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News: Japanese Sales Charts: PSP Still On Top, But Hardware Slumps

Japanese Sales Charts: PSP Still On Top, But Hardware Slumps

The PlayStation Portable was on top of the Japanese sales charts again last week, but hardware was down overall

The usually dominant PSP only scooped up 34k sales, while both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii slumped to record lows. The PlayStation 3 didn't do much better either, managing just 13k sales. As for software, Dragon Quest continued to top the charts, while Sony's own Patapon 3 held onto its..

News: Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation Portable Takes The Hardware Crown Yet Again

Japanese Sales Charts: PlayStation Portable Takes The Hardware Crown Yet Again

Sony's PlayStation Portable is still on top of the Japanese hardware charts this week, almost doubling the sales of its nearest competitor, the Nintendo 3DS

It was a positive week for PSP software too, with seven of the top twenty titles available on Sony's handheld. Patapon 3 — which debuted fourth on the chart last week — rose to claim the second spot, with Pro Baseball Spirit 2011, Final..

News: Japanese Charts: PlayStation Portable Pretty Much Obliterates Everything Else

Japanese Charts: PlayStation Portable Pretty Much Obliterates Everything Else

"But my friend told me the PSP was dead," said the crowds of readers

Boo to you, the PSP is on friggin' fire. Well, in Japan at least. Last week (ending May 1st), Sony's portable shifted a whopping 76,974 units. That's an impressive number alone, but when you take into consideration that the Nintendo 3DS only managed to shift 28,413 units over the same period, it takes a whole new meaning. The PSP..

News: No More Heroes Trailer Looks Like a Bloody Good Time

No More Heroes Trailer Looks Like a Bloody Good Time

Another adults-only Move title

No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise (known as No More Heroes: Red Zone in Japan) is bound to make waves when it comes to PlayStation 3 later this year, much like the original No More Heroes on Wii all those years ago. The trailer below, despite being in Japanese, should give you a pretty clear idea of what to expect from...

News: Wow, PlayStation Move has Inspired a 32-bit Knock-Off

Wow, PlayStation Move has Inspired a 32-bit Knock-Off

Motion on the Move

Remember when Wii came out and discount stores were flooded with cheap plastic imitations? History has a knack of repeating itself, and while we thought this horrible PlayStation Move imitator was bad enough, here's another one to impress you. Manufactured by the brilliantly named Ever Sparkle Technologies, the Motion on the Move...

News: PSPgoingnowhere: Sony Japan Confirms Death Of Digital Only Handheld, To Concentrate On NGP

PSPgoingnowhere: Sony Japan Confirms Death Of Digital Only Handheld, To Concentrate On NGP

Yesterday we hypothesised that Sony might want to kill of production of the PSPgo in order to make way for mass NGP production

Turns out sometimes we get things right. Sony Japan has confirmed this morning that it has ceased production of the digital-only handheld, adding to AV Watch that it is to "concentrate on NGP" going forwards. We imagine all those factories that were previously..

Rumour: PSPgo To Become A Bit Of A Collector's Item (Maybe?)

PSPgo To Become A Bit Of A Collector's Item (Maybe?)

Rumours fizzing around the Internet this morning suggest that Sony has ceased production of the PSPgo

The much maligned handheld rarely set the charts on fire, so it wouldn't be a huge surprise to learn of the device's cancellation. The rumour stems from a blog post written by a Japanese Sony Shop employee. Translated by Andriasang, the post points out that stores will no longer be receiving..

News: Place Your Bets: What Do You Think Was The Best Selling PS3 Game In Japan Last Year?

Place Your Bets: What Do You Think Was The Best Selling PS3 Game In Japan Last Year?

This one caught us by surprise

Despite launching late in the year, we assumed Gran Turismo 5 would probably be the highest selling PlayStation 3 title in 2010. Either that, or some weird mech game we've never heard of. But no, the top-selling Japanese PS3 game of 2010 was actually the fantastic Yakuza 4. The numbers, reported by Siliconera, note that the free-roaming crime-thriller netted 577,199..

News: Sony Backpedals on Earthquake NGP Delay

Sony Backpedals on Earthquake NGP Delay

Wheeeee

Last week Sony’s Jack Tretton warned that the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan may push back the release of the NGP in some regions, but now Sony says that production of the NGP is continuing ahead as planned. Only a matter of few days after Tretton’s caution, Sony’s Japan division began its damage control, calling the...

