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Pokemon beats GTA to number one in Japan

Pokemon beats GTA to number one in Japan

Wed 16 Oct 2013 2:05pm GMT / 10:05am EDT / 7:05am PDT
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X and Y sells 1.8 million, handily beating Rockstar's opus with less than 400,000 units

Pokemon X and Y comfortably beat Grand Theft Auto 5 to the number one spot in Japan last week, selling more than 1.8 million units in the process.

Japan will be one of the few major markets where Rockstar's record-breaking hit won't trounce the competition, and it sold fewer than 400,000 units in its first week on sale across all platforms - the lion's share on PlayStation 3.

The somewhat inevitable success of Pokemon X and Y also boosted sales of the 3DS, with both models roughly doubling the previous week's total - the original model sold 72,000 units, while the dominant 3DS XL sold 141,000.

However, the real success story on the hardware chart was the PlayStation Vita, which received a proportionally astounding boost thanks to the release of a new model. Sony's resurgent handheld more than 60,000 units, an impressive 1600 per cent increase over the prior week's 3,500 units.

The software top ten is below, with lifetime sales in parentheses:

  • 1. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) - 1,866,570 (New)
  • 2. [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, 10/10/13) - 360,115 (New)
  • 3. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 (Capcom, 09/14/13) - 110,208 (2,652,824)
  • 4. [PS3] Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (Namco Bandai, 10/10/13) - 77,228(New)
  • 5. [PSV] DanganRonpa 1&2 Reload (Spike Chunsoft, 10/10/13) - 76,162 (New)
  • 6. [PS3] Sakatsuku Pro Soccer Club wo Tsukurou (Sega, 10/10/13) - 73,696(New)
  • 7. [PS3] Fairy Fencer F (Compile Heart, 10/10/13) - 40,666 (New)
  • 8. [PSV] Sakatsuku Pro Soccer Club wo Tsukurou (Sega, 10/10/13) - 33,898(New)
  • 9. [360] Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, 10/10/13) - 26,612 (New)
  • 10. [PS3] Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (Tecmo Koei, 09/26/13) - 11,044 (116,054)

The hardware chart is below, with the prior week's sales in parentheses:

  • 1. 3DS LL - 141,245 (85,885)
  • 2. 3DS - 72,325 (37,102)
  • 3. PlayStation Vita - 60,166 (3,538)
  • 4. PlayStation 3 - 12,395 (10,232)
  • 5. PSP - 3,467 (4,093)
  • 6. Wii U - 3,276 (4,001)
  • 7. Wii - 703 (914)
  • 8. Xbox 360 - 575 (354)

Thanks, Gematsu.

5 Comments

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

968 1,161 1.2
So Media Create doesn't separate the Vita 1000 and Vita 2000 models, weird.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Nicholas Pantazis on 16th October 2013 6:47pm

Posted:6 months ago

#1

Christian Keichel
Journalist

416 561 1.3
Japan will be one of the few major markets where Rockstar's record-breaking hit won't trounce the competition, and it sold fewer than 400,000 units in its first week on sale across all platforms - the lion's share on PlayStation 3.
It should be noted, that GTA IV sold 167K in it's first week in Japan (PS3 133K XBox360 64K), so 400K are very good sales for a title in the GTA series, it's most probably more than the japanese lifetime sales of GTA IV.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Christian Keichel on 16th October 2013 7:31pm

Posted:6 months ago

#2

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

768 1,000 1.3
@Nicholas--They may have only done that for the first week. But it doesn't appear to matter much as even combined the Vita was soundly beaten by both versions of the 3DS. Had they not seperated both 3DS skus the beating Nintendo gave Sony would have seemed even worse.

Posted:6 months ago

#3

Giles Smith
Studying maths

12 6 0.5
Putting 3ds on the same chart as consoles seems absurd to me, they are not comparable media at all.

Posted:5 months ago

#4

Christian Keichel
Journalist

416 561 1.3
Putting 3ds on the same chart as consoles seems absurd to me, they are not comparable media at all.
Why?

Posted:5 months ago

#5

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