Japanese Gaming Figures Add Up

Billions and billions of Yen make for a good 2007

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Yes, we know it's a PS3 image...
Yes, we know it's a PS3 image...
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.


OptimusP 9 Jan 2008 21:26
September 20.007? Associated Press has time-traveling machines OMG!!!!The Wii is a fad, it hasn't sold more between now and september 20,007!!!! The gaming industry must have crashed in that time! We're all doomed!!!!! Doomed i tell you! That and Hilary Clinton is winning the pre-elections! Can it get any worse!!!!
deleted 9 Jan 2008 23:43
With the fact Wii`s were pretty much sold out everywhere, then i suspect that the 13mil shipped is close to actual sold as well, around 9-10 mil of of 2007

Looking at the 360 sales, that means they have shifted around 9 mil this year which is about the same as the year before and as the majority of those are EU and US sales, i would say its done very well competing against the PS3 and yes i know the PS3 only got released 1/4 into 2007 in the UK, but still the 360 has managed to match the combined sales of PS3 and PSP for 2007 while still suffering in Japan.

And for the Nintendo DS!, 7.1mil in japan alone, what are the world total sales figures, nintendo must be laughing all the way to the bank!
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Joji 10 Jan 2008 00:05
This is good news. I just wish more of the japanese would open their minds more with 360 and not be so blind to it.

2008 is gonna be more of Nintendo vacuuming up our money.
Joji 10 Jan 2008 00:05
This is good news. I just wish more of the japanese would open their minds more with 360 and not be so blind to it.

2008 is gonna be more of Nintendo vacuuming up our money.
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