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Games, hardware sales up in Japan

'Wii Fit' tops 'Super' selling Nintendo consoles

TOKYO — Japan’s game market sales, including software and hardware, rose 3.8% in fiscal 2007 to Y676.9 billion ($6.7 billion), according to game mag publisher Enterbrain.

This is the highest figure since Enterbrain started compiling game biz numbers in 1997.

Nintendo led the hardware parade with Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite selling a total of 6.34 million units, hitting the top spot for the third year in a row. Number two Nintendo Wii moved 3.74 million units, besting Sony PlayStation Portable (3.42 million units), and PlayStation 3 (1.19 million units). Microsoft’s Xbox was far back in the pack with 230,000 units sold. Game harrdware sales totaled 22.17 million units.

The most popular game was Nintendo’s exercise title “Wii Fit,” which debuted in Dec. 2007 and moved 1.76 million units by the end of the fiscal year on March 31, 2008. Of the top 10 games, nine were made by Nintendo, the only exception being Square Enix’s “Dragon Quest,” which finished eighth.

Another Nintendo title, “Super Smash Bros Brawl,” hit the number four spot with 1.55 million units despite being on the shelves only two months in fiscal 2007, following its late January bow.

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