Like every Monday the major Japanese retail and rental chain Tsutaya released its weekly sales charts, and at last we see some change in the archipelago of the rising sun, with Monster Hunter 4 finally dethroned after a full month of unchallenged domination.
Here is the chart for the week between October the 7th and October the 13th:
Pokémon X and Y dominated the week, and there’s nothing surprising there. What’s fairly surprising is the game in third place, Grand Theft Auto V, that managed to break in the heart of Japanese gamers despite being a western title. Even more surprising is the fact that its Xbox 360 version managed to grab a respectable 11th place. I honestly can’t remember when the last time was in which I saw an Xbox 360 game in any position in a Japanese weekly chart, and one that isn’t even exclusive at that. That’s something only GTA5 could achieve.
The sales of the PS3 version must have been rather sizable too. While Tsutaya does not provide precise numbers, it beat the soccer management game Sakatsuku, which is a very popular series in Japan. It also left behind Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, Monster Hunter 4 and Danganronpa (that just got an Anime series, so it must have sold very well).
I wuld not be surprised at all to see the Media Create software charts on Wednesday reveal that GTA5 sold well over 100,000 copies. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it pass the 200,000 mark, and in Japan that would be a true achievement.