Japanese retail games market grows for first time in 5 years

Annual hardware sales up, software sales down

The Japanese retail games market grew by 1.2 per cent to $4.6 billion in the fiscal year ended March 31.


That's according to Famitsu publisher Enterbrain (via Tech in Asia), which said hardware sales increased by five per cent to $1.8 billion, while software sales fell by 1.2 per cent to $2.8 billion.

Hardware sales were likely boosted by the introduction of the 3DS XL and Wii U, and price cuts to Sony systems.

3DS was comfortably the top-selling hardware platform in Japan in calendar year 2012, while 3DS games took the first four places on the annual software chart and seven of the top ten.