The early signals for the performance of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in Hideo Kojima’s Japanese home turf have been positive, but today we get the first chart, showing that those signals are indeed part of something bigger.
The major Japanese retailer Tsutaya is the first to release its sales chart each week, and today was no exception, with Hideo Kojima’s latest labor of love utterly dominating the chart in both its current and old generation PlayStation incarnations, grabbing four of the first five spots. Here’s the full chart.
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Limited Edition – PS4
- Dragon Quest VIII – 3DS
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Standard Edition – PS4
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Limited Edition – PS3
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Standard Edition – PS3
- Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – 3DS
- Yo-Kai Watch Busters: White Dog Squad – 3DS
- Splatoon – Wii U
- Yo-Kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team – 3DS
- Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer with NFC Reader – 3DS
- Minecraft – PS Vita Edition – PS Vita
- Rhythm Tengoku The Best + – 3DS
- Famicom Remix Best Choice – 3DS
- Super Robot Wars BX – 3DS
- Infinite Stratos 2 – PS Vita
- Dragon’s Dogma Online – PS4
- Until Dawn – PS4
- Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin – 3DS
- Monster Hunter 4G – 3DS
- Taiko Drum Master V Version – PS Vita
It’s interesting to see that the PS4 version of The Phantom Pain outsold the PS3 version. This shows a radical change from the debut of Ground Zeroes in 2014. The prequel sold about 25% more on PS3 than on PS4 in its Japanese debut week. Looks like the new generation has finally found a foothold in the archipelago of the rising sun.
Predictably, the Xbox One version of the game did not make the top 20 chart, but it still debuted at the top of its specific platform chart, with the limited edition placing first and the standard edition second.
We’ll have to wait for Wednesday to get precise numbers for Japan as a whole, as Tsutaya’s charts represent performance only at the retailer’s stores, but given the number and popularity of its locations across Japan, this result is definitely promising.