February 8, 2007
It’s chart time again folks. The Japanese Top Ten looks like this:
1. J-League Pro Soccer 5 (PS2); Sega, – 107K
2. Harvest Moon: The Island (DS); Marvelous Interactive – 80K
3. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker (DS); Square-Enix – 57K (1.08m)
4. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2); Capcom, – 49K (276K)
5. Wii Sports (WII); Nintendo – 48K (958K)
6. Wii Play (WII); Nintendo, – 35K (843K)
7. More Brain Age (DS); Nintendo, – 28K / 3.9m
8. New Super Mario Bros. (DS); Nintendo (27K) (4m)
9. Hotel Dusk: Room 215 (DS); Nintendo 25K (85K)
10. Common Knowledge Training (DS), Nintendo, – 25K (1.2m)
It’s no surprise to see that J-League Pro Soccer 5 is straight in at number 1 – our Japanese pals love their footie games. But with all of the hype and spin generated by both Sony and Microsoft it’s easy to forget just how much Nintendo dominate this market. With 8 of the top 10 games being Nintendo system exclusives, Nintendo really do have a firm grip on Japan. It will be interesting to see how more PS3 stock affects this situation, but it will take something amazing to catch the DS.
February 6, 2007
The race to pick up a PS3 is hotting up. Retailer Virgin will happily take £50 deposit from you-but say that they can’t guarantee you a machine. Why are they being cautious? Well they blame Nintendo.
It seems that the company is being careful what it promises to deliver after Nintendo failed to produce the number of Wii’s that it had promised to them. Here’s what some Virgin representatives had to say on the matter,
“”All UK retailers were notified of their initial day one Wii allocations in October 2006, some six to eight weeks before launch.
“Nintendo delivered exactly what we said we would to retailers for day one and in many instances over delivered against the initial numbers retailers were expecting.”
“Nintendo made multiple and regular deliveries to retailers across the UK in the days following launch to try and meet the huge demand for Wii as much as possible.”
Hmm. With retailers taking advantage of these situations (HMV online requires you to buy a PSP if you want to order a PS3 – for £675 – and they STILL don’t guarantee a machine on launch) it’s time that the hardware manufacturers sorted this out. Maybe next time.