Like every Wednesday Media Create published the latest software and hardware sales charts for Japan, and this week they’re quite interesting in many ways.
First of all, let’s take a look at the software chart for the week between October the 7th and October the 13th (new titles are bolded, while lifetime sales are in parenthesis):
And here are the hardware charts:
Of course Pokemon X and Y dominated the charts like no tomorrow, showing incredibly high debut sales, beating the first week of Monster Hunter 4 by about 150,000 copies. Of course the influence of the two twin games drove sales of the 3DS as well, much to Nintendo’s delight (while unfortunately the Wii U keeps dropping, with no games left on the top 20). Bet you didn’t expect that, did you?
More interesting is the exceptional performance of Grand Theft Auto V, that once more breaks the “Japanse don’t like western games” stereotype with fantastic first week sales. Even the Xbox 360 version of the game managed to move a sizable amount of units, which demonstrates the local momentum of the franchise. Just south of 387,000 copies sold in a week would be definitely impressive even for a Japanese game, and if it wasn’t for the launch on the same week as Pokémon, GTA5 would have surely topped the charts on its debut.
We also get to see the initial performance of the new PCH-2000 PS Vita, that has been made lighter and slimmer to better match the taste of Japanese gamers. From what we can see the tactic definitely worked, as the console sold a very flattering 60,000 units in its debut week. We’ll have to see how that boost will hold to the test of the next few weeks, but the start is very promising.