PS3 Tracking Down Wii In Japan
Could Nintendo-crazy Japan be slowly turning in another direction? Oh, get outta town.
The Wii exploded in the Land of the Rising Sun and while it has slowed down a bit since, it's still far in front of the PlayStation 3. We'd mention the Xbox 360, but we're not entirely certain that console exists in Japan... Anyway, according to what PSBeyond found in Japanese gaming publication Enterbrain, the trend may be switching around as the sales ratio has apparently experienced a major change. In May, the Wii was outselling the PS3 by a ratio of 6:1, but in June, that ratio dropped to 1.7:1. Obviously, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots fueled a big spike in PS3 sales, but what Wii software is going to blow up within the next few months? In all honesty, what does the Wii have in 2008 that can compete with the PS3's lineup? Analysts expect the PS3 sales upswing to continue, and the Wii really needs some new software to keep the top spot.
On the PSP side of things, Sony's handheld once again outstripped the DS by a count of 274,131 to 195,714 in June, so there's no problem in the portable category. But remember when the PS3 launched in Japan and they had a grand total of about 80,000 machines to go around? It was a disaster, basically, but it's mid-2008 now...and times are changing.
7/31/2008 Ben Dutka