Pokémon Dominates Japan, but Grand Theft Auto V Has a Great Debut on Major Retailer’s Sales Charts

on October 13, 2013 10:01 PM

Like every Monday the major Japanese retail and rental chain Tsutaya released its weekly sales charts, and at last we see some change in the archipelago of the rising sun, with Monster Hunter 4 finally dethroned after a full month of unchallenged domination.

Here is the chart for the week between October the 7th and October the 13th:

  1. Pokémon X – 3DS
  2. Pokémon Y – 3DS
  3. Grand Theft Auto V – PS3
  4. Sakatsuku: Let’s make a Pro Soccer Club! – PS3
  5. Tales of Symphonia Chronicles – PS3
  6. Monster Hunter 4 – 3DS
  7. Danganronpa 1-2 Reload – PS Vita
  8. Sakatsuku: Let’s make a Pro Soccer Club! – PS Vita
  9. Fairy Fencer F – PS3
  10. Musou Orichi 2 Ultimate – PS3
  11. Grand Theft Auto V – Xbox 360
  12. Armored Core: Verdict Day – PS3
  13. The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki – PS Vita
  14. F1 2013 – PS3
  15. Musou Orichi 2 Ultimate – PS Vita
  16. The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki – PS3
  17. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – PS3
  18. Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 3DS
  19. Youkai Watch – 3DS
  20. Fairy Fencer F (Limited Edition) – PS3

Pokémon X and Y dominated the week, and there’s nothing surprising there. What’s fairly surprising is the game in third place, Grand Theft Auto V, that managed to break in the heart of Japanese gamers despite being a western title. Even more surprising is the fact that its Xbox 360 version managed to grab a respectable 11th place. I honestly can’t remember when the last time was in which I saw an Xbox 360 game in any position in a Japanese weekly chart, and one that isn’t even exclusive at that. That’s something only GTA5 could achieve.

The sales of the PS3 version must have been rather sizable too. While Tsutaya does not provide precise numbers, it beat the soccer management game Sakatsuku, which is a very popular series in Japan. It also left behind Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, Monster Hunter 4 and Danganronpa (that just got an Anime series, so it must have sold very well).

I wuld not be surprised at all to see the Media Create software charts on Wednesday reveal that GTA5 sold well over 100,000 copies. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it pass the 200,000 mark, and in Japan that would be a true achievement.

 /  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.