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Japanese-language game and entertainment magazine Famitsu found that 88 percent of their readers believe that the PlayStation 3 is too expensive, with 69 percent saying that that they are most looking forward to the Nintendo Wii due later this year.

 In the quest for who gets to be #2 in Japan, 21 percent said that they were looking forward to the PS3, while only 7 percent cited the Xbox 360. Peter Moore at Microsoft can’t be happy about that.

The survey was conducted after E3 in order to assess how gamers feel about this year’s upcoming console extravaganza. Gamers were also asked to rate the forthcoming gaming titles they are most excited about. The results show a mix of titles from all three consoles, plus some adoration for the Nintendo DS:

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii/GC)
Final Fantasy XIII (PS3)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen & The Tower of Mirrors (Wii)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
Final Fantasy III (DS)
Monster Hunter 3 (PS3)
Biohazard (Wii)
Halo 3 (360)
The Japanese gaming market is notoriously complex and full of life, but one thing is absolutely clear: it must feel really good to be Nintendo right now. The top 10 list is dominated by Wii entries, and Nintendo scores a 1UP with an additional DS entry, for a total of six spots on the list. Sony has to be content with three, which while low, is still higher than one.

If the PlayStation franchise is the Godzilla to Nintendo’s Mothra, it’s not clear who the people really want to win. Sony has earned the loyalty of millions of fans worldwide, much as Nintendo did before it. This survey suggests that this might not be enough, at least while prices remain high.

The recent “dark days” at Nintendo, if you can call them that, look to be a thing of the past. The Nintendo DS has outsold Sony’s PSP to date, and the new revision of the DS has plenty of gamers drooling all over again. Now with the Wii almost fully revealed (still waiting on a reliable price), Nintendo looks to be ready for a super smash in the revenue department.

 

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