Due to a distinct lack of "million-sellers," Japan's video game industry has slipped during the first half of 2009, and Nintendo continues to fall at a rapid rate.

According to the latest results by IT Media and Enterbrain, as summarized by GameSpot , industry sales in Japan fell to 218.9 billion yen ($2.3 billion) between December 29, 2008 and June 28, 2009, which is a marked decline of 24.4%. Hardware sales were down 27.6%, software sales were down 21.8%, and there were no "million-unit sellers" in the first half of 2009. On the flip side, there were four back in the first six months of 2008, so the decline is logical. However, the PlayStation 3 has continually surpassed the Wii on a monthly basis this year and Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said the system is currently in an "unhealthy condition." Of course, our suggestion has always been the same ("how's about making some software ?!"), but when Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!! for the DS is your top seller at 650,000 units, you may want to consider paying more attention to the slumping Wii. Still, the Wii has managed to sell more overall in this span of time (640,000 units) compared to the PS3 (550,000), so some semblance of the fad is still in existence. The Xbox 360, once again, takes a distant third place at 210,000 consoles sold.

As for handhelds, it's no surprise to see the DSi and DS Lite continue to top the charts; they managed to shift 1.62 million units in the first half of the year, and the PSP had a respectable showing at 1.18 million units. But all these statistics only prove once again that without top software, it's tough to sell hardware.

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A2K78
A2K78
12 years ago

Is this a mystery? I mean the japanese gaming industry, mainly the console business have been tanking for years due to the popularity of arcades in Japan, plus this have been on-going ever since the 90's where the last major recession to hit japan critically damage Japan game industry. I wouldn't be suprised if the current recession is repeating what the last major japanese recession did.

photo K
photo K
12 years ago

How many wiis have been sold in Japan since its existence? The numbers were so high early on and I'm still shocked they sold 640K units while still going. I imagine that eventually it would have to slow down because Japan's population is only so big! Unless families decide to buy more than one console, but that's unlikely. I would think that the smart thing to do, is reinvent the wii console with new graphics or something, then sales would start all over again.

Take note from the multiple DS versions, they sell like hotcakes!

bamf
bamf
12 years ago

This is usually Nintendo's business strategy. When they released te gameboy and later released a gameboy with a backlight so they could sell many more millions to the fanboys.
Imagine Sony not releasing PSP updates va firmware but instead released new hardware with those minor updates. We would be pissed off. Somwhow Nintendo get away with it. Nintendo's DSi has features that the DS light cannot do, so technically its a new handheld console and sales figures for DSi should be seperated from the DS light.
Everything the new versions of PSP are doing can be done on your fat PSP 1000 via software update, except the video output. When the PSP Go comes its not necessary to own one as it will pack the same features and games as the other PSP's.
If a new WiiHD comes out, it will be bought by the already owners of a Wii, so those sales figures should be seperated, starting from zero.

jmo_INDY_Repub
jmo_INDY_Repub
12 years ago

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Jawknee
Jawknee
12 years ago

DS and Wii have Zelda and PS3/PSP doesn't.

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
12 years ago

so? do u wanna play zelda or MGS4?

mario or killzone 2?

play with your mii's or experience home??

theres a console for both…

if you want to play the zelda/mario games, buy a ninty… want to play the killzone/mgs4/lbp/resistance/infamous/ratchet and clank games, then get the ps3… want both? buy both… no big deal.. its been like that for a long time…

Alienange
Alienange
12 years ago

Ahh, my favorite discussion. Jawknee, even YOU have to admit that ONE Zelda game in 3 years is pretty lame of Nintendo. ONE Metroid, ONE Mario … what the heck is wrong with them?

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
12 years ago

I must say, I would enjoy Mario more than Killzone 2. I know, call me crazy.

But Zelda and MGS4? Give me MGS4 any day!!! One of my all time favourite games. Though I do love Zelda, MGS4 has the greatest story, best graphics and best gameplay (when not watching the many hours of cutscenes)

Jawknee
Jawknee
12 years ago

Actually Alianage, if you count all the Zelda games they release one about every year ot two between all their platforms. If your referng to console Zelda's and excluding handhelds then you are correct. But I enjoy the handhelds as much as the console versions. Phantom Hourglass was a blast and I'm sure Spirit Tracks will be great too.

MGS4 or Zelda? Why not both?! I have both a Wii and a PS3 so I could enjoy all my favorite games. Yes the PS3 is mucho better but for some one like me who has loved Zelda, Mario and Metroid as long as I have, I don't mind the waits. I've never been disappointed with a Zelda game and I'm sure the fact that Nintendo takes their time has something to do with it. I don't understand the hatred for Nintendo on this site. Lol.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

Well I think Final Fantasy XIII will be a million seller easily. That should help them out a bit, and since it won't be on 360 over there it'll help PS3 sales along even more.

