In November Sony's PlayStation 3 outsold Nintendo's Wii in Japan for the first time--but does one month signal a trend?
Sony's PlayStation 3 outsold Nintendo's Wii for the first time in Japan during the month of November, game magazine publisher Enterbrain said on Friday.
In the four weeks leading up to Nov. 25, Sony sold 183,217 PS3 systems in Japan. By comparison, Nintendo sold 159,193 Wii consoles. In previous months, the Wii has outsold the PS3 upwards of 6 to 1.
The news marks a first for Sony on its home turf also given rise to the prospect that Sony may return to it former dominance over the last 11 years.
One analyst remained skeptical, however, saying one month is hardly enough to forecast a turnaround. "Overseas, I don't really see the PS3 doing that much at Christmas time primarily because it's still more expensive than the other machines and has less software," said Hiroshi Kamide.
"It's nice to see the system selling much better than six months ago. But is it a sustainable trend? Is it going to really escalate from here? I'm not so sure."