Sony's PSP has topped the Japanese hardware chart for the week ending the 30th of March. It was predicted that the PSP hardware sales would increase due to the release of the hugely popular Monster Hunter Portable 2G on the 27th of March, which topped the software chart with 880 000 units sold in its opening week. However, the latest Media Create figures show that the PSP sold an impressive 129 986 units, roughly 70 000 units more than last week's 59 833 units.
The Nintendo DS had to content itself with second place and just 58 916 units sold. Nintendo's handheld showed quite a considerable drop from last week's 65 055 units which sales were boosted due to the release of the latest Pokemon game. The Wii took third place in the hardware race and also experienced a decline in sales with 48 785 units sold this week in comparison to last week's 62 404 units.
The PS3 sold 11 206 units, marginally lower than last week's 12 874 units, while PS2 sales experienced a slight bump with 10 296 units, up from 9 990 units last week. What is somewhat surprising is that the Xbox 360 also recorded a slight increase in sales with 1 547 units sold in comparison to last week's 1 407 units.