Alienange
Alienange
12 years ago

Exactly. And the reason? R-P-G !! There's no RPGs ! When we get our FFXIII, Persona 5, Dragon Warrior 9 (or whatever the heck it'll be called) THEN you'll see the japs buying consoles.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
12 years ago

Japanese I believe you mean.

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
12 years ago

@Alienage.

could not agree more, when ff13, v13, the last guardian, KH3, Persona 5, Lost Odyssey 2, Chrono Series released, there will be an instant boost in Jap. and there will be a sudden drop of my pocket cash as well. lol

Kempy21
Kempy21
12 years ago

surely by this time next year nearly everyone whos going to buy a console will own one. so wont those numbers keep going down?

ThePearlJamer
ThePearlJamer
12 years ago

not necessarily

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
12 years ago

Ever noticed that when the Japanese gaming market is quiet, the 360 has it's best months?

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
12 years ago

lol I think it's because when Japanese gaming markets are active, everyone talks about 360's fail in the region. when its calm, no talk of fail.

jmo_INDY_Repub
jmo_INDY_Repub
12 years ago

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Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
12 years ago

WHERES THE MOTHER ******* BAN STAMP!!???!!!

Jawknee
Jawknee
12 years ago

Lol I'm the idiot? Read your post again the think again before calling anyone an idiot.

Robochic
Robochic
12 years ago

Sales will pick up when FF13 is released. Also for Nintendo they have a strong market in Japan, my friend lives there and Nintendo is like the GOD of consoles everything to pillows to underwear is nintendo related. LOL but i think people even there are seeing what the PS3 can do and are swaying away from the Wii and DS.

Alienange
Alienange
12 years ago

Here's the deal. Nintendo has Monster Hunter for the Wii. That's the reason the Wii is still selling over there. If they'd have announced MH for PS3 or even the 360, you'd see different numbers. MH on the Wii … if that's not an epic fail I don't know what is.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
12 years ago

Don't we have monster hunter on PSP?

Alienange
Alienange
12 years ago

We sure do and it's flying off store shelves. Like you've said before though, we need a home console version of some of these games (MH being one of them). I just don't think Afrika will be a suitable PS3 substitute.

Of course they haven't written off a HD version of MH, but I'd think it's a ways off which is a major bummer.

jmo_INDY_Repub
jmo_INDY_Repub
12 years ago

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jmo_INDY_Repub
jmo_INDY_Repub
12 years ago

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Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
12 years ago

actually, those ten reasons aren't going to appeal to your average gamer, only your truly hardcore.

See, the DSi added camera, additional storage, AAC music support and better Wifi options. The camera was the big selling point for it, even if it is a crappy little camera.

My point is, I'm afraid those reasons you gave about the PSP Go being better are only minor improvements and aren't exactly the biggest attraction for the new PSP. Half the stuff you mentioned can be done on the slim PSP's, and UMD is still a relatively popular medium for the handheld.

I'm sorry, but I'm afraid I'll be skipping the PSP Go and waiting for the next Sony handheld to revolutionise the market.

twenty8nine
twenty8nine
12 years ago

Did anybody else notice this recession (if not depression) that's going on? People are trying to budget and gaming is often one of the first luxuries to be cut back on.

I did find a job recently, and as hard as I work for it, my money gets spent carefully. I don't feel like spending a few hundred a year on games that I don't really have the time to play.

b3mike
b3mike
12 years ago

Perhaps they need to stop all the hand held love and put something on an actual home console? You know so you can actually see what you're doing.

jmo_INDY_Repub
jmo_INDY_Repub
12 years ago

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jmo_INDY_Repub
jmo_INDY_Repub
12 years ago

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jmo_INDY_Repub
jmo_INDY_Repub
12 years ago

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Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
12 years ago

I'm not surprised that sales are down. Recession, few AAA titles being released. But it is nice to know that Sony's strategy of "make more games" is working in Japan.

Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid Other M is too little too late. Nintendo needs to increase the number of hardcore games rather than just rely on 3 or 4 successful franchises.

This is why I bought a 360 over a Wii. Lack of HDD, lack of online content, lack of good graphics and most importantly, lack of great games. Mario Galaxy is not enough to make me wanna fork out 350 bucks for a Wii, no matter how bad I want to play it.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
12 years ago

I blame the US

and the Japanese devs for trying to make their games with "Western ideas"

b3mike
b3mike
12 years ago

Testosterone infused, random explosions, chainsawing, bloody, machist ideas?
No wonder garbage like Transformers is cashing in at the box office. I blame the short attention span of the Xbox generation.

Most US games are ewwww

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
12 years ago

My country is not the cause of all the world's problems.

And what's wrong with the Japanese trying to broaden their user base?

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
12 years ago

@ b3mike

"Testosterone infused, random explosions, chainsawing, bloody, machist ideas?"

You just described the Japanese made Mad World.

jmo_INDY_Repub
jmo_INDY_Repub
12 years ago

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Scarecrow
Scarecrow
12 years ago

Amerikah! Amerikah!

