Overview: Japan’s Video Game Market In 2011 (Sales, Hardware, Software)

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Japan’s video game industry is the world’s second biggest (after the US), but it’s on a downward streak for the fifth consecutive year. Based on sales, the country’s video game industry has contracted by as much as 8% year-on-year, Japan’s biggest gaming magazine Famitsu is reporting [JP].

Between December 27, 2010 and December 25, 2011, Japanese game companies generated US$5.9 billion in sales. The Famitsu says that sales from hardware makers actually went up 2.4% (thanks to the launch of the 3DS and PlayStation Vita) to reach US$2.3 billion. Software revenues in Japan dropped 13.7% to US$3.6 billion last year.

This is how often the different video game systems sold in 2011 (total sales numbers in parentheses):

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

This overview shows the top selling games in Japan in 2011 (total sales numbers in parentheses):

  1. Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo 3DS): 1,082,391 units
  2. Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo 3DS): 1,042,511
  3. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (Nintendo 3DS): 1,021,457 (4,502,446)
  4. Monster Hunter 3G (Nintendo 3DS): 809,322
  5. Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Sony PS3): 697,146
  6. Final Fantasy Type-0 (Sony PSP): 696,428
  7. Rhythm Heaven Forever (Nintendo Wii): 633,429
  8. Tales of Xillia (Sony PS3): 632,151
  9. Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo Wii): 612,807 (2,732,655)
  10. Wii Party (Nintendo Wii): 584,545 (2,123,773)