TOKYO, March 12 Sony Corp's (6758.T) PlayStation
3 game console and PlayStation Portable handheld gear both
outsold rival machines from Nintendo Co 7974.OS for the first
time in nine months in Japan last week, a research firm said.
Demand for PlayStation 3 was stirred up by the launch on
March 5 of the latest instalment of Capcom Co's (9697.T) wildly
popular survival horror series, "Resident Evil", Ascii Media
Works said on Thursday.
"Resident Evil 5", designed for the PS3 and Microsoft Corp's
(MSFT.O) Xbox 360, is set to go on sale in Europe and North
America on Friday, potentially helping the two machines better
compete with Nintendo's Wii, the top seller in the current
Sony is estimated to have sold 38,748 units of the PS3 in
the week ended March 8 in Japan, compared with 16,950 units of
the Wii and 15,152 units of the Xbox 360.
The Xbox 360, though popular in North America, has been
struggling in Japan, home to Sony and Nintendo.
On the portable side of the video game market, the addition
last week of new body colours to the PSP's product line-up drove
demand for the Sony machine.
Sony is estimated to have sold 60,339 units of the PSP
during the week in Japan, compared with 46,044 units of
Nintendo's DS, which runs far ahead of the PSP in total global
(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka, editing by Will Waterman)