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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

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Comments (14 posts)

xtreme
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 11:15:17 AM
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"Maybe one of these days, North American gamers will reciprocate and start to understand that appeal."

Haha maybe ben maybe. but the odds are against it with all the twitch gamers these days. Saying that games like LBP are moving twitch gamers away from killing things. maybe its the cure? haha :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 2:20:20 PM
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Wow, when Ben first brought this up I said the sales would tell the tale but I fully expected LBP to prevail (good rhythm there huh?) But I stands corrected, the Japanese truly are fickle.

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Deleted User
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 3:35:48 PM
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LBP = 3 million sales worldwide. maybe. seriously, it wont sell that much. only hardcore kids will want this game.

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King James
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 3:47:03 PM

Hmmm...I guess that make me and most of the friends I play LBP w/ 11 years old, huh?

*grins*...Are u a hater, sir?

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Scarecrow
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 3:58:19 PM

What are you talking 'bout?

If anything GTAIV is more for the hardcore gamer than LBP

LBP will sell EXTREMELY well by holiday/Christmas time.

Overall it'll be a big hit

'Bout Japan, well they could be going through a cultural change....One which is more open to violence, guns, blood, etc.

Maybe trying to cope with Americans(the Japanese are known to copy American's way of life and styles a lot)

But we'll see, personally I think shooters will die soon.

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Wage SLAVES
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 6:30:37 PM
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I play LBP with my wife. Most fun Ive had inna while. And I love shooters but it can lead to high blood pressure....its waay too serious sometimes.

Is the true (turn-based)RPG going to suffer the consequence? Yeah GTA is cool but it does get old when the market is soo saturated.



Last edited by Wage SLAVES on 10/31/2008 6:31:33 PM

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AceTatsujin
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 6:43:54 PM
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wait, i thought PS3 bundles hit 30,000 man? ... LBP should have hit over 100,000 for Japan.

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BigT_1980
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 8:54:45 PM
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My question is was their the same amount of copies of both games made available in Japan. If their were less copies of LBP available to purchase that could definitively be a determining factor in the sales numbers.

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Alienange
Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 9:15:02 PM
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Well of COURSE GTAIV debuted ahead of LBP. GTA is an established franchise that sold more copies than any other entertainment medium in history in it's first week of sales. LBP is great but it's a new franchise looking to establish itself. Japan gamers have probably been drooling over GTAIV since summer and have been dying to get there paws on it. This is no surprise whatsoever.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 3:59:18 PM
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The Japanese are not creative anymore :P

That's why they haven't bought this game like crazy...

lol just messin'

But still, it's weird
Like I said in my previous post, maybe it's a cultural change.

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AntDC
Saturday, November 01, 2008 @ 11:33:15 PM
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I'm kinda dissapointed. If the next Final Fantasy is a FPS i'm gonna be pissed lol.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, November 02, 2008 @ 12:48:56 AM

If that happens it'll be a sad day for ALL FF fans.

I love FF and I'd hate for it to go Oblivion on us...

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Scarecrow
Sunday, November 02, 2008 @ 12:20:08 PM

I'm ok with it going into the action side as long as all the strategies are STILL there.

Like if I want to use magic with character1 and then AT THE SAME TIME summon a Summon and then heal the party with character3 that I can do that right there like in all FFs....

I'd hate for it to turn Kingdom Hearts-like

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ec0li
Sunday, November 02, 2008 @ 10:57:53 PM
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LBP > than all nuff said!

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