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PlayStation 3 shows up the Wii in Japan, according to...

Polls and surveys, in their ever-accurate representation of market share, can at least show how certain audiences are reacting to what companies are offering. Take this latest chart for example. Amazon of Japan has some numbers which show the next-gen Sony console climbing past the Nintendo Wii in popularity. To be specific, we're talking about the 60GB version as the 20GB PS3 was the least popular.

Yes, this does in fact contradict a Famitsu poll that showed quite the opposite (with the Wii taking 73% and the PS3 pulling out 17%). What readers need to understand is that this is coming from Amazon's vantage point and doesn't take into consideration the opinions of retailers or developers. It's a relative poll showing some positive feedback, which is always welcome, but it's not definitive (and as Sony fanboys, we know about over-reacting and how to avoid it).

In the end, this does show some good news for Amazon of Japan though. However we're still waiting on those scientifically proven surveys to come out (should be any minute now...).

[Via Joystiq]

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1. As I understand this shows the current numbers of reservations taken for the two systems. What other "scientific poll" are we looking for. This is more then what you can ask for: not intention but commitment. If this is what SCEI is ending up with in Japan, I guess they are pretty much satisfied.

Honestly, I don't care about the retailers or the developers at this point in time they are not the ones at the end of the food chain.

Posted at 6:56PM on Jul 18th 2006 by Mutsch

2. I too am more interested in what the PS3 has to offer. The thing is $600! Wondering if I could do all my research/reports on there too. Does it mean that I will buy it? No.

Posted at 6:58PM on Jul 18th 2006 by Cage

3. I say bull shit. It must be nice for Sony to look good for a change though since the ps3 has had a lot of brick walls. This is the one and only poll I have seen showing the ps3 commng out on top. Sorry but I have seen way to many polls latley and they all have been pointing to the Wii. Atleast Sony has one in their favor though. That has to be a nice pick me up to their alreay big cocky heads.

Posted at 8:59PM on Jul 18th 2006 by jc

4. Again, as far as I understand this is NOT a poll but the number of reservations. But I guess, even if the actual sales figures would be like this, joystiqers whould pretend that Sony is faking those or rebuying their own product ;-)

Console war is fun, real war sucks!

Posted at 9:20PM on Jul 18th 2006 by Mutsch

5. Nice logic jc:

"Wii leads a poll......valid"

"PS3 leads a poll.......Invalid"

Look many polls can be taken at any time, using any wording, or any sample space....Just cause it doesn't meet your expectations doesn't mean it's bullcrap....an ignorant sony fan can say the same about the Wii leading polls.

Posted at 11:28PM on Jul 18th 2006 by Kid Muscle

6. Again, what Amazon is showing here is NOT a poll. It is the percentage of reservations taken for the respective systems. You can only beat this with the actual sales figures.

But even then, the Kotakus and Joystiqers will explain this most probably with some conspiracy theory, like Sony buying back those units ;-)

Console war is fun, real war sucks ;-)

Posted at 5:32AM on Jul 19th 2006 by Mutsch

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