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Japanese game industry shows growth in first half of 2012

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While many Japanese developers are moving away from consoles to mobile or browser-based platforms, the Japanese game industry is actually the healthiest it’s been in two years thanks in large part to the success of the 3DS.

According to data released by Enterbrain and Famitsu covering the period December 26th through June 24th, combined hardware and software sales were ¥193.4 billion compared to ¥191.98 billion year-over-year – a 0.7% increase.

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While hardware sales were down to ¥70.73 billion compared to ¥79.81 billion year-over-year, software sales were ¥122.67 billion compared to ¥112.17 billion in 2011 – a 9.4% increase.

Here are the Japanese hardware and software charts for the first half of 2012:

Hardware

  • Nintendo 3DS: 2 219 548
  • PlayStation 3: 695 465
  • PlayStation Portable: 500 333
  • PlayStation Vita: 353 657
  • Nintendo Wii: 265 578
  • Xbox 360: 33 809
  • Nintendo DS: 20 239

Software

  • Pokémon Black & White 2 (DS, Pokémon, 23 June 2012): 1 618 621
  • One Piece Pirate Warriors (PS3, Namco Bandai, 1 March 2012): 806 578
  • Dragon Quest Monsters Terry’s Wonderland 3D (3DS, Square Enix, 31 March 2012): 743 967
  • Mario Kart 7 (3DS, Nintendo, 1 December 2011): 665 573
  • Monster Hunter 3G (3DS, Capcom, 10 December 2011): 665 394

Source: Andriasang


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