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Sony Outsells Nintendo In Japan Across The Board

Sony’s PSP hand-held gaming console has seen a massive sales boost in Japan, out-selling Nintendo’s new 3DS device.

According to an article on PlayStation Lifestyle (opens in new tab), the Japanese holiday week of April 25 - May 1 saw a massive rise in sales of gaming hardware, with the PSP leading the way.

Sony sold 76,974 PSP units in Japan during the week through May 1, a huge rise from the 49,162 units it had sold the week before. Meanwhile, Nintendo’s newly launched 3DS device, which allows gamers to play 3D games without glasses, sold 28,413 units that week, up from 23,038 units.

Sony’s PS3 console also out-sold rival Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console by a significant margin, selling 23,954 units. The Xbox 360 console sold merely 4,082 units. It seems that a week long PSN outage has not prevented the Japanese from buying the console.

On the other hand, Sony’s PSPGo device continued its dismal sales record by selling only 251 units. The device is by far the worst performing hand-held to have been released by Sony, nothing like its highly popular predecessors. The company already plans to launch the PSP successor NGP sometime next year.