Japanese System Sales Show Sony Standing Strong, Selling Steadily

May 27, 2011 Written by Heath Hindman

Fueled by software appealing to the Japanese public, Sony systems were able to maintain good sales this week, with an exception being the PSPgo. Lacking physical media in a land that demands it, the download-only game system saw its sales drop to double digits for the first time I remember ever seeing a system’s sales get that low, except if we’re talking about the Virtual Boy… in Ethiopia… in 2009. It shifted just 65 units. I’m no math whiz, but even I can tell you that’s less than 10 per day of the week.

The full list, as released by Media Create, goes like this:

PSP: 30,463
3DS: 17,240
PS3: 12,935
Wii: 6,269
DSi LL: 5,176
DSi: 4,938
Xbox 360: 2,186
PS2: 1,129
DS Lite: 158
PSPgo: 65

The 3DS continues to suffer from its well-documented lack of appealing software. Presumably, the best is yet to come for the young system, though. I mean hey, even the glorious PlayStation 3 had only a so-so launch lineup and in the gaming world at large, the machine was the butt of a lot of jokes for a couple of years after it hit the market. Any system can rebound, so Nintendo’s fight in the new round of handheld wars is far from over.