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Japanese charts: PS3 closing in on Wii

Fallout 3, Naruto help Sony's cause.

New releases Fallout 3 and Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm have helped the PS3 narrow the sales gap with Wii across Japan.

Nintendo counted 32,333 console sales for the week ending 18th January, while Sony's flagship machine notched up 20,690 sales, according to Media Create data (recreated by NeoGAF).

The increased competition echoes in the software chart, where both platforms count two top 10 entries. The Wii representatives are new entry New Control Play! Mario Power Tennis at one and Wii Fit at nine. The PlayStation 3 candidates are newcomers Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm at three and Fallout 3 at seven.

Nintendo sees 11 entries for Wii across the top 50, while Sony fills eight places with titles on PS3.

Both consoles are streets ahead of Xbox 360 and PS2, which record 9576 and 5760 sales, respectively. The Microsoft console only has one top 50 game entry (Race Driver: GRID at 44), and the PS2 has two.

Unsurprisingly, though, DS sales remain dominant for the region, and nearly double those of rival handheld, PSP.

The DS occupies 23 - just under half - of the top 50 software slots, while PSP games fill just five.

This Week Last Week Title Platform Weekly Sales Lifetime Sales
1 New Entry New Control Play! Mario Power Tennis Wii 56,509 56,509
2 New Entry Megami Ibunroku: Devil Survivor DS 55,466 55,466
3 New Entry Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm PS3 44,065 44,065
4 1 Dissidia: Final Fantasy PSP 29,355 848,000
5 2 Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP the Best) PSP 27,032 332,000
6 3 Rhythm Tengoku Gold DS 25,488 1,594,000
7 New Entry Fallout 3 PS3 24,488 24,488
8 5 Wagamama Fashion: Girl's Mode DS 22,628 667,000
9 4 Wii Fit Wii 21,847 3,177,000
10 New Entry DS Uranai Seikatsu DS 19,881 19,881
Platform This Week Last Week This Year Lifetime
Nintendo DS 81,334 101,630 413,642 25,451,951
PlayStation Portable 42,559 60,495 314,142 11,618,033
Nintendo Wii 32,333 41,243 193,541 7,672,442
PlayStation 3 20,690 28,144 109,488 2,731,916
Xbox 360 9576 10,554 39,824 870,364
PlayStation 2 5760 6628 24,936 21,424,460
Platform This Week Last Week This Year Lifetime
Nintendo DSi 62,525 78,201 140,726 979,296
Nintendo DS Lite 18,809 23,429 42,238 17,416,632
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