Japanese games market falls to lowest point in 26 years, declines 13 per cent year-on-year

Things continue to look exceptionally bleak for the Japanese console games market, according to data from Famitsu.

In 2015 the sector’s games market generated ¥321bn, a 13 per cent decline year-on-year. Meanwhile, software sales dropped 16 per cent to ¥191bn, and console sales dipped to ¥130bn – a 8.5 per cent drop off.

Below is the software Top Ten for 2015 in Japan:
1. Monster Hunter X (Capcom) 3DS – 2,441,977
2. Yo-Kai Watch Busters: Akaneko-dan / Shiroinu-tai (Level 5) 3DS – 1,965,202
3. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Nintendo) 3DS – 1,282,880
4. Splatoon (Nintendo) Wii U – 1,064,897
5. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (Square Enix) 3DS – 864,865

Geobros3123d ago

Great for 3DS which sold double than PS4 in Japan. As for Wii U I think its missing a Zero here, it cant be 80,000 total sales in Japan for a year.

Abash3122d ago

I really believe the PS4 is going to turn around the Japanese games market this year. It's now cheaper and has a ton of games coming that appeal to the Japanese audience

I mean in the next few months it has Dragon Quest Builders, DoAX3, Yakuza: Kiwami, Nauruto UNS4, Attack on Titan, Gundam Breakers 3, Star Ocean V, Summon Knights 6, Dark Souls III, and even more throughout the year like FFXV and The Last Guardian

never4get3122d ago

The Last Guardian...Final Fantasy VII Remake 2016 Demo!

darthv723122d ago

You can have games that appeal to that market and still not sell very good. It happens. It just shows the market is not what it was and people have moved onto other things.

Do they even track mobility over there cause I hear its doing quite well. you figure people who have their smartphones with them are also getting in some gaming now and then.

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benji1013122d ago

Sony is the reason the market is collapsing. Nintendo has barely changed its market share. It is the ps4 and the Vita that are the failures. The wii u is on track to out sell the gamecube.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory3122d ago

Except more people will buy Dragon Quest XI on 3DS for obvious reason.

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OtakuDJK1NG-Rory3121d ago

Alright. I am bookmarking this.

Famitsu isn't everything but DQXI 3DS has more votes than the PS4 since it's reveal.

3DS install base is x10 larger.
Dragon Quest sell better on Nintendo system.

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ShinMaster3122d ago

@ Geobros

"Great for 3DS which sold double than PS4"
Yeah, just like the PS Vita sold 10x more than the Wii U.

I mean, what a specific thing for you to say. A Nintendo handheld, in Japan, at 1/3 of the price of the more successful home console. That must bring a smile to your face.

"As for Wii U I think its missing a Zero"
No it's not. You fanboys need to get over it.

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NeoGamer2323122d ago

Really disappointing.

Japan used to be the center of the Galaxy. Now, Japan is becoming more and more like "just another country" for gaming.

US and UK are the large markets for gaming... Then France, Germany, Italy, Japan... Then, all other countries.

benji1013122d ago

Japan still makes the UK look like a pebble in the ocean. These numbers dont include the amount of money spent on mobile gaming in Japan, which is massive. More Jrpgs are on mobile in Japan than any other platform.

NeoGamer2323122d ago

I thought 3ds and vita was a mobile platform.

iNathan3122d ago

NX is coming and if it goes same path as 3DS, Japanese market will se a huge resurgance.

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