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Visualizing the Evolving Popularity of Game Genres in Japan (UPDATE: new threadmark showing the RPG boom in the 1980s)

PillFencer

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Data compiled from Chris' Famitsu / Media Create data base and archived threads;
For a better depiction of the sales trends and dynamics between genres, the main graphs in this thread represent each genre's software sales in proportion to all software sales [in the same period]. I've still made graphs based on absolute units for reference which you can view by clicking the spoiler tag at the bottom of this post.

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<ACT>
examples: Monster Hunter 4, Splatoon, Super Mario Odyssey., Call of Duty: Black Ops, Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun!, Devil May Cry 4
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<RPG>
examples: Pokémon Black 2, Tales of Arise, Skyrim, Dragon Quest IX, Dark Souls III
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<ADV>
examples: Minecraft, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Breath of the Wild, Metal Gear Solid 4, Resident Evil Village, Yakuza 2, Tsukihime
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<SPT>
examples: Wii Sports, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, FIFA 18
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<SLG>
examples: Fire Emblem Echoes, Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town, Cities: Skylines, Densha de Go!!
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<FTG>
examples: Super Smash Bros. Brawl, The King of Fighters XIII, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, ARMS
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<RCE>
examples: Gran Turismo 5, Mario Kart DS, Assetto Corsa
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<HOB>
examples: Fitness Boxing, Brain Age, Pokémon Art Academy
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<TBL>
examples: Momotaro Dentetsu, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Itadaki Street
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<EDU>
examples: Nintendo Labo, Weak English Adult DS Training
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<PZL>
examples: Puyo Puyo Tetris 2, Picross 3D, Human: Fall Flat
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<STG>
examples: Ace Combat 7, Star Fox 64 3D, Gradius V, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
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<ETC>
examples: Mario Party DS, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Dreams
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You can check any Media Create thread to find more examples of titles in each genre, for instance try using Ctrl F <ADV> on this thread.
 
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The boom of the RPG genre (1982-1992)

Celine

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Old article appeared in The Super Famicom magazine issue 22 which talks about the boom of the RPG genre in Japan, showing the annual number of RPG games released compared to the total number of titles (yellow-red: Famicom; green-dark green: PC Engine; blue light blue: Mega Drive; red-dark red: Super Famicom):
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(above are depicted significant RPG games: Zelda 1, Dragon Quest 1, Final Fantasy 1, Mother, Tengai Makyou, Shining inthe Darkness, Zelda 3, Final Fantasy IV, Drakkhen (?), Dungeon Master, Dragon Quest V)
 
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