Our neighbors to the north are spending more on video games than ever, according to the NPD Group, over $2 billion in Canadian dollars last year. Even compared to our $21.33 billion it's still impressive.

NPD pegs Canadian console sales at 1.9 million for the year, with 1.2 million portable gaming machines snapped up by the Canucks. Before we run out of ways to name Canadians other than "Canadians," we'll add that the majority of hardware sold was of the Nintendo brand.

Wii and Nintendo DS sales drove Canada's gaming market in 2008, but it was Rock Band and Grand Theft Auto IV that topped software charts. You crazy Canadians and your buying habits!

Banner year for Canadian video-game sales [CBC]