Monster Hunter Dominates Japan for the Fourth Week in a Row According to Major Retailer’s Sales Chart

on October 6, 2013 10:54 PM

Like every Monday major Japanese retailer Tsutaya released its weekly sales charts, that are considered a good indicator of the performance of games in the archipelago of the rising sun, given that Tsutaya has a very large number of shops spread across the country.

I bet you’ll never guess what game was on top last week…or maybe you will. Check out the chart just below.

  1. Monster Hunter 4 – 3Ds
  2. Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate – PS3
  3. Armored Core: Verdict Day – PS3
  4. The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki – PS3
  5. The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki – PS Vita
  6. Musou Orochi 2 Ultimate – PS Vita
  7. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – PS3
  8. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – Wii U
  9. Youkai Watch – 3DS
  10. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 3DS
  11. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 3DS
  12. Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 3DS
  13. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – 3DS
  14. Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion – 3DS
  15. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle – PS3
  16. Sangokushi 12 With Power-up Kit – PS3
  17. SPEC:Hi – 3DS
  18. Battle Princess of Arcadias – PS3
  19. Gods Eater Burst – PSP
  20. Mario Kart 7 – 3DS

With almost no new releases, Monster Hunter 4 holds its place at the top of the charts with no sweat, while the rest of the top six sees almost no variation besides the PS3 and PS Vita versions of The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki trading places. Falcom’s new JRPG is holding strong near the top, which is a testament to the popularity of the Legend of Heroes franchise in Japan.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD also shows some staying power, but it’s pushed down one place by Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, that continues to gain users due to positive word of mouth and reviews.

In the middle of the charts we find the usual bunch of 3DS regulars that nothing seems to sink off the top twenty, while at the bottom a stray Gods Eater Burst makes its appearance, probably due to the fact that many Japanese gamers are scrambling to play it before the release of God Eater 2 this November. Wise choice there…

It’ll be interesting to see just how much Namco Bandai’s gauntlet of challenge to Monster Hunter will sell in little more than a month.

 /  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.