Metal Gear Solid V for PS4 Dominates Major Japanese Retailer’s Sales Chart, Leaves PS3 Version Behind

on September 6, 2015 9:46 PM

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.

  1. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Limited Edition – PS4
  2. Dragon Quest VIII – 3DS
  3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Standard Edition – PS4
  4. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Limited Edition – PS3
  5. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Standard Edition – PS3
  6. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer  – 3DS
  7. Yo-Kai Watch Busters: White Dog Squad – 3DS
  8. Splatoon – Wii U
  9. Yo-Kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Team – 3DS
  10. Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer with NFC Reader – 3DS
  11. Minecraft – PS Vita Edition – PS Vita
  12. Rhythm Tengoku The Best + – 3DS
  13. Famicom Remix Best Choice – 3DS
  14. Super Robot Wars BX – 3DS
  15. Infinite Stratos 2 – PS Vita
  16. Dragon’s Dogma Online – PS4
  17. Until Dawn – PS4
  18. Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin – 3DS
  19. Monster Hunter 4G – 3DS
  20. 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.

 /  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.