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#1 Muhammad Farrukh

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 07:31

Nintendo 3DS outselling four Sony devices in Japan, now has 65 percent of the market


The latest figures from Japan's Media Create are in, showing that last year's trend has been fully reversed. Now the consumers are hungry for Nintendo's 3DS, given that it shipped 121,921 units in the week ending April 1st. That put it comfortably ahead of the PlayStation 3 (23,771), PSP (18,356) and PS Vita's (12,105) sales combined. The stats reveal that the 3DS is now accounting for 65 percent of all hardware sales in the country, a marked turnaround from when the console's future looked gloomy. Meanwhile, the biggest selling game was Kingdom Hearts 3D for Nintendo's newest handheld, which managed to shift over 200,000 units in just seven days.

Here's the full hardware chart for the same week. The previous week's sales are in parentheses.

  • 1. 3DS: 121,921 (94,011)
  • 2. PS3: 23,771 (25,750)
  • 3. PSP: 18,356 (19,875)
  • 4. PSV: 12,105 (10,302)
  • 5. Wii: 9,292 (9,270)
  • 6. PS2: 1,374 (1,333)
  • 7. X360: 1,317 (1,084)
  • 8. DSi LL: 941 (1,058)
  • 9. DSi: 771 (778)




#2 Blackhearted

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:29

Clearly this must mean that it's sony who has become "doomed" now. Poor sony. They should just give up making games and hardware and now just make clones of various phone game trash. etc. etc.

Really though. It's not too surprising. The 3ds has been on top in japan pretty much all of the time lately. And worldwide the vita's sales have been pretty lackluster compared to what the 3ds did, even with the less than amazing launch (and early game) lineup the 3ds had.

#3 c3ntury

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:42

Interesting. You've got to be impressed at the 3DS's sales figures, 121,000 a week is nothing to be sneered at!

#4 NeoTrunks

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 15:47

The 3DS had a pretty weak start but has pretty much redeemed itself with the current and upcoming games lineup. I think it's also capable of more than what people initially thought, when you look at games like RE: Revelations and Kid Icarus Uprising. The new Kingdom Hearts game looks promising too.

#5 Jason Stillion

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 16:12

Sony had a rough Vita launch, there was software issues (fix was pushed out quickly) and initial price was too high / selling low, so they have the Vita price the SAME as the 3DS price in Japan.
Nintendo 3DS was a bit rockey at first, however Nintendo quickly got it back on it's feet.

#6 OP Muhammad Farrukh

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 16:18

3DS is selling
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#7 DChiuch

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 16:26

Meanwhile, the biggest selling game was Kingdom Hearts 3D for Nintendo's newest handheld, which managed to shift over 200,000 units in just seven days.


Worth noting that it was released on March 29, so it was released only for 4 of those 7 days.

#8 Salutary7

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 16:44

The sales can be attributed to the much lower price of the 3DS combined with exciting new titles and an affordable library of other great games.

#9 Jose_49

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 00:56

Wow! Just can't believe that the PSVita was outsold by its antecedent