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Monster Hunter 4 tops Japanese chart

Monster Hunter 4 tops Japanese chart

Thu 19 Sep 2013 7:44am GMT / 3:44am EDT / 12:44am PDT
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And game gives major sales boost to Nintendo's handhelds

It won't surprise anyone that knows anything about games that Monster Hunter 4 entered the Japanese chart at number one this week, and gave both the 3DS and 3DS XL a significant sales boost too.

Earlier this week Capcom reported it had shipped over 2 million copies of the game, a figure that combined physical and digital sales.

  1. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 - 1,715,060 (New entry)
  2. [PS3] AKB1/149 Renai Sousenkyo - 27,052 (New entry)
  3. [PSP] Brothers Conflict: Brilliant Blue - 15,297 (New entry)
  4. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life - 10,530 (Lifetime sales - 1,431,527)
  5. [PSP] Uta no Prince-sama: Music 2 - 10,343 (78,758)

In hardware both the 3DS XL and 3DS rode high on the extra attention, with 3DS XL sales up 176,623 on last week, and the 3DS up by 20,987.

  1. 3DS XL - 236,700 (Last week - 60,077)
  2. 3DS - 40,092 (19,114)
  3. PlayStation 3 - 12,146 (13,790)
  4. PlayStation Vita - 6,020 (7,314)
  5. PSP - 5,449 (5,493)
  6. Wii U - 5,003 (5,702)
  7. Wii - 962 (978)
  8. Xbox 360 - 244 (201)

Charts collated by Media Create and published by Gematsu.

8 Comments

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

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1.715 million in just 2 days.

That's the 4th largest 2 day opening of all time in Japan.

Posted:11 months ago

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Christian Keichel
Journalist

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That's interesting, it is on track to beat the fastest selling PSP Monster Hunter, which sold 2.15 million copies in 5 days. This would mean, that the change in platforms payed off for Capcom much faster then most people thought.

Posted:11 months ago

#2

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

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@ Christian It likely already beat it, seeing as those Media Create sales are only the retail sales, not the digital sales.

Posted:11 months ago

#3

Christian Keichel
Journalist

616 838 1.4
@ Christian It likely already beat it, seeing as those Media Create sales are only the retail sales, not the digital sales.
You are right, the Famitsu numbers are higher, I think they included at least a portion of the digital sales. Usually they count the download cards, but I don't know if there were download cards at retailers for MH4, so I am not sure, if the additional 100K in the Famitsu numbers are just a different estimate, or if they count other things beside the cartridge sales.

Posted:11 months ago

#4

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

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Christian, the difference in sales from Media Create and Famitsu are well within their usual margin of difference as a percentage of sales. I don't think it's because one is counting download cards and the other isn't. This is an expected variance.

Posted:11 months ago

#5

Christian Keichel
Journalist

616 838 1.4
Jim, Famitsu has counted eShop download cards in the past, as you can see in the vastly different numbers they reported for Animal Crossing (1st week Media Create 603K - Famitsu 721K). The question is more, did Capcom sold eShop download cards for MH4?

Source:
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=499766

Posted:11 months ago

#6

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

2,238 2,197 1.0
Christian, what I'm saying is that 118k unit gap is commonplace between Famitsu and Media Create. The higher the sales, the wider that gap becomes simply because of the different retailers the two firms track.

Consider the 5 day first week sales of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd.
Famitsu - 2,146,467
Media Create - 1,950,717

That's a 300k unit difference.

Posted:11 months ago

#7

Christian Keichel
Journalist

616 838 1.4
Didn't realised the gap was so wide back then, so most probably you are right.

Posted:11 months ago

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