PS3 trims Nintendo Wii's lead in Japan sales

Tokyo (Reuters): Nintendo Co Ltd's Wii game console outsold Sony Corp's PlayStation 3 by 2-to-1 in Japan in October, a game magazine publisher said, but its lead over the PS3 shrank for the fourth consecutive month.

Nintendo sold 110,415 units of the Wii in the four weeks to October 28, compared with 47,183 units of the PS3, Enterbrain said on Friday. But the PS3, which suffered a slow start after its launch a year ago due to its high price and scarcity of strong game titles, has been closing the gap with the Wii in recent months as Sony cut console prices and beefed up its software lineup.

During the same four weeks to October 28, Microsoft Corp sold 18,717 units in Japan of its Xbox 360, which is popular overseas but struggling in the home turf of Nintendo and Sony, Enterbrain said.

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Prismo_Fillusion4874d ago (Edited 4874d ago )

It should be mentioned that the PS3 is trimming the *weekly sales* lead of the Wii. The Wii is still gaining in overall sales, when compared with the PS3.

Edit: Why would anyone disagree? I'm just clarifying the article... That's all facts. You fanboys are VICIOUS! :p

lawler4874d ago

Sony fans don't like facts ;)

forum_crawler4873d ago

The article is indeed misleading. The PS3 would have to sell much more than the wii to start "cutting down" on that lead.

The Wii only needs to see 1 more console per week to keep it's lead growing. Too bad people don't like to hear the truth...

"I reject your reality and substitute it with my own!!!"

AllanWakker4874d ago

This week's Media Create numbers:
Wii 27,502
PS3 18,785

Down to just 50 percent more. And the biggest Wii game just got released to mediocre sales, only 130k for Super Mario Galaxy.

lawler4874d ago

So Wii outsells PS3 for this whole time, and that's good for Sony...?

Nice bubble.

Rooftrellen4873d ago

Oh no, only 130k sales in a day!

That's just over 900k in a week at that rate!


Yeah, right...

SlippyMadFrog4874d ago

I don't understand how the PS3 is trimming the Wii's lead in Japan when the Wii is outselling the PS3. This doesn't make sense.

randomGuyOnline4873d ago (Edited 4873d ago )

The PS3 is trimming the lead that the Wii has had on it for each month, but not in total sales. Basically, it means that the Wii is beating the PS3 in sales but not as well as it had before.

If for example,the Wii outsold the PS3 last month 4-1, but has now outsold it 2-1 this month, the sales gap between them isn't as wide as the previous month. Therefore, the PS3 would be "trimming the lead" or shortening the gap between them.

Basically, if the PS3 continues this trend it would eventually begin to outsell the Wii. Note that that is if the sales continue this trend.

thereapersson4874d ago

We should celebrate the increasing sales of the PS3, but let's not give the detractors a reason to come in here and bash away!

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