PS3 outsells Wii in Japan for first time

For the first time ever, yes ever, the PS3 has outsold the Wii in Japan. After a price cut on Sept. 3, the PS3 was able to outsell the Wii 309,939 units to 61,691 units from Aug. 31 to Sept. 27.

According to Bloomberg, after lowering the price of the PS3 by 25 percent to 9,980 yen ($335) and introducing the Slim version, Sony was finally able to oust the Wii in Japan. However, that doesn’t mean that Nintendo is on the downhill. The DS Lite and DSi combined for a total 297,060 units sold in September, while the PSP sold 83,887 units.

However, it seems that the PS3 sales are starting to drop off since the beginning of September. For the week of Sept. 22-28, the PS3 sold 39,960 units, compared to 51,055 the week before, a sign that the popularity of the new price cut is starting to ware off a bit.

Still, it looks like things are getting a lot better for Sony after the price cut and introduction of the Slim version. Not only are they doing better in Japan, but they also sold more than 1 million units worldwide in a matter of three weeks after the price cut. Let’s see how well they do when the holiday season arrives.