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PS3 demand booms in Japan

Sales surpass Wii's monthly tally

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Sony sold more PlayStation 3s in the last four weeks in its home territory of Japan than rival Nintendo sold Wiis, local games publisher Enterbrain said today. But another market watcher revealed Wii won out in the week to 25 November.

According to Enterbrain, some 183,217 PS3s crossed counters in the four weeks to 25 November, compared to 159,193 Wiis. Alas, Reuters, relaying Enterbrain's numbers, didn't include sales of the Xbox 360 during that period.

Japanese Next-gen Console Sales
Japan console sales
Filled points are estimates
Source: Enterbrain, Register Hardware

However, from fellow market watcher Media Create's weekly sales figures for the 360, we estimate sales of around 26,000 units for that four-week period.

Speaking of Media Create, it's most recent weekly sales total had the Wii on 54,362 units and the PS3 on 50,564 units, a reversal of the previous few week's numbers, which had the Sony machine ahead.

Once again, the DS Lite topped Media Create's chart, notching up weekly sales of 116,694 units to the 75,027 PSPs Sony sold in the same period. PS2 fans will be pleased to learn some 14,875 of the consoles were acquired last week in Japan - more than twice as many as the 7,117 Xbox 360s purchased.

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