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PS3 Outsells the Wii in Japan

Posted by Eric O

But is Nintendo concerned?

The answer is "not particularly."

Nintendo responded to Sony's Playstation 3 outselling the Wii by just under 50,000 units in Japan in March by saying "it is still the first few months of the year when sales are slow for the industry" and that the plan of action is "to line up strong software to support hardware sales in the second half of the year."

7.8 million Wiis and 2.7 million PS3s have been sold as of December 2008 in Japan, with the PS3 having a one month head-start back in November of 2006. The reason for the sales surge seems to be demand for key titles such as Resident Evil 5, which isn't available on Nintendo's machine.

[via kotaku.com]

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User Comments (19)

Terra

#2

Terra said:

Oh yeah, order will be restored when MH3's released, for certain.

motang

#3

motang said:

Did hell freeze over?

Just wait for Monster Hunter 3

Yep my thoughts exactly.

CorbsAdmin

#5

Corbs said:

I can't wait to see how the PS3 does once God of War 3 hits. :)

StarDust4Ever

#7

StarDust4Ever said:

If this is the first month in the history of the two consoles that the PS3 has outsold the Wii, then it is merely a fluke and Nintendo has nothing to worry about.

greyelephant

#8

greyelephant said:

Enjoy the lead PS3, it just makes defeating you by the end of the year that much sweeter..............:)

greyelephant

#9

greyelephant said:

I found this interesting. Here's Febuary's sales here in the U.S. as of March 20, 2009.

Nintendo sold 753,000 Wii players last month. U.S. stores sold 391,000 Microsoft Xbox 360 players, a gain of 53 percent, and 276,000 of Sony's PlayStation 3, a 1.7 percent decline.

Fleeman

#10

Fleeman said:

sony had three of the biggest games ever release on the ps3 last month and nintendo pretty much had nothing it like celeabrating a win when the other guy didn't show up

MickEiA

#12

MickEiA said:

my most anticipated wii games this year are The Conduit and TMNT smash up

Objection

#13

Objection said:

I am actually looking forward to God of War III even though I won't be able to play it. I'll settle for playing GoWII, which I haven't yet picked up.

Carlos27

#15

Carlos27 said:

Anatema.

Poor PS3.. they already used their atomic bombs.. (GTA, MGS, RE5, KZ2)
they only have left FFXIII GofW3 and GT5

Viral

#16

Viral said:

Yeah, I've even contemplating getting one of the other two just to get RE5.

XCWarrior

#17

XCWarrior said:

"the plan of action is "to line up strong software to support hardware sales in the second half of the year.""

Yeah, can't wait to see them back this up.... Wake up Nintendo! Time to start bringing the good stuff!

CanisWolfred

#19

CanisWolfred said:

I guess Japan really likes killing Zombies.:P I wonder if Xbox 360 sales have been fairing any better over there? After all, RE5 is on the 360 as well.

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