Wii outsells PS3 4-to-1 in Japan...again

February's Japanese game charts were dominated by Nintendo titles, including Super Smash Bros. Brawl; gap between sales of PS3 widens again.

For a while after the release of the new ceramic white 40GB PlayStation 3 SKU in Japan, PS3 sales were beating those of the Nintendo Wii.

The Wii--which costs ¥25,000 (approx $237) in Japan compared to ¥40,000 ($380) for the cheapest model of the PS3--is typically top dog in the next-gen console charts. In June, the Nintendo console even managed to bring its lead up to a massive five consoles to one.

With the release last month of highly anticipated Super Smash Bros. Brawl in the country (US gamers will have to wait until March 9, whereas Euro gamers still haven't been given a date for the title) it perhaps isn't a surprise that the Wii was back on top in February.

According to a report from Reuters quoting figures from Famitsu publisher Enterbrain, 331,627 Wiis were sold in the four weeks to February 24, compared with 89,131 of the PS3. In January the Wii was outselling the PS3 3-to-1, and it now looks set to extend its lead to 4-to-1 in February.

Super Smash Bros., which was released on January 31, sold 800,000 in the first week it went on sale, and has since gone on to sell 1.33 million copies. Wii Fit, which was released on December 1, was also still going strong, and has sold 309,311 copies this month.

Microsoft's Xbox 360 is still lagging some way behind the two homegrown consoles, having sold just 14,079 units in February.

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Gigagamer2
Gigagamer2

sony's eyes where too big for its belly, now they're paying the price

Creciente
Creciente

Console Wars are rather pointless. Eeach one of them is quite unique and will always find it's fans. The main point being that all consoles are just too different to compare, especially in the case of Wii.

Rhen_Var
Rhen_Var

Oh well, a fellow Japanese deserves to win :) Though at this rate, even with the Blu-Ray upgrade. the 360 is gonna be last :?

blinkysam
blinkysam

Brawl is gonna melt my eyes with pure gaming gold lol.

lisalover1
lisalover1

I prefer the Wii to the PS3 for several reasons, the main being what Sony has lost, Nintendo has gained. The PS1 and PS2 were popular because there were so many games and 3rd party support for it. Now that all that is gone, developers are flocking to the Wii for an easy console to code on and current popularity.

PitPwnz0rz
PitPwnz0rz

I just think it is funny when people try to fight over what system is better. Like whats the point? Why are you getting personally insulted when someone says the Wii is better or the PS3 is better? Its not like you created the system or had any part in developing it. I dont know where im going with this but it just boggled my mind.......btw Wii is the best

bnwchbammer
bnwchbammer

haha, wow. midnight partys at pretty much every gamestop! beat that ps3, and even 360.

moh2in
moh2in

" jerseynut2004: The Wii is a family friendly system, which is one of the main reasons it's selling. Metroid Prime 3 and Super Mario Galaxy may not have the hardest of levels, but try KOing Lucario, Snake and Sonic on Intense difficulty on Brawl! Brawl also has an array of options for online brawling, and tons of unlockables, not to mention being able to upgrade your character with stickers. Just wait until March 9, then nobody in the world will have any complaints!!!!" ++++1

Santhin
Santhin

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Dion4ever
Dion4ever

Trogeton, Super Smash Bros Brawl just made the 4 - 1 gap and now you say hardly any Wii games are making big hits. What about Super Mario Galaxy that sold a lot 5 million +, that's not a big hit? As far as I can see the Wii games have sold the most so far, like Wii sports although bundled or Wii Play which was bundled with another controller. But Gears of War was bundled with some Xbox 360's in some countries and even then Wii Play beat it.

jorgegus2
jorgegus2

it's simple: the wii is better so it sells more

jerseynut2004
jerseynut2004

Shivercraft: crimped: The Wii is a family friendly system, which is one of the main reasons it's selling. Metroid Prime 3 and Super Mario Galaxy may not have the hardest of levels, but try KOing Lucario, Snake and Sonic on Intense difficulty on Brawl! Brawl also has an array of options for online brawling, and tons of unlockables, not to mention being able to upgrade your character with stickers. Just wait until March 9, then nobody in the world will have any complaints!!!!

