Top 20 Best Selling PS4 Games in First Two Years of Console’s Lifetime in Japan Listed by Famitsu

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.

  1. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 425,971
  2. Knack – 400,888
  3. Dragon Quest Heroes – 327,019
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops III – 310,238
  5. Bloodborne – 209,985
  6. Fallout 4 – 206,712
  7. Grand Theft Auto V – 196,795
  8. Star Wars: Battlefront – 187,434
  9. Dragon Quest Builders – 170,168
  10. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – 155,598
  11. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – 149,337
  12. Yakuza 0 – 146,510
  13. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – 140,048
  14. Yakuza Ishin! – 134,010
  15. Yakuza Kiwami – 131,205
  16. Destiny – 125,900
  17. Battlefield 4 – 113,928
  18. Battlefield Hardline – 113,061
  19. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – 102,716
  20. 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.

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  • Sunny11

    Knack was bundled with the PS4 for quite a while around launch in japan as far as i remember
    DQ series doing very well there not surprised
    Yakuza games also doing great
    Lastly…..”Battlefield 5 – 113,928″ You mean BF4? Lol

    • Tmfwang

      Ever heard of Hardline?

      • Young Franky

        Yea, worst Battlfield erver no ones interested.

      • Sunny11

        There’s already BF Hard-line in the list..also its not BF5 its a spinoff

  • Sunny11

    Now we wait for the big bombs for Japan:
    Persona 5
    Each has huge followings over there too

  • Somerandomperson

    Not a single game selling above a million, not even half a million.
    Even WiiU has several million+ sales in their titles.

    • Sunny11

      That’s because there’s not much to buy on Wii U except the few First Party titles which people buy the Wii U for anyway not for third party, while other platforms much more games to buy and sales more spread out.

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      More games = more diluted sales.

    • Chenard Haywood

      Not sure but I think this list is for Japan only. The world should have a lot more sell I would think

    • Netronader

      Japans only a small country and these are all western games. Even then those are impressive numbers for games that arent aimed primarily at the Japanese market.

    • Ruggarell

      The only games that sell good on Wii U are from Nintendo.

  • Ronald Berk

    Western games ate starting to sell decently in Japan, who would have guessed that

    • Netronader

      Im guessing its the drought on the big Japanese titles this year no persona or major final fantasy release.

  • Now I understand why Knack 2 is being made

    • miyamoto

      ooh yeah

    • oooole

      Those numbers are due to no other PS4 bundle at the time.

    • garf02

      u dont
      knack only reason to have sales number is cause it was a mandatory bundled on a PS4 bundle that was the only PS4 you could find for months.
      this is as saying wiiSports deserve a sequel

  • JP

    I thought they go crazy for their JRPG’s?

    • James

      Most companies haven’t been able to let go of PS3 in Japan. Sales are split between the consoles.

    • C4

      I don’t think some games like Tales of Zestiria released on PS4 in Japan and many other games are released for either Vita, PS3 or both as well. God Eater sold like 2 – 5 times more on Vita then on PS4. Even Dragon Quest Heroes which is on the list sold a lot of copies for PS3.

  • Rob

    I’m more of a MC believer than Famitsu. Good numbers for what it is.

    DQB is going to be Top 5. I believe in its legs.

  • Sadaharu

    So glad all three Yakuzas for PS4 are in, I had a wonderful time with each of them.

  • MaxKill

    So,Bloodborne just 209,985……

    • TheLastVillain

      Japan only

  • Nitre
  • Ruggarell

    The Vita and 3DS suck up all the software sales in Japan and hogs them. I enjoy handhelds but I would prefer home consoles anyday. I’m just glad that many Japanese publishers still even make games on home consoles. The day they disappear is probably the day I’ll cut down my gaming interest.

  • Mohammed Allha

    SO 5 is going to gave us a glimpse of how the ps4 will do this year in japan

  • How the heck is Knack # 2?!

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      Someone did not read the whole article 😛

      • True, I stopped after the list. Just read it now, the bundle makes sense…

  • Pain Sama

    wow… Knack number 2 !!!! really impressed :’)

  • RealityCheck2016

    Knack is the New FIFA 😀 I remembered Knack was bundled with every PS4 in Japan so I didn’t say ‘WTF!’ when I saw that List.

  • Hearthwing


  • Am I the only one who noticed the 2013 date? Is 22nd february 2014…

  • Nitre

    whoever made this is a genius but i would like to know where this is from..i mean the original.