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Japan: Nintendo edges Sony in tight 2010 sales race

DS and Wii top PSP and PS3, Pokemon beats Monster Hunter on software chart

Nintendo defeated Sony in a close-fought hardware and software sales race in Japan last year, according to data released by Famitsu publisher Enterbrain.

DS was the lead hardware platform in 2010, beating PSP by 70,000 units, while Wii sales were 170,000 greater than PS3's, Andriasang reports.

Hardware sales Dec 28, 2009 - Dec 26, 2010 (lifetime sales)
DS: 2,963,709 (32,124,298)
PSP: 2,890,476 (16,276,931)
Wii: 1,728,293 (11,230,292)
PS3: 1,558,480 (5,949,887)
Xbox 360: 208,790 (1,406,663)

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Pokemon Black & White was the top selling game of the year, shifting just shy of five million copies following its September launch.

Second on the chart was Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, which managed to move around 3.5 million units despite not releasing until early December.

Software sales and release dates
Pokemon Black & White (Pokemon, DS, 9/18/2010): 4,914,813
Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Capcom, PSP, 12/1/2010): 3,480,989
New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo, Wii, 12/3/2009): 1,599,845 (4,084,995)
Wii Party (Nintendo, Wii, 7/8/2010): 1,539,228
Dragon Quest VI (Square Enix, DS, 1/28/2010): 1,297,344
Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 (Square Enix, DS, 4/28/2010): 1,276,303
Friend Collection (Nintendo, DS, 6/18/2009): 1,196,148 (3,508,096)
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo, Wii, 5/27/2010): 900,539
Inazuma Eleven 3 Spark/Bomber (Level-5, DS, 7/1/2010): 890,440
Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo, Wii, 10/1/2009): 849,664 (2,148,197)

Enterbrain said the overall Japanese games market shrunk by nine percent year-over-year as hardware sales dropped 18.9 per cent in 2010 to 175.59 billion yen (£1.36b) and software sales fell 2.5 percent to 318.08 billion yen (£2.47b).

[ SOURCE: Andriasang ]

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