For the first time in 16 months, PlayStation 3 outsold Nintendo Co Ltd's Wii and the Xbox 360 sales in March.
Month-to-month sales of Nintendo's newest handheld, the DSi, have dropped 19.42%, PSP sales declined 17%, both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 sales dropped 10%, and Nintendo Wii sales dropped 4.5%, according to market research firmMedia Create.
Though the there is a decline in sales, Sony view its achievement as triumph, compared to 99,335 for the Wii and to 43,172 for the Microsoft's Xbox 360 units sales, PS3 sold 146,948 units.
Two titles helped drive PS3 sales, Sega's Ryu Ga Gotoku 3 (a.k.a Yakuza 3) a rare third-party PS3 exclusive, and Capcom's Resident Evil 5.
However, Nintendo is not concerned about declining Japanese Wii sales; a Nintendo representative told Financial Times that the company isn't distressed. It is still the first few months of the year when sales are slow for the industry so we are not particularly concerned, the spokesperson said. We hope to line up strong software to support hardware sales in the second half of the year.
The Nintendo Wii still has the largest user base of any platform from this generation.
Nintendo has already lined up at least one strong title: Capcom's Monster Hunter 3, which will likely spark an increase in Wii hardware sales when it launches in Japan this summer.