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

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).

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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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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.