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PS3 Sales Surge By 900% In Japan

Last week, the numbers were bleak. According to the Media Create weekly sales statistics, only 3,931 PlayStation 3 units were sold in Japan, placing it firmly in the basement.

But with the release of Grand Theft Auto IV and LittleBigPlanet in late October and the impending launch of Resistance 2 on November 13 in the Land of the Rising Sun, PS3 sales have leaped over 900%- this week, Sony sold 39,587 PS3s, which is more than the Xbox 360 and Wii combined, although the handhelds continue to dominate the hardware sales charts. Oddly enough, some might not think games like GTAIV and R2 could spur such a huge sales spike in Japan; those two games don't typically fit into the Japanese tradition. But as we've said numerous times before, Japanese gamers are starting to adopt more of the Western gaming preferences as time goes on, and the numbers reflect that shift. Here are the Media Create weekly hardware stats, courtesy of PS3Fanboy:

  • DSi -- 171,925
  • PSP -- 50,358
  • PS3 -- 39,587
  • Wii -- 23,123
  • DS Lite -- 16,369
  • PS2 -- 6,714
  • Xbox 360 -- 6,119

The PS3 version of GTAIV easily tops the software list at 132,676 copies sold with LittleBigPlanet sliding in at #3 with 51,705, and because there are so few 360s in Japan, GTAIV can be considered to be a legitimate PS3 system seller. Only 33,648 copies of the 360 version were sold...but that must mean everyone with a 360 in Japan must've bought it.

11/6/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (34 posts)

N a S a H
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 3:46:05 PM
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lol nice bit of humor at the end there ;)

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Scarecrow
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 3:49:46 PM
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'Bout time the ps3 sells more than the Wii
The Wii is great and I have it, but the games which have been coming out for it are NOT better than the ones for ps3.

Awesome, hope it stays this way

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N a S a H
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 4:26:51 PM

This will be like MGS4 again, Sales will go up for a few weeks and return to normal.

I just hope to God I'm wrong. I'd love to see the PS3 leading in Japan.

I don't know if Japanese people are into the whole christmas thing, because they're not christians(as far as I know) but will sales go up for hardware & software over the holidays?

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Alienange
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 8:15:28 PM

@ Scarecrow - You friggin' said it!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 11:08:15 PM

I think there might be a solid Christian populace in Japan, I recall them celebrating Christmas during my stint in Shenmue.

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NuCl3aR32
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 3:53:56 PM
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WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO

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Warukyure [Power User]
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 3:54:50 PM
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Lets hope this trend continues on next week as well. Maybe this will turn some extra heads to the PS3...

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tramp
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 4:01:07 PM
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nice to hear,i think this was the effect that everyone was expexcting here in the west to occur when it first hit the selves.

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shaydey77
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 4:06:15 PM
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I still dont see how the ps2 managed to sell more than the 360...im shocked!!

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HUSO
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 4:25:20 PM
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hehe i like that '900%' makes for a very bold headline.

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BIG_E
Sunday, November 09, 2008 @ 3:11:48 PM

GO AWAY FANBOY.You can get a PS3 for $399 80gb with rumble controller & uncharted.Anyways Mcdonalds is hiring.By next month hello ps3.

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somethingrandom
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 10:58:35 PM

How is he a fanboy for saying 900% is a bold headline???

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NEWCL0UD
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 5:29:02 PM
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these are good numbers for ps3 i hope it keeps up

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Fabi
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 5:33:28 PM
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@HUSO - Yeah, makes it sound like they pushed a million units or something.

Good news though.

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zerostar39
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 5:52:51 PM
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that rocks!

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BigBoss4ever
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 6:17:03 PM
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Great news for PS3, keep going PS3!!!

PS3 sales will roar again when WKC, GOW3, FF13 and v13 are released. Also, The Last Remnant, Star Ocean 4, ICO3 will sooner or later be released for PS3 too. Those are my "must-owns" for PS3. (sorry I am not a FPS or Platform gamer, altho I do check out those games as well online)

Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 11/6/2008 6:21:52 PM

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Wage SLAVES
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 3:42:09 AM

GoW 3 is gonna be a Nuclear Bomb.

Last edited by Wage SLAVES on 11/7/2008 3:42:20 AM

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AceTatsujin
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 7:59:36 PM
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Hey Ben, isn't the PS3 80GB out now in Japan? I think thats why sales slow down since the announcement of 40GB to be replaced with 80GB.

Edit -- Reply to the guy above me, don't forget about the other strong games like God of War III, Killzone 2, Heavy Rain and whatever else we missed.

Last edited by AceTatsujin on 11/6/2008 8:00:25 PM

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Alienange
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 8:25:13 PM
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How much is the DSi selling for in Japan? Is it equivalent to about 200usd ? I could understand the DS Lite because it's fun and cheap, but the DSi is just an expensive gimmick. People there have tons of money for gaming systems. I don't want to hear any more complaints about PS3 price point.

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Tatsujin
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 8:50:52 PM
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900% lol... Thats insane.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 11:05:43 PM
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Holy shit!

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BigT_1980
Thursday, November 06, 2008 @ 11:31:18 PM
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Sweet mother of pearl!!! The DSi sold 171,925 units in a month's time. Wow that really surprised me that a camera and two slightly larger screens can make that big of a difference in sales. Yeah I'm also glad to see the PS3 has made a rebound as well.

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keaton
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 12:37:06 AM

that's actually the weekly sales lol, im not sure how those differences sparked such a big spike either.

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BigT_1980
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 8:32:14 PM

Your right Keaton I was thinking that was the NDP for the month of October. But with my previous statement of the DSi selling 171,925 units with month is even more incredible due to fact those numbers were in a week.

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aaronisbla
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 12:05:13 AM
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Cheers to their success :-)

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Banky A
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 3:14:17 AM
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His power level.. it's over 9000!
LOLZ xD

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Banky A
Saturday, November 08, 2008 @ 12:31:06 AM

Yeah I'm pretty smart, lolzl xD (900% -> 9,000, woah). Haha.
Sorry for going off topic but do you happen to be from NZ? Or have a mistaken you for somebody else I saw on here :/

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Wage SLAVES
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 3:39:14 AM
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Holy mama! 900% The truth is software sells systems. (Except for the Wii Nintendo sold their soul for success).

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xnonsuchx
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 3:41:25 PM
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I thought part of the low sales the past few months was significantly attributed to lack of supply of PS3s (as in sold-out in many places)?

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shaydey77
Friday, November 07, 2008 @ 6:57:32 PM
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@ Wage SLAVES lol

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Zorigo
Sunday, November 09, 2008 @ 8:01:34 AM
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900%. wow. i sort of can believe that the ds is winning. Japan is full of commuters and ds is the best handheld (soryy psp but the games aren't just that great on it. just like the wii. but the DS doesn't have that problem.) and so i reckon it makes sense, they all need a handheld, and want a good handheld. ds. but if they could carry consoles, ps3 would be at the top.

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OhYessss
Sunday, November 09, 2008 @ 2:56:04 PM
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Everyone check out my LBP level! My online name is: iBazookaJoe

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Elfen-Lied
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 5:39:08 PM
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Yay! Go PS3!
Hey guys,
LittleBigPlanet or Valkyria Chronicles?

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somethingrandom
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 10:55:23 PM
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Ummm... don't you mean Guitar Hero IV, not Grand Theft Auto IV? (GTAIV came out months ago lol).

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