Japanese games market grew by 1.2% in FY’12, says new report

The Japanese games market grew by 1.2% during financial year 2012. That’s the claim of a new report based on figures released by score-keepers Enterbrain. It is the market’s first growth in five years.


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  • Japanese games market grew by 1.2% in FY’12, says new report

    The Japanese games market grew by 1.2% during financial year 2012. That’s the claim of a new report based on figures released by score-keepers Enterbrain. It is the market’s first growth in five years.

  • Nintendo 3DS lifetime sales in Japan surpass 10 million units

    Enterbrain has announced via its latest issue of Famitsu, that Nintendo 3DS sold 10,068,192 units in Japan as of January 6, 2013. The handheld has been available in the region for 98 weeks, and is the top-seller on the Media Create and Enterbrain hardware charts every week. You can look over the handheld’s sales progress […]

  • Japanese game industry sales up year-over-year thanks to Pokemon, 3DS

    The Japanese games market grew for the first time in two years during the first half of 2012, thanks to 3DS, according to figures released by Enterbrain and Famitsu.

  • Namco Bandai held the largest market share in Japan during March

    Enterbrain has released its monthly sales report and for the second month in a row, Namco Bandai held the largest software market share in Japan for the February 27 through March 25 period with 26.8%. 

  • Report – Japanese games market dropped 8% in 2011

    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.

  • Enterbrain: 3DS hits 4.1 million units sold in Japan

    Nintendo has sold over 4 million units in Japan, nearly a year after the handheld first launched in the country, Famitsu publisher Enterbrain announced over the Christmas break.

  • Namco tops Japanese publisher list for first half of fiscal 2012

    Famitsu has reported publisher sales data for the first half of the 2012 fiscal year, and for the period of March 28 through September 25, 2011, Namco Bandai ousted former number one Nintendo as the top publisher in Japan. T

  • Enterbrain: 3DS hits 1 million sold in Japan

    Famitsu publisher Enterbrain’s reporting this morning that 3DS has finally hit 1 million units sold in Japan, nearly four months after it first released in the country.

  • Enterbrain expects 3DS to be Japan’s 2011 top seller despite slow start

    Enterbrain has released its annual industry report for Japan, and the analyst firm expects 3DS to be a top seller in the country this year despite its slow start at retail.

  • Japan quake cost games trade $89m, says Enterbrain

    Following a number of projects being delayed or cancelled in the aftermath of the recent Japanese earthquake, Enterbrain’s CEO Hirokazu Hamamura has estimated that financial cost to the country’s videogame industry is in the region of $89 million.

  • Enterbrain: Japanese games market shrunk 9% in 2010; Nintendo dominates the year

    Enterbrain has released its yearly sales report for the Japanese videogame market, and it finds the industry as a whole down 9 percent in 2010 year-over-year.

  • PS3 sales pass 5 million units LtD in Japan, says Famitsu

    Enterbrain, the parent company of Famitsu, has revealed that PlayStation 3 has sold 5 million units Lifetime-to-Date in Japan.

  • 10 million Wiis sold in Japan

    Enterbrain said today that Nintendo’s hit the 10 million unit milestone for Wii in Japan.

  • Report – Global game unit sales declined by 8% in 2009

    GfK-ChartTrack has released a report on the state of global gaming in 2009, and found that unit sales declined by 8 percent worldwide, totaling 379.3 million units.

  • First day Japanese PSPgo sales come in at 28k

    According to Famitsu, the PSPgo has sold over 28k since it on sale yesterday in Japan. The exact figures were 28,275 units. Sunday was the last day in Famitsu’s parent company Enterbrain weekly tracking period, although as the site points, the DSi and PSP-3000 both launched in a two day period, and sold extremely well […]

  • Enterbrain – FFXIII will sell over 500,000 PS3s in Japan in December

    Enterbrain boss Hamamura Hirokazu has told the Japanese press that he expects December’s release of FFXIII to result in the sale of 500,000 PS3 consoles in Japan. That’s serious shit, Ringo. Hirokazu added that the recently announced PS3 price cut will also be a driving factor for sales figures that month. If achieved, the figure […]

  • PS3 beat Wii in Japan last month

    Enterbrain’s confirmed that PS3 outsold Wii in Japan in March, the first time the Sony machine’s been ahead of the Nintendo console for 16 months. PS3 sold 146,948 units in the five weeks up to March 29, compared with 99,335 units the Wii and 43,172 units of Xbox 360. Yakuza 3‘s been pegged as the […]

