PS3 tops hardware sales in Japan

Yakuza 4 success sees big weekly sales boost for Sony's home console

The release of Sega's Yakuza 4 in Japan has had a marked effect on PlayStation 3 sales in the region, with Sony's home console outselling both the PSP and the Nintendo DS.

With 383,972 unit sales in its first week Yakuza 4 has also proven to be a significant system seller, with PS3 sales almost doubling to a total of 50,164 for the week.

This total put it well ahead of both portable consoles, whose own sales remained almost unchanged from the previous week. As such the PSP sold 39,508 units (including 1,491 for the PSPgo) and the DS sold 38,974 (DSi XL: 20,765, DSi: 14,256, DS Lite: 3,953).

The Wii was subsequently left in fourth place, with its sales also static at 31,101 units.

Sales of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2 were also largely unchanged from the previous week at 2,419 and 1,711 units, respectively.

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Nintendo must be wishing more of these 3rd-party titles were on the Wii. In fact, 3rd-party, Japan Wii support has dried up completely. Been plenty of sales failures, frightened the market off.
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Mbuso Radebe Producer, Capcom Vancouver7 years ago
I think the release of PS3 Torne helped. Either way, Sony execs must be pretty plesed on taking 1st and 2nd place.
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Tony Johns7 years ago
Who knows...maybe Sony are getting their mojo back.

Nintendo needs to wake up and stop getting big heads and focus on making some great games later on this year for us hardcore, because most of the casuals are tired of the Wii and now looking for somewhere else to go to so it is up to the Hardcore gamers to support the Wii and it is up for Nintendo to realize this.

But yeah, way da go Sony, that is what I feel about appealing to the Otaku gamer, if you appeal to them enough, you get to know that there are many Otaku in the world and not just a few minorities.

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