We're Number Two! For a Week Anyway

Bizarre.  For the week of Oct. 29th - Nov. 4th, the Xbox 360 (barely) managed to outsell the PS3 (while both trailed the Wii by a wide margin).  Not only that, it nearly quintupled its sales from the prior week.

In a potentially historic milestone, the Xbox 360 has outsold the PlayStation 3 for the first time in its history in Japan, according to statistics from Media Create. Sales of Microsoft console shot up some 500 percent on the back of the Bandai release Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation, which debuted at #2 on the Japanese video game charts this week.

The console sold 17,673 units during the week, up from 3,718 in the week previous. This was just enough to place it in the #2 spot ahead of the PS3, which sold 17,434 consoles.

How could this happen?  And more importantly (for Microsoft), can they keep it up?  Naaaah.