Japan Hardware Sales: September 10th – September 16th

September 23rd, 2007 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Charts No Comments »

Some great news for Sony this week! The PSP has reached the top spot! After months of dominance by Nintendo the chart finally shows a bit of movement. Naturally the increase in sales was spurred by the release of Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, and the limited edition FFVII PSP. The standard PSP slim went on sale a couple of days ago. It will be very interesting to see if Sony can maintain their momentum. Tune in next week to find out!

PSP 95,487
DS Lite 79,974
Wii 26,181
PS2 13,128
PS3 13,101
XBox 360 1,243

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Japan Hardware Sales: August 27th – September 2nd

September 8th, 2007 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Charts No Comments »

Here are the latest figures. Nintendo’s sales have fallen quite sharply in recent weeks. Is this the beginning of the end? We doubt it somehow, although with the PSP Slim launching soon, could we see it taking the number two spot from the Wii?

DS Lite 94,339
Wii 39,371
PSP 22,196
PS3 18,068
PS2 14,280
XBox 360 1,635

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Japan Hardware Sales: August 13th – 19th

August 25th, 2007 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Charts No Comments »

Holiday week in Japan saw record breaking temperatures, but that didn’t stop people buying consoles. No change in the running order, the DS is still on top and the 360 on the bottom:

DS Lite 153,189
Wii 73,938
PSP 33,715
PS3 21,720
PS2 15,240
XBox 360 2,445

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Japan Hardware Sales: July 30th – August 5th

August 12th, 2007 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Charts No Comments »

The new weekly hardware sales figures are out. A bit of a slump this week as the summer heat kicks in. It’s just crazy hot at the moment – not the weather for lugging a games console back from the shops. Still, it’s holiday week now, maybe things will pick up..

DS Lite 135,729 (150,584)
Wii 61,498 (77,169)
PSP 33,886 (35,168)
PS3 24,289 (28,829)
PS2 12,784 (11,757)
XBox 360 2,691 (3,872)

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Japan Hardware Sales: July 23rd – 30th

August 4th, 2007 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Charts No Comments »

Still ahead: the DS of course. A good week for the PS3, which doubled it’s sales off the back of Hot Shots Golf 5. That said, the Nintendo double act are still a long long way in the lead.

Here’s how the major consoles fared this week:

DS Lite 150,584 (154,459)
Wii 77,169 (86,786)
PSP 35,168 (32,894)
PS3 28,829 (12,187)
PS2 11,757 (14,059)
XBox 360 3,872 (2664)

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Japanese Hardware Sales: July 16th-22nd

July 29th, 2007 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Charts No Comments »

The DS Lite continues to tower over the Japanese gaming landscape, like a big dual-screened tower. Sales for the DS are up over last week, most of the other top sellers saw slight dips. So what will happen next week? What sane bookmaker would take money on the DS retaining the top spot?

DS Lite 154,459
Wii 86,786
PSP 32,894
PS2 14,059
PS3 12,187
XBox 360 2664
Game Boy Micro 315
Gamecube 131
Game Boy Advance SP 122
DS 45
GBA 24

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Japanese Hardware Sales: July 7th-15th

July 22nd, 2007 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Charts No Comments »

Guess who’s winning? You probably guessed right..

DS Lite 141,967
Wii 109,854
PSP 37,578
PS2 15,777
PS3 13,493
XBox 360 2942
Game Boy Micro 294
Game Boy Advance SP 138
Game Cube 106
DS 15
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May Hardware Sales: DS still the top seller – PS3 outsold by PS2

June 9th, 2007 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Charts No Comments »

The Japanese hardware sales for May have just been published on Advanced Media Network. No prizes for guessing that the Nintendo DS is still top of the pile, with a massive 600000 monthly sales. Things look a lot less rosy for Sony, the PS3 was outsold by the PS2. The PSP is doing reasonably well though, it’s just unfortunate that the huge DS figures make it look bad. The 360 plods steadily onwards with 11000 units shifted in Japan. Trusty Bell, anyone?

Nintendo DS 600000
Wii 250000
Sony PSP 120000
Playstation 2 53000
Playstation 3 45000
Xbox 360 11000
GBA SP 2000

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All time top 100: 1-10

April 30th, 2007 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Charts 5 Comments »

Its been a long time coming, but here, finally is our top 10:

10. System Shock 2 (PC)

One of gaming’s darkest visions is of the crazed computer trying to exterminate its creators. The vision is realized perfectly here, the star of the show being the audio narrative, both from Shodan, an evil hybrid of HAL and Anne Robinson, and the audio logs of her victims.

9. Ico (PS2)

A haunting and memorable trip through a dream like castle, populated by dark spirits and a mysterious girl. Protect the girl, escape the castle. Brilliant. Short, but that’s a good thing.

8. Monkey Island II (PC/Amiga)

Laugh so hard milk will come out of your nose – and we did. Pirates of the Caribbean’s distant videogame cousin is an outstanding piece of entertainment – wicked humour, graphics that ooze artistry from every pixel, and vicious puzzles. These puzzles are probably what killed the graphic adventure, the problem being that unless you know how the designers minds work, you probably wont solve all the puzzles without getting stuck a lot. Once it clicks however, you get to play games like this, so its worth it.

