Japan: PS3 closes gap on Wii, 360 sales on the rise
- Posted February 27th, 2009 at 08:33 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 29 Comments
Media Create data for the week ended February 22 in Japan has revealed that Sony’s PlayStation 3 console is continuing to narrow the gap between itself and the Wii, with sales of Nintendo's machine continuing to decline on a weekly basis.
PS3 notched up 16,149 sales, very nearly surpassing the Wii, which shifted 16,973 units during the same period – the consoles lowest weekly performance to date. Are the tides about to turn in Sony's favour? Only time will tell.
Thanks to the release of Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope, however, Xbox 360 managed to outpace both machines, selling over 25,000 units. Elsewhere, DSi and PSP continued to slug it out for first place, selling 41,839 and 29,552 units each, respectively.
See below for a full chart round up.
Xbox 360/ 25,334
DS Lite/ 9,975
- 3:38am EST - February 27th, 2009
With the release of Yakuza 3, i expect PS3 on top for this week.
With the Wii and 360 perhaps around the same mark.
The decline of the Wii sales gradually this year really shows that having such weak third party support is damaging the Wii's image, i don't expect Nintendo to do anything in the immediate future though.
- 3:52am EST - February 27th, 2009
The 360 got Star Ocean last week, that probably why it's on the top
- 4:02am EST - February 27th, 2009
Also the Yen has been climbing against the dollar throughout February making imported goods cheaper.
- 4:07am EST - February 27th, 2009
"The 360 got Star Ocean last week, that probably why it's on the top"
That's probably why they said that in the article.
- 4:08am EST - February 27th, 2009
wait till the price drop hits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- 4:10am EST - February 27th, 2009
- 4:31am EST - February 27th, 2009
RPG'S really mean something in Japan
- 5:00am EST - February 27th, 2009
Not surprised that the Wii sales are dropping weekly, most of my friends who jumped on the (it looks fun) bandwagon now use it as a door stop.
Good news that PS3 sales are doin ok
1solidsnake | solid1snake67
- 5:29am EST - February 27th, 2009
Resident evil 5 should help in those sales. the 360 might get the upper hand next week because of halo wars though
- 5:47am EST - February 27th, 2009
Hang on, the Wii sold less?
- 6:12am EST - February 27th, 2009
Awesome news! Hail Sony!!
Rukusho | Rukusho
- 6:17am EST - February 27th, 2009
Damn 360 is on the rise
- 6:31am EST - February 27th, 2009
@12 - For one week, that is! Ha ha ha ha.
Next week, I expect the PS3 on top, the Wii second and the 360 lagging far behind them.
AaronSOLDIER | AaronSOLDIER
- 6:33am EST - February 27th, 2009
lol the PS2 is still managing to shift units Yakuza 3 will be on top next week I expect
- 6:42am EST - February 27th, 2009
Market Saturation. That's why the Wii has falling sales. Everyone and their dog in Japan already owns one. Give it a few more weeks like this and those 'Special Edition' Wii consoles in different colours will be unleashed from the warehouse and see the sales soar again. And least we forget they are still selling at full launch price!
- 7:31am EST - February 27th, 2009
@4, hahah.. Didn't read the article :P
- 8:26am EST - February 27th, 2009
well......i suppose the 360 must has it`s chance,but it ends here as the next month ,things will be diffirent,and it seems as the wii`s sales are starting to fall apart.At any rate,the ps3 is showing some advantage,considering the release of that silly game
- 8:35am EST - February 27th, 2009
I'm glad to hear this. I hate to sound like a fanboy (because I do hate them so much) but the PS3 has a lot of good software and downloadables and is more often than not underaprecciated. The 360 is good, although it has the most atrcious hardware faliure rate in console history. The Wii is the best selling of them all despite having weak hardware and abysmal software, keep it up Sony.
- 8:58am EST - February 27th, 2009
Just to add something, Yakuza 3 has just sold 232,000 copies on its FIRST DAY in Japan (according to Famitsu). Can't wait to see how that's affected the weekly sales!
In comparison, Star Ocean 4 sold 162,000 in one WEEK in Japan.
Gotta say, that made me laugh. Good move Square Enix!
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