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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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    God of War 3 only 55k. That's showing you Japanese don't buy anything made outside of Japan! Thats why I'm not a Sony Fanboy!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:40 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Really, well it's a shame that Japan is the smallest major demographic. The 360 continues to outsell the PS3 in America, the largest demographic, and that doesn't seem to be letting up at all. Sure GoW3 pushed PS3 more than 360 for a week or two, but wait until Halo reach, Alan Wake or Crackdown 2 or Conviction. The 360 will be in second place this generation, and of that I can assure you.

    You know what they say about Sony fanboys, they don't like their console, they just REALLY hate yours.

    And all nostalgia aside, this is easily the best generation of games. All consoles are doing very well and we're in a good place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Incredible Ar tonelico3 manage to out sold God of war3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:46 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese have always loved sony, you can't miss the fanboyism. It's sad because no matter how bad or behind sony is, japan always bends over for them.

    Just like apple in america, and pretty much world wide.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought Japan was pretty fond of Apple computers as well... Although maybe that was 10 years ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:15 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now, if only I had a reason to use my PS3 more often. I'm extremely disappointed in the domestic selection of games around here...Disgaea 3 and Cross Edge are pretty much the only games on the PS3 worth caring about for me, unless I'm missing some other fringe titles I'd be interested in.
    I don't even think the issue would be solved by imports unless the PS3 has a wealth of import visual novels and shmups to keep me interested. I suppose I could pick up Ar Tonelico 3, but it'd be a bitch to play. I keep hoping for an English release.

    So what PS3 games are out there that would satisfy a RPG/anime/shooter fan such as myself?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:30 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So,....400,000 people bought Yakusa 4 to play ping-pong?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:13 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pervert PS3 is rising.:D

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    Comment by onitake
    22:46 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    here's what amazon wants for the consoles in key markets (jp, fr, us):
    ps3(120gb) - 28370¥ (219€) - 296€ - 299$ (219€)
    xbox360(nohd) - 18800¥ (145€) - 169€ - 199$ (145€)
    xbox360(elite) - 24800¥ (192€) - 219€ - 299$ (219€)
    (the elite is currently out at amazon.jp, but would cost about the same as the ps3 i think. the 24800¥ are for the 60gb version)

    looks like sony has caught up with prices in the us!
    but they're still lagging way behind in europe. i demand a reason!

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    Comment by drunkspiderman667
    22:21 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    just a matter of time before M$ ditches the 360. theres already a shortage of exclusives for the 360 this year and theres no news for 2011 so im guessing 2012 we will see the 720.

    its gonna be a piece of poop.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:40 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    yea, it's gonna be a 360 with the ability to run games natively in 720p ^^
    no blu-ray I guess, as M$ isn't a member of the Blu-Ray association and I'd be surprised if Sony approved for MS's new console to use Blu-ray. But we all know, that MS favors digital distribution anyways, so it shall be fine X)

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    22:57 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yakuza 4...Damn, and I thought 3 was the last...

    *adds to his 'To Buy' list*

    Comment by Nin
    23:56 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I find these breast physics to be far more realistic than the DOA ones.

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    23:30 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The hell! PSP Go out sold PS2? BLASPHEMY!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:44 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's amazing that the ps2 is still selling in 2010
    just proves how awesome it is

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    09:46 05/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "9. God of War III – 55,000 PS3
    10. BF: Bad Company 2 – 42,180 PS3"

    WTH?, I more or less expected the other titles to reach such numbers, but God of War and Battlefield??? Who would have guessed the Japanese gamers still had taste for anything other than JRPGs, Dating Simulators and Beat'em Ups.

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    09:48 05/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also, I don't think the PS3 has much of a competition in Japan, but world sales should be what determines if this happens to be the year of the PS3 or the X360.

    And The line up of games for this year looks amazing, so many good games released in the first quarter alone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:59 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    At last people that are bitching about PS3 being inferior to Xbox and Wii will shut the fuck up for good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:33 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ryu ga Gotoku NO.1 ftw

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:10 05/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Go ps2 you can catch up

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    Comment by caiooa
    03:29 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sorry...melty blood actress again current code will be for RingWide. The priority will be to buy a RingWide first. And i lolwed hard that the full comunity hype pc game's like starcraft 2 and diablo 3 haven't been included in the list of the new games of 2010. Isn't it sad, Kerrigan?

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    Comment by red candle
    03:50 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't get your hopes up. Every year they say this will be the year of Ps3. They said 2008 would be the year of the Ps3 than in 2009 they said that would be the year of the Ps3. And what the ps3 is still in third place? Second place?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:49 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh Sankaku, only 3 months into the year with DECENT sales in JAPAN and you're already proclaiming PS3 is going to win the year?

    Let's see if things change when Nintendo releases their big games later in the year.

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    03:52 06/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    To quote Artefact "Toy sales figures don't count here"

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    Comment by Majineko
    06:14 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    E3 is coming. i cant wait to see wat else the ps3 have in store for us.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:08 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The PS3 is great, but it's Sony that I despise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:02 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I couldn't care less about the PS3 sales in japan, how about world wide? Yeah exactly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:43 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wasn't talking about the 360. DS and Wii have destroyed the competition, anyone who refuses to believe this is badly in denial.

    There is no way that sony or microsoft will win this war.

    And for the record, sony hasn't made a good product for quite a few years now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:21 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You realize that in terms of ongoing US sales, the 360 and PS3 are pretty much even and have been even for a while, right?

    Meanwhile, in Japan, the PS3 outsells the 360 by ~50,000 units a week. Europe? The PS3 is outselling the 360 by ~40,000 units a week.

