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Japanese games market shrinks nearly 7% in 2009

Submitted by on Tuesday, 5 January 2010No Comment

You're going down ... Though 2009 might have been a bumper year for the PS3, things were not so rosy over in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Home to one of the world’s largest gaming markets, gaming sales in Japan shrunk by a massive 6.9% compared to the year-on-year sales of 2008.

The brunt of the cause of this dramatic decline is the sizable drop in hardware sales with 13.6 per cent fewer consoles and handhelds sold last year than the previous.  It still adds up to ¥216.5 billion or $2.3 billion worth of hardware sales but significantly lower than the $2.65 billion worth sold in 2008.

Software sales were not as bad (down 1.8% to ¥326.2 billion or $ 3.5 billion), but in an industry where more and more people are gaming each year, any decline in sales must be viewed as worrying.

The following games made up the top five released titles in Japan in 2009 in terms of sales.


  1. Dragon Quest IX (DS)- 4,100,968
  2. Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver (DS) – 3,382,597
  3. New Super Mario Bros Wii (Wii)- 2,485,150
  4. Friend Collection (DS)- 2,311,948
  5. Final Fantasy XIII (PS3) – 1,698,256


  1. Nintendo DS – 4,025,313
  2. Sony PSP – 2,307,971
  3. Nintendo Wii – 1,975,178
  4. Sony PlayStation 3 – 1,727,041
  5. Microsoft Xbox 360 – 331,706