Where Does Videogame Sales Data Come From?

Siliconera: Every week, Siliconera publishes a column titled “This Week In Sales”. The purpose of this column is to keep track of the 20 best-selling games in Japan every week, along with productive discussion of their performance and what the future could possibly hold.

Now, sales is a fairly complex topic to discuss, and in order for one to discuss it effectively, some basic knowledge of the Japanese market and how it operates is necessary. The brief FAQ below is meant to provide some of this knowledge, and is based on data provided to us by industry professionals involved with analysis of the Japanese videogame market.

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