Handheld gaming is the dominate boom in the gaming industry, despite the television console hype. This was verified in a rather unflattering week of poor sales for all three next-generation consoles over in Japan. It’s been two weeks of slow sales, and either Japanese consumers don’t care, or can’t afford to care right now.

According to Gameindustry.biz, Media Create has estimated from their research data that the “PS3 sold 25,531 units for the week ending January 14.” Now a lot of people have been saying that no one should judge where the next-gen trend is heading with the Wii and PS3 having just launched two months ago. But seriously people, Sony just announced that they shipped 1 million units and they’re only moving 25k SKUs a week? If the PS3 keeps up this awful pace that’s only 100,000 SKUs sold a month. While the PS3 is doing better than what the 360 is doing in Japan, at least the Xbox 360 has a strong establishment in North America.

Sadly, Nintendo’s Wii didn’t fare too much better. “Nintendo Wii sales were estimated at 93,708 units, the second worst week since it sold just over 85,000 units immediately after launch.” The Xbox 360 was, of course, the worst selling next-gen console in Japan...it only sold 9,000 units in the same time period. Ouch.
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