In the first half of 2009, Konami sold the majority of their software on the Nintendo Wii, which accounted for 23% of their videogame console software sales.
In 2010, Wii software dropped drastically, and was replaced, instead, by the PlayStation 3, which accounts for 29% of Konami’s videogame console software sales this year.
If you compare the two charts, you’ll also notice that both Wii and DS software sales dropped from last year to this year, and both PS3 and PSP increased. We’ll get to what caused the increase in a second.
Next, a look at what genres of Konami’s games sell best. We’ve pointed this out before, but it’s still rather amusing that Metal Gear is its own genre, with no other individual mentions of other Konami franchises:
As you can see, Konami’s soccer games received a nice large bump this year as compared to the last. This can be attributed to the release of Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 in Europe, as well as follow-ups to Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 in the form of Pro Evo Soccer 2010 – Arcade Championship for arcades and Pro Evo Soccer 2010 – Aoki Samurai no Chousen.
Both the PlayStation 3 and PSP versions of Aoki Samurai no Chousen appeared on Japanese top-ten sales charts for several weeks and are likely part of the reason for the increase in PS3 and PSP software, alongside Pro Evo 2011.
Expect to see the soccer games category increase even further in favour of the PS3 by the end of the fiscal year, as Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 just released in Japan last week, with the PS3 version debuting with impressive sales.
Konami also released more games for the PlayStation formats this year compared to Wii and DS software, which is another contributing factor to the increased sales on those systems.