We know that Sony has ceased production of PSP Go. We know it was an experiment that proved the gaming public isn't ready for digital downloads as the sole form of delivery for their games. But that doesn't make the latest Japanese hardware sales figures any less incredible. PSP Go sold a grand total of 14 units in Japan last week, down 20 units from the week before. But before you laugh too hard, check out the rest of the figures…
The regular version of the PSP (presumably the 3000 model) is currently outselling everything bar Nintendo 3DS. Perhaps it's because you can only play Monster Hunter on UMD? We're not just talking handhelds only here, as the soon-to-be superseded Sony handheld is still outselling PlayStation 3 in Japan. Incredible.
But 3DS is the star of the show at the moment. Nintendo's handheld received a boost in sales thanks to the red edition of the hardware and the release of Star Fox 3D, giving it a massive 100% boost in sales over last week.
It's still got a lot of work to do in the West, but it's good to see 3DS topping the charts somewhere. Here's the full rundown, courtesy of Joystiq:
- 3DS: 46,637 [UP] 23,694 (103.27%)
- PSP: 26,511 [UP] 178 (0.67%)
- PS3: 23,322 [UP] 422 (1.84%)
- Wii: 14,237 [UP] 1,169 (8.95%)
- DSi LL: 4,693 [DOWN] 188 (2.45%)
- DSi: 4,384 [DOWN] 341 (7.22%)
- Xbox 360: 1,734 [DOWN] 282 (13.99%)
- PS2: 1,405 [UP] 96 (7.33%)
- DS Lite: 131 [UP] 82 (133.93%)
- PSP Go: 14 [DOWN] 20 (58.82%)
I said 'before you laugh', so shall we do that now? Hey, I'm allowed to laugh, as I personally bought a PSP Go on day 1. Why? I thought it was the future. Turns out it's already very much 'the past'.
Above: Sony really does have its own Virtual Boy. Was it the worst idea in modern history?
Perhaps it's time Japan stopped counting PSP Go hardware sales in its charts. Although at this rate of diminishing figures, sales will be zero in a few weeks anyway. And you can't count 'zero'.
25 July 2011