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PSP outsells all rivals in Japan for first half of '08

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Enterbrain has published hardware and software sales figures in Japan for the first half of fiscal year 2008. The PlayStation Portable tops the list, fuelled by Monster Hunter Freedom 2nd G's success and a string of quality RPG releases.

Sony's pint-sized technological terror notched up an all-conquering 1,583,731 sales, bringing the console's installed base in Japan to 10,157,757 - the Nintendo DS was next in the running with 1,314,919 (23,484,680 in total). While Mario Kart Wii was the most profitable game overall, the aforementioned Monster Hunter lead the handheld software charts with 1,602,386 sales.

The PlayStation 3 isn't looking quite as healthy as its portable sibling, selling a mere 352,457 units (2,361,949 in total) as against the Wii's 1,105,174 (6,800,753). Predictably enough the Xbox 360 fared even worse, with a barrel-scraping 138,740 - Microsoft's console has yet to break a million sales in the Land of the Rising Sun.

The data was collected between March 31 and September 28 2008.