Sony's PSP led the Japanese hardware sales charts this week, holding off the Nintendo 3DS for the second week running.
Damn, the NGP is gonna kill in Japan. It's gonna be like the PS3 launch in the US. People getting shot. Buildings on fire. Babys crying. Complete chaos.
I think it has more to do with price and actually having games. The 3DS is new, doesn't any great games out (besides professor layton and street fighter), and is expensive. The NGP will definitely be even more expensive so expect bash articles on this site 2 minutes after the NGP gets released.
Par for the course. I don't know if I'll be getting the ngp at launch. Depends on the games. But I'm DEFINITELY gonna have it.
how is the psp selling against the dsi/lite? Price is a factor if you think about it. People are trying to spin this to their own liking but 3ds is expensive for a portable. It is not selling so hot against itself either and many are forgetting that little fact. Yet because it is the newest it is the only thing they have to compare against the psp. NGP wont sell as well if it too is priced high. Remember people, there arent competing with just each other but with themselves. Popularity of the ds lite and psp are going to be factors in how the 3ds and ngp are received. It wont matter what kind of technical value these new ones offer. Its about the recognition of the popular models and the selection of titles as much as it is price.
"how is the psp selling against the dsi/lite?" what do you mean by THAT? have you seen the chart for Japan lately? even 360 sold more than DS lite and both DSi combined still several thousands below the PS3! PSP has been the best selling platform in Japan for several months in a row now and only beaten for the month when 3DS were released and now back again on top! in Japan, it's almost always not about the price, it's about the GAMES! if it's about price, 360 would have long been dominating but that's not the case! DS and Wii were Japan best selling because of games but now, many great games are on PSP and PS3 thus both trump in their category at the moment! I hope Sony is seeing this trend and release the NGP with popular games across all region! CoD in NA, Monster Hunter in Japan and FIFA/GT for Europe all on day 1 and NGP is set dominate the handheld market!
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL psp is outselling the 3DS, the best handheld ever LOL!
More to do with price and the fact that the country got hit with one of the biggest natural disasters in the history of mankind. Yes. Yes, I think that could be it.
Then PSP sales should have dropped too, but they've been pretty steady these last few months. Last week saw an explosion in sales, just in time for the 3DS. Obviously, you haven't been following the sales. Everyone feels badly for them, but they're pretty resilient. Not much seems to be affected in terms of hardware sales.
not by much while 3DS almost hit a million sold worldwide last week according to vgchartz which even though it's vg, 3DS whoops psp.
VGC usually overestimates Nintendo and MS numbers, and underestimates Sony. Their regular corrections/adjustments are almost always "MS down, Nintendo down, Sony up".
This has to do with price. The 3DS is almost twice the price of the PSP and the 3DS has little to no games because it just came out. Then when you factor in the economy, high oil prices, unemployment increases, this is no surprise a $250 handheld is not selling as well as a $120 handheld that has more games and cheaper ones at that. This is not rocket science folks, it's plain economics.
Well said hoops. Here's a bubble!
The PSP is also outselling the DS, at least in some regions -- basically everywhere but America. Kinda a hole in your theory. A big one.
And the cost of the PSP is also cheaper than the DSi right now. In Canada for example the PSP can be bought in many places for $120 or even less now in some places downtown! The DSi and the larger model are $20-$45 more. If not higher. They are still selling for $139-$169+ http://www.shopbot.ca/pp-ni... http://www.bestbuy.ca/Searc... So sorry to burst your bubble, but my theory of economics in this tight economy holds true. But carry on....with your "hole in your theory..."
@hoops: So... you're going to tell me how PSP games are cheaper next, right? Lots of people buying systems with no games, too? Your theory is weak, at best. The 3DS is a brand new system, that has plentiful supply. It should have appeal if consumers were interested. Sure, price is a factor, but its not the only one -- and um.. won't it always be expensive, relative to the PSP? You could make the same argument to state that price was the sole reason that the DS outsold the PSP for so many years... except it wasn't, was it? Simple economics, right? Lol.
I don't think it's about price. The Wii is selling poorly there and it's cheaper than the PS3. It's the software IMO
The 3DS will be fine. This is what happens when you announce a bunch of cool games, yet very few of them are available to consumers. It'll get better with time, but honestly, Nintendo doesn't deserve more 3DS sales at this point in time.
PSP is cheaper and already has a library of games. Makes sense. In the long run, however, the 3DS will offer much more.
You sir are correct!
the NGP will offer much more. :D
if not, PS2, Wii and DS with great library of games will dominate! week-over-weeks sales is defined by current games and 3DS clearly is lacking behind the PSP and Wii lacking behind the PS3 in terms of games!
The PSP is a lot cheaper than the 3DS and its has a huge library of fantastic titles. So its no surprise that it is outselling the 3DS. However this will only happen in the beginning wait till the NGP comes out then compare the sales of the 2.
library of games have little to do with current sales! PSP was dominating Japan long before 3DS was announced! latest games which people wanted is the key to have great sales!
That hurts but maybe it's because 3DS is low on stock?
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