PS3 Sales Surge 300%


Japanese PS3 sales figures for the month of April just released show the PS3 to have enjoyed a drastic increase in sales over this time last year.

The console’s sales reached 109,000 units for April, an increase of 288% over the same month last year.

Some of the increase is thought to have come from the release of the FF13 demo, packaged with a special edition of the console, but this seems unlikely this could have contributed a great deal.

The statistics were reported by Enterbrain.

The PS3 appears to have been a slow starter in Japan, but now is picking up speed and rapidly destroying the Xbox 360’s now slim chances of entrenchment. How this struggle will play out on a global scale will be of great interest to all…

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    Comment by Daisuke.exe
    04:25 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I loved that image.

    Comment by shalala
    06:17 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i have all three in my house but each of them are own by my 3 brothers i own the ps3. Not all that good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:12 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "but *this* seems unlikely *this* could have contributed a great deal."

    Your writing is starting to suck.
    A couple mistakes are excusable, but you have typos in almost every post now...

    Comment by Goldsickle
    00:54 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not only I support Sony consoles but I love games from Japan.

    The sudden surge in sales over there might encourage more developers in Japan to develop more games that takes advantage of the PS3's processing power, as well as Blu-ray's capacity.

    And it doesn't matter much if there is no American localization, since I can just import the Japanese, Asian or European version, thanks to PS3 being region-free.

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    Comment by MaidNiac
    00:53 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish gamers will take the girl in OP pic as an example; buy the all the three consoles, stop bitching, stop being a single console fanboy, and just enjoy all those videogames..

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:41 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That only works if you have money.

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    Comment by KLoWn
    01:16 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I seriously lol at all the morons claiming that they're "real" gamers cuz they play Ps3 or 360 (and diss the Wii), a REAL gamer plays all consoles (not saying he must buy all of 'em ofc) without this faggotry bitching.

    All the consoles has awesome games, only a complete idiot would miss the chance to play 'em just because they're on the "wrong" console.

    Comment by Keirnoth
    02:28 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A "REAL" gamer plays the games on consoles with the good games. You have a better chance of making a great game if your console has the hardware to allow it - i.e. a gamepad that isn't based on a shitty waggly gimmick.

    Take a look at Capcom's development cycle. A number of their big budget games are developed for all consoles except one. Guess which console is left out? Do you honestly think I'll want to play Devil May Cry 4 swinging my Wiimote like an idiot?

    No, I want to play it on a gamepad, and unless I cough up extra money (which offsets the supposedly "cheap" price of the Wii) to buy YET ANOTHER FUCKING ACCESSORY for my Wii, I'm gonna stick to the Wiimote that looks like a overglorified NES controller.

    I don't even own a X360 - I own a PS3, Wii, and a badass PC, but I would definitely drop my Wii for an X360 considering the direction Nintendo is going with their market.

    And lol @ Kotaku lacking pro-PS3 articles.

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    Comment by KLoWn
    03:25 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see you're one of those morons i talked about..

    You seriously think they left the Wii out because of the Wiimote? and not the shitty hardware? You seriously that stupid?
    The wiimote has already showed it's more than capable to play games from all genres, especially the fps genre in which it's supposed to be second only to the mouse when it comes to precision.

    Overall you only seem to have some sort of grudge towards the wiimote, did it rape your mother or something?

    "A “REAL” gamer plays the games on consoles with the good games"
    I fuckin lol'd, and who is to decided which console has the good games? You?

    Like i said, all the systems in the current console-war has good games, and only an idiot would miss out on some of 'em just because it's released on a console you don't like (for some stupid-ass reason in most cases).

    Lol fanboys, what faggots.

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    Comment by fatimmortal
    10:19 07/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Well, I'll just tell the two of you.

    A real gamer would have all types of consoles, and a gaming pc at the same time.

    Of course, they'd have to be fucking rich to buy all that crap, plus all the games.

