Today’s issue of Weekly Famitsu had an article celebrating the first two years of sales of the PS4 in Japan, and listed the top 20 best selling games on the console in the local market to date, with detailed sales numbers for each.
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 425,971
- Knack – 400,888
- Dragon Quest Heroes – 327,019
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III – 310,238
- Bloodborne – 209,985
- Fallout 4 – 206,712
- Grand Theft Auto V – 196,795
- Star Wars: Battlefront – 187,434
- Dragon Quest Builders – 170,168
- Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – 155,598
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – 149,337
- Yakuza 0 – 146,510
- Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – 140,048
- Yakuza Ishin! – 134,010
- Yakuza Kiwami – 131,205
- Destiny – 125,900
- Battlefield 4 – 113,928
- Battlefield Hardline – 113,061
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – 102,716
- Watch_Dogs – 99,323
The numbers above are updated to February 7th. The magazine also gives a grand total of PS4 sales at 2,356,098 units on the same date. Incidentally, this does not include the last week’s numbers released today, which brought the console up to 2,381,113 units.
It’s worth mentioning that Famitsu jumped the gun a little, as the PS4 was released on February 22nd, 2013, which means that its first two years will end on Sunday. We’ll know the exact numbers for the console’s sales in the Japanese market at the two year milestone next Wednesday. It’s also interesting that competing research firm Media Create estimates local PS4 sales quite a bit higher, currently at 2,478,860, updated to today’s release.
Research differences aside, Famitsu also released a graph, giving us an idea of the PS4’s monthly sales trends compared to major events during its local lifetime.
From left to right, the events listed are the launch of the console, the release of the “Metal Slime” special edition, the month of March 2015 that saw basically every major spring release happening at the same time (Dragon Quest Heroes, Yakuza 9, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Bloodborne and more), the launch of Metal gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and the price cut last October.
Looking at software sales, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (a game by Hideo Kojima) reigns supreme, celebrating Hideo Kojima’s latest masterpiece.
Knack follows, and this could surprise some, but in Japan the game was bundled with every launch PS4 as a “make up” goodwill gesture for the delay compared to North America and Europe, so most of the local sales of the game are part of that bundle. It’s the only first party game alongside Bloodborne, that ranked 5th.
The Dragon Quest series has two major entries in the list, and there’s no doubt that Dragon Quest Builders will probably overtake Star Wars: Battlefront soon.
The list definitely includes a lot of western games, focusing around FPS, RPG and open world games, that seem to be quite popular nowadays among those Japanese gamers who have opened to the west.
Last, but definitely not least, the Yakuza (Ryu Ga Gotoku) series holds three spots in the chart, and it didn’t even get a mainline game on PS4 yet (unless you consider Zero a mainline entry, but it’s quite iffy, since it’s a prequel). This definitely bodes well for Yakuza 6, that will be released exclusively on Sony’s latest console this fall.