GTAIV Debuts Ahead Of LBP In Japan
Recently, we've been talking about how Japan seems to be adapting more to the Western traits and personal tastes. Grand Theft Auto IV just topped a "most wanted" list in Famitsu, and even though it had to go up against LittleBigPlanet this month, GTAIV prevailed.
Yes, in Japan. Even though the results aren't official as the information comes from VGChartz, the estimated numbers are clear: according to first-day sales numbers, the freshly released GTAIV sold around 104,000 copies on its first day of availability (77,000 PS3, 27,000 Xbox 360), while LittleBigPlanet only managed about 30,000 sold, although that number currently doesn't include the 80GB PS3 LBP bundle. Capcom distributes GTAIV in Japan, and they've got to be happy with these results; did every 360 owner in that country just buy GTAIV? ...that's a joke, but we wonder how exaggerated it is. Anyway, what's interesting about this is that maybe 10 years ago, a game like GTAIV would never have topped a game like LBP in first-day sales. In fact, it's only recently that Japanese gamers have begun to appreciate the Rockstar GTA gems. Heck, they're probably annoyed they had to wait so long to get it.
On the PSP side, Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G continued its domination of the handheld sales charts, once again sitting pretty in the top slot at 8,000 sold on 10/30. Maybe one of these days, North American gamers will reciprocate and start to understand that appeal.
Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto IV
10/31/2008 Ben Dutka