Big in Japan Nov. 16-22: DSi XL

Nintendo's supersize handheld sells 100,000 in two days; Left 4 Dead, Taiko Drum Master best-selling new games on a mostly familiar top 10 list.

Nintendo's extra-large handheld racked up extra-large sales during its first days of release, according to Media Create's weekly Japanese sales figures. The DSi XL (known as the DSi LL in Japan) sold 100,553 systems for the week of November 16-22. The oversized handheld launched in Japanese stores November 21 and is expected to arrive in the West early next year.

Perhaps as impressive, the launch of the XL didn't entirely undercut sales of the existing DSi. Nintendo's next newest handheld sold 32,070, down slightly from the previous week's 33,749. That was good enough to finish fourth on the hardware list, within spitting distance of the PSP (32,752 sold), Wii (32,844 sold), and PlayStation 3 (34,752 sold). Nintendo's original revision to the DS line, the DS Lite, was the fifth-best-selling system of the week, finding new homes for 5,051 units and besting the struggling PSP Go (4,574 sold) and Xbox 360 (4,085 sold).

While the DSi XL held sway in the hardware charts, Nintendo's lineup of portable games topped the software best-sellers. After three straight weeks looking up at soccer games and Bayonetta, Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver combined to reclaim the top spot on the charts, selling 55,361 copies. It was followed by a trio of exceedingly familiar faces, with Nintendo's DS Tomodachi Collection selling 49,308 games, Wii Fit Plus moving 42,832 copies, and the DS pair of Inazuma Eleven 2: Kyoui no Shinryokusha - Fire and Blizzard taking fourth with 28,734 sold.

Namco Bandai breathed a little new life into the charts with the debuting Taiko no Tatsujin Wii 2 in fifth place, racking up sales of 28,282. Following close behind was another new release, the Xbox 360 shooter Left 4 Dead 2, with 27,507. The last new game on the charts was Nintendo's DS edition of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, which landed in ninth place with 23,420 sold.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF NOVEMBER 16-22, 2009
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1) Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver / Nintendo / DS / 55,361
2) Tomodachi Collection / Nintendo / DS / 49,308
3) Wii Fit Plus / Nintendo / Wii / 42,832
4) Inazuma Eleven 2: Kyoui no Shinryokusha - Fire and Blizzard / Level 5 / DS / 28,734
5) Taiko no Tatsujin Wii 2 / Namco Bandai / Wii / 28,282
6) Left 4 Dead 2 / Electronic Arts / 360 / 27,507
7) Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 / Konami / PS3 / 24,425
8) J-League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 6: Pride of J / Sega / PSP / 23,842
9) Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games / Nintendo / DS / 23,420
10) Dragon Ball: Raging Blast / Namco Bandai / PS3 - 16,862

Hardware:
DSi XL - 100,553
PS3 - 34,752
Wii - 32,844
PSP - 32,752
DSi - 32,070
DS Lite - 5,051
PSP Go - 4,574
Xbox 360 - 4,085
PS2 - 2,024

189 Comments

  • Flipyap28

    Posted Dec 13, 2009 4:56 am PT

    Why play borderlands, call of duty and saboteur... when you can play Tamodachi collection and Mario and Sonic at the winter olympics....

    /\ Why 360 doesn't sell well in Japan, they have very different gaming tastes....

  • theinvento

    Posted Dec 11, 2009 8:14 am PT

    @hotshot331 the xbox 360 has slightly better graphics than the ps3 and its a Little faster thats why the game dev use the xbox. but in the overall of the games for both consoles it the same speed and the same graphics. i have both consoles and i can tell that in some games the graphics is better on the xbox, and i like the ps3 controllers its so light. but in the overall i find both consoles good.

  • hotshot331

    Posted Dec 9, 2009 7:00 am PT

    You call other fanboys? To me, you sound like a pretty big MS fanboy, and X360 isn't that good! The PS3 and X360 are very close, it's just different because the devs cant handle the PS3's power. That way the graphic may vary and one game might be better on the other console

  • riariases

    Posted Dec 8, 2009 4:24 pm PT

    Seriously, don't dis the 360. This site is gay Its full of a bunch of PC Gamers and PS3 fanboys who can't stand that Microsoft and Nintendo make it so hard for Sony to survive in the gaming industry. Seriously, lets be real here. Their sales suck in the portable and platforming parts of the gaming industry.

  • riariases

    Posted Dec 8, 2009 4:21 pm PT

    This is retarded. I figured buying the DSi on the release date would make the technology last a year or two. Guess i'll put that idea in the wrong book right before straightening my hair and after buying 4 pairs of skinny jeans.

  • MSG-Deathscythe

    Posted Dec 8, 2009 4:04 am PT

    xbots just shoo away. this news is obviously for those who prefer consoles that doesn't break all the time. go play with your barbies while waiting for your consoles to be shipped back to you.

  • Sirbobislost

    Posted Dec 8, 2009 12:53 am PT

    @ dRuGGeRnaUt the original ps3 was a pretty close size wise to the 360 but then you seem to be forgetting the 360s massive power adapter which when together are pretty big

  • left4right

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 11:16 pm PT

    i dont want 2 stylus, one is enough, why drill additional holes?

