244w ago - Sony's PlayStation 3 has outsold Nintendo's Wii console in Japan for the first time in 16 months.
To quote: Last month, Sony shifted 146,948 units of the PS3 compared to 99,335 Wiis, reported publishing firm Enterbrain.
While some suggest it could signal the end of Nintendo's dominance, others think it is unlikely that the PS3 will threaten the Wii's popularity globally.
Meanwhile, Nintendo's revamped DSi console sold 92,000 units in the UK during its first weekend of sales. It makes it the fourth biggest ever console launch.
Experts see the dominance of the PS3 during March as a temporary blip rather than a sign of Nintendo's decline.
Microsoft however only shifted 43,172 units of its Xbox 360 during the same period. Games such as Resident Evil 5 and the latest version of action adventure Ryu Ga Gotoku 3 are credited with driving demand for the PS3 in Japan.
But Wii sales remain extremely buoyant. During March global sales of Nintendo's Wii console passed 50 million, making the Wii the fastest-selling games console in history, surpassing the PlayStation 2.
"PS3 hardware sales picked up due to brisk-selling software. But I don't see any drastic change in the industry landscape," Okasan Securities analyst Masashi Morita told the AFP news...
249w ago - The PlayStation 3 outsold the Wii and Xbox 360 in Japan this week. It also outsold the Nintendo DSi, PSP, DS Lite and PlayStation 2, not something we've seen happen too often.
The hardware boost, propelling the PS3 out of its regular fourth place finish, can be chalked up to the release of Yakuza 3 (AKA Ryu Ga Gotoku 3) for the platform which sold 372,000 copies during the week.
A bundled version that shipped with a white, dragon-emblazoned PlayStation 3 likely helped move more hardware than normal–enough to outsell the Wii and Xbox 360 combined.
We'll be interested to see how the newly released Resident Evil 5 affects hardware sales next week, as it will be available on both hi-def console platforms.
The bestselling hardware in Japan for the week of February 22nd to March 1st is...
• PlayStation 3 - 36,513
• Nintendo DSi - 35,827
• PSP - 35,588
• Wii - 17,876
• Xbox 360 - 11,795
• Nintendo DS Lite - 11,774
• PlayStation 2 - 5,099
250w ago - Nintendo, Square Enix and Capcom have won their battle against the R4 cartridge for the Nintendo DS. It is now officially illegal to sell the R4 anywhere in Japan, and Nintendo has vowed to fight against other similar products.
To quote: Today, the Tokyo District Court has found in Nintendo's favour and granted an injunction against sales of the R4. Most outlets had already stopped selling it due to the lawsuit's pressure, but it's now officially against the law to sell it in Japan.
Nintendo, Square Enix and Capcom have released a statement crowing about the victory, highlighting that the R4 is a "violation under Japan's laws" and declaring that the 54-strong company coalition will continue to bring the fight to any manufacturers of similar devices.
What repercussions this will have for the R4 in the wider world is unknown as yet, but we wouldn't be surprised if the battle went global.
250w ago - According to an article in the latest Famitsu, development of Final Fantasy XIII for PS3 is reportedly going very well. Things look all set for a 2009 launch still, and it's reported the demo will be one hour long.
To quote: In some ways, we're like, "yay, we get to talk about Final Fantasy XIII all year!" and in other ways, we're like, "...damnit, we have to talk about Final Fantasy XIII all damn year."
God only knows how far off a North American release date is, but we do have some relatively good news for you. We say "relatively" because Square-Enix president Yoichi Wada mentioned that the delay of Dragon Quest IX for the DS may cause the release of FFXIII to slip.
Thankfully, this doesn't appear to be the case: FFXIII director and writer Motomu Toriyama simply said in response- "Development is going favorably for a 2009 launch."
This was in the latest Famitsu, so we're going to say it's accurate and up-to-date, but don't get too excited; he's obviously only talking about Japan.
But at least this means we might still see the game in the second quarter of 2010, so cross your fingers and wish really, really hard.