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JAPAN: Wii pips PS3 in annual sales race

Having been neck and neck through much of the year in the Japanese video games market, hardware sales figures from Enterbrain suggest that Nintendo’s Wii managed to lurch ahead in the closing stages of 2009 to outsell Sony’s resurgent PS3. The Wii shifted 1,975,178 units throughout the year – a …

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JAPAN: Further year-on-year decline

Famitsu publisher Enterbrain has claimed that 2009 was yet again a year of decline for the video games industry in Japan with both hardware and software sales suffering year-on-year decreases. Kotaku reports that hardware sales for the year were down 13.6 per cent, with the total market slumping by 6.9 …

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JAPAN: MW2 breaks into Top Five

Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has followed the trend set by fellow Western epic Grand Theft Auto IV by breaking into the higher echelons of the Japanese software charts. The game, which is published in Japan by Square Enix, managed an impressive fourth place finish in the listings …

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JAPAN: PS3 passes 4m sales

Numbers from Enterbrain, the publisher of weekly games magazine Famitsu, show that Sony’s PS3 has now sold over 4m units in Japan. The same stats show that Nintendo’s Wii has now also passed the 9m total sales mark since its release in 2006. The PS3’s performance is all the more …

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Wada denies Japanese decline

The president of Square Enix – the increasingly Western-facing Japan-headquartered publishing empire – has refuted the widely held view that the Japanese game industry is in decline. Yoichi Wada is thought to be the first high-profile industry executive that’s publicly spoken in defence of the Japanese industry. If you look …

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JAPAN: 1m copies of FFXIII shipped

Western gamers still face a long wait for the release of Final Fantasy XIII, but the Japanese anticipation has reached fever-pitch ahead of the release of the PS3 version of the game this Thursday. Publisher Square Enix is well aware of the likely mania that will greet the game’s release …

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JAPAN: New Mario sells 422k

Nintendo may have weathered a mixed 2009 – particularly in Japan – but new sales numbers from Japan suggest that its iconic mascot Mario remains as popular today as he ever was. According to Andriasang, upon its release last week New Super Mario Bros Wii shifted an impressive 422,000 units …

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Moore praises FIFA triumph in Japan

Western games may increasingly be making inroads into the Japanese market, but the struggle to penetrate the notoriously inwards-looking region remains – so FIFA 10’s appearance in the Japanese Top Ten recently is certainly something to shout about. One of the frustrations of being an American company attempting to do …

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Square Enix axing Japanese staff?

In what is fast appearing as the game industry’s largest ever mass-migration from East to West, mega-publisher Square Enix is rumoured to be reducing as many as 300 staff from its native base in Japan. The rumours, first reported by Kotaku, come as Square Enix continues to pour its sizable …

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Yakuza to lead PSN import area?

Alongside the numerous other revelations that have come to light thanks to a leaked publisher document this morning, it has also emerged that Sony is considering introducing an import games area of PSN. And furthering reports of a Western release for Yakuza 3 over the last few days, it seems …

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