7. Battlefield II: Modern Combat (360)

An online game for the modern era, free of cheating, lag and 12 year old Beavis and Butthead clones? No, but its a great experience due to its accessibility and the satisfaction of working as a team.

The game provides the toys and the playground, the toys being a selection of weaponry and combat vehicles, the playground being a range of warfare scenarios. Playing this is filled with so many great “Yeeesss!” type moments – taking down your first chopper, owning everybody in a tank, jumping a bridge in a humvee and the vehicular combat is backed up by solid FPS multiplayer gunplay.

6. Metal Gear Solid (PS)

The playstation metal gear solid was a real masterpiece of a game, endlessly creative it really pushed the bar in terms of interaction and cinematography. Free of the filler that most games put in between the good bits, this was short, but very sweet to play.

5. Half Life II (PC)

Valve revolutionised the FPS genre with classic shooter Half-Life, so making a sequel that lived up to its legacy was never going to be easy. But they managed it. Keeping the elements that made the original so successful – and drawing on the lessons of recent genre classics makes a game of such awesome genius as to defy description. Half-life II has a fantastic understanding of drama and how to draw the player into its world. Combining an epic plot with little touches of humour and human interest, and constantly reinventing itself as gameplay progresses its a genuine roller coaster ride.

4. Civilization II (PC)

The monstrously huge godfather of the strategy genre, civilization lets you take your tribe from humble stone age beginnings through to the space race and nuclear age. A megalomaniac fantasy come true, if you want to rule the world, this is the place to start.

3. Super Mario World (SNES)

96 level that beg to be explored, a control system that begs to be mastered – this game feels so complete, so perfectly crafted that you’ll want to play it over and over until you’ve squeezed every last gameplay possibility out of it. Mario is one of the few games where jumping around a completely empty room is entertaining – and there are no empty rooms in Mario World.

2. Zelda a link to the past (SNES)

Links greatest adventure? Its a close thing with this and Ocarina of Time, but we’ll remain forever charmed by this game. Woven between the worlds of darkness and light, A link to the past is designed so the player is always juggling multiple things in their head – exploring the possibilities of a new item, searching a new dungeon, figuring out a puzzle, and this journey is so full of invention and sparkle that it deserves it place as one of the greats of videogame history.

1. Final Fantasy VII (PS)

Where were you when it happened? There are so many memorable moments in this game, aside from THAT one, but we’re not going to spoil a single one of them. We cried when it was over. Play it and see for yourself, you know you want to.

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Top 100 Countdown 20 – 11

February 18th, 2007 ThreeHeadedMonkey Posted in Charts 2 Comments »

20. Super Punch Out (SNES)
Arcade boxing at its best. Take on a series of bizarre opponents, most of whom seem completely unbeatable at first, but all of whom have some hidden weakness to discover. Always fun to play, and replay this game might not be the most realistic boxing game, but it is probably the most memorable.
19. Ancient Domains of Mystery (PC)
ASCII text. That’s all this is. But from that text is born a vast and complex world, populated by elves, goblins and a vast range of fantasy creatures and bizarre characters. If you want to exercise your imagination give this a try, but only if you have lots of time on your hands.
18. Doom (PC)
Everybody remember the demons, the gore and of course the chainsaw, but revisiting this, many players are surprised to find that the game still feels outstanding to play due to the masterful level design and the gloriously satisfying gunplay on offer. Doom refined the template that id set out with Wolfenstein and took it to a standard that is rarely matched even today.
17. SSX Tricky (Xbox)
Games should be fun. That’s what the designers of SSX tricky know. Here’s a game that allows you to do all kinds of crazy tricks and spectacular flips, far beyond what’s humanly possible.
16. Day of the Tentacle (PC)
Time travel adds another dimension to this witty point and click puzzler. Take three characters and try once again to save the world from the evil purple tentacle.
15. Jet Set Radio (DC)
Smilebit`s stylized vision of Tokyo is one of gaming’s most vibrant worlds, full of strange characters and places to see and do. In jet set radio the streets become your playground, sliding off rails and jumping off walls to reach ever more treacherous parts of the landscape – skilled Jet Set Radio players can travel round the levels without touching the ground.
14. Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
Miyamoto’s epic journey through the land of Hyrule really changed the scale of what was possible in video games. An interactive kingdom packed with quests, subgames and an absolute stack of hidden stuff that just begs to be found.
13. Wario Ware (GBA)
It takes a couple of minutes to adjust to Wario Wares disjointed barrage of gaming moments. After that, this is paradise for the short attention spanned gamer, challenging and entertaining, and managing to throw two fingers up at countless game mechanics.
12. Winning Eleven 8 International (Xbox)
The only series that actually manages to feel like football while still being fun is Winning Eleven/Pro Evo. Despite not having all the licences of FIFA there is a ton more depth and those willing to learn to play it will not be disappointed.
11. Advance Wars DS (NDS)
Take the cold clunky hex based wargame, turn the hexes to squares and inject a ton of personality and this is what you get. One of the most compulsive games around – with brilliant level design and horribly deep sugar coated combat.
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