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Japanese Game Industry Saw Gains in First Half of 2012

3DS dominates hardware and software.

 

Enterbrain and Famitsu.com shared domestic industry sales totals for the first half of 2012 today, covering December 26 through June 24. 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.

The increase came despite falling hardware sales. Hardware fell from 79.81 billion yen in 2011 to 70.73 billion in 2012.

Software made up for the hardware losses, rising 9.4% from 2011's 112.17 billion yen to 122.67 billion yen.

3DS was the top selling system, with 2.22 million units. PS3 and PSP followed. Here's the full hardware chart for the period:

  • 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)

3DS also dominated in software. Pokemon Black & White 2, released the day before the end of the tracking period, was the only game to top one million units. Here's the top five:

  • 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)

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