Yo-Kai Watch 2 and Pokémon Make Up Nearly Half of Japan’s Holiday Game Sales

Japanese gamers can’t resist catching ’em all.

By Robin Wilde. Posted 01/20/2015 17:30 Comment on this     ShareThis

Video game sales in 2014’s holiday period were nearly identical to 2013’s in Japan, with an increase in sales of just 0.36 percent. Overall, 10 million games were sold– but the big success story was the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo’s handheld system’s two biggest sellers, Yokai Watch 2 and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, moved just under five million units, accounting for roughly 45 percent of games sold in the Christmas period. Nintendo performed relatively well in hardware sales as well– Wii U was the only system to increase sales on the previous year, although 3DS did drop back slightly, with its games going more to existing owners than new buyers.

However, PlayStation software dropped through the floor compared to 2013, selling just two-fifths of the games the company managed the previous year. Part of this may be down to the lack of a new console launch, as the PS4 came out shortly before Christmas 2013.

Source: Siliconera

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