Famitsu publisher Enterbrain has predicted that Nintendo’s 3DS handheld will be the best selling console in Japan by the end of this year.
Nintendo’s 3DS device, which allows users to play 3D games without the need for special glasses, has had slow sales as compared to Sony’s aging PSP gaming device, which continues to sale strong in Japan. 3DS sold just under 1 million units in the first three months of its launch.
According to Andriasang, Enterbrain predicts that the company will sell 2,868,000 units of 3DS before 2011 ends.
The company expects Sony to sell 2,378,000 PSP units in 2011. The gap between the two consoles is quite significant, considering the head start PSP has right now. Enterbrain also predicted that the device would sell 2,475,000 units in 2012 while the PSP will be down to 1,036,000 units.
Some of the other predictions made by the company include the DS selling 1,545,000 units, PS3 selling 1,469,000, Wii selling 948,000 units and the Xbox 360 selling 122,000 units in Japan in 2011.
Enterbrain also predicted that Sony’s yet-to-be launched NGP console will sell 547,000 units.