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2010 Year of the PS3? PS3 Dominates Japan

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The latest sales figures for the first quarter of 2010 show the PS3 rising to total ascendancy over the Japanese gaming market.

The new games of 2010 are almost totally dominated by the PS3:

1. Yakuza 4 – 474,000 PS3
2. North Star Warriors – 397,000 PS3
3. Biohazard 5: AE – 234,475 PS3
4. End of Eternity – 175,934 PS3
5. Star Ocean 4 – 138,800 PS3
6. Biohazard DC – 121,592 Wii
7. Ar Tonelico 3 – 98,400 PS3
8. Nobunaga: Tendou – 69,010 PS3
9. God of War III – 55,000 PS3
10. BF: Bad Company 2 – 42,180 PS3

Several much older Wii titles feature in the overall 2010 sales rankings (as opposed to the one presented here, for new releases only), but this only serves to highlight what even Nintendo admits as a severe problem – the increasing lack of quality titles for the Wii save a few first-party Nintendo megahits which seem only to underscore the console’s reputation for “casual” titles.

The miserable fate of the Xbox 360 in Japan of course by now hardly warrants mention.

Incidentally, the list seems surprisingly manly, by Japanese standards… Yakuza 4 in particular features plenty of trashy hostess action alongside the usual (tame by GTA standards) criminal action – the infamous ping-pong minigame deserves introduction:

The latest hardware numbers tend to corroborate all this, with the PS3 muscling out the Wii:

PS3 – 50,448
PSP – 46,449
Wii – 36,849
DSi LL – 23,188
DSi – 17,376
DS Lite – 4,995
Xbox 360 – 3,002
PSP go – 1,874
PS2 – 1,785

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