The Japan Preview: 6-29 Edition (The Return of DS SW, Tales debuts for Wii)

VGChartz writes: "DS software had its best week in six months in Japan according to the preliminary data. Tales of Symphonia debuted to solid numbers as well.

The top twenty sellers in the preliminary data saw huge increases compared to the top twenty from last week. Nearly 1 million units of software were sold in the preliminary data, with Tales of Symphonia (Wii) and Derby Stallion DS leading the way by selling roughly 400,000 units combined. After a two week absence, an Xbox 360 title also made it into the top twenty. PSP and PS2 sold more software than PS3 in the preliminary data as both older platforms got fairly significant new titles. Looking at first day sales, it looks like a few of the new titles have already sold through their first shipments, which is a fairly uncommon, but not at all unprecedented occurrence."

Key Points:

- DS had its second best sales week in 2008, trailing only the week ending January 6, 2008 in the preliminary data. The last week that was close to this week was the week ending March 23, 2008.
-Tales of Symphonia will become just the 11th 3rd party game in Japan on this round of consoles (Wii, 360, PS3) to pass lifetime sales of 200,000.
-This is the first week Japan has seen three titles (or more) launch to sales of over 100,000 units since the week ending February 3, 2008 when Super Smash Brothers Brawl (Wii), Devil May Cry 4 (PS3), Tales of Destiny Director's Cut (PS2), and Liang Palace (PS2) all launched at once.

Hardware Predicted Totals:

PSP: 55,000 to 65,000 unit range
Wii: 50,000 to 60,000 unit range
DSL: 35,000 to 50,000 unit range
PS3: 10,000 to 25,000 unit range
PS2: 5,000 to 9,000 unit range
360: 2,000 to 4,000 unit range

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