PlayStation 3 outsells Wii in Japan for the first time

Sony's PlayStation 3 games console has outsold the Nintendo Wii for the first time on a monthly basis in Japan, with 309,939 PlayStation's sold in September. The Wii ranked fourth, behind both company's handheld offerings, with the console selling just 61,691 units in September.

According to Bloomberg, Nintendo's DS Lite and DSi handheld consoles came a close second to the PlayStation 3, selling a combined 297,060 units. Sony's PSP finished ranked third, selling just 83,887 units, according to market researcher Enterbrain Inc.

Sony cut the price of the PlayStation 3 in Japan to 29,980 yen ($335) at the start of September, when it introduced the PlayStation 3 Slim, which is one-third the size of the original. The new model and lower price saw the Tokyo-based company's console sell more than 1 million units worldwide in three weeks. Sony also announced last month that it will lower the price of the PSP in Japan to 16,800 yen, from October onwards.

Microsoft also offered a price cut for its Xbox 360 console, cutting the most expensive model to 29,800 yen in Japan, while Nintendo was the last of the three console makers to announce a price cut. From October on the motion-sensing console will be available for just 20,000 yen.

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It is well worth 299 to play the two Uncharted games, two Ratchet and Clank games, Infamous, Metal Gear Solid, the first two God of War games in HD and the new one coming out next year. Final Fantasy is not the only just have game on PS3.

It is for the Japanese, most of the games you just talked about, hell even MGS4, aren't the kind of huge volume movers in Japan that FF and JRPGs of that level are.

Uncharted, R&C, Infamous, and even the God of Wars for the most part are targeted and sell more in the Western markets.

GP007 said,
It is for the Japanese, most of the games you just talked about, hell even MGS4, aren't the kind of huge volume movers in Japan that FF and JRPGs of that level are.

Uncharted, R&C, Infamous, and even the God of Wars for the most part are targeted and sell more in the Western markets.

The japanese market is pretty similar to the US and EU market, plus j-rpg and j-dating games.
So yes, God of Wars is also popular in Japan.

Magallanes said,

The japanese market is pretty similar to the US and EU market, plus j-rpg and j-dating games.
So yes, God of Wars is also popular in Japan.

Yeah, shows how much you know about Japanese market. MGS4 big mover? Yes. The rest? No. If we speak of nationalism, Japan certainly ranks high. There is a reason why 360 barely scratched the market, and it is certainly not only due to it breaking down thats for sure.

Good for them, nice to see sales picking up. I'm also really liking their new advertisements they are quite funny.

GP007 said,
Yet since it's peak it's slowly falling week after week from the looks of it.

That's to be expected. The holiday season is approaching fast and FFXIII will be out Dec. 17th. That will definitely move some units.

Elessar said,
That's to be expected. The holiday season is approaching fast and FFXIII will be out Dec. 17th. That will definitely move some units.


Normally I would agree with you, I had planned on buying a PS3 myself for a couple of games, FFXIII being one of them. However now that FXIII is gonna be on XBOX360 as well I'll just wait a few more months for it on the XBOX rather then spend $300 to play it and 2 other games.

Xionanx said,
Normally I would agree with you, I had planned on buying a PS3 myself for a couple of games, FFXIII being one of them. However now that FXIII is gonna be on XBOX360 as well I'll just wait a few more months for it on the XBOX rather then spend $300 to play it and 2 other games.

maybe when your xbox fails you can replace it with a ps3

Xionanx said,
Normally I would agree with you, I had planned on buying a PS3 myself for a couple of games, FFXIII being one of them. However now that FXIII is gonna be on XBOX360 as well I'll just wait a few more months for it on the XBOX rather then spend $300 to play it and 2 other games.

The 360 is only getting one of the 2 FFXII's being released. FF vs. FFXII is still exclusive to the ps3, and FFXIII Agito is exclusive to the psp

Einlander said,
The 360 is only getting one of the 2 FFXII's being released. FF vs. FFXII is still exclusive to the ps3, and FFXIII Agito is exclusive to the psp

you mean FFXIII not FFXII.

FFXIII VS Is exclusive to PS3 and FFXIII is for both 360 and PS3.

They've shown next to nothing for FFXII VS's aside form the same old pre-rendered CGI vids they love to spice up and hype their games with. Seeing how long it's taking the first game in the series to be released by the time you get to see anything solid about VS who knows when that will be?

Another small pop in PS3 sales with the release of FF13 is expected, yeah, but then if sales do nothing but head south yet again, it doesn't help much. Sony's running outta big name AAA games to help it at this rate.

jOshay said,
Xbox's have been failing recently?

Has been failing always. 54% of failure rate compared to less than 1% of PS3.