Big in Japan: Nov 14-20: MW3

Activision's sales juggernaut shooter beats out new One Piece game and Level-5 RPG.

The popularity of Modern Warfare 3 has gone beyond North America and Europe. The latest Activision shooter has beaten out two prominent Japanese intellectual properties made by well-known publishers in the recent Media Creates sales update: the PlayStation 3 version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sold 180,372 and is placed first; the Xbox 360 version was at seventh place, with 30,467 units sold.

MW3 fever runs rampant in Japan on the recent sales chart update.

The shooter was praised for its climactic campaign and variable challenges in the game's Spec Ops mode; check out GameSpot's coverage for more information. Japanese gamers should note that the version on the charts is the subtitled version with the English voices intact. The dubbed version will reportedly be released next month. The publisher of Modern Warfare 3 in Japan is Square Enix.

One Piece Gigant Battle! 2, the 2D fighting game sequel based on the One Piece anime/manga franchise, debuted at second place, with 116,062 units sold. The game features story content from the Post-War and New World arcs in the series. New playable characters in the fighting game include the time-skip versions of the main protagonists and former support characters from the first game, like Coby and Smoker.

The PS3 version of Ninokuni also debuted on the charts, as the game placed third, with 67,032 units sold. The role-playing game features the artwork from renowned animation company Studio Ghibli and an Imajinn system, which allows players to breed fantasy creatures in their own way for combat. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage on the title.

Other highlights on the list include the debut of Saints Row: The Third. The PS3 version placed fifth, with 36,222 sold, while the Xbox 360 version placed 14th, with 15,380 units sold. The PS3 version of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was at 10th place, with 22,436 units sold; the Xbox 360 version was presumed to not sell more than 8000 copies and was nowhere within the top 20 Media Creates list.

On the hardware side of things, the 3DS and PSP were still in the top spots of the hardware sales chart. Nintendo managed to sell 96,219 units of the former. Sony's numbers for the PSP and the PS3 doubled since the last sales update, possibly due to the availability of the red-and-black value bundle for the former and the new colors for the latter. These colors are gold and white (Ninokuni PS3 bundle), scarlet red, and splash blue.

Japan game sales week of November 14-20:

Software
Rank/Title/Publisher/Platform/Unit sales
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3/Square Enix/PS3/180,372
2. One Piece Gigant Battle! 2/Namco Bandai/DS/116,062
3. Ninokuni/Level-5/PS3/67,318
4. Super Mario 3D Land/Nintendo/3DS/62,318
5. Saints Row: The Third/THQ Japan/PS3/36,222
6. Final Fantasy Type-0/Square Enix/PSP/30,543
7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3/Square Enix/Xbox 360/30,467
8. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Extend/Sega/PSP/30,042
9. Sengoku Basara 3 Utage/Capcom/PS3/25,771
10. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3/PS3/22,436

Hardware
3DS – 96,219
PSP – 41,069
PS3 – 40,085
Wii – 13,613
DSi XL – 1,813
Xbox 360 – 1,763
PS2 – 1,291
DSi – 897
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46 comments
BoozerX
BoozerX

PS2 sales are close to 360. Came on PS2, I know you can do it !!!!!

Link3301
Link3301

Even the Xbox 360 version is in the top 10. Why Japan, why? I think it things like these that got Miyamoto to step down and work more on game development. He saw how Activision and their fanboys are raping the industry and decided to do something about it.

02050muh
02050muh

i also bought mw3 but just played it once in 2 weeks...maybe lots of people are like me??? now i regret every cents i spent for it..:(

GeOstyle
GeOstyle

Well I geuss the japanese are just mindless and stupid as us now huh!? or did the japnese recognize a good game? The same thing happen with gta series there blockbusters all over the world! So to all the haters out there...IN YOUR FACE!!!!

botsio
botsio

well MW3 is doing it big beyond Europe and America.this game has all the makings of a smash hit and it did.what more need i say.

Lhomity
Lhomity

The large gap between PS3 and 360 sales for MW3 shouldn't surprise anybody. The 360 was a commercial failure in Japan. Japanese consumers don't buy foreign brands, which is why MW3 is published by Square-Enix there, Activision couldn't sell sushi in Japan. Even EA can't sell in Japan, most of their games are published by Sega there. That said, I'm impressed MW3 has done so well.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

Just noticed there's no Skyward Sword,or is it that it gets released next week in Japan?

soulless4now
soulless4now

@Soothsayer42: If this was before FFXIII and XIV was released, I would agree with you. :P But they are still one of the biggest game companies there so I'm not surprised.

