MGS4 rush pushes PS3 sales to 80,000 in Japan in past week

Tuesday, 17th June 2008 09:45 GMT By Patrick Garratt


According to IGN, Famitsu’s reporting that MGS4 came close to hitting 500,000 sales in Japan in its first week of release, making it the fastest selling Japanese PS3 game and providing a huge boost to PS3 sales in the country.

Enterbrain figures show that 77,208 PS3s were sold in Japan in the week ending June 15. Japanese gamers bought 476,334 copies of MGS4 in the same week.

As you can see from last week’s hardware figures, the news will give Sony plenty to smile about.



  1. patlike


    #1 7 years ago
  2. Psychotext

    I predicted 75k PS3s so I’m fairly pleased with that. :)

    40k next week I reckon.

    #2 7 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Bloody norah!

    I said 100,000 so I went a bit too far. I wonder how long it’ll take ‘em to drop back to 10k a week?

    And what’s the next big-hitting PS3 title in Japan?

    #3 7 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Answering my own question, it’s probably “Siren” next month.

    Edit: And possibly Soul Calibur 4, but I’ve no idea if the Japanese actually like that or not.

    #4 7 years ago
  5. patlike

    Siren won’t have anything like that sort of impact though, surely?

    #5 7 years ago
  6. Psychotext

    No, it wont. I don’t think there’s another big hitter for a long while now.

    #6 7 years ago
  7. Blerk

    No, Siren won’t be a system-seller. But it’s probably their best chance for a good charter in the near future. The Japanese PS3 release list is woefully pallid. No wonder they’re not buying the fucking thing – half of the stuff on there is Western tat that even I wouldn’t buy.

    Back to MGS, VGChartz (yes, yes) has stories on their front page claiming 1.3 million sold on day one, PS3 sales up 180% in the US and cumulative PS3 sales in Europe now properly past 360 sales. Would be nice to find out if any of that stuff’s actually true, Pat. :-D

    #7 7 years ago
  8. patlike

    Yeah, I’ll call them.

    #8 7 years ago
  9. patlike

    No answer. I’ve sent an email.

    #9 7 years ago
  10. Psychotext

    Oh Blerk… Madeupchartz, really? :P

    #10 7 years ago
  11. Blerk

    Slackers! Bet they’re out having a slap-up celebratory breakfast. I could murder a full-English.

    #11 7 years ago
  12. morriss

    Numbers are nothing without percentages and ratios

    #12 7 years ago
  13. Blerk

    I only went there to see how Siren sells in Japan. Honest! :-D

    Siren 2 did 80,000 copies in total, btw. I might’ve jumped the gun on the ‘next best hope for a good charter’ thing.

    #13 7 years ago
  14. Truk

    Or cheese.

    #14 7 years ago
  15. morriss

    Cheese is good.

    I like the way we still all pretend that Japanese sales matter.

    #15 7 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    But yeah… I doubt Sony are going to announce they’ve outsold the 360 in Europe twice. It would make them look a little stupid.

    #16 7 years ago
  17. yupyup

    “…making it the fasting selling Japanese PS3 game”


    #17 7 years ago
  18. morriss

    One of the biggest game franchises in the world in selling loads…SHOCKER!

    #18 7 years ago
  19. patlike

    I’d say an 800% increase is a bit of a shock, personally :)

    Shows what exclusives do, really. Wait till they drop the price. We’ll have to build bunkers.

    #19 7 years ago
  20. Psychotext

    Price really isn’t an issue in Japan Pat. Frankly if they hadn’t managed over 60k hardware sales this week in Japan then they might as well have stuck a fork in the machine.

    #20 7 years ago
  21. Newbie101

    So whats next? Hmmm, I’d have to say LBP and Resistance.

    Is GT5 Q4 this year or next year?

    #21 7 years ago
  22. morriss

    GT5 is next year

    #22 7 years ago
  23. Psychotext

    Newbie: GT5 will be next year some time. Wont be Q4 next year though (In Japan at least). Resistance wont have an effect in Japan… LBP might.

    #23 7 years ago
  24. morriss

    Pat: 800%?! See now that’s a number I can get excited about. Wow, that’s a pretty big boost.

    Still, all contextual though isn’t it?

    #24 7 years ago
  25. Psychotext

    morriss is off… :D

    #25 7 years ago
  26. Newbie101

    Nah, I know Resistance wont have much of an effect at all, just listing some games I’m looking forward too.

    LBP may, it doesnt look ‘western’ so it may do OK.

    #26 7 years ago
  27. morriss


    #27 7 years ago
  28. morriss

    My point is, given all the new 360 JRPGs – which let’s face it, is the biggest/best Japanese export in regards to gaming – and considering how crap the 360 is doing over there – then surely sales figures in terms of how they effect the Western gaming library have lost their importance this generation? Which in turn can only be a good thing as now our selection of games isn’t decided by a nation of people who ‘on the whole’ have a completely different gaming palette than we do.

    #28 7 years ago
  29. Newbie101

    Theres a simple way that MS could win Japan.

    Buy either Nintendo or Square.

    Buy both and they have it sown up ;).

    #29 7 years ago
  30. DrDamn

    Don’t Sony still own some of Square?

    Oh and part of their problem in Japan is that they are American. Buying stuff up won’t necessarily help.

    #30 7 years ago
  31. Blerk

    Sony own about 9% of Square Enix, iirc.

    #31 7 years ago
  32. DrDamn

    They did yes (18%) – not sure if they ever sold it on,or how it translates after the Enix merger …

    #32 7 years ago
  33. Psychotext

    Some news on the UK sales:

    #33 7 years ago
  34. Blerk

    Should’ve given us a fair deal, Sony. You nobbers.

    See? This is why I can’t write news. I can’t help myself. :-D

    #34 7 years ago
  35. patlike

    Just doing that now. Ta.

    #35 7 years ago
  36. ecu

    “My point is, given all the new 360 JRPGs – which let’s face it, is the biggest/best Japanese export in regards to gaming – and considering how crap the 360 is doing over there – then surely sales figures in terms of how they effect the Western gaming library have lost their importance this generation?”

    I reckon that had those 360 RPGs been exclusive to PS3, the sales would have been massive, and every release would have given the PS3 a big boost.

    #36 7 years ago
  37. Psychotext

    ecu: You’re almost undoubtedly right there.

    #37 7 years ago
  38. morriss

    Most likely, yeah. But still, the point being is that we’ll still get them. So Japanese console sales lose some of their importance with regard to how they affect the Western games market.

    #38 7 years ago

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