More bad news for the Japanese game market. According to Famitsu publisher Enterbrain, the domestic market shrunk by 10.5 percent in the first half of fiscal 2009.
Hardware sales are down 15.1 percent, and game software sales are down 7.5 percent.
The hardware sales for the period were:
Nintendo DS (DS Lite, DSi, etc)
First Half Fiscal 2009: 1,698,818 units
Life-to-date: 27,851,784 units
First Half Fiscal 2009: 813,604 units
Life-to-date: 12,618,193 units
First Half Fiscal 2009: 594,398 units
Life-to-date: 8,547,552 units
First Half Fiscal 2009: 581,676 units
Life-to-date: 3,591,071 units
First Half Fiscal 2009: 137,059 units
Life-to-date: 1,138,250 units
The top five selling games were Dragon Quest IX (3.92 million copies), Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver (2.06 million), Wii Sports Resort (1.19 million), Tomodachi Collection (1.15 million) and Monster Hunter 3 (908,693 copies).
This data is from the period beginning March 31, 2009 and ending September 28, 2009.