PS3 Starting Chart-Topping Sales Trend In Japan?
Although the Wii isn't geared towards hardcore gamers, the age-old mantra still applies: without any new, must-have software, hardware sales falter. Perhaps this is the reason the formerly dominant Wii is now bowing to the PlayStation 3 on recent Japanese sales charts.
The previous week's hardware sales are in for Japan, and as The Console Battle points out, we may be seeing the start of an encouraging trend for Sony. It wasn't that long ago when the PS3 would barely move the meter, but as we've been saying, things have changed drastically. Take a look at the stats first:
- Nintendo DS: 65,809
- PlayStation Portable: 54,148
- PlayStation 3: 22,825
- Nintendo Wii: 17,276
- PlayStation 2: 5246
- Xbox 360: 4849
As usual, the handhelds dominate the Japanese marketplace, but it may also be interesting to note that the PSP continues to compete well with the DS. The Xbox 360 has never been able to gain a foothold in the Land of the Rising Sun - as indicated by the fact that the PS2 continues to outsell it - but the PS3 has once again topped the Wii by a significant margin. This has already happened a few times in the recent past, and we maintain that every video game system needs software. It seems inevitable that with all the great PS3 games out there, the system would rise. Isn't that a logical assumption?
4/5/2009 Ben Dutka