Over the last six years, Sony has sold 8,716,260 PS3 consoles in Japan, easily trumping the 1.6 million Xbox 360s bought by the Japanese, but still falling short of Nintendo’s 12.6 million Wii sales. However, another Nintendo system has passed Sony’s accomplishment, and in much quicker fashion.
Nintendo 3DS is still a few months shy of its second birth, but as of last week it has been bought 8,799,378 times. That is 83,118 more than PS3. In less than one third of the time, Nintendo has met and surpassed the reigning champion of Japan’s HD consoles. Then again, that might not be all the surprising when you take into consideration the fact the the original DS, which is eight years old now, has lifetime sales of over 32.8 million systems. Do the math and you will realize that if sales don’t let up, then 3DS is on pace to match the impressive success of its predecessor.
Also worth noting is that last week saw the Japanese release of Wii U, which sold 308,142 units.