The Nintendo Wii easily outsold the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 last month in Japan

Tokyo-based research firm Enterbrain Inc. publicly announced the Nintendo Wii game console and DS handheld portable continued their domination of Sony last month.  April sales figures indicated the Wii outsold the PlayStation 3 4-to-1 in Japan, and the sales gap widened last month, with the Wii outselling the PS3 5-to-1.  Nintendo sold 251,794 Wii game consoles in Japan last month.

Enterbrain, which publishes the Famitsu video game magazine, implies Sony only sold 50,000 PS3 units in Japan, the latest string of disappointments for Sony.  Furthermore, analysts predict Nintendo will continue to see strong sales figures in Japan.

Microsoft quietly sold 11,082 Xbox 360 game units last month.

Although the PlayStation 3 has more powerful gaming hardware, the Wii's lower price and innovative game play continues to attract gamers.

Enterbrain research revealed a similar trend with the DS handheld, with the Nintendo product outselling the PSP -- Nintendo sold 620,670 DS units, compared to only 123,673 PSPs sold.

In a published interview last month, George Harrison, Nintendo of America Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communication, boldly predicted up to 35 million Wii consoles will be sold on the U.S. market by 2012.  

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