬2,500‭ ‬units to a total weekly sales sum of‭ ‬18,656.‭

The PS3‭'‬s gains,‭ ‬if they occurred last week,‭ ‬would have put Sony's console about‭ ‬2,000‭ ‬units behind Nintendo's Wii system.‭ ‬Yet for the week ended Feb‭ ‬15‭ ‬all next-gen systems,‭ ‬save for one,‭ ‬enjoyed an encouraging rise in sales.‭

The Wii put a stop to its perilous successive weekly sales declines by turning weekly unit growth this week‭; ‬the system saw sales climb over five hundred units to reach a figure of‭ ‬21,016.‭

Nintendo's DSi,‭ ‬however,‭ ‬enjoyed far superior gains,‭ ‬jumping by around‭ ‬4,000‭ ‬units to hit‭ ‬53,483.‭ ‬This is partly due to the new release of Mario‭ & ‬Luigi RPG3,‭ ‬which sold a striking‭ ‬192,945‭ ‬units in its first week.‭ ‬The DS Lite too saw sales up,‭ ‬climbing from‭ ‬12,484‭ ‬to‭ ‬14,810.

Sony's PS2‭ ‬still acts as a relevant unit in Japan,‭ ‬selling at the‭ ‬5,000-mark, though this week climbing around‭ ‬200‭ ‬units.‭ ‬Yet no matter how pleased Sony would be with the sales performances of its home consoles,‭ ‬the company could be slightly concerned with the PSP's weekly sales drop.

Sony's handheld didn't fall too far‭; ‬only down from‭ ‬34,969‭ ‬to‭ ‬34,256,‭ ‬but in the context of a week where all consoles showed signs of recovery from the market slump,‭ ‬Sony will no doubt hope this is a blip and not a trend.

Full list for the week ending Feb‭ ‬8‭ ‬according to Media Create:

  • DSI‭/ ‬53,483‭
  • PSP/‭ ‬34,256‭
  • Wii‭/ ‬21,016‭
  • PS3/‭ ‬18,656‭
  • DS Lite‭/ ‬14,810‭
  • Xbox‭ ‬360‭/ ‬9,833
  • PS2‭/ ‬5332

Article supplied by Edge Online

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