Japanese gamers spent $2.9 billion on boxed video games and consoles in 2022


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Simply shut of $3 billion was spent on bodily video games merchandise in Japan final 12 months.

That is in accordance with Famitsu’s annual report, which revealed that whole gross sales on boxed video games and {hardware} amounted to ¥374.8 billion ($2.9 billion) from December 27, 2021 to December 25, 2022.

It marks a 4% improve on the ¥361.4 billion ($2.8 billion) spent at Japanese retail in 2021.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet had been the best-selling video games of the 12 months. Counted as a single title, the pair shifted a mixed 4 million between their November 18 launch and December 25.

Splatoon 3 got here in second place with 3.7 million boxed copies shifted because it debuted in September.

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Pokémon benefitted from a surge of gross sales in December. Once we reported Japan’s best-selling video games of the 12 months as much as December 4 in our annual Yr In Numbers infographic, Splatoon was forward of Violet and Scarlet.

This morning we reported Pokémon Violet was the 14th greatest promoting sport in Europe final 12 months, with Scarlet at No.16. Coincidentally, Violet additionally took No.14 within the UK 2022 charts, with Scarlet at No.17.

Had both chart mixed the pair, as Famitsu does, they’d have appeared larger.

Unsurprisingly, Nintendo Change was the best-selling {hardware} of the 12 months in Japan, shifting 4.8 million items. To date, it has bought 27.7 million items in its house market since launching in March 2017.

Even much less surprisingly, 9 out of the highest ten video games of the 12 months had been for Change – with seven printed by Nintendo (Pokémon Scarlet & Violet and Pokémon Legends: Arceus are printed by The Pokémon Firm in Japan).

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The one exception was Elden Ring, with the PS4 model coming in tenth place.

PlayStation 5 was the second greatest promoting console with 1.2 million items bought, pushing lifetime gross sales to 2.4 million.

Xbox Collection X|S had a strong 12 months, shifting 269,737 items in 2022. On condition that its lifetime gross sales are actually 398,395, this implies Microsoft’s console bought greater than double the quantity it managed in its first 12 months.

Under are the highest ten best-selling boxed video games together with their gross sales totals for December 27, 2021 to December 25, 2022, courtesy of Famitsu:

  • Pokémon Scarlet & Violet (Change, The Pokémon Firm) – 4.3 million
  • Splatoon 3 (Change, Nintendo) – 3.7 million
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Change, The Pokémon Firm) – 2.3 million
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Change, Nintendo) – 966,047
  • Nintendo Change Sports activities (Change, Nintendo) – 887,772
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Change, Nintendo) – 742,018
  • Minecraft (Change, Nintendo) – 548,415
  • Mario Social gathering Superstars (Change, Nintendo) – 485,594
  • Tremendous Smash Bros Final (Change, Nintendo) – 441,053
  • Elden Ring (PS4, Bandai Namco) – 356,711
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For extra 2022 gross sales information, make sure to learn our annual stories on sport gross sales in Europe and the UK, in addition to our Yr In Numbers infographic.

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