For the most part, the Wii is dominating current generation
console sales worldwide. Sony, which for the past two generations been the
market leader, trails Nintendo by a considerable margin even in its home
territory of Japan – but the margin is narrowing.
The most recent sales figures gathered by Enterbrain,
according to Reuters,
shows the Wii outselling the PlayStation 3 only by a ratio of three-to-one
during August. In the four weeks ending August 26, 245,653 units of the Wii and
81,541 units of PS3 sold in Japan. Previous data from June had the Wii outselling the
PlayStation 3 by six-to-one.
The latest sales numbers for the U.S. show a similar improved
ratio between the Wii and the PS3. During July, Nintendo
sold 425,000 units and Sony sold 159,000 PS3 units over the month. The
North American sales gap between the two consoles was narrowed with the help of
price drop on the 60GB version of its console.
of the Japanese gaming market has helped the Kyoto-based company overtake
Sony in market value, put it ahead of both NTT and Honda, making it the fifth
largest company in Japan.