Big in Japan June 11-17: Persona 4 The Golden, PS Vita

New Sony handheld doubled in sales units; Vita version of Atlus RPG claims top spot.

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You can always count on an RPG series that blends role-playing and social simulation to push sales for a new console in Japan. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 The Golden did just that for the week of June 11-17 according to a recent Media Create sales update.

Japan showed signs of love for Persona 4 last week.

The portable version of Atlus' fourth Persona game sold 137,076 units in its debut week. This remake of the 2008 PlayStation 2 game boasts a number of updates, including a new character named Mary, new animated cutscenes and scenarios, and a new wireless feature that allows players to call for help when near death. Check out GameSpot's review of the PS2 version for more information.

Persona 4 The Golden outperformed newcomers such as the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Lollipop Chainsaw. The former version came in at third place with 53,347 units sold, while the latter was at ninth place with 14,422 units shifted. The action game puts players in the role of cheerleader zombie-hunter Juliet Starling as she has to fight off the outbreak happening at her school.

Critics praised the game for its fun boss battles and gameplay, but criticized it for its lack of depth. For more information, check out GameSpot's full review.

Good software drives hardware sales, and as a result of Persona 4 The Golden's success, Vita sales doubled to 34,459 units for the week. Sony's new handheld edged out PS3 and PSP numbers--the former selling 14,673 units and the latter selling 9,740 devices. The 3DS maintained its top spot with 61,793 units sold for the week.

Top Japan Game Sales of June 11-17

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 The Golden / Atlus / PS Vita / 137,076
2. Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry's Wonderland 3D / Square Enix / 3DS / 66,434
3. Lollipop Chainsaw / Kadokawa / PS3 / 53,347
4. Tokyo Jungle / Sony / PS3 / 35,989
5. Akiba's Trip Plus / Acquire / PSP / 29,505
6. Dragon's Dogma / Capcom / PS3 / 18,039
7. Mario Tennis Open / Nintendo / 3DS /17,856
8. Mario Party 9 / Nintendo / Wii / 16,143
9. Lollipop Chainsaw / Kadokawa / Xbox 360 / 14,422
10. Super Mario 3D Land / Nintendo / 3DS / 9,244

Hardware
3DS - 61,793
PS Vita - 34,459
PS3 - 14,673
PSP - 9,740
Wii - 5,963
PS2 - 1,237
Xbox 360 - 1,084
DSi XL - 689
DSi - 380

Discussion

27 comments
trollkind
trollkind

Argh, one more Ps2 classic I bought but never got around playing. Guess I'll own it for the Vita this autumn then, hopefully finally finding time for it.

Frost259
Frost259

Holy cow, the ps2 is still selling crazy. Also go Persona 4 great game, would love to it to be a ps2 classic someday on the PS3 store.

Cogzwell
Cogzwell

Man, if Persona 4 saved the Vita that would be crazy and awesome! 

Halloll
Halloll

keep it up 360, you're close to outselling the ps2!

brosim1104
brosim1104

Vita sales up. 3DS sales equal to everything else combined. Good week for Vita! 

vader501st
vader501st

Good to see a breath of life coming to the Vita. Keep it coming.

Petergeist
Petergeist

This is old news Gamespot! @CriticsUnknown reported this 5 days ago!

pledson
pledson

Tons of good games for Vita! Uncharted, Mortal Kombat, Resistance, Gravity Rush and Rayman are all Excellent!!

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

I caved and finally bought a Vita, it was on sale for 20% off. Also picked up Uncharted for $25, felt pretty good about those purchases. Waiting for more games to be released! Vita is an AMAZING handheld that just needs more games to really excel. I am ashamed at Gamespot for giving Uncharted VITA a 7. How in the hell did it score so low? IT IS UNCHARTED IN THE PALM OF MY HAND!

MidNightStrikes
MidNightStrikes

PLS HAVE A INTERNATIONAL RELEASE PERSONA 4 The GOLDEN

I Really liked Persona 3 On the PSP my 2nd most time spented On a RPG Behind Monster Hunter 3rd :) portable

 

I Really like the Japanese voice so i would only need English Subs and Japanese Voice!

itchyflop
itchyflop

im not an rpg fan, i v never played or heard of this game but i will welcome any decent title on the vita. it desperately needs some beef injection.

Crazyguy105
Crazyguy105

I'm extremely jealous of Vita owners. I'll just have to settle for Arena this September.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Mario Party 9? Oh well, to each their own. Good ole' 360 selling it's usual 1000-1250 units. PS2 outsold the 360 eh? I would like to see how drastically different that stat is for the U.S. And the Japanese LOVE their handhelds.

d33pak001
d33pak001

By now everywhere u go in japan ur gonna find people with a handheld gaming device

frenchfrey
frenchfrey

Her name isn't "Mary", it's supposed to be "Marie".

fatee
fatee

Good 'ol Ps2, still kicking it. Second best console ever made, only behind the Dreamcast.

mariobro9999
mariobro9999

Wow good to see that Persona 4 remake is doing good. I want to know more of these additions to the game.

Okamiiiii
Okamiiiii

Pretty excited to see that Persona 4 Golden is doing well in Japan. Can't wait for the US release!

Intellips
Intellips

 @Oldboy08

 BTW, congrats on the Vita purchase. It's an amazing handhelf console!

Intellips
Intellips

 @Oldboy08

 Mate, you are damn right! U:GA is great! Reviewers are entitled to their opinions, but how it received 7 is beyond me. Gametrailers and IGN were spot on by giving the game 8.7 and 8.5 respectively.

CassadyH
CassadyH

 @MidNightStrikes Persona 4 the golden has already been confirmed for NA release, not sure about EU.  October i think.

 

Frost259
Frost259

 @itchyflop

 It's a really in depth RPG lots of things to do at once, and real simple to screw up, on top of a fairly hard game, may not be best for a mild RPG fan. But if you do get into it, it's a great game.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

 @d33pak001

 i was just at Yodobashi Camera Akiba today and there was a group of about 50 guys all sitting around a nintendo zone playing Dragon Quest. And another group of about 20 inside around the other nintendo zone doing the same thing. Handhelds are way more popular in Japan because people like me (I live outside of Tokyo but go to school in Tokyo) have to ride a train for an hour to and from school/work, lots of people ride the train for 2 hours or more a day, pretty perfect oppurtunity to get some gaming or reading done.

pqwoei
pqwoei

 @Okamiiiii they say it will be released in October, in the mean time I suggest playing Persona 4 Arena

itchyflop
itchyflop

 @Frost259 thanks!! id be right in thinking it has the normal turn based combat system ? it looks a little quirky ! i don't think it ll work over here, Japan love that sort of thing. i ll have a look, i think the vita will start showing its stuff now, assassins creed amongst others looks pretty amaziing, again not my sort of thing hahaha!! but you have to own it, know what i mean !