Blind patriotism is really amusing


Last edited by Scarecrow on 7/7/2009 12:43:04 AM

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
12 years ago

its because (and don't flame me for this) Canada is respected around the world, and america, well, is less respected… i know many americans who put canada flags on their backpacks when traveling, because most places hate americans, or at least favour canadians over them…

what is it you hate about canada?

is it our cold weather? well its july, and my swimming pool is 90 degrees Fahrenheit… and i'm in canada…

Is it our culture?? well we play hockey, baseball, football… Playstation, poker, etc… basically american culture and canadian culture are near similar…

so why do you hate canada? and better yet, what makes the states any better???

Is it that you won ww2? well, canada won too, and was a part of it long before the states…

Is it because your country isn't socialist, like mine? well il tell you something, if i ever get into an accident, and go into a coma, i thank the lord in heaven that i'm in this socialist country because I DONT PAY FOR THE STAY IN THE HOSPITAL!! you'd prolly die in the same situation in indiana (unless you have the 10 grand a week or day or watever…) Socialism doesnt mean communism…

whatever the reason, know how hypocritical you are saying you love the states, and hate canada… alot of things you take 4 granted are canadian made… hell 60-70% of all your resources come from canada… so count your lucky stars that we're here, or the great america wouldn't be the way it is today.

Jawknee
Jawknee
12 years ago

Mordakai in todays world it's better to be feared then respected. Canada is nice but hardly relevent.

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
12 years ago

i don't think hardly relevant is the right choice of words…

after 9/11, while American troops were fighting Saddam in Iraq to get rid of his imaginary nukes, and gain their oil, canada was the front line offensive against those who murdered all those people on 9/11, while the Bush lead invasion in iraq had nothing to do with Al Qaeda, or Osama… we could have said "meh, we are a peaceful country, so we wont fight your war." but instead we sacrificed our soldiers to do what America should have done… Iraq was pointless… although the result of the war looks promising, Al Qaeda, should have been dealt with first… Im glad you guys are there now… better late than never.. ( I'm aware america was apart of afghanistan, but their effort was minimal compared to that of the iraq invasion, and even that of the canadian occupation of afghanistan)

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
12 years ago

Regardless of who loves what country, and who despises the other, remember that we're all people, HUMAN. Arab, Islamic, White, Black, Asian. Canadian, American, Russian, Pakistani, Chinese, African. WE ARE THE SAME SPECIES!

as a species there should be co operation, not hatred over things that don't benefit the greater good. If we can't get along now, what are we going to do in the future? as technology becomes more deadly, our hatred may grow aswell, and that's a scary thought…

but regardless, this is a gaming site, not a moral political discussion… so the solution I see fit is to ban that guy who started all this with that hate speach, and restore order, and get back to waiting for MW2,and M.A.G!

Who's with me?

Jawknee
Jawknee
12 years ago

War for oil? Classic leftist anti-American talking points. we get all our oil from South America, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Canada and not a drop from Iraq. It's okay. I don't begrudge you for your lack of knowledge on the issue. It's not your fault your spoon fed anti-American lies and propaganda by your socialist state run media. But hey, let's be friends. We both love games and the PS3.

P.s. I didn't mean to diminish Canada's support in the on going war efforts agaisnt islamonazi terrorism. I just meant that traditionally the world looks to America to fight its wars and solve it's problems. Not Canada. So I apologize. As a proud American I don't dislike Canada or it's citizens. I just think it would so some of you some good to look outside your own media for info about us. Plus Steven Harper is cool.

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
12 years ago

lol harper imo is a a$$hat… lol he hasn't done anything good for any canadian, i like the NDP…

but while we're on the topic of media, how bout FOX and its slander of the Canadian involvement in Afghanistan and its anti-Canuck Propaganda??

no side is completely innocent…

and my final remark is that Socialism isn't bad! Sure the USSR painted it as a bad system when it is paired with communism, but in my opinion, as well as many other Canadians, and Europeans, socialism is a good alternative to capitalism, and can even be good as a blend of both..

Jawknee
Jawknee
12 years ago

I don't watch Fox and socialism takes peoples freedoms and choices away and stifles the growth of wealth and innovation. I'm sorry but I dont find anything
moral about taking money that I didn't work for from other people and giving it to dead beats who choose not to work. Socialism breeds lazyness and keeps adults on a permanent infantile state. Turns countries into nanny states. Screw that. All in the name of "fairness". Yea real fair, the harder some one works the more of his money gets stolen by the government. Okaaaaaay!

jmo_INDY_Repub
jmo_INDY_Repub
12 years ago

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Jawknee
Jawknee
12 years ago

Hey man I love our country too but you need tone it down. Your making us look bad.

jmo_INDY_Repub
jmo_INDY_Repub
12 years ago

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Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
12 years ago

this alone deserves punishment

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