Playstation 3 Outsells Wii in Japan for November

The Playstation 3 has been doing better and better in this race for the next generation console war. Recently we found out that the console saw a 298% increase in sales after the release of the 40GB version, but now we hear that the Playstation 3 outsold the Nintendo Wii in Japan for the month of November.

This is the first time that the Playstation 3 has ever outsold the Nintendo Wii in Japan. In the 4 weeks in November up to the 25th Sony sold 183,217 units and Nintendo only sold 159,193.

This has been building up for a while, during the summer the NIntendo Wii outsold the Playstation 3 by 6 to 1 but during the fall the gap had narrowed to about 3 to 1.

Many analysts believe that this trend will most likely not continue but I’m not too sure about this. I almost feel like the joys of the Wii have passed, many people that I talk to think of the Wii as some type of fad, don’t get me wrong, the Wii is really fun but the problem is that I don’t see how people could enjoy shaking the controller around for too much longer, it gets tiring.



  1. I often can’t help but wonder how many people buy PlayStations or XBox because they can’t find a Wii anywhere.

    Sometimes these statistics can be a little misleading because of supply in my opinion.

  2. @Kyle Eslick, that’s a great point, especially some the xbox 360 arcade is so close in price to the wii. But, I’m also curious about how much of the wii shortage is just hype. I don’t exactly live in a large city but I’m also not in a tiny town and I could walk into eb games, best buy, or circuit city right and I would be willing to bet that at least one if not all of those stores would have at least ok wii in stock.

  3. I was lucky and got my Wii last year the day before Christmas, so I’ve pretty much had one since they were released.

    I will say, however, that I have yet to EVER see a Nintendo Wii for sale in any store, and I probably visit 5-10 electronic departments every week looking for various things. I always check and have never seen one. I live near a large city, but they aren’t in stock here in our small town either at Wal-Mart, etc.

    I think you bring up a good point, though the hype is not on Nintendo’s part. They are having problems because companies won’t make games for the Wii because so few people can find the console. If people don’t have the console, they can’t buy the games. As a result, Nintendo isn’t making any friends with other companies that would like to make games for the Wii.

    They are still considered the hottest Christmas item, so you are lucky if they are available in your area. Last I checked a couple weeks ago, Wii’s were still grabbing quite a bit over there cost on eBay and other sites.

    Great post!

  4. I think one of the main reasons that companies aren’t making Wii games is because no one is buying them, even if they have a Wii. A lot of the reports I’ve read say that people are too content with Wii sports and all of the third party games are sitting on store shelves with no one purchasing them, I guess it’s a good thing that Nintendo actually makes a profit on the Wii otherwise I don’t think they would be able to make up for that cost with licensing fees.

  5. Well said, though that isn’t always the case. These video companies keep making the wrong kind of games for the Wii.

    I bought Guitar Hero 3 the night of the release at midnight and to date it has sold almost double what the Playstation and XBox versions have.

    To many companies are making their controller games for the Wii, rather than embracing the systems capabilities and redoing the controls for the Wii version. I passed up buying several games because I didn’t like how the controls were set up.

    In looking at the games I plan to buy over the coming months, only Dance Dance Revolution is not made by Nintendo. Smash Brothers Brawl, Mario Kart Wii, Wii Fit, etc. are all made by Nintendo.

    Great discussion here!

  6. I have to assume that it is only a matter of time before game companies start to make good use of the Wii’s controller scheme.

    I think that the Nintendo Wii came out of no where and none of the 3rd party game companies expected it to be as successful as it is. I’m not sure how long it takes to make a game from the ground up, but I would guess that over the next year or so game companies will start to release games developed natively for the Wii instead of just porting games from other systems or quickly building a not-so-great game just because they want a piece of the Wii pie.

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