PS4 might be the leading console gaming platform around the world in terms of install base but its struggles in Japan are common knowledge. It didn’t sell as fast as Sony hoped it would due to the rapidly changing market in the land of the rising sun.
According to the latest stats, PS4 lifetime sales have now gone past Wii U. It took the console 2 and a half years to surpass Wii U but it finally has.
PS4 Lifetime Sales vs Wii U
- PS4 Lifetime Sales in Japan – 3.267
- Wii U Lifetime sales in Japan – 3.265
The difference is marginal but it would grow once PS4 Pro comes out. Sony’s install base in the region will grow while Wii U will slowly decent into the abyss.
Nintendo’s next-gen gaming platform will be revealed sometime this year. The console/handheld hybrid machine will try to outshine rivals in Japan.
Microsoft is already out of the game in the region so Sony is Nintendo’s only competitor in the console space.
NX is set for release in March 2017 and is going to be unlike anything we have seen before. Lack of developer support is what brought down Wii U but NX has developed a positive image among the development community already.
Ubisoft and other major publishers are ready to support NX. Meanwhile, The Pokemon Company has already pledged support for future Pokemon games for NX.
Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara spoke to The Wall Street Journal and stated:
The NX is trying to change the concept of what it means to be a home console device or a hand-held device. We will make games for the NX.
Nintendo NX should be able to bring Nintendo back in the console market.