PS3 Sales Double Week-to-Week in Japan

Strong performance of Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 leads to big sales for the PS3 in Japan.

The last week of November may have been hugely important for retailers in the U.S., but it seems Sony saw their biggest gains (relatively) in Japan. For the week of November 24 to November 30, the PlayStation 3 sold 34,978 units in Japan, more than doubling the 17,436 units it sold the week prior (via PS3Fanboy). What caused this sudden surge? The release of Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer 2009, it seems. Consider it the Madden of Japan, because lord knows Madden sure isn't the Madden of Japan.
PES 2009 debuted in second place on the Japanese sales charts, selling 168,405 copies. Meanwhile, after being released in the U.S. in mid-October, it failed to crack the top 10 in the November NPD report -- the latest indication that the United States continues to defy the world in its nearly complete indifference to soccer.

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ThatCanadianGuy3630d ago

Bu..bu..but the 360's price cut was doing so good..

You would think that since the 360 is less then half the price of the PS3 and has all the (J)RPGS and non stop advertising that it would be selling better then the Wii.Yet it struggles to pass the PS2..

*Sigh* Microsoft.../Facepalm

ppthedipshit3630d ago

When the eXbox struggles the beat the PS2 something is wrong.

Wait until KZ 2 comes out the Xbots will be left questioning their existence

IzKyD13313630d ago

for Japan it's "wait until White Knight Chronicles", for the the US is Killzone 2

SONYSLAVE3630d ago (Edited 3630d ago )

why does this matter to the rest of the world droids??? Japan is stuck up.

but teh ps3 is still behind in sells and still in 3rd place.

No matter how you n4g trolls spin it


GWAVE3630d ago

I find it hilarious how 1up will often throw a negative spin on any positive PS3 news. May I direct the jury's attention to...

"it seems Sony saw their biggest gains (relatively) in Japan."

Yes. Relatively. They saw their biggest gains (relatively). Where was Microsoft's "relatively" when they sold relatively well in Japan for seven weeks, 1up?

This may seem like nitpicking, but if you follow 1up's news for any length of time, you can see how they take every opportunity to rag on PS3-related things. Just watch this week's 1up Show where they stand around and talk about Killzone 2. Their anguish is almost visible as they struggle to say negative things about the game.

Johnny Rotten3630d ago

I think some people love thier ego a little too much now a days. It's only a matter of time before people are going to get sick of this kind of journalism and start seeing the systems for what they really are... a piece of plastic that plays cool games!

KARMA20093630d ago

wait till WKC for japan on dec/25/2008

sinncross3630d ago

It seems like all publications are like this... and it really doesn't make sense. The PS1 and PS2 were both great consoles, the latter having some of the best games ever made and now they hate on the PS3 but the 360 is given support after their terrible start.

I understand the 360 and Wii are doing well but seriously, don't show obvious bias against a console that had a great heritage to its name.

RememberThe3573630d ago

Why would they be so blatantly bias against the PS3? I mean, they can't even hide it.

I swear, there are better writers in the N4G comments then there are at most of these big sites.

waznotwaz3630d ago

It's football,not soccer.

- Ghost of Sparta -3630d ago (Edited 3630d ago )

It's soccer, not football. What country are you from?

zo6_lover273630d ago

Its called Football every part of the world except the US

Panthers3630d ago

Football = greatest sport on Earth.
Soccer= BORING


Nathan Drake3630d ago

America and America alone calls it Soccer.

The rest of the world calls it Football.

ThatArtGuy3630d ago

Canada calls it soccer too.

PirateThom3630d ago

Yeah, but Canada also has milk in bags, can we really trust them?

badz1493630d ago

actually Japanese call it as soccer as well.

LeonSKennedy4Life3630d ago (Edited 3630d ago )

Is that something we want to risk?

ShinMaster3630d ago

The original and formal name is Football, not Soccer.


Because unlike American-Football(formal name, unknown to most Americans), THEY ACTUALLY USE THEIR FOOT TO PLAY THROUGH THE GAME!!!
Amazing, I know.

Couldn't they have been more original?
Like "Tackle-ball", or "Pass-and-Run-Ball", or "Run-and-Stop-every-3-sec onds-ball"???

But no, they go and steal another sport's name, and make they're own version of Rugby, but boring and much less team oriented.

DrDreadlox3630d ago

You hit the nail right on the head.


RememberThe3573630d ago

Yeah cuz watching the ball go back and forth, and back and worth, and maybe one or two scores in 90 minutes is so freaking fun, right?

I loved playing SOCCER, but watching it is a bore fest.

SuperM3630d ago

The fact that they dont score so much makes you appreciate the game, and how they play. You can appreciate every part of the game, and when they finally do score, its like the best thing ever. If they score every minute then its like, goal.... well thats kinda good. Its not like, OOOOMMMMGG!!! YEEEEEEEESSS YEEEEEEEEESS!!! thats football(no not American football, or should i say handball?) alright.

deeznuts3630d ago

Blame the brits. They're the ones who named it soccer.

And the official term isn't football it's association football to differentiate from rugby football (wikipedia rules! prove it wrong!) Soccer is slang from association.

I don't get the criticism of Futbol American because players don't use their feet as often. Tell me wtf a cricket has to do with that game?

Go Miami Dolphins!

40cal3629d ago (Edited 3629d ago )

I grew up in Australia and we have Australian rules Football. Its like rugby. So as far as I'm concerned there are 3 Football games.

U.S. Go Cowboys
Australia. Go West Coast Eagles
World Wide. I don't have a football team.

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ultimolu3630d ago

Lol, go 1up.
They sure hate the PS3 don't they...xD

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