Thursday, November 15, 2007

CPotW (addendum)

I just saw weekly hardware numbers for Japan (thanks Kotaku), and the PS3 had a huge week with the introduction of the lower-priced 40GB model and Shin Sangoku Musou 5 (Dynasty Warriors in the U.S.). The PS3 sold 55,924 units, which is its biggest week since January, and to give you an idea of how big it really is, the PS3 has barely been averaging over 55,000 units a month in Japan since April.

The PS3 also outsold the Wii by over 20,000 units. I still don't know if Japan is having supply issues with the Wii, but either way, those numbers should get Nintendo's attention.

If you're wondering whether there's an October-November ramp that's similar to the U.S., there doesn't appear to be. There are certainly years and platforms that have a huge spike in sales from October to November, but it's wildly erratic--some years seem to have very little effect at all, at least from 2002 forwards.

December, though, is a gigantic month.

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