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

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 7 January 2011 21:17 GMT


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.

From December 28, 2009 through December 26, 2010, the yearly sales total for the market was 493.66 billion yen, down 2009’s 542.64 billion. Hardware was the biggest loser compared to software, which fell 2.5 percent to 318.08 billion yen, while the former dropped 18.9 percent to 175.59 billion yen.

The top platform for the year was, of course, DS which topped PSP by 70K units. Wii was the console victor, edging out PS3.

Here’s the full set of hardware totals with LtD sales are in parentheses:

  1. Nintendo DS (combined models): 2,963,709 (32,124,298)
  2. PlayStation Portable (combined models): 2,890,476 (16,276,931)
  3. Wii: 1,728,293 (11,230,292)
  4. PlayStation 3: 1,558,480 (5,949,887)
  5. Xbox 360: 208,790 (1,406,663)

Here’s the full list of highest grossing software titles for the year with platform and release date in parentheses (only one title on the chart was for a platform other than Nintendo):

  1. Pokemon Black & White ( DS, 9/18/2010): 4,914,813
  2. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP, 12/1/2010): 3,480,989
  3. New Super Mario Bros. (Wii, 12/3/2009): 1,599,845 (4,084,995)
  4. Wii Party ( Wii, 7/8/2010): 1,539,228
  5. Dragon Quest VI ( DS, 1/28/2010): 1,297,344
  6. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2 (DS, 4/28/2010): 1,276,303
  7. Friend Collection (DS, 6/18/2009): 1,196,148 (3,508,096)
  8. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii, 5/27/2010): 900,539
  9. Inazuma Eleven 3 Spark/Bomber (DS, 7/1/2010): 890,440
  10. Wii Fit Plus (Wii, 10/1/2009): 849,664 (2,148,197)

Thanks, Andriasang.

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