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Japanese Games Industry sees gains in first half of 2012

Enterbrain and Famitsu.com have today shared domestic industry sales totals for the first half of 2012, covering Japanese purchases of both hardware and software from December 26 through June 24.

As reported by Andriasang, for the first time in two years, the Japanese games market saw year-on-year gains.

Total hardware and software sales reached 193.4 billion yen, up 0.7% from the previous year’s 191.98 billion. This increase was mainly thanks to software sales, since hardware fell from 79.81 billion yen in 2011 to 70.73 billion in 2012.

As you would expect, 3DS was the top selling console over the six months, managing to shift an impressive 2,219,548. This was followed by PS3 in second place at 695,465, PSP in third at 500,333 and PS Vita in forth, with 353,657 sales.

Japanese Hardware Sales: December 26 – June 24

Nintendo 3DS: 2,219,548 (total 6,355,287) PlayStation 3: 695,465 (total 8,112,613) PlayStation Portable: 500,333 (total 18,737,441) PlayStation Vita: 353,657 (total 756,451) Nintendo Wii: 265,578 (total 12,433,321) Xbox 360: 33,809 (total 1,554,547) Nintendo DS: 20,239 (total 32,855,741)

Software, meanwhile, gained 9.4% from 2011′s 112.17 billion yen to 122.67 billion yen.

Here’s the most popular games, a pretty much 3DS dominated list really.

Japanese Software Sales: December 26 – June 24

Pokemon Black & White 2 (3DS, Pokemon, 06.23.2012): 1,618,621 One Piece Pirate Musou (PS3, Namco Bandai, 03.01.2012): 806,578 Dragon Quest Monsters Terry’s Wonderland 3D (3DS, Squenix, 05.31.2012): 743,967 Mario Kart 7 (3DS, Nintendo, 12.01.2011): 665,573 (total 1,747,964) Monster Hunter 3G (3DS, Capcom, 12.10.2011): 665,394 (1,474,716)


Edited On 29 Jun, 2012

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