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Even with the Wii U failing globally, 3DS and onward have proven Nintendo grips Japan with an iron fist. PS4 sold about 0.9 million less in Japan than the PS3, meaning it couldn't crack 10 million.
For over 10 years, Nintendo platforms are on top and that likely won't change again. Sony had their dominance with the PS1 and PS2 and was competitive enough with the PS3 and PSP. But other than that, it's been Nintendo Land over in Japan.
And yeah, a lot of that has to do with the Japanese market enjoying handhelds more than a lot of other markets.



Lifetime Sales Predictions 

Switch: 156 million (was 73, then 96, then 113 million, then 125 million, then 144 million, then 151 million)

PS5: 115 million (was 105 million) Xbox Series S/X: 48 million (was 60 million, then 67 million, then 57 million)

PS4: 120 mil (was 100 then 130 million, then 122 million) Xbox One: 51 mil (was 50 then 55 mil)

3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)

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