Monster Hunter World Sold 92% of the Initial Shipment in Japan; Media Create Expects Long-Term Sales

Monster Hunter World came very close to selling out in Japan during its debut week and should keep selling for a while.

on February 1, 2018 10:05 PM

Following the reveal of the top-twenty sales chart related to last week on Wednesday,  Media Create released today its weekly analysis, giving further information on the performance of Monster Hunter World in the country. The game was sold locally only for PS4, so the data listed below does not involve the Xbox One version.

We learn that the game sold 92.07% of the initial shipment, which means that it came very close to selling out. It also pushed total software sales so much that they were over three times higher compared to the prior week.

Compared to earlier chapters of the series, its 1,245,169 units sold in a week are about 1.5 times the debut of Monster Hunter XX for 3DS (848,000 units). If we look at the latest dedicated release on home consoles, which was Monster Hunter Tri on the Wii, World sold over twice as many copies (Tri debuted with 520,000 units).

Besides being the best-selling debut on PS4 in Japan, it also drove sales of the console, with 266.91% PS4 units sold compared to the prior week.

Considering that the game focuses on multiplayer, and the Monster Hunter series tends to have a relatively long tail, Media Create also expects sales to continue growing in the long-term.

If you want to learn more, you can read our review of the game, and info about the title’s initial sales worldwide.  You can also check out the crossover content with Street Fighter V coming to the game, and the first making-of video.

Monster Hunter World is currently available for PS4 and Xbox One and will come to PC this fall.

 /  Executive News Editor
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