45K PS3s? Ouch. They can't catch up to Wii if they can't outsell it for a single week... even the week of release of such a highly touted game... Though now that it has proven to not be enough, I suppose this game wasn't that important in the first place. Like always, it's the NEXT thing which is going to get Sony back in the game. Now this isn't exactly a flop. Not remotely. It will probably be a profitable game (that 500K sold to break even isn't a hard and fast rule). But if the early reports are right, it didn't make PS3 competitive in weekly sales vs. Wii, and this the biggest game for Japan for awhile... right?
"[Our former customers] are unable to find software which they WANT to play."
"The way to solve this problem lies in how to communicate what kind of games [they CAN play]."
Satoru Iwata, Nintendo President. Only slightly paraphrased.