It’s a handheld’s market in Japan. All of the production values and most exciting titles from the Land of the Rising Sun are once again bound for a Nintendo platform, and the sales figures are showing the shift.

Not only has the Nintendo 3DS stormed its way up the sales charts over the last two years, it’s managed to overtake a rival company’s HD console. On that had a five year head start. In their home countries, Sony’s PlayStation 3 sold a respectable 8,716,260 units since its release in 2006, but after selling a monstrous 211,499 units over this past week, the Nintendo 3DS has topped the overall lifetime sales of the PS3 with 8,799,378 units sold since its release in February 2011.

It took less than two years for the Nintendo 3DS to top the PlayStation 3′s six years at market in Japan.

No doubt Mario, Monster Hunter, and Pokémon deserve their fair share of the credit so far, and the line-up only looks stronger from here on out for the Nintendo 3DS as well with some heavy hitting JRPGs on the way.

Stateside, we’ll be getting the wave of games which fueled this recent surge after the turn of the year. The games include Fire Emblem: Awakening, Etrian Odyssey 4, and hopefully Bravely Default: Flying Fairy.

Nintendo’s newest HD Console, the Nintendo Wii U, sold 308,142 in comparison. It’s also showing strong sales figures early in its lifespan.

Via NeoGAF