Japanese Video Game Market Revenues Declined 8% In 2011

By Patrick Molloy on January 5, 2012, 10:36AM EDT
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Total revenue from the Japanese video game market fell 8 percent in 2011 year-over-year, despite increased hardware sales.

According to data from Famitsu's Enterbrain, and as translated by Andriasang, hardware sales were up 2.4 percent to ¥179.7 billion ($2.3 billion), thanks in part to the launches of the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Vita.

However, retail software sales were down 13.7 percent to ¥274.6 billion ($3.6 billion) year-over-year. Overall revenue for the year was ¥454.4 billion ($5.9 billion).

Overall, the Nintendo 3DS was the highest-selling console of the year, topping 4 million hardware sales in its first year, while Mario Kart 7 was the top selling game of the year.

The full list of sales figures for hardware, and the top 10 best-selling games of 2011 in Japan, are below.

Japanese hardware sales in 2011 (with lifetime hardware sales)

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

Japanese top 10 best-selling retail games in 2011

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

Source: Andriasang

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