Sega becomes top-earning publisher for June in Japan

Publisher gets 20.9 percent revenue share thanks to Ryu Ga Gotoku: Of the End's release and high retail pricing.

While Sega may be inconsistent in terms of software quality as of late, its recent publisher revenue share numbers may prove that business is looking up for the company. The company that spawned the franchises Sonic and Virtua Fighter was recently declared June's top-earning publisher, accounting for 20.9 percent of publisher revenue.

Each copy of the action-adventure zombie-killing title cost Japan gamers $97.

According to the reports on Famitsu.com, the primary reason was that the latest in the Ryu Ga Gotoku/Yakuza series, the zombie-themed Ryu Ga Gotoku: Of the End, sold 376,000 units and cost 7,680 yen per copy ($97).

Other top earners on the list include Nintendo, which was at second place with 14.8 percent. 3DS, DS, and Wii titles are generally priced lower than games on other platforms in Japan, with the 3DS version of Ocarina of Time costing 4,800 yen ($61).

The top 10 list that covers the period of May 30 through June 26 is below. The last six companies share 41.1 percent of the pie chart on Famitsu.com:

1. Sega - 20.9
2. Nintendo - 14.8
3. Level-5 - 9.1
4. Namco Bandai Games - 8.6
5. Gust - 5.5
6. Capcom
7. Konami
8. Kadokawa Shoten
9. 5pb.
10. Tecmo Koei

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38 comments
covenan
covenan

okay SEGA, Top chart Big money rollin, now bring SEGA DREAMCAST 2!!!! with Shenmue 3, Virtua Fighter 6 & Sonic Adventure 3, You got best launch titles evaa!!!

tachsniper
tachsniper

Only took 20 years but SEGA won! woooooooo

buft
buft

how does $97 compare against a regularly priced game, i cant make up my mind until i know how much extra that cost and what caused the price to be so high?

dipsetboy17
dipsetboy17

dat zombie yakuza game is good that's why.

X_Colbert_X
X_Colbert_X

Sega has always been one of the few bright spots in the murky depths of massive game publishers. Way to go guys! After the Dreamcast, you deserve all the love in the world

elbert_b_23
elbert_b_23

heres hoping Ryu Ga Gotoku: Of the End come to the west now

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

Wow Sega, your really giving it your all huh? I hope for the best, your were always and always will be my favorite company. :)

mtait01
mtait01

its always nice to see a sales list with no Black Ops on the top :)

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Nice, how about using some of those funds to bring Yakuza Kenzan to the US? Please?

syam32245340
syam32245340

hope there will be yakuza zombies in english

theJBlounge
theJBlounge

Man the U.S. dollar's really become worthless when 4,800 yen is $61. The other point I had is how Sony really has targeted European/American gamers with Infamous, Heavy Rain, Killzone, Resistance, Uncharted. It's really the 3rd parties doing the work on the PS3.

GAMERALL
GAMERALL

Sega is the weirdest Japanese company IMO. They have a strange tendency to score top spots in both he best and worst games of year awards! If they can just deliver a super game instead of every 3 sup-bar games they make, they'll make the comeback every Dreamcast fan is waiting for.

majin_lebeau
majin_lebeau

woot, let the sega comeback begin, I will save my money for the dreamcast 2

mrhagane
mrhagane

Okay, now, Valkyrie Chronicles on ps3 please?

Raxyman
Raxyman

Yakuza zombies. That was one i'd play any day over Dead Rising. Too bad there isn't in english... Anyway, good for SEGA, their latest games were good. Resonance of Fate, Vanquish, Sonic Colors, all awesome. Keep investing on Tri-ace BTW

Evz0rz
Evz0rz

I remember about a week ago someone in SW was saying Sega has sonic and ONLY sonic :lol:

mrhagane
mrhagane

wow, sega? seriously? haha Square Shame on you, look at top 10 japan best game company, square need make more better game rather than focused on FF.

fattass21
fattass21

yay, still love sega after all these years

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

I'll have to check out that game!

robfield
robfield

Does this say more about Sega or about the other companies? It certainly says something about SquareEnix

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

im happy for sega , now release alex kidd 3D please sega :D

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

SEGA please release the arcade version of Altered Beast on PSN!

method115
method115

Sega where is Shemnue stop jerking me around.... I kid but seriously give me Shemnue 3

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Good for SEGA. I'd love to see them finally break into the hardware market again eventually, but this is as good as anything. Now if only we could get Valkryia Chronicles 3 on the PS3. (Though I will settle for localised PSP releases).

BigRigs93
BigRigs93

Id like to see Sega top the UK or USA market but well done Sega

Cloud-Zehro
Cloud-Zehro

@OJdaLIONKing SE has been progressively losing it's foot hold on everything, they're making CGI movies now instead of games, do you know how many cut scenes we had to sit through in the past couple of FF games? Too many.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

It says something that publishers like Kadokawa Shoten (who as far as I know only produce low budget anime spinoffs for PSP and the like) and 5pb (which I've never heard of) are on this list but Square Enix isn't. I know it's the summer doldrums, but that just shows that SE needs to focus on releases throughout the year.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Always interesting to see news like this - go Sega :roll:

DLobotomist
DLobotomist

a big name thats missing is Square Enix..... they need to get back into the game...

tachsniper
tachsniper

ok something is fundamentally wrong with the japanese industry if SEGA is kicking this much ass... then again SEGA has had some good titles lately... bayonetta and Yakuza and Vanquish.

Everiez
Everiez

Yeah, go for it Sega. Make more Yakuza (Ryu ga Gotoku) games. An incredible series with a lot of content unlike many games todays. If you've a PS3 but don't own Yakuza games then you're doing it wrong.

raptures330
raptures330

Game prices in Europe: 60-65 euro: $84-$91 (60% of games at launch) 70 euro: $98 (30% games like FIFA and such usually sit around here at launch) 80 euro: $112 (not limited editions... like Dead Rising 2) Not too worried about 1 game costing them $97... its Yakuza. People in the States have it cheap. Don't they, Japan? Go Sega. Tore up all competition in June.