The Japanese gaming industry is seeing a ray of hope. The Land of the Rising Sun had its video games sector in a dim light for the past few years.
But now, according to a report by Enterbain, the country’s gaming sales have grown within the last 2 years. The first half of this year reported a 0.7% increase in revenue.
The total hardware and software revenue raked up 193.4 billion yen, while during the first half of last year they had earned 192 billion yen. The main contributors to this growth are Sony’s PS Vita and Nintendo’s 3DS.
Nintendo sold 2.2 million units of its 3DS, while PS Vita managed to move out 350,000 units. Below is the list containing the full hardware sales for the first half of 2012:
-Nintendo 3DS: 2,220,000 units year to date (lifetime total 6,000,000)
-PlayStation 3: 700,000 (8,100,000)
-PSP: (500,000) (18,700,000)
-PS Vita: (350,000) (750,000)
-Nintendo Wii: (265,000) (12,400,000)
-Xbox 360: 34,000 (total 1,500,000)
-Nintendo DS: 20,000 (total 32,800,000)
While consoles contributed to sales figures, some hit games also featured to bring in their share of revenue. The top five games that brought in yen for the first half of this year are:
-Pokemon Black & White 2: 1,600,000 units year to date
-One Piece Pirate Musou: 800,000
-Dragon Quest Monsters Terry’s Wonderland 3D: 750,000
-Mario Kart 7: 650,000 (total 1,750,000)
-Monster Hunter 3G: 650,000 (1,500,000)