Japanese Games Market Revenue Fell By 8% In 2011

The Japanese domestic game market saw an 8 percent drop in total revenue from 2010 to 2011, new figures have revealed.

Software sales fell by a massive 13.7% compared with 2010 to £2.29 billion.

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Despite software figures dropping, hardware sales were up on the previous year – mainly due to the release of the Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Vita. However, the hardware market only grew by a modest 2.4% in 2011 to £1.5 billion, meaning that the Japanese market still suffered significant losses.

The big winner of 2011 in Japan was Nintendo. The 3DS was the top selling platform for the year with over 4 million units sold and Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario Land 3D topped the software sales chart.

Here’s the breakdown of hardware and software sales charts in Japan from December 27 2010 through December 25 2011:

2011 Japanese Hardware sales

  1. Nintendo 3DS: 4,135,739
  2. PSP: 1,960,177 (life to date: 18,237,108)
  3. PlayStation 3: 1,467,261 (7,417,148)
  4. Wii: 937,451 (12,167,743)
  5. Nintendo DS: 711,204 (32,835,502)
  6. PlayStation Vita: 402,794
  7. Xbox 360: 114,075 (1,520,738)

2011 Japanese Software sales

  1. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 1,082,391
  2. [3DS] Super Mario 3D Land – 1,042,511
  3. [PSP] Monster Hunter Portable 3rd – 1,021,457 (4,502,446)
  4. [3DS] Monster Hunter 3G – 809,322
  5. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII-2 – 697,146
  6. [PSP] Final Fantasy Type-0 – 696,428
  7. [WII] Minna no Rhythm Tengoku – 633,429
  8. [PS3] Tales of Xillia – 632,151
  9. [WII] Wii Sports Resort – 612,807 (2,732,655)
  10. [WII] Wii Party – 584,545 (2,123,773)

Source: Andriasang

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6 Comments

  1. Not surprised really as gaming wouldn’t have been top of a lot of peoples gender around March/April last year.

  2. mm nintendo are really winning over there. Don’t see why MS don’t just pull out. I mean I know they won’t because of the huge negative publicity, but it seems like a lot of effort for not very many sales.

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