Having outsold Nintendo's Wii in Japan for a November week (see here
) Sony?s PlayStation 3 has upped that to the entire month.
Sony sold 183,217 PS3s in Japan in the four weeks to November 25, while Nintendo sold 159,193 Wiis, according to game magazine publisher Enterbrain, publisher of Weekly Famitsu
Is this the start of Sony?s sprint to catch up and eventually win its third console race?
"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," KBC Securities analyst Hiroshi Kamide told Reuters.
"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", he continued.
Sony shares closed down 0.5 percent at 6,010 yen, while shares in Nintendo, Japan's third most valuable company behind Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (8306.T), gained 3.7 percent to 67,500 yen.
So, Japan is looking better for Sony - but it still struggles to catch up in the US and Europe, though the company hopes that the line-up of exclusive games planned in for 2008 (Metal Gear Solid 4
, new Final Fantasy
?) will help to reverse that trend.source: Reuters