  • Global games industry sees 11% increase in 2008, Britain biggest winner

    The games industry in the world’s top three markets saw an overall 11 percent rise in sales last year, according to a joint report from NPD, GfK Chart-Track and Enterbrain. A brain-melting 409.9 million units were sold in the UK, US and Japan in the 12 months to January, compared to 367.7 million units in […]

  • Mario Kart Wii is 2008′s biggest selling game on global level

    A joint report from NPD, GfK Chart-Track and Enterbrain has just claimed that Mario Kart Wii was 2008′s biggest selling game across the US, the UK and Japan. The Wii racer sold 8.94 million units last year, beating off Wii Fit with 8.31 million sales and an eye-watering effort from GTA IV. The Rockstar smash […]

  • DSi breaks 500,000 in Japan

    DSi sold 535,379 units in its first month on sale in Japan, according to Enterbrain figures, only slightly less than DS’s 550,000 in its first four weeks. DSi’s impressive launched has pushed the DS platform’s total sales to 24,239,590 units — a figure which includes DS, DS Lite and DSi. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Wii hits 7 million in Japan

    Kotaku’s reporting that Wii’s hit the 7 million mark in Japan. The target was reached in the period between December 2006 (launch) and November 23, according to Enterbrain. Sales of the machine are slowing. Wii hit 5 million sales in January this year, then 6 million in May. More through the link.

  • Xbox 360 outsold PS3 in September in Japan

    Enterbrain figures have shown this morning that Xbox 360 outsold PS3 in Japan in September. Microsoft sold 53,547 units of the 360 in the four weeks to September 28, compared with 33,071 units of the PS3. Wii sold more than both of them put together, obviously: the machine moved 109,548 units in the month.

  • Enterbrain publishes first-half sales figures for Japan

    Enterbrain’s published Japanese hardware and software sales figures for the first six month of the year, following news last night that the market has dropped back 21.3 percent in the period. Thanks, Kotaku. Hardware DS (DS and DS Lite) First half of the year: 1,314,919 Total units sold: 23,484,680 PSP First half of the year: […]

  • PSP lords over Japanese hardware sales for July

    Enterbrain’s reported Japanese hardware sales for July, and PSP’s still flying in the Far East with over 250,000 units sold. No Xbox 360 figures were released, unfortunately “not pretty” probably sums it up. Details below. PSP – 256,765 units DS – 217,639 units Wii – 171,851 units PS3 – 54,823 units

  • Famitsu boss: PS3′s Japanese problems are being resolved

    Famitsu boss Hirokazu Hamamura has told MCV that he believes issues strangling PS3′s development in Japan are being eradicated, although a price cut is needed this year to boost sales. “The PS3’s penetration pace has been slower than I expected,” he said. “Its higher price tag and software development difficulties have been major causes for […]

  • PSP leads six monthly hardware figures in Japan

    According to this Mainichi report, Famitsu figures show that PSP is leading the way in terms of hardware sales in Japan so far this year, with 1,964,461 units sold from January to June. Wii is in second place so far with 1,720,263 units sold, with DS in third place at 1,593,844. No figures for PS3 […]

  • Wii sold 235k in Japan last month

    This Reuters article’s reported that Wii sold 235,990 units in Japan last month, while PS3 moved 139,494 machines. Figures for the other formats aren’t included, unfortunately, but these numbers have been issued by Enterbrain, so expect the lot either today or tomorrow.

  • Enterbrain: Bloomberg got it wrong on new DS at E3

    According to this IGN report, Enterbrain president Hirakazu Hamamura has issued a statement claiming he was misquoted by Bloomberg and never said that we can expect a new version of DS to premiere at E3 this year. From the piece: According to the Enterbrain statement, Hamamura did suggest that we continue to pay close attention […]

  • Enterbrain: Traditional Japanese games market will peak this year, but online with continue to grow

    According to this Japan Today report, Famitsu publisher Enterbrain has predicted that hardware and software sales in Japan will peak at 710.4 billion yen in 2008 and to fall to 671.1 billion yen in 2010. However, the market for online games is expected to continue growing and to reach 320.5 billion yen in 2010, bringing […]