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Zelda helps 3DS dominate Japanese charts

Nintendo takes a comfortable lead in Japan last week

Nintendo's 3DS is back on top in Japan following weeks of disappointing sales, thanks no doubt to the release of the fantastic Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.

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3DS took a comfortable lead in last week's Japanese hardware charts (ending June 19), with its 40,649 sales beating down PSP which sold 31,741, and almost doubling last week's figure of 24,649.

Although Zelda's release was the clear reason for 3DS' revival, the 161k copies Nintendo managed to sell surprisingly came in second to the 166k copies of Level 5's Little Battle eXperience sold for PSP.

Could this be the start of an upturn for 3DS? Nintendo America boss Reggie Fils-Aime probably say so, having stated recently that the 3DS' two main problems - the lack of connectivity and high-profile titles - have now both been addressed with the release of the eShop and web browser firmware update and the arrival of Zelda (the first of Nintendo's key franchises) on the console.

Here are the full Media Create figures for Japanese hardware and software sales for the week ending June 19, courtesy of Andrisang:

Software top 20 all formats:

[PSP] 1. Little Battle eXperience (Level 5, 06.16.11): 166,187 NEW!
[N3DS] 2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time 3D (Nintendo, 06.16.11): 164,110 NEW!
[PS3] 3. Yakuza Of The End (Sega, 06.09.11): 53,775 (352,492)
[X360] 4. Steins; Gate Hiyoku Renri no Darling (5pb., 06.16.11): 31,666 NEW!
[X360] 5. Steins; Gate Double Pack (5pb., 06.16.11): 11,041 NEW!
[N3DS] 6. Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D (Capcom, 06.02.11): 9,062 (83,405)
[NDS] 7. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 Professional (Square Enix, 03.31.11): 7,997 (538,020)
[NDS] 8. Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS (Pokemon, 04.21.11): 6,609 (137,421)
[WII] 9. Wii Party (Nintendo, 07.08.10): 6,556 (1,917,752)
[N3DS] 10. One Piece Unlimited Cruise Special (Namco Bandai, 05.26.11): 6,549 (112,174)
[WII] 11. Wii Sports Resort (Wii Remote Plus Pack) (Nintendo, 11.11.10): 6,476 (353,082)
[NDS] 12. Pokemon Black & White (Pokemon, 09.18.10): 6,434 (5,204,356)
[PSP] 13. Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 (Konami, 04.14.11): 4,232 (184,299)
[PSP] 14. Patapon 3 (SCEJ, 04.28.11): 4,136 (120,934)
[WII] 15. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo, 04.10.08): 3,939 (3,244,896)
[X360] 16. Steins; Gate (Xbox 360 Platinum Collection) (5pb., 06.16.11): 3,914 NEW!
[PS2] 17. Sangokurensenki Otome no Heihou (Prototype, 06.16.11): 3,872 NEW!
[WII] 18. Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo, 10.01.09): 3,844 (2,328,388)
[PSP] 19. Monster Hunter Freedom 3 (Capcom, 12.01.10): 3,758 (4,490,749)
[PSP] 20. Akiba's Trip (Acquire, 05.19.11): 3,601 (93,078)

Hardware (Last week's sales in parentheses):

1. 3DS: 40,649 (24,649)
2. PSP: 31,741 (26,681)
3. PS3: 16,081 (17,104)
4. Wii: 6,678 (6,357)
5. DSi LL: 5,464 (5,283)
6. DSi: 5,322 (5,232)
7. X360: 2,875 (2,370)
8. PS2: 1,346 (1,291)
9. DS Lite: 109 (146)
10. PSP go: 55 (69)

[ SOURCE: Andriasang ]

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