Pokémon and Grand Theft Auto V Still Dominate Japan on Major Retailer’s Weekly Sales Charts

on October 21, 2013 2:12 PM

Like every Monday the major Japanese retail and rental chain Tsutaya released its weekly sales charts, that are usually considered a nice glimpse on what the Media Create charts will look like on Wednesday, since Tsutaya has a boatload of stores scattered across the whole country. This week’s chart kind of seems frozen in time, with last week’s releases still dominating and new ones like FIFA 14 and BEYOND: Two Souls failing to make a real dent.

Here is the chart for the week between October the 14th and October the 20th (new releases are bolded):

  1. Pokémon Y – 3DS
  2. Pokémon X – 3DS
  3. Grand Theft Auto V – PS3
  4. Monster Hunter 4 – 3DS
  5. Sentocho Densetsu No Shinobi to Survival Battle -3DS
  6. FIFA 14 – PS3
  7. Sakatsuku: Let’s make a Pro Soccer Club! – PS3
  8. Tales of Symphonia Chronicles – PS3
  9. BEYOND: Two Souls – PS3
  10. Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers – PS3
  11. Danganronpa 1-2 Reload – PS Vita
  12. Fairy Fencer F – PS3
  13. J LEAGUE Let’s make a Pro Soccer Club! 8 EURO PLUS – PSP
  14. Sakatsuku: Let’s make a Pro Soccer Club! – PS Vita
  15. Musou Orichi 2 Ultimate – PS3
  16. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – PS3
  17. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 3DS
  18. Armored Core: Verdict Day – PS3
  19. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 3DS
  20. Grand Theft Auto V – Xbox 360

The top three is basically unchanged from last week. The only difference is that Pokémon X and Pokémon Y traded places at the top. Grand Theft Auto V stands strong in it’s very solid third place after its amazing debut week in the country (The Xbox 360 version still remains in the top 20 by a hair). Monster Hunter 4 also regains the 4th position, showing that its momentum hasn’t ended yet.

FIFA 14 failed to make a big impact, despite the fact that the Japanese love their soccer. The same can be said about BEYOND: Two Souls, despite the fact that Sony advertised it quite heavily.

I’m actually quite curious to see precise sales figures for the second week of Grand Theft Auto V in the Media Create charts. It’s quite possible for the game to have reached half a million units sold in two weeks in the country, and that would be a big achievement, but we’ll have to wait for Wednesday to be sure.

 /  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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