Sony continues to narrow gap between Nintendo in Japan

By Justin Mann on November 2, 2007, 12:12 PM
While the PS3 is still doing pretty terrible overall, Sony's recent decision to lower the cost of the unit and make more hardware (and software) available is helping them. They are still getting trounced by Nintendo and Microsoft, but over in Japan the margin by which they are being outsold has shrunk. For October, they sold half the number of consoles that Nintendo did a bit less than 50,000 units. However, that's a ratio much better than earlier in the year in which they were getting trounced as high as six to one back in June.

This shows a continuing trend of the PS3 slowly creeping up on the Wii month after month, though the actual number of units sold isn't going up. This could also be related to the total number of Wiis being sold declining, which isn't surprising giving how explosive the growth of the Wii has been.

While Sony might be able to eventually go neck-and-neck per month with Nintendo, it seems highly unlikely that they will be able to overcome all the ground they lost after the initial launch.

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Didou said:
It's actually the Nintendo Wii's sales that have slowed down by quite a bit, the PS3 numbers are pretty much in the same range. There's a lot of speculation as to why the Wii is having such low sales numbers when they're still out of stock in pretty much any store, some say that extra shipments have been sent to the US (where sales are bigger) or that Nintendo is trying to pile up some units for the Super Mario Galaxies coming out in a few weeks.Wait & see I guess.
9Nails said:
That's right Didou! The real story isn't that Sony is wining anything, it's that Nintendo has somehow beaten itself up and taken itself out of the battle. Nintendo must be having problems manufacturing enough console systems. (Are they trying to make another panic to find a Wii at the electronics department like last year?!) I also wonder if the rumors about a new SKU for Nintendo is why they have not shipped any new stock. Will there be a new Mario edition Wii in the future?! Or maybe a few new colors for the Wii? Or is that DVD drive rumor going to come true? Time will tell...Looking at, you can clearly graph Nintendo sales as they have fallen from about 75% at ~107K systems per week down to their low of ~20 - 30K per week. That's a more dramatic shift down than Sony's PS3 shift up, which continues to yawn along at the pace of ~15K systems per week.
Maikeru said:
I wonder what the sales numbers will look like once Nintendo is able to finally meet consumer demand. Some people have been reporting they can find Wiis in stock at numerous stores, but I haven't been able to find any of them at the stores around here in the Bay Area! I think a couple of stores in San Francisco had a limited supply, but they obviously vanished quickly.
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