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Japanese console game market at lowest point in 24 years

The Japanese console games market in 2014 had its worst performance for 24 years.

As translated by NeoGaf, 2014’s ¥368.55bn total was the sector’s lowest total for nearly a quarter of a century. As recently as 2007 the region’s console games market was worth ¥688bn.

The total Japanese video games market declined by nearly ten per cent in 2014, Famitsu data has revealed.

The 2014 market value was down from 2013’s ¥408.97bn. Hardware fell 8.5 per cent to ¥142.15bn and software declined by 10.7 per cent to ¥226.4bn.

Nintendo 3DS was by far and away the best selling console, with combined sales of its assorted models reaching 3,153,045 units. PlayStation Vita was the second best with sales, when combined with Vita TV, of 1,147,936.

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