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    Comment by coldfire01
    20:21 07/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    nah... you just need to be flexible and not rich

    i have a nintendo wii, nintendo gamecube(2 of them) 2, playstation, PSP slim, Nintendo DS,

    bad ass pc dual core 2.5 Ghz 4 gig kingston memory, 512 Nvidia video card with 360gig HDD with my flat plasma tv

    take note i am on a 3rd world country called philippines and i am proud of it.

    i will buy a playstation 3 or xbox 360 if prices go down... and if they have a better game library especially Playstation 3...

    my friends have those consoles and now they are bored to death waiting for the new games to arrive

    same with me on my nintendo wii

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    Comment by motaku96
    08:32 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This was bound to happen. The PS3 didn't have any good games last year and with it's superior technology was a bit slow to start. From now on, if they can keep rolling out good games, it'll probably lead for awhile.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:11 07/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    hell yeah!! ps3!
    hopefully this means they will start making more games, (that arent shooters)

    more rpgs!!!

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    Comment by maxchain
    00:30 07/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Console controllers can attack anywhere without warning. Not even your cramped TV room is safe.

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    Comment by OkamiFrenzy
    14:10 02/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well Truthfully the PS3 in America. Isn't going so well dew to the freaking economy. I mean the Xbox 360 and N-Wii are doing a fantastic job because there sales aren't that bad at pricing the console at the time. The PS3 hasn't been all that since it has arrived. People have been excited about it coming out. But it ended up that nobody would come to seeing the PS3 all through. :( it's actually sad...

    Comment by i386
    12:08 09/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Nimas
    23:47 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah PS3 needs some love man!

    Comment by N.R.
    11:14 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Some of the increase is thought to have come from the release of the FF13 demo, packaged with a special edition"

    You got that right. That's exactly why I bought mine last month. I do think a lot of people have waited for a FF edition of PS3 and I think the month (or months) when FF13 and versus comes out will be the best the PS3 will see in ages.

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    Comment by Moondoggiebuiscuit
    20:11 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Waw.... And at a time of GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS...

    Comment by Devoto
    19:01 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    For what it's worth, the PS3 has sold 2 million units in the UK. That means about 1 in 30 people have a PS3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:34 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No matter what, Sony will defeat Microsoft at last!
    Long live Sony! Long live Play Station! Long live Artefect!

    Comment by halotoo
    23:52 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you forgot "long live anon"

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    Comment by Ace
    20:20 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh, not it's not censored?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:40 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like Bluray anime. Perhaps Japan is realizing the advantages of bluray movies and anime. Honestly this current generation of gaming is useless, no matter what console.

    Comment by Krad
    20:17 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait until every PC is docked with blu-ray ROM... An era when blu-ray is as popular as DVD. Then time for PS3 to rise and shine.

    If I'm still alive though.

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    Comment by Obsidian
    19:56 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A rapid development in sales is good news. I fear that the PS3 were also near it's fatality.
    Like the stinky Wii.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:11 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan doesn't matter anymore when it comes to console sales.

    If this was news from NA or even EU, then it would be relevant.

    Comment by DeGrade
    22:53 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    The market has dried the hell up in Nippon. Last year sales were PATHETIC.

    Comment by Aldwin30
    18:57 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hell if it's that easy...Lolz
    GO PS3 GO!!!!!
    Entrench yourself more so i can get more updates on my Ps3...Lolz..
    Aside from my selfish reasons...The Ps3's rise may be one of the best things for sony right now...

    Comment by Stormy001
    18:50 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think Bluray is becoming more and more accepted in Japan just as Sony predicted. But PS3 has been cited by some experts as most colossal mistake by Sony with budget overruns, Bluray kinks and price issue.

    Remains to be seen if Sony can recovery from this saga and kick Wii's ass.

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    Comment by Fatty
    20:13 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    is it still costing them every console sold, or are they finally making profit?

    Comment by VDZ
    14:54 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still costing them, as is usually the case. The Wii is an exception.

    Comment by northpole776
    18:53 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only mistake in the PS3, and the 360 for that matter, is these 'experts' and the stupid sheep that listen to them.

    "This console is a collossal mistake."
    "This console can do this while that one can't."

