Street Fighter 2 on SNES sold 10x more copies than Street Fighter 4 on consoles in Japan - statistics showing decline of Japan fighting game sales

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • October 9, 2013 at 3:08 p.m. PDT

A French site by the name of recently posted an article that exhibits sales numbers for console fighting games in Japan. Organized into several charts and graphs, we get a look out how each listed game sold, ranging from the Street Fighter 2 series on Super Nintendo, all the way through the Xbox 360 / PS3 generation, including mobile consoles.

Looking at the numbers, it is quite shocking to see that console fighting game sales have greatly dropped since the early Super Nintendo days.

According to the statistics, the very first iteration of Street Fighter 2 sold a whopping 2,880,00 copies, with the following two games in the series also selling in the millions. Jumping forward to 2009, Street Fighter 4 (Vanilla) only sold 210,641 copies on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 collectively.

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The charts do not only cover Street Fighter, however, and show stats for gaming companies such as Namco Bandai, SNK, Arc System Works, and more.

We also see that another vastly popular fighting game franchise has suffered a decline in sales. Back in 1996, Namco Bandai's Tekken 2 acquired a total of 1,087,668 sales on PS1, yet, in 2009, Tekken 6 sold 239,278, with it's predecessor in 2012, Tekken Tag 2, only netting 114,130 copies.

There are a ton of numbers to check out here, represented in bold on the far right of each image. Click each chart below to see all the numbers.

Note: The following statistics only represent game sales in Japan. Other regions are not featured here.

Street Fighter 2 on Super Nintendo

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PlayStation / Sega Saturn era

PlayStation 2 / Xbox / Gamecube era

PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360 / Wii era

Mobile console game sales

Source: Avoiding the Puddle.

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