Japanese games industry see sales shrinkage in 2008

Thursday, 2nd April 2009 14:35 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Famitsu’s published its Japanese sales figures for 2008, clearly showing an industry in decline.

Hardware and software sales combined were worth ¥552.42 billion in 2008, compared to ¥676.95 billion in 2007.

Hardware sales fell from ¥317.47 billion in 2007 to ¥231.52 billion last year.

Software sales from ¥359.58 billion the previous year to ¥320.91 billion in 2008.

DS was the best selling hardware in Japan last year, shifting 3,983,205 units. PSP came next with 3,230,563 consoles sold.

Wii sold 2,257,575 units, and then came PS3 999,903 machines sold.

Xbox 360 moved 398,633 units, nearly double its 2007 sales.

Lots more on Kotaku.



  1. Blerk

    God damn! If only they’d sold another 96 PS3s. :-D

    #1 6 years ago
  2. No_PUDding

    Yeah, amazing they can be that specific.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Well… not really. EPOS systems know precisely how many units have been sold. Collating that information from the various back-end systems is hardly rocket-science.

    Of course, they don’t collect the data from ALL retailers. So the figures are probably a fair bit higher than that.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. No_PUDding

    Well I’d have assumed they’d round it up then, and give out exact figures on request.

    #4 6 years ago

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