    And then people listen to this and say, 'Hey, that dude said this one's no good. Let's buy that one instead.' And then the competitor suffers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:45 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you get all three you help the economy =]

    Comment by Narcissist
    18:59 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But no real gamer wants disgusting Wii. =]

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    Comment by FallsFromGrace
    04:44 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A hardcore gamer wants everything and the Wii is fine for a certain games. Sure it's mostly my kids playing Lego games now which I join in occaisionally but Fire Emblem was excellent

    Comment by ShibariComplex
    04:22 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by VDZ
    05:35 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have a Wii, and no PS3 or Xbox 360.
    I also have a C64/128, Atari 2600, NES, Master System, SNES, Mega Drive, PSX, PS2, Gamecube, Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance.
    I dare you to say I'm not a real gamer.

    Comment by VDZ
    00:31 07/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    PC also has a LOT of mainstream titles. PS2 has less than PC and Wii, but also still a lot of mainstream titles.
    Mainstream success always means there will be mainstream titles. What matters is whether there's still good titles among the released titles.

    As for new play control: Last I checked, those are only Gamecube games, not SNES games. But yes, it sucks...I guess Nintendo is trying to fill up the lack of releases on their schedule even though they don't have any new games to release - so they just re-release older games.

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    Comment by Narcissist
    23:08 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fair enough. ^_^

    Of course you can own a Wii and be a gamer by definition. My problem with the Wii is its mainstream marketing and games where they don't care about making them good, as long as you can swing around that controller.
    Just look at their new so called "New play controll" games, they are releasing old SNES games like Donkey Kong which are optimized for the Wii controller. Patethic really, make a new Donkey Kong instead.

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    Comment by Narcissist
    11:35 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    My mother owns an Atari 520ST, NES, SNES, Gameboy, Gameboy color, PS2. And yet she has never played on most of them. The only game she ever plays is Singstar on PS2. She has been considering a PS3 for the new Singstar games and downloadable songs.

    So no, you are not a gamer because of your old consoles. >_________________<

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:58 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But you're not a gamer because of your new consoles either, right?

    Comment by VDZ
    14:53 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Okay, okay. But I've also played all of them except the PS2, which is 'new' (second-hand stuff) but it's broken and needs to be fixed first.
    And with the exception of the C64/128 and Atari 2600, I can say I've played many gaming classics: Super Mario Bros. 1-3, Zelda, Mega Man, Final Fantasy, Kirby's Adventure, Sonic the Hedgehog (SMD and SMS), Gain Ground (also both versions), Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, Super Mario RPG, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, 3 & Knuckles, Gauntlet, Tekken 3, Final Fantasy Tactics, DDR, Zelda: The Wind Waker, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Mario Galaxy, Tetris, Pokemon, Mother 3, Advance Wars, and many many more.

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    Comment by Narcissist
    19:03 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:45 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You guys are obviously forgetting monster hunter tri(3) coming to the wii, i'll easily bet now that from its release to a year after wii, atleast in japan will have pissed all over ps3 by miles, especially in consideration of these ps3 topics. If anyone knows anything about gaming and Japan they know the monster hunter series is by far the most popular game there, so much so they fairytail - rave master mangaka produced a manga for it, which also garnered popularity.

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    Comment by Narcissist
    19:39 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not if your name is Joe College or Caroline Fitness maybe.

    Began playing good old Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance to PS2 co-op with a friend yesterday, that is what a gamer should want. Some beat'em-up like Soul Calibur 4 or FPS co-op like Resident Evil 5 is nice too. Most fun for MP in my not very humble opinion is RTS, to PC obviously. Too bad that Dawn of War 2 was a total disappointment.

    My point being, loads of good multiplayer games to both PS3 and X360 and obviously to PC and older consoles too.
    Wii on the other hand just has mostly mediocre or even worthless multiplayer games. Really, how fun is it to swing that ugly controller in the air and pretending to play tennis or whatever? Only good MP game I can think of is SSBB.

    Comment by Mister 庭
    19:21 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So true Narcissist... ?!?!?!

    Well, Wii isnt bad if you have friends.

