According to EnterBrain, Sony outsold both the Xbox 360 and Wii in Japan last month thanks to two key titles from Sega and Capcom. Rua Ga Gotoku 3 aka Yakuza and Resident Evil 5 finished first and second in software sales which led to increased overall hardware sales for the PlayStation 3. To be exact – Sony sold 146,948 PS3s compared to 99,335 Wiis and 43,172 Xbox 360s.
Despite what Sony says – this is going to be a make or break year for the console. Not that Sony will fold the business, that’s not what I mean. It’s been out for a little over two years and it’s still lagging behind the Wii and Xbox 360. The marketing for PS3 exclusives just aren’t “in your face” like they are for Xbox 360 titles. Do you remember the marketing blitz for Halo 3 and Gears of War 2?
As fun as the Ratchet and Clank series is, let’s face it, it won’t be boosting sales of the console to number one. inFamous shows promise as well as Fat Princess, but let’s hope they can hold over the PS3 until God of War III launches in Q4. And who knows when Gran Turismo 5, Yakuza 3, or FF XIII will rear their heads.
It looks to be a good year for the console, but the Xbox 360 is looking strong with a bevy of exclusives. The Wii will continue to dominate this year as well.