Wii outselling PS3 in Japan Three to One

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 9, 2007
Updated • Jun 6, 2013

Media Create published up to date hardware sales figures for Japan. Nintendo is leading the pack with  1.041.975 Wii systems sold in the first quarter of 2007 followed by Sony's Playstation 3 with 353.823 systems and Microsoft's Xbox 360 with 79.013 units.

The year begins extremely well for Nintendo and its Wii system which may not come as a surprise to many as it introduces motion gaming in a way that the other two systems do not offer yet.

It is also interesting to note that Sony is losing money with every system that it produces and sells while Nintendo makes money from hardware and software sales.

Many sites that report these numbers point out that the amount of sales in dollars comes close to each other but fail to mention that is is not enough to compare game system sales but that it also may have an impact on game and accessory sales.

With almost 700000 more systems in Japan in this year alone, Nintendo is going to sell more games, more gamepads and other accessories which increases the companies revenue by a lot in comparison to Sony's revenue from its game and accessory sales.

It is also an important sign to game creators that the Wii is selling well, and that it is currently the gaming system that producers will most likely sell the most games for. At least in Japan. The situation is different in North America and Europe where Microsoft is leading the field with their Xbox 360 thanks to the one year head start.

Which gaming system will be the dominant system in this generation ? Or, will there be a dominant system at all? What do you think?

Update: When you look at game system stats  from 2009 to 2012 you will come to the following conclusion:

  • The Wii sold extremely well up to 2010 and is still selling ok but not as well as Sony's PS3 or Microsoft's Xbox 360 in 2012 anymore.
  • When you look at lifetime sales for each system, you will however notice that the Wii is close to breaking 100 million units while both Microsoft and Sony are closing in on the 70 million units sold mark.

It will be interesting to see if and how the Wii U, Nintendo's newest system released in 2012 will impact sales figures.


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  1. ben graves said on April 14, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    Heh, moving to Japan in a few days…hopefully they aren’t sold out of Wii’s like here in the states..

  2. gnome said on April 10, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Seems like the Wii will be no1 in sales, even though I don’t believe it will dominate the way the PS2 did. Then again, i really don’t care which of the corporate behemoths gets richer.

  3. M3dL@r said on April 10, 2007 at 7:21 am

    “…It should be noted that Sony is loosing money with every system produced…”.
    Actually Sony should be thankful that they’re not selling that much systems, else they would loose much more money ;-).

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