You Might Be Surprised How Grand Theft Auto V Did in Japan

Japanese game publication Famitsu released a list of the biggest-selling video games in Japan between April 1, 2013 and April 3, 2014. It's mostly 3DS games, but the inclusion of one PS3 title might surprise you: Grand Theft Auto V.

10. New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U): 622,502 units sold

9. Yokai Watch (3DS): 652,803 units sold

8. Wii Party U (Wii U): 697,042 units sold

7. Grand Theft Auto V (PS3): 699,182 units sold

6. Dragon Quest Monsters 2 (3DS): 710,303 units sold

5. Animal Crossing New Leaf (3DS): 774,152 units sold

4. Puzzle and Dragons (3DS): 1,358,548 units sold

3. Tomodachi Collection Shin Seikatsu (3DS): 1,635,099 units sold

2. Monster Hunter 4 (3DS): 3,429,862 units sold

1. Pocket Monsters X/Y (3DS): 4,328,008 units sold

Granted, Grand Theft Auto V didn't sell as many copies as it did in the West—and its sales figures in Japan certainly don't look that impressive when compared to the five million or so PS3 copies sold in North America (and the about thirteen million copies sold across both platforms).

However, GTAV was the only PlayStation 3 game to make the top ten list (Famitsu didn't provide sales figures for the Xbox 360 version). And since the game is the PS3's sole representative in the top ten list, that is impressive, especially considering how it outsold New Super Mario Bros. U during the past year—even if Mario was released in December 2012. Mario is a formidable presence on the sales charts!

Grand Theft Auto IV also had a following in Japan, and I believe it sold around six hundred thousand as well. This isn't totally unexpected, but it's nice to see a bit of variety on the Japanese sales charts, between the Marios and the Monster Hunters.

ファミ通が2013年度の国内家庭用ゲーム市場規模速報を発表、ソフト販売本数トップは『ポケットモンスター X・Y』[Famitsu]

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