Forza Horizon 2 Holds Up Xbox One’s Honor in Japan by Making the Top 50 This Week

on October 10, 2014 6:06 PM

Media Create published today the full top 50 chart for the week between September 29th and October 5th, allowing us to finally see the full picture of the Japanese market.

  1. Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS – 3DS – 105,619
  2. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX – PS3 – 84,935
  3. Youkai Watch 2 – 3DS – 62,887
  4. Forbidden Magna – 3DS – 23,250
  5. Danganronpa: Another Episode – PS Vita – 15,334
  6. The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II – PS Vita – 11,600
  7. The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II – PS3 – 9,645
  8. Omega Quintet – PS4 – 9,365
  9. Ar Nosurge Plus: Ode to an Unborn Star – PS vita – 9,240
  10. Destiny – PS3 – 7,317
  11. Fatal Frame – Wii U – 7,105
  12. Ciel Nosurge Offline – PS Vita – 7,078
  13. Nazotoki Battle Tore! Densetsu no Makyuu o Fukkatsu Saseyo! – 3DS – 6,739
  14. Haikyu!! Tsunage! Itadaki no Keshiki!! – 3DS – 4,777
  15. Dragon Quest X – 3DS – 4,696
  16. Mario Kart 8 – Wii U – 4,517
  17. F1 2014 – PS3 – 4,366
  18. Dungeon Travelers 2 – PS Vita – 3,843
  19. Destiny – PS4 – 3,442
  20. Bayonetta 2 – Wii U – 3,398
  21. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution – PS3
  22. Youkai Watch – 3DS
  23. Yoshi’s New Island – 3DS
  24. Tokiden Kiwami – PS Vita
  25. Forza Horizon 2 – Xbox One
  26. Grand Theft Auto V – PS3
  27. Taiko no Tatsujin Don to Katsu no Jikū Dai Boken – 3DS
  28. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 3DS
  29. Nekketsu Ino Bukatsu Tan Trigger Kiss – PS Vita
  30. Samurai Warriors 4 – PS4
  31. Drago Ball heroes Ultimate Mission 2 – 3DS
  32. Pokemon X/Y – 3DS
  33. Mario Kart 7 – 3DS
  34. Super Smash Bros. Brawl – Wii
  35. Duablo III Reaper of Souls – PS3
  36. Monster Hunter 4 – 3DS
  37. Call of Duty Black Ops II – PS3
  38. Danganronpa 1+2 Reload
  39. Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode Yokubari Sengen! -3DS
  40. Hyrule Warriors – Wii U
  41. Pokémon Art Academy – 3DS
  42. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax – PS3
  43. Kirby Triple Deluxe – 3DS
  44. The Guided Fate: Cross Thesis Awakening – PS3
  45. Mario Party Island Tour – 3DS
  46. Bakumatsu Rock Ultra Soul – PS Vita
  47. Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment – PS Vita
  48. The Last of Us Remastered – PS4
  49. Kin’iro no Korda 3 Another Sky Feat. Ten’on Gakuen – PSP
  50. Tomodachi Collection New Life – 3DS

We saw earlier this week that Forza Horizon 2 didn’t manage to make the top 20 (which is normally released on Wednesday), but it did manage to push into the top 50, and it’s the only Xbox One game to do so, holding up by itself Microsoft’s console’s honor in the archipelago of the rising sun.

Unfortunately the game didn’t manage to move many units of the console itself, which barely inched over four digit sales, with 1,062 consoles that found a new and loving home, but still pulling out a narrow victory on the PlayStation TV, which is about to launch in the west.

Unfortunately precise sales numbers aren’t provided for games under the top 20, but we do know that Forza Horizon 2 sold under Bayonetta 2‘s 3,398 copies. While Japanese gamers are serious petrolheads, and have demonstrated to appreciate the Forza franchise in the past, gone are the times in which Forza Motorsport 4 launched with 24,854 units sold. Considering the small installed base of the console even making the top half of the top 50 is an achievement.

Hopefully word of mouth will help the game sell more in the next few weeks, as it’s definitely worth the purchase. Next week we’ll see how Driveclub held up, especially in light of the connectivity issues that were already in full swing when the title launched in Japan.

As a funny side note, Media Create’s official charts abbreviate “Xbox One” with “XBOne.” I’m not making this up. That nickname stuck even in Japan.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.
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