If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Japanese console sales comparisons show Wii screaming off into the distance


The chaps over at Neogaf have posted some rather interesting stats comparing Japanese sales to date of Wii and PS3.

Did you know that after 71 weeks at retail, PS3 is where PS2 was at 16.6 weeks, or that if Wii stopped selling altogether and PS3 continued selling at its current rate, it would take it five years to catch the Nintendo machine up? We didn't.

Follow the link below for more armchair ammunition.

By Mike Bowden

Based on the latest Famitsu numbers...

  • PS3 comparisons: After 71 weeks, PS3 is where PS2 was at 16.6 weeks (June 22, 2000), where PSP was at 47.2 weeks (October 31, 2005), where GCN was at 68.2 weeks (December 30, 2002), and where Wii was at 17.7 weeks (March 29, 2007).
  • Wii comparisons: After 68 weeks, Wii is where GBA was at 69.4 weeks (July 16, 2002), where DS was at 57.7 weeks (January 6, 2006), where PS2 was at 92.1 weeks (December 2, 2001), and where PSP was at 134.5 weeks (July 4, 2007).

Based on the latest Media Create numbers...

  • DS vs PSP: Weekly shares of 52.1 / 47.9, bringing total shares to 72.1 / 27.9. If DS stopped selling and PSP continued at this week's rate, it would catch up in 227.0 weeks (July 30, 2012).
  • PS3 vs Wii: Weekly shares of 17.1 / 82.9, bringing total shares to 26.0 / 74.0. If Wii stopped selling and PS3 continued at this week's rate, it would catch up in 283.2 weeks (August 27, 2013).
  • PSP vs Wii: At this week's rates, Wii catches up to PSP in 1150.4 weeks (April 10, 2030).

Support VG247

You give us money, we give you an ad-free reading experience, merch discounts, a newsletter every month, and elite status amongst your friends.

See more information


More News

Latest Articles

VG247 logo

Buy our t-shirts, yeah

They're far more stylish than your average video game website tat.

VG247 Merch