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MGS4 Boosts PlayStation 3 To Top Of Japanese Charts

For some bizarre reason, it seems Grand Theft Auto IV didn't have a massive impact on hardware sales (possibly due to the fact that most gamers didn't have to own one particular console as it was on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360). However, early indications are that Konami's Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots has had a profound impact on sales in Japan.

According to the latest Media Create numbers from the land of the Rising Sun, the PSP continued its good-selling surge but the big surprise was the PS3: it topped the charts with 75,311 units sold during the week ending June 15. The PSP came in a solid second at 64,675, with the Nintendo Wii in third at 45,564 and the DS in an unsurprising fourth at 39,201. The un-killable PS2 drops in later at 7,297 and the impossible-to-sell Xbox 360 (in Japan, anyway) brought up the rear yet again with 2,163 units sold. Obviously, the PS3's success can be attributed to the likes of MGS4, which sold over 300,000 copies in its first day of sales this past week.

We'll be waiting to see how big of an impact the monster hit had on PS3 sales in the US, but if these numbers are any indication, we expect to see something similar. MGS may be more popular in Japan, but there are plenty of US followers, too!

6/22/2008 Ben Dutka

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Annihilator221
Sunday, June 22, 2008 @ 10:33:30 PM
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I am not surprised in the least. MGS4 imo was going to be a console seller in Japan. And indeed it was. The only problem with that in the States is that while popular, MGS does not have nearly as big a fanbase in America (I am damn proud to be in that fanbase btw :D) as it does in Japan.

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Deleted User
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 8:16:44 AM

Well I'm glad it's selling somewhere. And give it time, it will sell some consoles in the US in time.

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John Shoemaker
Sunday, June 22, 2008 @ 10:37:53 PM
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Okay, this is way off topic but in lite of these numbers I have to say this.
What the fu** is S-E thinking?!
I realize that they want to appeal to a more Western gamer but the numbers of the 360 in Japan, where they are located, are almost nothing in comparison to the PS3.
So why would they just stick there noses up to their own people and go exclusive to a platform that sells less 15k a month in their own country?
And I realize that I am just beating this topic around like a dead horse but come on!

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fatchad420
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 2:26:57 AM

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Goobers
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 5:36:48 AM
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re John Shoemaker

last i checked, one flagship series was still on track to be exclusive for the PS3. the other being on the NDS.

so what if they have a couple of games exclusive for Xbox360... at the moment that is only TWO games. big whoop. there are more "exclusives" for mobile phones!

oh, and btw, in case your fanatical fanboyism made you over look something... neither game is actually being developed by S-E... only published by them. the devs are tri-Ace.

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shaydey77
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 6:13:43 AM
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yeah this isnt suprising. Id like to add though that there would have beena bigger spike in europe too if we had got the 80gb metal gear bundle like the rest of the world..and still absolutely no word on dualshock 3 here yet!!!!

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saturnprime
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 9:07:01 AM
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Damn short supply in Canada too! Numbers would be way higher if we could actually get a bundle! Still trying to find one, might have to slide down to the U.S.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 10:51:21 AM
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I don't expect it to last much longer than another week...or two, if they're lucky. The number will dwindle down quick. The software lineup for Japan is abysmal.

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Deleted User [Administrator]
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 12:25:10 PM
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Lol, MGS4 in Europe was just dethroned from best selling from last week. Which game sold more copies this week? Lego Indiana Jones.

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ZubraZap
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 3:48:14 PM
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Not a 360 guy at all. So if true this is good news..

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