A few days ago we reported that thanks to the Blu-Ray release of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, which was also made available as a bundle with a demo of Final Fantasy XIII, the PS3's sales surged from a meager 16k units from two weeks back, to a whopping 57k units last week. We had also made certain to note that numbers from other retail trackers such as Famitsu are generally different than Media Create, which we hold as the proper standard of retail trackers – the NPD of Japan, if you will.
Well, last night, Media Create's hardware numbers went up and they tracked the PlayStation 3 as selling a bit more than our initial number of 57k. Turns out, over 62.5k PlayStation 3's were sold last week in Japan, trumping everything else by a considerable margin. The Nintendo Wii remains unmoved with a less than stellar 13k sold, and the Xbox 360 slipped back down below the 10k mark. The PSP once again outsold the Nintendo DSi, but could not outsell the DSi and DS Lite combined.
Furthermore, the PlayStation 3 has been consistently outselling the Nintendo Wii as its year-to-date figures have passed that of Nintendo's system. Meaning, over the course of the past four and a half months, the PlayStation 3 has sold more than the Wii in Japan. Exactly by how much? As of April 19th, the PlayStation 3 has moved over 447k systems in Japan and the Nintendo Wii 432k. It's still a very close match, and if the PS3 can maintain the momentum of outselling the Wii consistently, it should have no trouble holding that lead. Stay posted!
Xbox 360 8,652
DS Lite 6,438
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII