This Is The Monster Hunter Effect On The PSP In Japan

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The power of red plastic on Wii sales in Japan is nothing compared to the promotional power of the Monster Hunter series. How else can we explain the PlayStation Portable more than doubling its sales this week overseas?


The PSP sold another 96,000-plus units in Japan this week, the week before Monster Hunter Portable 3rd launches in the country. That's a big boost from the 40,000 it sold a week prior. Considering the last PSP iteration of Monster Hunter went on to sell more than 4 million copies in Japan alone, that figure will likely be a drop in the bucket compared to what PSP hardware will manage next week.


As previously noted, the launch of Kinect in Japan managed to move some 26,000 motion-sensing cameras. That's a little less than the weekly sales of the Wii, for loose comparison's sake.

To see how well the rest of the Japanese hardware line-up is doing, according to Media Create, check out the full numbers.

  • PSP - 96,601
  • PlayStation 3 - 29,058
  • Wii - 27,851
  • Nintendo DSi LL - 21,836
  • Nintendo DSi - 20,550
  • Xbox 360 - 7,083
  • Nintendo DS Lite - 1,904
  • PSP go - 1,816
  • PS2 - 1,255

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Adam Pawelski

Why does Japan love Monster Hunter so much?

This is a serious question. Why does it appeal to them so much, and not the US?

I just recently bought Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, so I'll see if it's entertaining for me. I have to say though, the title of that game is pretty Asian sounding. (Stereotyping, but come on! :P )