Monster Hunter World Dominates PS4 Digital Sales in Japan, while Valkyria Chronicles Resurfaces
Sony Interactive Entertainment published its PSN rankings for last week, and Monster Hunter World is inevitably at the top.
Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan and Asia released the PS4 digital sales ranking on the Japanese PlayStation Store, and this week is Monster Hunter World‘s week.
You can check out the full top-20 ranking just below.
- Monster Hunter World
- Simple DL Series G4U Vol. 1 The Mahjong
- Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
- inFAMOUS: Second Son
- Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
- Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition
- The Last of Us Remastered
- Fallout 4
- Valkyria Chronicles Remastered
- Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Collection
- Hoshi no Kakera no Monogatari: Hitokakera-Ban
- Dissidia Final Fantasy NT
- Dishonored: The Complete Collection
- Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
- Dragon Quest II
- Earth Defense Force 5
- Call of Duty: WWII
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
You might notice the presence of some weird titles near the top of the rankings, and that’s because many were on sale with up to 84% discount. This makes Monster Hunter World’s top position even more impressive. The Japanese PSN is extremely sensitive to this kind of high impact sales, and quite often even popular new titles can’t beat them.
A few months ago, Dead Rising had a similar sale, and that kept it at the top for over a month, leaving behind much newer games. The fact that Monster Hunter World still managed to win the week means that its sales are probably disproportionately high compared to the usual new release.
This is even more interesting due to the fact that digital sales might help the game close the gap with the best selling titles of the franchise. Since Media Create considers only physical sales, digital sales could lead World to easily overtake the debut sales of Monster Hunter Generations for the 3DS. Monster Hunter 4 and Monster Hunter Portable 3rd are further ahead, but unfortunately, we’ll have to wait the End of February for Famitsu to publish the only specific digital sales data coming out of Japan.
Quite interestingly, Valkyria Chronicles Remastered resurfaces on the charts after Sega slashed its price to 2,149 yen in preparation for the March release of Valkyria Chronicles 4. Looks like a sizable number of Japanese gamers are catching up with the series while they wait for the new game. Nothing would make me happier to see it turn into a hit, finally persuading Sega of the relevance of the series.