  • kyacat

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 10:33 pm PT

    wow dsi xl number are awesome wow way to go nintendo and good to see psp selling welling along with ps3

  • supadave841

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 6:14 pm PT

    i take back what i said. i should of said EVERY game on that list sucks including l4d. that overpriced peice of sh!t.

  • hatieshorrer

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 5:17 pm PT

    Again the jokes about the DSi XL arent funny. -_-; Why are you people trying to dis such a high selling produced is it because it was made by a company you dont like!

  • dRuGGeRnaUt

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 2:28 pm PT

    seriously though, all the people on here. It is a WELL known fact that the japanese do not like northamerican made electronics, look at apples sales of the ipod and iphone, they aren't doing any better. Then look at the sales in north america.
    The original xbox did not sell. The main reason most japanese people gave was that it wasn't esthetically pleasing and was to big and bulky.
    Look how big the original ps3 was compared to the 360.. so that wasn't it. Maybe its just the games. Japanese gamers are into a COMPLETELY different type of gaming. just look at their top 10, i am amazed that l4d2 is even on there.. i mean SERIOUSLY mario and sonic winter games in the top ten!???!?!? ouch

  • dRuGGeRnaUt

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 2:18 pm PT

    .. so pokemon ran out of regular colors to call there games, now they are into adding "soul" in front of gold or silver.. wow.
    I have a friend(believe it or not! and he has bought almost all of the pokemon games, and even he himself says alot of these titles are exactly the same, with incremental changes every now and then.
    Personall Im waiting for "Pokemon Semi-transparent-magenta-ish-cyan"

  • dRuGGeRnaUt

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 2:15 pm PT

    what is with all the anti-xbox flaming and trolling here? this article is mainly about nintendo, yet everything on here is ps3 fanboys complaining about 360. oh AND salarianchemist defending xbox blindly to the death.
    Seriously though, go look through the comments, and pro-xbox comment has like 1 thumb up and 13 down, whereas some says quote "XBOX SUCKS PS3 IS THE BEST XBOX WILL DIE AND GOTO HELL" and it is 13 thumbs up and 3 down. Really shows you how many more sony fans on GS that xbots.

  • linkdarkside

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 1:43 pm PT

    wow pokemon still in the top 10 impresive most impresive.

    i love pokemon and im 21

  • oneligas

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 1:36 pm PT

    i am no fool i am going to wait till the DSiXL64cubeWiisupernintendoPokemongameboyadvancecolor hits the stores next year!

  • Corrupted_SA_X

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 1:25 pm PT

    March 2010:
    Nintendo announces new DSiXL due to sales being little less than expected; DSiXL with inbuilt LED light.

    And they just might do it too, looking at what they've been doing with the DSi lately.

  • oneligas

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 12:51 pm PT

    Nintendo could make a new DS out of wood and it will sell 100,000 units inspite of the slivers many would receive

  • Garudyne

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 12:29 pm PT

    Haha, shame on you Sony. Compare PSP and PSP Go sales.

    Looks like Nintendo is doing better, but that doesnt mean it is the
    right thing to do.

  • Land-0-Funk

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 11:46 am PT

    Would like to see the XL in action before buying..I still have the original launch DS.

  • brendanhunt1

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 11:32 am PT

    well done microsoft, only a few more hundred and up with the likes of psp go.

  • supadave841

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 11:17 am PT

    @DamnedApples
    i didnt say that all the games mentioned are crappy i just cant believe the crappy ones have such high sales. if you've played several pokemon games, you played them all...

  • tmorri603

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 11:16 am PT

    Hard to believe that a game like Left 4 Dead 2 is on this list. I thought that Japan didn't like games like that.

  • DamnedApples

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 11:15 am PT

    @supadave841

    Pokemon, L4D, and a bunch of other games that you've most likely never played because they haven't been released outside of Japan...you're smoking something really strong right? Only someone higher than a kite would make a generalization like that.

  • supadave841

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 10:49 am PT

    wow they play some crappy games in japan...

  • the_real_VIP

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 10:23 am PT

    @ Yuck_Too: You DEFINITELY haven't been following.

  • mariomanxxx

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 10:11 am PT

    Wow.Nintendo created the fourth version of DS and they sold 100,553 of them. I am impressed.

  • payne6705

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 9:39 am PT

    The DSi XL is a joke don't get me wrong I adore my DS lite but this whole DSi thing is just a sad attempt by Nintendo to get more money I mean at least the original DS and DS lite look almost nothing alike the DSi and DS lite look almost the same the only difference is a camera and a ds store and no GBA slot which to me is a stupid idea also the XL can't be good for the DS graphics with teh screen bigger you will see the flaws much more

  • jazilla

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 9:05 am PT

    It's just a different game market than here. I just think that the numbers are pretty irrelevant to American audiences though. The games that sold well for the Japan market are just not for American audiences at all. Hopefully the Japanese will do something about Street Fighter 4's on-line matchmaking system to make it more competitive.