    Whatever global lead the 360 has is slip-slidin' away faster than the 360's prospects as a longer term console like it was originally billed as.

    Short-sighted design doomed them and now it's catching up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:42 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not really. The gap is closing so slowly that it won't overtake 360 by the end of this generation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:37 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why is the PSP being sold so well? That's just wrong.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:44 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I got a PSP and I love it...and the reason for the sales in japan is called "Project Diva" XD.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:41 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't get how to play the Yakuza 4 table tennis game, its so freaken hard.

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    Comment by Genius
    16:20 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hahaha That's some pretty major ownage by Sony, they got both Nintendo and... well, I guess Microsoft counts even though I'd hardly call that a competition. Kinda like having a footrace against a one legged man.

    I have a PS3, PSP, DS, and a Wii. I, like much of Japan, can't find a reason to buy a 360.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:16 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am one-legged and I am offended by what you said. Please, never ever put us disabled people with X360 side by side.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:36 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    that was hilarious, nice 1 ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:27 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lulz @ 17:16 that is a pretty bad comparison indeed...I'd rage about that as well

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:12 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think this was actually ment to bash the 360, we all know the 360 fails in Japan. I believe this was just showing which console had the most sales period in Japan. Also this could say hey the chances of new rpg awesomness and random game from japan here will probably be on the ps3 rather than other consoles. So if you like Japanese type things, I'm assuming that you do, since you are reading this on Sanakuku Complex. Then buy a PS3. If you don't like JRPG's or foreign games and just like stuff IN AMERICA, buy a 360.

    Comment by GreasyWeeabooVirgin
    16:08 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Physical activity > Any kind of gaming

    xD

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    15:19 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So I take it that the guy writing up that report is a zany PS3 fanboy? I love the PS3 too, but dayum, is he happy about bashing on 360. Obviously not unexpected it won't do as well in Japan. Let's beat the dead horse while we're at it, shall we?

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    Comment by Reizo
    15:29 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well it is the truth. 360 failed in Japan, it's common knowledge.

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    Comment by Artefact

    It's not even worth talking about the Xbox 360 in Japan any longer. The focus of the article was really on the PS3 vs Wii.

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    Comment by Zavalix
    15:33 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No I think he's not, look at the numbers... 50k units against 3k, "bashing" is a kind word here. XBOX 360 has it's ups and downs but got to admit it has way more downs comparing it with ps3 and wii.

    On other bashing news:
    The purpose of this may be to open the eyes of the always blinded retards of Microsoft, they want to sell crap at high prices and then stop all development or update of the crap in mention. Maybe if the had actually tried and kept it's system updated it wouldn't be THIS bad or maybe they shouldn't had dared to step into the gaming territory in the first place (I'd love to see an Apple console though).

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    03:58 06/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "they want to sell crap at high prices" except the 360 is cheaper than the Wii in Japan, go figure.

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    Comment by Peter Barton
    16:44 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They did, and it wasn't all that pimpin.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Pippin

    Comment by Dark Mage
    03:30 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It actually was much more capable then the PS1 as it had a 66MHz PPC603 but the console was $599 which was much more expensive then competing consoles.

    I don't think Apple can really compete in the console market unless as it's just too cut throat.

    If they do try to enter it again it'll likely be based off the iphone/ipad platform since the arm chipsets are so cheap.
    It'll probably be download only or if they're smart use SD cards as well.

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    Comment by Reizo
    16:50 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh god what the hell is that?
    Kill it with fire!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:51 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd LOVE to see Apple Pippin II

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:35 05/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah, iMerry or iFrodo maybe...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:37 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did you say iPimpin?

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    Comment by Peter Barton
    17:00 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The hell are you talking about?

    Apple creating a Pippin II? Come on! That sounds completely ridiculous!

    Jeez.

    Obviously it'd be called a iPippin.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:58 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    An Apple console would obviously be shit and hard to use.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:15 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    An Apple console would cost a lot and run really smoothly, but no one would make any games for it =(

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:16 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It would also run into overheating issues because the fan doesn't run when it should.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:16 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i wonder who's gay here.

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    Comment by Reizo
    16:10 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    An Apple console would actually be overly simplistic and gay-looking like it's computers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:17 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What does that have to do with the 360? Its always cost less than the 360 and has received more updates where the ps3 has lost features.

    Talking about blind microsoft retards. How about the blind retards who hate microsoft just because thats the "cool" thing to do

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:18 04/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMG Well Fucking Said!! I have been trying to tell all the blind xbot idiots this at my job but since thay love the taste of MS red flashing cock in they're mouths they dont listen to me.

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    Comment by Tasche
    19:16 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow, spot on...

    the fact that the xbox peripherals cost just as much as the machine is ridiculous...and no BluRay

    and who the hell wants to pay 59.99$ extra for a XBL Gold Subscription when your already playing $x on your internet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:20 03/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You are oblivious. The cost of add-ons like that stupid wifi add on bring the cost $100 higher. Add onto that the cost of playing on live and replacing your hdd when you inevitably run out of space with an overpriced hdd. Ps3 lost ability to do linux which is fairly useless on a game console. Sure it lost backward compatibility too, but if you're that starved for old games, pick up a cheap ps2(they cost almost nothing). We don't hate them as the "cool" thing to do. We hate them because they could care less about quality and have a knack for fooling retards like you into thinking you're paying less money when you buy a dvd-based console with no built in wifi(ps3 has :)). Of course ps3 would often stick to 720p games instead of upscaling to 1080 like the 360, but shouldn't that be more on the game developers? Lastly, who wants to deal with that paperweight and its brick of a power supply.





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