PSP Dominance Gives Sony Half Of Japan's Weekly Hardware Pie

The PlayStation Portable is still on top in Japan - thanks to MonHun Nikki! - helping, along with the PlayStation 3, to give Sony a healthy portion of the weekly hardware take in Japan.

Nintendo takes just a little bit less. As is normally the case, the Nintendo DS family is the week's bestseller, with nearly 40,000 units sold between the three formats. Not so impressive is this week's Wii sales. Nintendo's home console cools its jets in fifth place, clearly a sign that the company will be going third party by the end of September. Poor guys.

For the best-selling hardware in Japan for the week of August 30 to September 5, look at this handy list.

  • PSP - 34,839
  • PlayStation 3 - 22,227
  • Nintendo DSi LL - 18,929
  • Nintendo DSi - 16,968
  • Wii - 16,080
  • Nintendo DS Lite - 4039
  • Xbox 360 - 2860
  • PlayStation 2 - 1370
  • PSP go - 927


    Seems like no one wants the PSP Go... Still... lol

    It still stumps me as to how the 360 is so damn unpopular in Japan.. it has some seriously great titles... yet none of them seem to appeal to the Japanese...

      I think it's mostly brand loyalty. Nintendo is the backbone of the console gaming industry and Sony has been a major part of Japan's economy for a long time. They also both develop certain games for Japan first then port later.
      The original Xbox didn't really sell itself in Japan, with it's focus firmly on winning the western market.
      The Xbox still has a strong western focus and, considering how well it's doing here, that's unlikely to change.

        The Xbox has been branded a FPS box, asians generally don't like that stuff as compared to the West.

        In fact if you read magazines like Famitsu (if you can read Japanese) they always mention how the Xbox will not appeal to anyone other the utmost hardcore in Japan.

        Preferably if I wanted variety and could not buy another console, I wouldn't even consider it.

      I've come across a fair few Jap dudes playing L4D and TF2 on 360, but rarely in other games. I guess they just think it's an FPS system.

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