    Comment by Lost
    22:30 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    my reply to this is No More Hero's ... yes its single player but its probly the most fun Wii game i have played.. as for "console" i own all 3 and tbh i have more fun with my PC (yes it is a game built system) i find the xbox live system some what annoying when i want a server and it says No go here.. reminds me why pc is better...and yea DoW2 was a let down squad based...i was hopeing for a nice big RTS with better grapics but eh hopefully they will make better next time..

    Comment by WondrousWizard
    22:51 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe the Wii is excellent for party time with family and friends... but for true hardcore gamer, you're right Narcissist.

    Comment by Chen
    00:26 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too bad, there aren't any game centers where I live. Maybe in the bigger cities, like.. 6 hours by train away from here. But I'm not that sure. Probably there aren't any game centers in the entiry country or neighbouring countries for that matter.

    So I couldn't really develop a habit of going there in the first place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:56 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too bad, there aren't any beaches where I live. Maybe in the other countries, like.. 6 hours by plane away from here. Can I call myself a hardcore surfer nevertheless please?

    Comment by Chen
    23:37 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Am I a hardcore gamer for thinking "fuck those new consoles, I stick with the nineties and play my old super nintendo games over and over and over again!" ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:51 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe you'd be a hardcore gamer if you'd think “fuck those consoles, I'll stick to my habit of visiting game centers each day to play my favorite shooting and fighting games over and over and over again but also watch and try the new cabinets!”...

    Comment by Mike
    23:46 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I disagree. A "true" gamer would have a Wii, if for nothing else the uniqueness of it. This is also if were are to completely ignore mario and zelda.

    Sure the Ps3 would be your main console but there are enough titles on the wii to make it worth it.

    Lastly real gamers are not swayed by a "consoles perception".

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A true gamer is one who loves to play games regardless of the console.

    Comment by Ctrl Shift Esc
    05:48 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    True gamers don't take opinions, they make them.

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    Comment by Narcissist
    03:01 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isch, I shouldn't write comments when being deadly tired. Just noticed (after some sleep) that I called RE5 an FPS... ( ´​_ゝ`)

    Anyway, obviously a gamer shouldn't be tied too just one or two categories of games. But there is absolutely not any need to love all kinds of games. That would be like an wine expert loving all kinds of wines, or a gourmet liking all kinds of food etc.
    Personally I hate sport games and "yaythisgameissocooleveryonelikesitweeee"-games, like the ones on Wii made for the stupid mainstream mass.

    There pretty much isn't a console that I haven't owned, and I still play on all the good consoles that isn't too retro. Most of my favorite games are on PS2.

    Me not owning a Wii is just a stand that I take. I do not need to play through SMG more than once, and not the latest Zelda either really though I do of course have it to my Gamecube.

    PC gaming these days feels almost ridicilous. I always keep my computer up to date with the latest hardware, but that is just "because". Because there are so feeeeew new good games on the PC. The last games I really really enjoyed must have been Dark Messiah of Might and Magic or Dawn of War with expansions.
    I just installed The Witcher Enhanced Edition, are supposed to be rather good so I have some expectations for it. I also just bought Dreamfall again, I have played it before but I saw the limited edition lying in a shop so I thought it would look nice on the gaming shelf. That is one really cosy adventure game with a nice atmosphere.

    Aion or the new Star Wars MMORPG is what I am hoping for this year to PC, at least regarding online gaming.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:21 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Real gamers love all different types of games, so I agree with Mike.

    I own a PS3, 360, Wii, Dreamcast, Gamecube, Xbox, PS2, DSi, PSP, Gameboy SP, Sega Genesis, N64, Super Nintendo, and original Nintendo, and the Wii and 360 are my favorites.

    Comment by Keirnoth
    02:20 06/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    True Mike, but the Wii's sales haven't been fueled by "Real Gamers". That's a known fact. :/

    Comment by Teacherzpet
    11:02 07/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    True gamers play games, whiter occasionally or 24 hours a day. How are the new gamers that Wii have brought in suddenly not considered gamers? When the crap before the NES like Atari, Arcade and shit was dying out and there were still dedicated gamers, and then NES came out, did all those old gamers stick up their noses and scoff at it for making games popular with more people?

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