Nintendo 3DS Sales Cross 22 Million In Japan As PS4 Crosses 4 Million

The Japanese market continues its slow march to recovery.

Posted By | On 30th, Dec. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


Even as we all keep waiting for the demise of the Japanese gaming market that we have all been told for the better part of a decade is coming, the Japanese market continues its slow path to recovery. This last week of sales, which saw some abnormally high sales all around, bolstered by Holiday week shopping, saw the 3DS and the PS4 both achieving significant sales milestones in the region.

Nintendo’s 3DS, which is already the third highest selling system of all time in Japan, solidified its position further, by crossing 22 million units sold in Japan over its lifetime- a hefty number that it seems unlikely any other system will come close to challenging any time soon. The New 3DS range alone constitutes 5 million of these 22 million, so Nintendo is bound to be happy with how its mid cycle revision for the 3DS performed.

Over on the Sony end, the PS4 crossed 4 million units sold, a significant milestone for a home console, and one that it managed to achieve quicker than the PS3. The PS4 is currently outpacing PS3 sales in Japan, and if it can sustain its current level of performance, it could easily manage to outdo the PS3’s lifetime sales in Japan in the end.

Of course, this is without considering how Nintendo’s Switch might eat into its lunch- the new Nintendo system merges home consoles and portables, and is likely to be the perfect system for Japan. If Nintendo can rally developer support behind it the same way they did the 3DS, PS4 sales could be in trouble come this time next year.


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  • JimboDeadite

    Nintendo will ALWAYS be Better than sony‼

    • LifeOnMars

      Time will tell, Mario and Zelda have kept Nintendo alive.

    • JimboDeadite

      And Donkey Kong, Splatoon, Bayonetta 2, Smash Bros., Pokémon, and many others! At least Nintendo has Exclusives that are alive and well!

    • LifeOnMars

      Ooops and Donkey Kong. the rest I can’t be bothered with. They made my buy Nintendo.

    • Jimmy Boy

      In Japan, yes, it’s America and other Western countries who aren’t brand loyal, especially to their own like Japan is with Nintendo.

    • Shawn Adams

      You forgot to add IMO

  • Hvd

    wow 4m ps4 sales in japan thats sad.the ps4 is barley beating xbox one in the usa.japan doesnt even liek their consoles glad i never bought a ps4 and never will..lmao

    • LifeOnMars

      wow the Xbox one must have sold over 1000 in japan after 3 years.

    • Riggybro

      I think you’ll find Xbox sales were up 100% in Japan this week. They sold one.

    • Hvd

      and who cares about that? im in the usa do i care about japan?….nope.

      but a japanese console that doesnt even sell in its own country is sad.

    • LifeOnMars

      The PS4 is the best selling console world wide this gen by a large margin, outselling the Xbone by almost 2:1.

    • Hvd

      the xbox one is the best selling console in the whole universe.

    • LifeOnMars

      In an alternate reality, maybe it has some AAA games to go with it and can do 1080p.

    • Riggybro

      Xboxone: Made in China

    • Gamez Rule

      I think it’s three console generations that the Xbox brand has failed to keep up with its competitors in Japan. Nintendo and Sony just sell better in that country.

    • Mr Xrat

      PS4 has a 1.4 million unit lead over the Xbone in the US.

    • Nintengods
    • Shawn Adams

      You think the Switch will do 3D numbers , lol.

    • Shawn Adams

      PS4 is the bestsellng console this gen period even in Japan. You do realize the Wii U homeland is Japan, right ?, lol.

  • Jimmy Boy

    And if you look at both North and South America, the 3DS is lower than that- a first for a Nintendo handheld as all prior ones had higher sales in the Americas than Japan. The West is where Nintendo’s struggling, it’s owning Japan, where Vita is the second highest selling system- second only to the 3DS. Clearly Japan is a handheld market, the US and Europe are console markets.

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    • Shawn Adams

      Exactly, Wii U sold a little over 3million lifetime in Japan.

  • Nintengods

    “B-B-But Vita means life!”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Going to be delicious when Switch destroys P$4 on the first day on sale in Japan. Nintendo console launching with a new Dragon Quest while P$4 couldn’t even be saved by a Final Fantasy.

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