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Japanese Sales: PS3 Tops Wii Again, PSP Battles DSi

We recently noted an interesting trend in Japanese hardware sales, and that trend has continued according to Media Create's latest weekly numbers.

The trend is simple: the vice-like grip the Nintendo Wii once had on Japan has weakened if not loosened entirely. For yet another week, the PlayStation 3 has topped the Wii, and this time, it was by a significant margin of nearly 5,000 units. Following hot on the footsteps of articles around the 'Net questioning Nintendo's staying power due to a lack of software and slowing sales, the PSP continues to duke it out with the Nintendo DSi. The latter led the list again, but at 53,680 units, it's not blowing the second-place PSP out of the water, which came in at 48,118 units. Here's a look at the stats:

  • DSi: 53,680 - Down 3,721 (6.48%)
  • PSP: 48,118 - Down 6,030 (11.14%)
  • PS3: 20,362 - Down 2,463 (10.79%)
  • Wii: 15,525 - Down 1,751 (10.14%)
  • DS Lite: 8,729 - Up 321 (3.82%)
  • Xbox 360: 7,812 - Up 2,963 (61.11%)
  • PS2: 5,394 148 - Up (2.82%)

On the flip side, we may finally be seeing the end of the PS2, as the Xbox 360 is starting to outsell Sony's last-gen system on a relatively frequent basis. Throughout most of this new generation, the 360 has never managed to top the PS2 (let alone the Wii or PS3) in Japan, and no matter what Microsoft tries to do, they just can't seem to gain a foothold in the Land of the Rising Sun. But this new war, which has snapped into focus after the Wii craze has died down, will clearly continue to rage between Sony and Nintendo. Looks like fun. :)

4/13/2009 Ben Dutka

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