For The First Time In 11 Years, The Japanese Console Game Market Has Grown

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Over the past few years, the console market in Japan—both hardware and software sales—has been sluggish. In 2017, however, that changed.


According to Famitsu, hardware sales experienced a huge spike in 2017 compared to the previous year. In 2016, Japanese hardware sales were 117.05 billion yen ($1.05 billion), while in 2017, they jumped to 202.37 billion yen ($1.81 billion).

Software sales also increased: in 2016, they were 182.4 billion yen ($1.63 billion) and the following year, they were 189.3 billion yen ($1.69 billion).

A big part of this increase is due to the Nintendo Switch’s brisk hardware sales. The PS4 has also continued to churn out steady numbers.

The last time the Japanese gaming market saw an uptick was in 2006, when the Nintendo DS Lite, the Nintendo Wii, the PS3 launched.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.



Im worried it might cool down a little bit this year as the switch is now plentiful. At Book off I saw a giant pile of unsold second switches new in the box and a guy walking around a mall with about 15-20 system probably to resell, or he has a lot of children, nephews and nieces. but the ps4 kept up its pace so I’m low key hopeful.