Despite launching only a month ago, the Nintendo 3DS slipped into second place in the Japanese weekly Media Create rankings. The PSP beat the 3DS by a margin of about 15,000 units. While the PSP has a very strong following in Japan, it’s a little surprising to see Nintendo’s new flagship handheld get beaten. According to Japanese news site Inside Games, the 3DS has only sold around 836,000 units so far.
A lack of strong launch titles could be what’s holding the 3DS back. I can’t speak for the Japanese, but personally there’s nothing in the 3DS’ current list of titles that grabs my eye. If there was new Mario or Zelda game, then things might be different. Also the recent disaster in Japan could also be a factor. I doubt you’d be rushing out to buy a new gaming device if your home just got destroyed by an earthquake/tsunami. What’s telling is that only one 3DS title, Pro Baseball Famista 2011, made it into the top 10 for the week of March 28.