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Japan's console game market is shrinking fast - report
Japan's console game market is shrinking fast - report
July 30, 2014 | By Mike Rose

July 30, 2014 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

According to a new report from the Japanese Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association, Japan's console game market shrunk by a fair margin during 2013, while the country's mobile games market expanded.

As reported by industry analyst Serkan Toto, the CESA Games White Paper notes that the console game market in Japan totalled $4 billion in 2013, down from $4.8 billion in 2012.

Both console hardware and software sales figures dropped by nearly half a billion dollars each. Overall the console games market in Japan dropped by around 16 percent during 2013.

Notably, the CESA says that 46.7 percent of total console sales during 2013 were Nintendo 3DS hardware and software, while the PlayStation 3 made up 21.8 percent of total sales.

And the CESA says that the mobile game market in Japan reached around $5.1 billion in sales during 2013, making it larger than the console game space for the first time.

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Bob Johnson
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as noted in the article, Japan's console market includes handhelds.

I'd say most of the drop off in this case (2013 vs 2012) is due to the end of the PS3 cycle and beginning of the PS4. And maybe some dropoff in the 3ds.

This year it sounds like the 3ds is tapering off quite a bit in Japan. I doubt the PS4 makes up for that although the PS4 is priced 2-3x higher than a 3ds.

SD Marlow
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I'd be interested to know the break-down on smartphone vs tablet usage for mobile games. Is there room for a "mid-core" gaming market or is the marketplace mostly one-handed arcade style diversions? I'd also suspect that female gamers rank higher than average compared to Western or European numbers.

James Yee
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I also wish I knew how much just the general economy in Japan is effecting those numbers. $ per person and all that as well.