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