The Last of Us Takes Japan by Storm, Tops Media Create Software Charts

June 26, 2013

Western games normally aren’t very popular in Japan, with some relevant exceptions, and The Last of Us seems to be one of those exceptions.  Naughty Dog’s latest masterpiece was released in the archipelago of the rising sun on june the 20th, and today the local Media Create sales charts that go from June the 17th to June the 23rd were released.

Surprisingly (or maybe not too surprisingly), The Last of Us is ranked first, with 117,465 copies sold in just four days on the shelves, and beating Donkey Kong Returns 3D that sold  “only” 42,247 copies this week. While the 3D return of Nintendo’s gorilla was on his second week of sales it was still beaten if we count its first week, in which it sold 104,569 copies.

Naughty Dog isn’t new to success in Japan, as Uncharted 3 sold 124.989 copies during its first week on the local shelves, but back then it didn’t manage to beat Super Mario 3D land to the top spot.

That’s a very strong showing for a game belonging to a genre that Japanese gamers normally don’t appreciate, after all our very own Chad (that is a well known JRPG fanatic) awarded the title with a full 10 out of 10. Looks like The Last of Us‘s deep story and beautifully crafted characters managed to conquer even Japan’s impregnable fortress.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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.

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