Nintendo DS, Sony PS2 and Wii most played games machines in Japan


Do you have a home games machine? graph of japanese statisticsA few months ago I published a survey into home consoles that was rightly criticised for not having information on home much machines were actually played. Hopefully this recent survey from goo Research and reported on by into consumer games machines, their first in a regular series, will go some way to answering these complaints.


Between the 27th and 31st of August 2009 1,045 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.8% of the sample were male, 16.6% in their teens, 18.5% in their twenties, 21.4% in their thirties, 16.4% in their forties, and 27.2% aged fifty or older.

I have a Nintendo DS at home, but it’s the wife’s and it’s gathering dust. I’d take it to play on the train, but it’s pink… Perhaps I can find a suitably macho jacket for it that can hide the real colour?

In addition to the questions below, people were asked what game they had bought most recently. Top by a mile was Dragon Quest 9 for the DS, with many of the earlier games in the series also featuring. The games were equally popular with both male and female purchasers. Second was Monster Hunter 3 from the Wii, then Wii Sports.

Research results

Q1: Do you have a home games machine? (Sample size=1,045)

Yes (to SQs)62.6%
Used to have one, but not now10.7%

Q1SQ1: Which home games machines do you have? (Sample size=654, multiple answer)

Nintendo DS family40061.2%
PlayStation 239860.9%
PlayStation Portable19529.8%
Super Famicon (SNES)17827.2%
GameBoy Advance16124.6%
GameBoy (including Colour, Pocket, etc)14021.4%
Nintendo 6412819.6%
Nintendo GameCube10516.1%
FamiCon (NES)10215.6%
PlayStation 38112.4%
Sega Saturn385.8%
Wonder Swan213.2%
Xbox 360172.6%
PC Engine152.3%
NeoGeo Pocket20.3%

Q1SQ2: Which home games machines do you currently play on? (Sample size=654, multiple answer)

Nintendo DS family31548.2%
PlayStation 220531.3%
PlayStation Portable12719.4%
PlayStation 3568.6%
Nintendo 64172.6%
GameBoy Advance152.3%
Super Famicon (SNES)132.0%
Nintendo GameCube111.7%
FamiCon (NES)91.4%
Xbox 36081.2%
GameBoy (including Colour, Pocket, etc)50.8%
Sega Saturn40.6%
PC Engine10.2%
NeoGeo Pocket00.0%
Wonder Swan00.0%
Don’t currently play games9214.1%
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  1. September 15, 2009 @ 13:04

    I’m amazed at how low Xbox 360 is ranked.

    N64 has almost double the Xbox 360.

  2. September 16, 2009 @ 07:00

    just as i thought, nintendo is number 1 in japan

  3. mike said,
    September 17, 2009 @ 00:04

    I like the PSP.

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