  • BtmnHatesRbn

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 8:22 am PT

    DSi with 32 GB microSDHC card.

    PSP Go with 64 GB microSDHC-to-Memory Stick adapter.

    iPod Classic with 120 GB storage?

    Or nothing.

    (The following posting makes no sense whatsoever, as the person who posted it hasn't had any coffee yet, nor has read the morning paper.)

  • Yuck_Too

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 7:16 am PT

    Japan is all about the newest tech...if the PSP is outselling the Go like that then they might as well pull the plug now because it's sure not going to get any better in other regions.

  • Asheileon

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 6:26 am PT

    @Yuck_Too
    If you haven't noticed at the moment some 360 exclusives have been realised, that is most likely the cause....... I'm just saying.

  • Yuck_Too

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 6:11 am PT

    Once again the 360 post higer game sales then the PS3...don't care who you are or what you say that's a shift the market will be watching.

  • Fed__X

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 4:37 am PT

    Technically dollars are cotton, cotton is a plant. Money comes from trees.

  • Ceraby

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 4:13 am PT

    Eh...I think I'll pass... am fine with my DS lite.

  • dstv

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 2:12 am PT

    not buying one

  • Nintendo_pro

    Posted Dec 7, 2009 12:57 am PT

    funny the psp go is smaller and this ds is bigger

  • steelmouth

    Posted Dec 6, 2009 11:57 pm PT

    like i always say it always makes me happy seeing an x360 tittle on the japan charts bravo left4dead bravo

    Left 4 Dead 2 / Electronic Arts / 360 / 27,507

  • rohail88

    Posted Dec 6, 2009 10:43 pm PT

    Man the PSP Go really turned out to be a fail!

  • Frequenxy

    Posted Dec 6, 2009 10:00 pm PT

    Yeah...I think I'll stick with my DS Lite. What's next? The "DSi XL Ultima! Now with a thinner, more precise stylus!" How about instead of investing in hardware, invest in software like say, oh, I don't know...F-Zero Wii? Kirby Wii? Star Fox Wii? How about a remake of Kid Icarus? Or Earthbound? Or even a sequel called Luigi's Mansion 2? Thanks for the new Zelda coming out...finally...and NSMBW is pretty cool, along with Super Mario Galaxy 2! Maybe with the $$$ you're getting from the DSi XL sales, you can invest in something we really want...?

  • karatosu

    Posted Dec 6, 2009 8:49 pm PT

    Makes me want to get a DS...again, lol.

  • HonorOfGod

    Posted Dec 6, 2009 8:04 pm PT

    I think i will just get a PSP 3000 i like the games and graphics there better. The only game i wish i stil had my other DS's for is Zelda spirit tracks thats it.

  • flashpoint686

    Posted Dec 6, 2009 7:08 pm PT

    I live in Japan now. The DS is popular because of all of the functions you can buy that act like games. Dictionaries, travel guides, restaurant guides as well as games are big business here. As an added bonus Japanese are obsessed with buying the newest model and showing their friends that they have the most "up to date ver." When they want to upgrade, they trade in their old version (Softmap is a popular place to do this) and they buy a new one. The funny thing is that most hard core games take such good care of their stuff that the used games and consoles are in near mint condition.

  • TruXael

    Posted Dec 6, 2009 5:27 pm PT

    @ colonialpikachu

    The whole "throw a bone" spill was in reference to Capcom and their SSFIV pricing, they would have priced that game a full price and it would justify all the content that the Disc will have. What your saying about console makers not making profits by promising gamers a future product is moronic, everyone knows that. Your stating the obvious. Console makers make profits out of their current console for their own stability. But at the same time, it's common sense that if your garnishing a massive amount of profits because your #1, then the Company will green light any and all major developments for the next generation console. Your missing my point entirely. the PS3 is a power house of a console because of the PS2's success. While the Wii is not considered a "next gen" console by all because of the how the Gamecube faired... in 3rd place!

  • nintendogeek46

    Posted Dec 6, 2009 5:03 pm PT

    I'm really shocked that the DS Lite is outselling than the PSP and the XBOX360. I really would've thought that everyone would stop buying the lite with the DSi and the DSi XL out in Japan.

  • Berserkerz

    Posted Dec 6, 2009 4:23 pm PT

    @ VectrexFanBoy LOL, who ARE buying the PS2s still?! x)

  • colonialpikachu

    Posted Dec 6, 2009 4:14 pm PT

    Also, the iPod sold well because it had a huge memory, good design, and amazing support software. Therefore it could be twice or three times the price of other MP3 players and sell well. A company should get profits with either a good product or a good price, they sure won't give you the next great system free.

  • colonialpikachu

    Posted Dec 6, 2009 4:12 pm PT

    @ TruXael

    Yeah, it's all about a profit, you're right. And a company makes a profit by making a good system, or selling a less than great system at great prices. Look at the Wii, the motion controls were crappy, but it sold like hotcakes because it was only $250, that's not "throwing someone a bone", it's making up for a second-rate product. Companies don't get profits by promising gamers better future products, it's the company's job to look out for itself.

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