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Report – Japanese games market dropped 8% in 2011

Friday, 6th January 2012 00:16 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Enterbrain’s 2011 report shows the Japanese domestic market generating revenues of ¥454,380 million over 12 months, a marked decline on 2010, with Mario Kart 7 the year’s best-selling release.

According to Andriasang‘s translation of Enterbrain’s data, the figures pertain to the period between December 27 2010 and December 25 2011, and represent an 8% decline from 2010′s results. The report demonstrates a downwards trend seen in previous years but does not account for digital sales.

Hardware
Hardware generated ¥179,740 million thanks to the release of the 3DS and Vita, a 2.4 % increase. The 3DS was, unsurprisingly, the best-selling console of the year with over 4 million sales, and was followed by the evergreen PSP and hometown favourite PlayStation 3.

Full data follows.

Enterbrain Japanese hardware sales (2011 / Life to date)

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

Software
Software painted a grimmer scene: Revenue fell by 14% to ¥274,640. A lack of major sellers through the year may be to blame; the top two best-sellers released in December, while the bottom two are perennial favourites.

Enterbrain Japanese software sales
Life to date sales follow in parentheses.

  1. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 (December 1): 1,082,391
  2. [3DS] Super Mario 3D Land (November 11): 1,042,511
  3. [PSP] Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (December 1, 2010): 1,021,457 (4,502,446)
  4. [3DS] Monster Hunter 3G (December 10): 809,322
  5. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIII-2 (December 15): 697,146
  6. [PSP] Final Fantasy Type-0 (October 27): 696,428
  7. [Wii] Minna no Rhythm Tengoku (July 21): 633,429
  8. [PS3] Tales of Xillia (August 9, 2009): 632,151
  9. [Wii] Wii Sports Resort (May 25): 612,807 (2,732,655)
  10. [Wii] Wii Party (July 8, 2010): 584,545 (2,123,773)

Thanks, Joystiq.

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