PS3 Dominates Wii, Xbox 360 in Japan

For the first time ever, Sony’s PlayStation 3 outsold the Nintendo Wii over a four-week period in Japan. Fanboys, start your engines, because in November the PS3 sold 183,217 units, topping the Wii’s 159,193.

PS3 has struggled since its launch to make a significant dent in the home console market. After being a market leader with the PlayStation and PlayStation 2, Sony has taken a somewhat distant third behind the Wii and Xbox 360 this generation.

A new influx of games, a hefty price drop, and the introduction of a new midrange model with a 40 Gigabyte hard drive have finally brought some life to the Sony system. Only time will tell if this is a fluke or if the trend is sustainable. The real test will be this holiday season. If Sony can post comparable numbers to the Wii and Xbox Sony, execs will likely declare a victory and we’re pretty sure you’ll be hearing about it.

PlayStation 3 is showing signs of a comeback with sales increasing by 245 percent during Thanksgiving week. Sales included the $499 80GB model and the new $399 40GB model.

Midway Games Inc. this week said that Unreal Tournament 3 will be released to the PS3 in Dec. The title was previously delayed to spring 2008.