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Young Yoshinori Nakajima celebrates his new Wii acquisition  (Source: Fox News)
PlayStation 3 goes from being outsold 6-to-1 to 3-to-1 in Japan

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 Sony’s $100 price drop on the 60GB version of its console.

Nintendo’s dominance 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.

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Most likely because
By FITCamaro on 9/4/2007 6:07:11 PM , Rating: 5
Everyone in Japan who wants a Wii, has one.

RE: Most likely because
By das mod on 9/4/2007 6:11:14 PM , Rating: 3
exactly ...

the same people that ALREADY bought a wii

are most likely the same ones that are now buying the ps3

RE: Most likely because
By Zandros on 9/4/2007 8:13:01 PM , Rating: 2
That is quite interesting really. The Wii, being relatively cheap might have spent a large portion of its possible userbase in its first year, while the PS3s barrier of entry, ie the price, might have kept people from buying it until later, so it has a larger potential userbase to tap.

The point being, we've seen nothing that will predict the Wii's place in this round of the console wars. I'll predict that there will be more PS3s sold than Wiis when it reaches the $250 price point. If ever.

RE: Most likely because
By daftrok on 9/4/2007 9:39:32 PM , Rating: 4
That will be a good 2015

RE: Most likely because
By rdeegvainl on 9/5/2007 3:00:44 AM , Rating: 2
My PS fanboi inside cries. Truth hurts, though I haven't bought it it yet, I will get a PS3 when the price becomes reasonable, I don't see it happening soon. And I don't see enough in the other systems to interest me.

RE: Most likely because
By Samus on 9/5/2007 10:38:31 PM , Rating: 2
Everyone's just bored with their Wii's and picking up PS3's. What else are they ganna get, XBOX360's? LOL. That's be the day. The Japanese hate XBOX, hate Microsoft, and for the most part, hate American products all together.

RE: Most likely because
By chick0n on 9/5/07, Rating: 0
RE: Most likely because
By Moishe on 9/5/2007 12:26:42 PM , Rating: 1
You may be right.... ~127 million people in Japan, ~17 million under 15 years old.
They can probably sell 12-17 million Wiis in Japan without people re-purchasing.

By sxr7171 on 9/4/2007 11:49:34 PM , Rating: 5
Who uses "only" and 3-1 in the same sentence?

RE: Right...
By rdeegvainl on 9/5/2007 3:16:58 AM , Rating: 5
I think lots of companies would love to, MAC for example.

Only 3-1 ??
By kusala on 9/4/2007 6:47:14 PM , Rating: 2
That just sounds saying only 3-1. Granted it was 6-1 but it is only 1 month and it needs to sustain this. But the US market is due to the $499 price drop which is great.... Yet it is back up now due to them all being sold and only 80gb mostly left.

They need to just keep the 499 and bite the bullet. And then they need to release some killer games. This gen is a wash now tho.

All 3 are gonna do just fine... And thats a good thing to.

Kinda looks like the BDA and HD-DVD may do the same :P

RE: Only 3-1 ??
By Zelvek on 9/4/2007 11:52:13 PM , Rating: 2
They would be better to cut the price on the 80gb version as it costs less to produce than the 60gb one did.

kid on the picture
By adam92682 on 9/5/2007 12:15:46 AM , Rating: 1
The kid in the picture looks like he should be outside getting some exercise instead of sitting around playing video games.

RE: kid on the picture
By rdeegvainl on 9/5/2007 3:05:24 AM , Rating: 3
He's a kid, with a chubby face, not that uncommon even in children with proper amounts of exercise. If he had droopy arms or we could see fat tires in his stomach I would think differently.

5th Largest...
By JTKTR on 9/4/2007 6:28:31 PM , Rating: 2
You all have to admit, 5th largest company in Japan is insane. Especially since the people they beat out appeal to what one would think is a much larger group

Availability a reason?
By ancient46 on 9/5/2007 9:38:33 AM , Rating: 2
No stores in my area have any Wiis in stock, you have to be there when they come in to get one. You can walk into any store and get a PS3, they all have plenty gathering dust. I wonder if the ratio is due to availability rather than a diminishing demand for the Wii and, or, an increased demand for the PS3. We still sell every Wii we get within a few hours of receipt, so the demand is there. The supply just can't keep up.

Don't get to excited
By encryptkeeper on 9/5/2007 10:30:37 AM , Rating: 2
This article would make it look like the Wii has ALWAYS been outselling the PS3 6-1, which isn't exactly true. Weren't PS3 sales in June so bad because people kept hearing the price drop was coming in July?

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