Attack of the Fanboy

PlayStation and Nintendo Fight for Dominance in Holiday Japanese Hardware Sales

by Kyle Hanson


After a short break we have the latest sales numbers from Japan, which includes both Christmas week as well as the first week of the new year. As expected, the numbers have stayed pretty consistent through these last few weeks, with some systems rising and others falling for various reasons. One thing is clear though, the New 3DS LL is the dominating force in Japanese gaming at this time. Sales of the handheld device have remained consistently high, with it remaining above 75,000 for the last three weeks, topping out over 100,000 for two of them. However, this shouldn’t diminish the successes of the rival PS Vita, which hasn’t had the same level of success, but still remains high on the charts.

In the home console market, Sony and Nintendo have continued their head-to-head fight, with them actually trading places on the sales chart a couple of times. For Christmas week Nintendo’s Wii U came out on top, but Sony’s PlayStation 4 surged back ahead for the new year. Surprisingly, the last-gen PS3 is still hitting decent numbers, which indicates that while gamers still enjoy Sony products, they haven’t been fully convinced to make the leap to the new generation of hardware. And, of course, Microsoft’s Xbox One still lingers near the bottom, struggling to convince the heavily Japanese-centric market to give it a shot. Check out the full charts below to see how every system fared, and let us know in the comments who you think will have a better 2015.

Hardware Sales 12/22 – 12/28

  • New 3DS LL – 105,947
  • New 3DS – 49,503
  • Wii U – 43,950
  • Vita – 42,405
  • PS4 – 33,150
  • 3DS LL – 25,653
  • 3DS – 15,171
  • PS3 – 12,578
  • Xbox One – 1,162
  • Vita TV – 1,090
  • Xbox 360 – 121

Hardware Sales 12/29 – 1/4

  • New 3DS LL – 76,439
  • Vita – 56,700
  • PS4 – 42,216
  • New 3DS – 40,338
  • Wii U – 30,031
  • 3DS LL – 19,096
  • PS3 – 17,867
  • 3DS – 17,293
  • Vita TV – 1,305
  • Xbox One – 637

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