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Wii gets nearly double PS3's attach rate in Japan

Julian Thomas

Nintendo's of Japan's rosy Wii launch looked even rosier today as Media Create unveiled preliminary sales figures giving the machine a 1.8 attach rate, trouncing the PS3's "I'm only buying it to sell on Yahoo auctions" 0.98 attach rate. While this may seem low compared to the States, it's a lot better than the Japanese Cube's 1.2 launch attach rate and the Japanese DS's paltry 0.89. The top ten games and hardware sales were:

  • Wii hardware: 350,358
  • Wii Sports: 176,167
  • Wii Play: 174,297
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: 139,011
  • Odoru Made in Wario: 63,954
  • Swing Golf Pangya: 12,908
  • Ennichi no Tatsujin: 10,763
  • Red Steel: 9,392
  • SD Gundam SCAD Hammers: 9,226
  • Tamagotchi Pika Pika Daitouryou: 8,042
  • Elebits: 5,791
As rosy as these sales figures are for Nintendo, they're a bit of a kick in the teeth to third-parties, whose offerings achieved sales that can only be described as comparatively weak. Third-parties have always struggled to compete with Nintendo's acclaimed first- and second-party development teams and, according to these preliminary numbers, it seems that this trend will continue on the Wii. It'll be interesting, and important, to see how third-party titles fare on the Wii in the upcoming months.

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