Feeds

2008 a top year for UK games sales

More than twice as many units bought last year than in 2003

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Recession notwithstanding, the games software sales in the world's biggest markets grew 11 per cent last year. UK sales alone were up 26 per cent year on year - and more than double 2003's sales.

The figures come from NPD in the US, GfK Chart-Track here and Enterbrain in Japan. Some 409.9m game packages were sold worldwide in 2008, up from 367.7m in 2007.

US sales were up 15 per cent, but Japan's were down by 13 per cent, Enterbrain said, pointing the finger at declining demand for PS2 games rather than weakness in the current generation of consoles. This just goes to show how popular the PS2 has been.

Over here, there was a big shift to consoles, with console-oriented software sale up 38 per cent year on year. In the US, the increase amounted to 22 per cent. Sales of games for handheld devices was up six per cent here and two per cent in the States.

The best-selling title last year? Mario Kart Wii, with sales of 8.94m units in the UK, the US and Japan combined. Wii Fit took second place (8.31m units), followed by Grand Theft Auto IV (7.29m), Super Smash Bros: Brawl (6.32m) and Call Of Duty: World At War (5.89m).

Preferences change according to territory: in the US, the most popular of these was Grand Theft Auto IV, which came second in the UK market. By contrast, a paltry 256,000 copies were sold in Japan. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'
iPhones bent in Norwich? As if the place wasn't weird enough
George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests
Day 4: 'News'-papers STILL rammed with Clooney nuptials
iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport
Breaches screening rules cos Apple SCREEN ROOLZ, ok?
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
The British Museum plonks digital bricks on world of Minecraft
Institution confirms it's cool with joining the blocky universe
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.