Japanese gaming was worth ¥687.76 billion (£306,327,835)±
in 2007, that's 10% up on the previous year according to Enterbrain figures quoted by news agencies.
Here are the details... but first, some software:
We've already reported that Wii Fit
has apparently sold one million units in Japan
(from December 1st to January 6th), so it came as a bit of a shock to discover that the best-selling game in Japan for the entire year sold 1.9 million. Yes, Wii Sports
which, unlike the United Kingdom, did not come bundled free took 12 months to sell just under twice the numbers that Wii Fit
sold in just over a single month.
Either this goes to show just how incredibly important that first month on sale is... or someone's got their figures wrong. We suppose the former.
Right, hardware. No real surprises here at all, but it's good to have it on the record. So, again, according to Enterbrain figures (aside from the PS2 figure, which we sourced independently) are how hardware rocked Japan's world in 2007.
1) Nintendo DS - 7.1 million sold.
2) Nintendo Wii - 3.6 million sold.
3) Sony PSP - 3 million sold.
4) Sony PlayStation 3 - 1.2 million sold.5) Sony PlayStation 2 - 770,000 sold.
6) Microsoft Xbox 360 - 257,800 sold.
Finally, 'new gen' global, lifetime sales figures are also quoted by the Associated Press are and are based on manufacturers' claims rather than singly-sourced figures. You'll also note that Nintendo's are stated as 'shipped':
Nintendo has shipped 13.2 million Wii to the end of September 20007.
Sony has sold 5.6 million PS3s to the end of September 2007.
Microsoft has sold 17.7 million Xbox 360 "over the last two years".
Fanboy rants, questions about where the GBA, Atari Lynx or CD32 are... all in the Forum please.Sources: Forbes
Associated Press± SPOnG is using the mod-Eng version of billion from now on - that's one thousand million to you.