According to the latest data from Famitsu, the gaming market in Japan has been rather stagnant for the first half of 2014. Whereas console sales were up 6.4% compared to the same period last year, software was down 3.8% leaving the total gaming market in Japan up 0.1% year-over-year. 3DS is easily the best selling console of the year so far, with the Vita in a distant second place. On the console end, the PS4 and PS3 have both outsold the Wii U for the first half of 2014, bumping the console down to fifth place.

Here is the top selling hardware for the first-half of 2014.

  1. 3DS – 1,079,166 units
  2. PS Vita – 639,730 units
  3. PS4 – 613,785 units
  4. PS3 – 300,386 units
  5. Wii U – 291,605 units
  6. PSP – 80,251 units
  7. Xbox 360 – 6,421 units
  8. Wii – 6,194 units

The top ten selling pieces of software were also released; Nintendo games took seven out of the top ten spots.

  1. 1. Yokai Watch (3DS): 849,027 (1,135,480 units total)
  2. Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru to Ruka no Fushigi na Fushigi na Kagi (3DS): 739,032 (739,032 units total)
  3. Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS) 633,695 (633,695 units total)
  4. Mario Kart 8 (Wii U): 512,467 (512,467 units total)
  5. Pocket Monsters X/Y (3DS): 416,864 (4,393,693 units total)
  6. Puzzle and Dragons (3DS): 411,992 (1,417,689 units total)
  7. Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS): 404,666 (404,666 units total)
  8. Knack (PS4): 398,685 (398,685 units total)
  9. Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS Full Boost (PS3) 367,354 (367,354 units total)
  10. Dark Souls II (PS3) 335,226 (335,226 units total)

Seems like both Nintendo hardware and software is selling well in Japan. As always, make sure to check back every Wednesday for updated weekly sales in Japan

Written by Eli Pales

Elia Pales owns pretty much every single product Nintendo puts out, and due to his impulsive tendencies, he also tends to purchase every gaming product put out in general. When not gaming, he’s probably running cross country or writing. He makes sure to take regular gaming breaks, though.

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