Pokemon X and Y Dominate Japan Sales – GTA 5 Grabs Third Spot
Japanese retailer Tsutaya has released its rankings for the sales week that ended on the 13th of October. You can find the top 20 games last week below:
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
The first and second games in the line-up come as no surprise. The recently released Pokemon X and Y were bound to sell a million given the 3DS’ adoption rate in Japan and the popularity of Pokemon titles.
What’s really stunning is the game at third place – Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto 5. In its first week, the game has surpassed Japanese giants such as Monster Hunter 4 and Tales Of Symphonia Chronicles with its PS3 version.
Relatively low sales for Monster Hunter 4 were a given, since the game has already sold over a million copies and now has competition from this week’s chart-topping Pokemon games. Beating out Sakatsuku, the Japanese football manager simulation game, and a Tales game though, is no easy feat.
While Tsutaya doesn’t provide sales figures, given last week’s Media Create charts and its position above the aforementioned games, one could assume that GTA 5 has sold in excess of 200,000 copies in its first week – a massive achievement by Japanese standards.
Even more amusing is the Xbox 360 version’s place at the 11th spot. It’s been weeks since an Xbox 360 software made it to the charts in Japan, let alone make it to eleven.
If this trend continues in the coming weeks, GTA 5 might just become the best-selling game in video game history in less than a year.