Saturday, August 06, 2005

PSP Vs. DS War Rages

PSP Vs. DS War Rages: "d the PSP totaling 1.5 mil"


Top 10 PSP Titles (Source: Famitsu)*
362,921 Hot Shots Golf 4(SCEJ)
267,512 Shin Sangoku Musou (Koei)
265,997 Ridge Racers (Namco)
173,707 Tales of Eternia (Namco)
116,702 Metal Gear Acid (Konami)
115,857 Piposaru Academia (SCEJ)
106,888 Mahjong Fight Club (Konami)
105,119 Kotoba no Puzzle Mojipittan Daijiten (Namco)
100,989 Gagharv Trilogy: Shiroki Majo (Bandai)
97,377 Dokodemo Issho (SCEJ)

Top 10 DS Titles (Source: Famitsu)*
748,691 Wario Ware Touched! (Nintendo)
721,616 Super Mario 64 DS (Nintendo)
494,330 Nintendogs (Nintendo)
328,216 Pokemon Dash (Pokemon)
208,405 Touch! Kirby (Nintendo)
204,948 Brain Training for Adults (Nintendo)
183,157 Catch! Touch! Yoshi! (Nintendo)
173,737 Naruto Saikyou Ninja Daikesshu (Tomy)
161,884 Daigassou! Band Brothers (Nintendo)
103,238 Another Code: Futatsu no Kioku (Nintendo)
89,193 Pac-Pix (Namco)

Total DS software sales at the end of June were approximately 4.1 million units, with total PSP software sales coming in at about 2 million. Hardware sales paint a similar picture. 2.7 million DS units have been sold in Japan, and 1.56 million PSPs. Week to week, the DS has been outselling the PSP by a ratio of roughly 2:1, with the software ratio coming in even higher.

The PSP has done an excellent job of gobbling up initial marketshare from Nintendo's handheld empire, and it's only one breakout hit from tightening up the race, but for now the DS dominates the Japanese portable scene.


Top 10 PSP Titles (Source: NPD)*
300,259 Need For Speed UR
275,402 Twisted Metal
260,135 Untold Legends
195,993 Wipeout Pure
185,951 Ridge Racer
184,202 Metal Gear Acid
158,952 Tony Hawk UG2
156,356 Lumines
126,924 Ape Escape
123,407 NBA

Top 10 DS Titles (Source: NPD)*
1,062,549 Super Mario 64 DS
318,548 Spider-Man 2
289,547 WarioWare: Touched!
211,518 Asphalt Urban GT
180,277 Madden NFL 2005
172,561 The Urbz
166,788 Yoshi's Touch & Go
101,988 Pokemon Dash
90,877 Ridge Racer DS
84,097 Star Wars Ep 3

According to NPD data total DS software is currently at 3.4 million units, and total PSP software is at 3.2 million. Without SM64DS being bought along with nearly every launch DS, PSP software sales would already be leading, despite Nintendo's US head start. Hardware is equally close, with the DS at roughly 1.8 million units sold, and the PSP totaling 1.5 million.

Nintendo has thus far been unable to create a new category of casual gamers in the US, like the have in Japan. That, coupled with Sony's ability to ooze "cool" to American 20-somethings has allowed the PSP to all but dominate the DS since its debut.

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