Destiny 2 Tops The Japanese Sales Charts

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In its first week on sale in Japan, Destiny 2 came in at the top of the Japanese sales charts. However, the game didn’t fare better than its prequel did in Japan at release.


According to Media Create, which tracks retails sales, Destiny 2 on the PS4 sold 50,263 package copies in its first four days on sale, edging out Splatoon 2, which sold 44,981 copies. (Media Create does not track digital sales.)

Here is how the top ten looked for the week of September 4 to September 10.

10. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! (PS4) - 7,044copies

9. The Snack World: Trejarers (3DS) - 7,079 copies

8. Dragon Quest XI (PS4) - 9,147 copies

7. Mario Kart 8 DX (Switch) - 10,526 copies

6. Monster Hunter XX Nintendo Switch Ver. (Switch) - 12,811 copies

5. Dragon Quest XI (3DS) - 15,993 copies

4. Everybody’s Golf (PS4) - 22,488 copies

3. Dragonball Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch (Switch) - 24,045 copies

2. Splatoon 2 (Switch) - 44,981 copies

1. Destiny 2 (PS4) - 50,263 copies

While these numbers did snag Destiny 2 the top spot in Japan, they’re not as impressive as when the first game debuted in Japan.

During that initial week in 2014, Destiny sold 91,277 copies on the PS4 and another 49,503 copies on the PS3. But as good as though sales were, the first Destiny game didn’t top the sales chart, but did take the second and third spots.

What came in first? Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS with a whopping 944,644 copies sold.

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I’ve never really liked Destiny 2, just my preference, I guess. To me, it feels like a bland shooter where people go raid, get loot, raid again. Sort of like the vanilla Diablo 3 where players were stuck at the end game.

Sure, we can argue that games like monster hunter present a similar grind, but at least they aren’t set in dark caves or grey-ish military facilities.