Pokemon X and Y And GTA 5 Overwhelm Japan Sales Week After Debut, Along With Monster Hunter 4

GTA demonstrates a popularity atypical of Western games in the country.

by on 23rd Oct, 2013

Grand Theft Auto 5 trumps expectations and performs very well in Japan, as reflected in this week’s Media Create charts. This is in spite of the continued dominance of Pokemon X and Y and Monster Hunter 4. More units were sold of these top three than the total of the other titles in the top 20.

Pokemon X and Y sales have calmed down after the initial storm, this week selling 473,151 units, while Monster Hunter sells another 104,394 units. This also means Pokemon hasn’t caught up to MonHun’s lifetime sales yet, but they are very close, with Pokemon and 2,339,721 units, and MonHun at 2,757,217 units.

The big story here, however, is the continued positive reception for Grand Theft Auto 5. If the press had to question why GTA wasn’t popular in the country in 2008, that is no longer the case as last week’s debut was the biggest the franchise had in Japan. This week, the Playstation 3 version sold another 88,219 units, placing lifetime sales at 448,334 units.

Japan is still  hesitant to embrace Western games, so for a title to manage to cling to the Top 3 like Grand Theft Auto is also an achievement in itself. In fact, this week saw the debut of FIFA 14 and Beyond Two Souls. While PS3 FIFA sold 26,170 units, Beyond Two Souls managed to sell 22,481 units. They take spots in the Top 10 at 6 and 7, respectively, but truthfully, those are only average numbers, demonstrating Japan’s continued hesitation at getting Western games.

On the hardware end, 3DS sells another 154,578 units, and Vita follows with sales of 25, 763 units. Both experience dips from last week, perhaps reflecting a brief respite before the huge holiday blowout that is sure to come.

Source: NeoGAF

Media Create Sales: Week 42, 2013 (Oct 14 - Oct 20) 
 
01./01. [3DS] Pokemon X / Y # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2013.10.12} (¥4.800) - 473.151 / 2.339.721 
02./03. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 # <ACT> (Capcom) {2013.09.14} (¥5.990) - 104.394 / 2.757.217 
03./02. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V <ACT> (Take-Two Interactive Japan) {2013.10.10} (¥7.770) - 88.219 / 448.334 
04./00. [3DS] Sentouchuu: Densetsu no Shinobi no Survival Battle! <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.10.17} (¥4.980) - 44.565 / NEW 
05./00. [PS3] Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers # <ACT> (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.10.17} (¥7.480) - 29.314 / NEW 
06./00. [PS3] FIFA 14 # <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2013.10.17} (¥7.665) - 26.170 / NEW 
07./00. [PS3] Beyond: Two Souls <ADV> (Sony Computer Entertainment) {2013.10.17} (¥5.980) - 22.481 / NEW 
08./06. [PS3] Soccer Tsuku: Pro Soccer Club! <SLG> (Sega) {2013.10.10} (¥8.379) - 11.819 / 85.515 
09./04. [PS3] Tales of Symphonia Chronicles <RPG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.10.10} (¥6.980) - 11.221 / 88.450 
10./05. [PSV] Dangan-Ronpa 1-2: Reload <ADV> (Spike Chunsoft) {2013.10.10} (¥5.229) - 9.532 / 85.704 
11./11. [3DS] Friend Collection: New Life # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2013.04.18} (¥4.800) - 7.928 / 1.474.096 
12./00. [PSP] J-League Pro Soccer Club! 8: Euro + <SPT> (Sega) {2013.10.17} (¥5.229) - 7.024 / NEW 
13./13. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2012.11.08} (¥4.800) - 6.937 / 3.445.311 
14./07. [PS3] Fairy Fencer F # <RPG> (Compile Heart) {2013.10.10} (¥7.329) - 6.167 / 46.833 
15./08. [PSV] Soccer Tsuku: Pro Soccer Club! <SLG> (Sega) {2013.10.10} (¥7.329) - 5.879 / 39.778 
16./10. [PS3] Warriors Orochi 3: Ultimate # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2013.09.26} (¥6.615) - 5.600 / 121.655 
17./17. [3DS] Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life # <ETC> (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.08.01} (¥5.480) - 5.451 / 296.178 
18./16. [3DS] Youkai Watch <RPG> (Level 5) {2013.07.11} (¥4.800) - 4.552 / 204.892
19./19. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Dream Team # <RPG> (Nintendo) {2013.07.18} (¥4.800) - 4.020 / 332.884 
20./22. [3DS] Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon <ACT> (Nintendo) {2013.03.20} (¥4.800) - 3.896 / 918.767 
 
Hardware
 
3DS        154.578 
Vita            25.763
PS3          11.643
PSP              3.651 
Wii U            2.999 
Wii                    806 
Xbox 360          539 
 
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