Been keeping up with sales figures from Japan recently? If so, you'll have noticed something unusual: for the first time in years, the DS isn't absolutely creaming the competition. Whether the PSP's resurgence will last is another debate for another post, but it hasn't been able to prevent Nintendo's handheld from taking top spot in fiscal year 2007.
The DS won in style as well, selling 6.34 million units (that's one DS sold every five seconds, FYI) and comfortably beating the Wii (3.74m sales) into second place. In case you're wondering, that sound you can hear is Iwata, Reggie, and Shiggy clinking champagne glasses on board their yacht of solid gold.
The gap between the Wii and PSP is considerably smaller, while the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 occupy fourth and fifth place respectively (mystifyingly, the PlayStation 2 wasn't counted). And it wasn't only hardware sales that Nintendo dominated -- the five best-selling games were all from the Nintendo stable, with Wii Fit, Mario Party DS, Wii Sports, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon doing the business. Make like Godzilla and stomp past the break for the charts.
Hardware sales ranking (note: PlayStation 2 not included):
- Nintendo DS: 6,343,547
- Nintendo Wii: 3,741,946
- PlayStation Portable: 3,427,971
- PlayStation 3: 1,197,418
- Xbox 360: 235,318
- Wii Fit: 1,762,193
- Mario Party DS: 1,659,315
- Wii Sports: 1,616,377
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl: 1,554,852
- Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: 1,354,447