News: PlayStation Move Performing Stronger Than Kinect In Japan

PlayStation Move Performing Stronger Than Kinect In Japan

Chalk this one up as the biggest surprise of the year so far: Japanese gamers have bought more PlayStation Move controllers than Kinects

Sony had sold approximately 170k Moves by the end of 2010, while Microsoft had shifted just 90k Kinects. That's about a 2:1 ratio, which to be honest is closer than we'd expected given the number of XBOX 360s actually sold in Japan. However, PlayStation 3's..

News: Move Outsells Kinect in Japan but Fails to Ignite Sales Charts

Move Outsells Kinect in Japan but Fails to Ignite Sales Charts

170,000 sold and climbing

It's not easy to get concrete sales figures for peripherals in most territories, but Japanese firm Media Create has released life-to-date figures for PlayStation Move and its motion rival Kinect for Xbox 360, showing Sony's device has taken a clear lead. Andriasang reports that Sony has sold 170,000 Move controllers since...

News: PSP Maintains Its Advantage Over 3DS For A Second Week In Japan

PSP Maintains Its Advantage Over 3DS For A Second Week In Japan

After toppling Nintendo's new handheld recently, the PSP has maintained its lead over the 3DS in Japan, shifting about 15,000 more consoles in the region last week

The PSP managed to muster up a whopping 58,075 sales, while the 3DS settled for around 42k. The PS3 maintained its lead over the Nintendo Wii too, mustering up sales of around 27k units, while the PS2 fought off the XBOX 360 in last..

News: Yakuza: Of The End Rescheduled For June 9th Japanese Launch, Sales Will Support Red Cross

Yakuza: Of The End Rescheduled For June 9th Japanese Launch, Sales Will Support Red Cross

Our import pre-order of Yakuza: Of The End has been sitting in limbo ever since the recent string of disasters struck Japan

Pushed out of its original March launch window, SEGA's given the apocalyptic spin-off to its soap-opera series a June 9th release date in Japan. That's still some time off, so you're probably best to reign in your excitement until then. The good news is that it's coming..

News: Sony Warns Earthquake Could Delay NGP Release

Sony Warns Earthquake Could Delay NGP Release

Still recovering

Sony may have previously hoped to release its next handheld gaming system, NGP, worldwide by November 2011, but now the Tokyo-based company is warning that production of the device has slowed due to the cataclysmic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, and may push back its release. Sony has closed numerous production facilities...

News: PlayStation Network Donantions Drum Up $1.3 Million In Japanese Relief Aid

PlayStation Network Donantions Drum Up $1.3 Million In Japanese Relief Aid

Sony's announced that the Japanese donation area of the PlayStation Store has raised a whopping $1

3 million over the past couple of weeks. “We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by Great East Japan Earthquake,” said SCE boss Kaz Hirai. “While we continue to make every effort to help the recovery of the affected communities in the region, I would like to express our..

Feature: How Sony Can Stave Off The 3DS With Two Third-Party Releases -- 'Twiggy' The Push Square Opinionator Returns

How Sony Can Stave Off The 3DS With Two Third-Party Releases -- 'Twiggy' The Push Square Opinionator Returns

This week the PSP reclaimed its crown at the top of the domestic hardware sales charts in Japan, despite Nintendo's 3DS releasing just a month ago

Numbers for Nintendo's systm were also disappointing across Europe, with exact figures in North America seemingly hush-hush. It's worth stressing that the 3DS represents Nintendo's best ever launch, but with its predecessor exceeding the lofty..

News: Irem Cancels Even More Of Their Upcoming Video Games Lineup

Irem Cancels Even More Of Their Upcoming Video Games Lineup

The recent events in Japan have had some pretty tragic consequences on millions of people, and we must never lose sight of that

But one company that seems to have been hit hard by the disaster is Irem, who recently outright cancelled the release of Disaster Report 4 and the production of the rest of the series. Not content with pulling an entire popular franchise though, Irem's also announced that..

News: Sony Conquers Japanese Video Game Market In 2010

Sony Conquers Japanese Video Game Market In 2010

It's been a while since Sony was the dominant force in the video game industry, but numbers coming out of Japan show that the platform holder is back on top in its home region as of 2010

The fiscal year — which ended, like, overnight — has concluded with PlayStation 3 on top of the Wii, and the PSP on top of the DS. Enterbrain notes that this is the first time both Sony platforms have come out..

News: Vanillaware Announces Grand Knights History For PSP

Vanillaware Announces Grand Knights History For PSP

The developer behind cult PlayStation 2 title, Odin Sphere, has confirmed its next project is an RPG for the PSP called Grand Knights History

The game was revealed in Japanese magazine Famitsu, and pitched as a traditional turn-based RPG. Details are scarce, but it sounds like you'll play as one of three factions of knights in a land called Ristia. You'll need to manage your squad by tweaking stats..