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Old 04-24-2009, 06:29 AM   #1
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PS3 outselling Wii this year in Japan; 360 passed 30 millions worldwide

And they said whatever trends happen in Japan will slowly make it across the ocean to US and Europe within months.

Playstation 3 is officially outselling Wii in Japan for 2009

According to the latest Media Create numbers, the Playstation 3 has surpassed the Nintendo Wii in hardware sales for 2009 in Japan.

With the release of last weeks sales data, the current year-to-date numbers put the Playstation 3 at 447,700 units sold while the Nintendo Wii is at 431,833 units sold.

The takeover is a result of the small rise of the Playstation 3s popularity. In the past few months, the much scrutinized video game system has gotten several big blockbuster games: White Knight Chronicles in late December, Yakuza 3 and Street Fighter IV in February, Resident Evil 5 in March and now the Final Fantasy XIII demo in April. Because of these titles, the Playstation 3 got a small surge without a price drop.

The weekly units sold average for the Playstation 3 went up by nearly 10,000 from 20,027 last year to 29,846 in 2009.

The bigger story here is the decline of the Nintendo Wii, which saw a dramatic decline in sales. The popular system averages 57,360 units sold per week in 2008. Its popularity has dropped significantly in 2009 with just about 28,789 units sold per week.

Dont expect this trend to last long, however, as Nintendo Wii have Wii Sports Resort and two Monster Hunter games coming soon. Then again, the Playstation 3 is also getting Final Fantasy XIII (which is an exclusive title in Japan) by the end of 2009. Needless to say, the battle for home console supremacy in Japan will be a lot closer in 2009 than it was in 2008.

On the other hand, Xbox 360 sells over 30 million worldwide:

Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox 360 has sold 30.2 million units across the globe. HOWEVER, the entertainment division which the Xbox is part of reportedly suffered a loss $31 million despite a solid performance from the Xbox 360.

Microsoft today announced its quarterly earnings, boasting $1.57 billion in revenue from the Xbox division and 30.2 million Xbox 360s shipped worldwide.

For the third quarter ending on March 31st, Microsoft announced revenue of $13.65 billion, a 6 per cent decline compared to the same period last year.

The company's net income of $2.98 billion also represented a decline of 32 per cent compared to a year earlier. A significant portion of the cuts were charges related to the previously announced plans to cut 5,000 jobs.
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