Famitsu tops: Most read gaming magazine in Japan

Tuesday, 19th January 2010 22:55 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


The Japanese Magazine Publishers Association has released numbers for videogame magazines from its Magazine Data 2010 book.

Covering data for the period between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009, Famitsu was the clear winner with 500,000 readers picking up the weekly mag.

Here’s the list in order of readers:

  • Weekly Famitsu: 500,000
  • Dengeki Nintendo DS: 160,000
  • Famitsu PSP+PS3: 150,000
  • Dengeki PlayStation: 131,061
  • Arcadia: 120,000
  • Dengeki G’s Magazine: 120,000
  • Famitsu Xbox 360: 120,000
  • Famitsu DS+Wii: 100,417
  • Dengeki Maoh: 100,000
  • Famitsu Wave DVD: 100,000
  • Dengeki Girl’s Style: 80,000
  • Dengeki Hime: 80,000
  • Famitsu Connect! On: 80,000
  • B’s-LOG: 50,000
  • Game Japan: 30,000

It was not mentioned whether these figures for Japan were good or bad, but you also have to take into consideration that Japanese magazines are not usually sold on a month-per-month basis, but are instead sold at newsstands.

When comparing these figures to other magazines, Kotaku noted that GameStop owned Game Informer has 3.5 million readers, while UK print magazine EDGE had a circulation of approximately 28,000 as of 2008.

Everyone knows that print is in trouble. That’s all print chats about – which the end of would be a massive loss. However, its good to know that folks are still subscribing to and reading print magazines, and some new offerings are even being created.

World of Warcraft has it’s own mag now, and EGM is expected to re-launch with its first issue in March.



  1. Psychotext

    I was always under the impression that there was pretty much only Famitsu and Dengeki for some reason… though with a couple of exceptions that’s still arguably the case.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Hunam

    How big is each issue of Famitsu Weekly then? Can’t be massive if it’s out every week.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. DJ Deathstar

    Colour me…err not surprised actually, the only surprising thing i found was that Famitsu Xbox 360 gets as many as it does, and that Famitsu DS+Wii gets less, must be that Famitsu weekly doesn’t have as much 360 stuff so if you wanna read you got to get the 360 mag where as the weekly contains alot of DS+Wii

    #3 5 years ago

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