Wii, DS 'vulnerable' in Japan's shrinking game market

Following the revelation that Japanese Wii sales declined 63 percent in March, even Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is expressing concern. "The Japanese market is not very strong right now overall," he told the Wall Street Journal in an interview. "So we need to do something to re-energize it." For the year ended March 31, Japanese game sales were down 18 percent--a stark contrast to the US, where game sales rose 19 percent during the 2008 calendar year.

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lloyd_wonder5163d ago (Edited 5163d ago )

Shrinking market? You're just not selling, simple as...

A $399.99 console outsold you last month 146,948 units to 99,335 units in a shrinking market? haha

FinalomegaS5163d ago

the 2 idiots that agreed with you must be happy with your comment because the 3 of you are business men and you must know the market?

the Japanese Gamine market has shrunk, and that is why most devs are making more western games.

How many years will it take for the PS3 to sell at that rate to catch the wii? I think Nintendo have their investors to deal with and the fact they haven't had a price cut or any software in a year can all contribute to this.

The numbers game isn't as simple as your comment, remember PS3 has had a price cut and bundle, AAA games. Sure the core audience aren't buying into it that much as they used to but it'll sell at a decent rate but Nintendo is trying to expand the market that is shrinking.

I am a gamer that would like to see gaming more popular like movies.

Shane Kim5163d ago

Aaaaw Satoru Iwata is concerned since he might not be able to eat his filet mignon this week.