February 12, 2007 - You've probably figured out by now that the DS and Wii were the hottest things in Japanese gaming over the holiday period. A recent poll conducted by Weekly Famitsu suggests just how big the two systems were.
The magazine asked readers of its Famitsu.com website which system they most played over the holiday season. While the DS was the biggest selling system over the period, Wii was apparently the most played system, taking up 244 votes. DS came next, with 185 votes, followed by the PS2 (148), Xbox 360 (146) and PSP (115). The PS3 didn't place in the top five.
Famitsu asked its nationwide army of retail friends (the same set of retailers that help parent publisher Enterbrain assemble its weekly sales charts) a similar question: which product was hottest over the holiday season. The DS Lite took the top spot, at 46 votes. The Wii hardware got second at 28, followed by DS software as a whole (9), Dragon Quest Monsters Joker for the DS (8) and Yakuza 2 for the PS2 (5). Once again, the PS3 didn't place in the top 5.
It's a bit surprising that the PS3 didn't place on either list, as the system was the fourth best selling piece of hardware for the period, beaten by the DS, Wii and PSP.