smollett13
smollett13

Yeah, I love my Wii. My only concern is that they've set a high bar for themselves and will need to really put in a brain grind to keep the edge they've collected. Thats the price tag on being at the top of their game, and continuing to push in new directions. They have my support. -S

zennioparty
zennioparty

I think it is a much user friendly approach to gaming. And one that can be done for hard core gamers as well that has helped the Wii sell as well as it has. There are though, many viable games for the PS3 and being so, It will probably pick up steem.... however, I myself will not buy one for a while, if I do. With Brawl coming out, I will be more than busy as far as games go.

taddia
taddia

The answer of the Wii success is "People" and "Family". Everyone can play a Wii. That all what's needed to know. My own 30 YO sis always hated games, (she only likes RE and puzzle bubble). When i bought a Wii for my nephew (her son) she started to be curious and when she realized she could play investigative games like Agatha christie's one on the console, she went out freaking. She started playing harry potter and wii bowling with her son and she started loving video games. And here's the key of the success. Nintendo has hit a new market, while gamers of other consoles are just one kind of the selling range, Nintendo now can point to both casual and hardcore gamers. And it doesn't matter if the game is easy and doesn't bring challenge, as long as everyone plays it. Me and my gf too always play wii, not for the games but for the Mii contest and Everybody votes channels. Said this, i agree: the games needs to improve for the hardcore gamers: that is an important part of the whole market and Nintendo ofc doesn't want to loose it.

LittleDuck
LittleDuck

Actually thats a fair point. How is the PS3 doing worldwide. I doubt sony have made any major profits yet and my friend in game says they stock pile PS3s.

necorium
necorium

Wii for win - world wide

santiagochile
santiagochile

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Stonetowerghost
Stonetowerghost

Who says you don't need skill to play the Wii? There are plenty of difficult games, and challenge doesn't automatically equal a compelling title. Nintendo took a risk with the Wii, and it has paid off. While great games may not be numerous, the Wii still had Plenty of solid titles (Zelda, Galaxy, Metroid, Paper Mario, Rabbids, Smash, the upcoming Mario Kart), and things are looking very auspicious. However, rather than screaming Wii dominance or raving about the PS3's imminent comeback, why don't we just enjoy the games we have now? This isn't baseball - sales and wins don't (directly, at least) please the gamer.

crimped
crimped

I agree with Shivercraft the Wii is fun but you dont need any skill to play. plus the Wii dosn't have any kind of real online play which is very popular here in america. I still belive that if the big N would release a deeper version of Wii bowling it would bring in another 30 million easy

gamecubepad
gamecubepad

Having the most powerful console has rarely been a benefit. Nintendo is the only company making profit, and since they make their own games they rake in even more $. The cycle has overlapped and Sony is too late. Not for overall sales, but for profit. Nintendo could destroy Sony in 2010 by releasing a new console that has 5x the power of the PS3. Then where would the whole "PS3 is gonna last 10years" thing be? First you bloat, then you die. BTW, there are over 20 good games for the Wii despite developer neglect. 3 games? I'll put those games up against the PS3's top 3 exclusives any day. Mario Galaxy(GoTY), Metroid Prime 3, and Zelda:TP against Resistance, Warhawk, and Uncharted. Equal at best. The 3rd party myth is dead too. I can name over 20 3rd party games that are excellent.

gamefreakwill
gamefreakwill

I'm surprised Lost Odyssee didn't help the 360 sales in February. I thought Japanese folks would go ape**** since it was made from the father of Final Fantasy. Guess not......Oh well good job Wii, doing great job. Sony, you got a lot of catching up to do in Japan! Let's hope my help of buying your console here in America doesn't make homeland look so bad!

mishary85
mishary85

the wii got only 3 good games zelda , metroid and galaxy i dont know whay they are winning ?

black_ice23
black_ice23

i said this would happen back when every ps3 fanboy was saying the s3 rules all because of a temporary surge in sales and beat the wii 4 a little while all i said was just wait til brawl is release and i was right and it hasnt even been released in north america yet

Shivercraft
Shivercraft

Jerseynut2004, The wii is a great system, that is getting games that require next to no skill to enjoy. That is my only complaint. I really want a challenge that makes good use of the controls, RE4: Wii edition did a good job, but No More Heroes, Super Mario Galaxy, Twilight Princess, and Metroid Prime 3 all had the same problem, too fricking easy and left you not wanting to come back for more when you beat them.

