Japanese Market Continues To Experience Shrinkage

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

PSP
First Half Fiscal 2009: 813,604 units
Life-to-date: 12,618,193 units

Wii
First Half Fiscal 2009: 594,398 units
Life-to-date: 8,547,552 units

PlayStation 3
First Half Fiscal 2009: 581,676 units
Life-to-date: 3,591,071 units

Xbox 360
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.

2009年度上半期のゲーム市場規模は前年度同期比10.5パーセント減 [ファミ通.com]