PlayStation 3 Tops Wii In Japan For Second Straight Month
There was a time when the PlayStation 3 couldn't hope to compete with the Wii, and the PSP never got close to the DS. It was just out of the realm of possibility; the gap every week and every month was just downright gigantic.
But those days are long gone. As GameSpot reports, the PS3 has now topped the Wii for the second straight month and the PSP continues to beat the DSi. In the handheld war, Sony's portable sold 41,200 units while Nintendo sold about 37,500 DSis. If you include the DS Lite, though, the total rises to 43,900 units, but that's still a very close race. As for the home consoles, it seems as if the trend has almost completely reversed: the PS3 easily outsold the Wii in March and it did it again in April, as according to Reuters and Enterbrain, Sony's machine sold 108,530 units in Japan while the Will only sold 67,116. Both numbers are down from March - 146,948 PS3s and 99,335 Wiis - but as you can see, the PS3 continues to rain on Nintendo's long-running parade. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has already admitted that Wii sales are "unhealthy" in Japan, and the Wall Street Journal actually quoted analysts who said Nintendo was "vulnerable." You know, if they want any advice from the gamers who have been examining this situation for the past two years, we have the only suggestion they need: make some software!!!
See, consumers are fickle. No matter how amazed they're going to be with a gadget at one particular time, that fascination will soon fade if you don't continually make it fresh. The Wii simply doesn't have software that competes for industry awards every year, and with so many unbelievable titles out for the PS3 and 360, how can anyone be surprised at these results?
5/4/2009 Ben Dutka