Shivercraft
Shivercraft

PS3 is still selling better than the 360 world-wide and that is really all I am concerned with. Sad truth is, the bulk of developers are making crap titles for the Wii to line their pockets to work on the big titles for the other systems. I wish it wasn't true, seeing as I own one of the little white dust collectors, but darned if it isn't. I find it odd how people can be so shocked that it is selling better overall though. It is a fraction of the cost for people to get a console, so it will of course sell well.

Naruto166
Naruto166

Microsoft are not that popular in japan like the Sony or Nintendo and that is because both are from Japan

Hector_01
Hector_01

I know alot of people are complaining about this articles headline cause of the fact that its comparing ps3 to wii and not xbox 360 to wii, but i think the reason why is cause, Sony and Nintendo are both japanese. Thats the only thing i can come up with. Cause the fact is the xbox 360 just doesnt sell in Japan at all really.

Trogeton
Trogeton

who cares about system sales... its not like they will give an award out to everyone who owns a wii, including myself..... the only problem is that there are like hardly any wii games that are really making the big hits.. the 360 is dominating that section.. but I do Love my wii

xYamatox
xYamatox

The Wii is a great system, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't have enough games for it that would appeal to an older audience (can't wait to get my hands on No More Heroes, though). Just wait for MGS4 to come out, PS3's will sell a lot more then ever before, since it will be bundled with the console & a Duelshock 3 controller.

Kurtisadei
Kurtisadei

OBVIOUSLY THEY DIDNT MENTION THE 360 CUZ LOOK AT THE FREAKIN SALES. AT LEAST THE PS3 IS COMPETITION. WHAT DO OYU WANT THEM TO SAY? WII BEAT 360 BY 3546565 FOLD??? YEAH...

edhc44
edhc44

So far it has Super Mario Galaxy, Metroid Prime 3 and No More Heroes that look really appealing to me. SSBB is next. I have some money saved up, don't know if I keep saving to buy an HDTV and play my X360 the way it is meant to be played or buy a PSP only for Crisis Core. However, even though it's not what I wanted right now, buying a Wii just seems the wisest choice.

YoshiRules123
YoshiRules123

Microsoft is gonna have 2 work harder to beat wii (which will never happen...) Wii rocks, and when Brawl comes out, the ratings 4 Wii will go way above the charts!

ljaygrimes
ljaygrimes

*sigh*, What else is new? Being lucky enough to own all 3, I can see why the Wii is enjoying such success. Although, I'm more of a hardcore gamer, and while I really enjoy Mario, Zelda and Smash Bros to name a few, they can't occupy me forever. I have faith in the PS3 though. With time (and MGS4 of course) I believe the PS3 will start to warm up and see some sales. I love mine (for what little joy it brings me *glare*). Kudos to Nintendo and Wii.

Spektre41
Spektre41

No offence, but I found the "...again" part added at the back to be pretty funny. Also, good job Nintendo ^_^

MaceKhan
MaceKhan

To jerseynut2004. Agreed, everyone I have talked to has said the Wii is great. And I don't like being insulted!

jerseynut2004
jerseynut2004

Ozzie234: We are not idiots, have you ever thought that maybe the Wii is just a great system and people enjoy playing great systems? Take your insults somewhere else; this is a place where gamers can share their thoughts, not a place where people insult each other!

MaceKhan
MaceKhan

To lilkikerman4450. It doesn't surprise me, my orthodontist has an x360 in his waiting room and he's had to exchange it FOUR times!!!! His exact words to me were, "Yeah, don't buy an X-box360".

sonicboom712
sonicboom712

There's no way the PS3 is gonna come anywhere near the sales for the Wii, if you think the sales are amazing now, wait until Super Smash Bros. Brawl comes out in America. Three words, NINTENDO WINS FOREVER!!!!!

Gradius55
Gradius55

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Ozzie234
Ozzie234

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link1813
link1813

WII OWNS ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jerseynut2004
jerseynut2004

There's no denying it, the Wii is on top of the charts by a mile!

AAwiidog
AAwiidog

wii the best! ( i wish some major game devolopers would realize that though)

brawlman777
brawlman777

its no surprise that wii dominates and will continue to.

Dualmask
Dualmask

juggleJUGGLER: and yet, the Wii still sells like crazy. And it has plenty of worthwhile games, apparently not for you, but for plenty others. Everyone I know has had a Wii for at least a year and play it practically daily. A couple of my friends don't even want 360 or PS3 because the Wii satisfies them so much...which even surprises me. Making empty blanket statements about the Wii's multifaceted functionality don't do anything but make you look needlessly biased against a perfectly good and highly popular console.