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Unit sales of handheld and home video game consoles in Japan as of October 2019

Cumulative unit sales of handheld and home video game consoles in Japan as of October 2019 (in millions)

by Statista Research Department, last edited Nov 27, 2019
Unit sales of handheld and home video game consoles in Japan as of October 2019 As of October 2019, the Nintendo Switch had sold approximately 9.2 million units in Japan. Launched in March 2017, it overtook Sony's PlayStation 4 in May 2019 in terms of cumulative unit sales. While the Nintendo Switch can be seen as a hybrid console that bridges the gap between stationary home consoles and handheld devices, its follow-up version, the Switch Lite, can only be used as a handheld device.
The Japanese console gaming market

The Japanese video game market is the third biggest gaming market in the world. While the smartphone has become the most popular gaming device in Japan today and continues to drive the economic growth of the gaming industry as a whole, the combined market of handheld and home consoles remains a large industry worth several hundred billion Japanese yen. Taken together, the most successful titles sell several million copies in the course of a single year. In 2017, the successful launch of the Nintendo Switch brought about the first growth of sales revenue for the industry after a longer period of declining revenue figures.

Leading companies

While the competition on the hardware market is more evenly distributed in other countries, Sony and Nintendo clearly outpace Microsoft on their home market. Next to two of the three major hardware manufacturers Japan is also home to some of the world’s leading gaming software companies, such as Bandai Namco, Square Enix, Konami, Capcom, and Sega. Their products, which include games series like “Final Fantasy” or “Street Fighter”, are not only well-received in Japan, but also have a broad audience internationally.
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Cumulative unit sales of handheld and home video game consoles in Japan as of October 2019 (in millions)

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