Japanese console market grows for the first time in three years

The Japanese console market has seen an increase in sales revenue for the first time in three years, and that's down the to Switch.�

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Godmars290107d ago

Because its portable and doesn't aim for ultra realism in all forms?

Neonridr107d ago

no, because it provides games that the Japanese actually want to play.

Godmars290107d ago (Edited 107d ago )

Thought I said that. That it also fits - somewhat - with a mobile lifestyle.

Neonridr107d ago

I guess.. although the Switch is changing the way we look at mobile gaming. I mean we never had games with quality like MK8 or BoTW on the go before.

Eonjay107d ago

It is literally because of the PS4 and Switch.

Concertoine107d ago (Edited 107d ago )


Not really... the PS4 started off strong in Japan but at this point the PS3 is outpacing it in the same timeframe. And the PS3 was said to have a slow start in the region at the time.

The console market in Japan was dying until the Switch came out, that design its the only way that consoles were going to grow in that region.

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jugo14107d ago

shame then as it appears they want to play games for children.

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Gameseeker_Frampt107d ago

@ Concertoine

Like your graph shows, it isn't the PS4 sales that were pulling down the Japanese console market these last few years since it is selling roughly as well as the PS3 in Japan. No, the biggest factor outside of mobile gaming was the lackluster sales of the Wii U. The Wii U sales were barely 1/4 of the Wii sales and that kind of sales drop had a big impact on the market. Now Nintendo has corrected their mistake we once again have 2 consoles that are selling well in Japan and with the lineup of upcoming games I don't see that changing anytime soon.

Concertoine107d ago (Edited 107d ago )


You're correct. But the gripe with his comment i had was that he lumped the PS4 in with the Switch when only one of them is outpacing its predecessor and thus, growing the console market.

Kun_ADR107d ago

It also provide game that *I want to play. BOTW, Mario Kart, Arms, and next on the list for me is Splatoon 2. Can't wait.

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Movefasta1993107d ago

When monster hunter releases on that thing in Japan the sales are going to skyrocket .

ILostMyMind107d ago

"that's down the to Switch'? So it has increased only in the last two months?

FallenAngel1984107d ago

Only because one console could also be used portably

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