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@soulless4now it was published by Square Enix for the Japanese version... i guess Japanese put a lot of faith in that company :P

chyng85
chyng85

Should Vita be delayed...

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

That's 180,372 ex-patriots from western countries living in Japan then, we know what they're buying...

foxfacer2d2
foxfacer2d2

what no bf3? japan is missing something here

soulless4now
soulless4now

Since when did Japan get into shooters, especially ones made in America? This has to be a sign of the apocalypse or something.

sagameister3
sagameister3

Funny I hear about this news the day I got my hands on a copy of MW3...it being black Friday and all. Now if only Japan exported more of their games instead of importing ours :)

moviequest14
moviequest14

MW3 is leading sales? I thought the Japanese had better taste than this :P

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

@vader501st Im not hating on shooters, im just objecting to what your saying, shooters are good, their hogging this generation, but just because MW3(Square enix WTF?) got big in japan, doesnt mean "they made a smart choice"

CrankyStorming
CrankyStorming

Ninokuni PS3 is running at one third of what Ninokuni DS pulled off and Namco have only comfirmed PS3 version for translation?

Fz1994
Fz1994

MW3 = square Enix? 0_o

chocolate1325
chocolate1325

Strong week for the 3DS I think the help of Mario will boost it sales alot.

pszone
pszone

Sqaureenix pub mw3 and sold better ps3 and activevision need to get pub in japan but i guess they too scrooge to get pub in activevison in japan so i guess sqaureenix get some money for this shooter

Halloll
Halloll

Japanese gamers are the biggest campers around. I learned from playing with them.

steelmouth
steelmouth

am really not a COD fan but for conquring japan lets me just say bravo MW3 pravo,well done

Tikeio
Tikeio

Angry weeaboos confirmed.

Kiriyama_X
Kiriyama_X

Not too surprising. I saw plenty of Japanese players on Halo: Reach and Bad Company 2.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

Heck,MW3 wouldn't have done this well if it was not published by Square Enix.And 3D Land still doing after so many weeks already.Go Nintendo. :)

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

To be fair the campaign wasn't bad but the spec ops is deffinately the highlight I'm guessing Skyrim hasn't been released in Japan yet i would expect that to outsell MW3 in Japan

squalls_revival
squalls_revival

Hey wow if you like final fantasy check out the final fantasy experience union.. we could use all the help we can get... final fantasy has a negative aura surrounding the name in the west.. I have faith final fantasy will always be great :) I love all the games...

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

wow that's quite a feat but not really surprising since tox and type 0 have been out for a while now so most jpn gamers are playing those and waiting for ff13-2 to drop next month. and i am with espernay on the splash blue ps3. :D so do want.

y3ivan
y3ivan

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espernay
espernay

i want the Splash Blue PS3 :D

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

So this is why my BF3 servers don't have many people on it...ALREADY. Fack this shlt. Disappointed in my fellow gamers here in Japan...

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

My wish to God for competitive multiplayer: Crysis 2 PC graphics, Killzone 3 surrounding details, Universal weapons, Theater mode and combat training! :D

weedman1985
weedman1985

This is most disturbing news indeed. Not because I hate shooters (I don't), but because these are early signs that their own products are no longer as appealing as foreign ones. God knows I don't wanna see Japanese culture be influenced by western culture.

vader501st
vader501st

@hotdiddykong You may not like shooters, but Crysis 1 & 2, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare (Yes! can you believe it?!), Halo, Killzone and a bunch of other games which are "nothing more" than shooters are among the best this generation has to offer. Hating on them will not change the fact that they're very successful, good franchises. Also, do some research and please note that it is indeed surprising that a "simple shooter" is selling very well in Japan, given the fact that they're not very into this kind of genre. So yes, a smart choice indeed, to open up and try someting different for a change. In the west, shooters are very popular, much like RPGs in Japan. Very, very surprising to see that.

emirblade
emirblade

I wish that One Piece game was here on the States.

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

Well thats suprising. @vader501st "Smart Gaming Choice" Nothing is a "Smart Choice" Everyone has their own prefrences to genres and games, MW3 is nothing more than a Shooter game.

Everiez
Everiez

Because there is "Square Enix" label on it.

WllDan7
WllDan7

Looks like japan does not like what capcom is doing with MVC3. Hopefully that carries over here.

TriumphantToad
TriumphantToad

Ugh. The Modern Warfare series makes me barf. All previous Call of Duty games (except 3), however, were great.

Megachaoz
Megachaoz

haha, i suppose the campaign was pretty good

vader501st
vader501st

Finally, the japanese made a smart gaming choice by putting MW 3 up in the charts. Never thought I'd see this, I'm surprised, in a good way.

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

Nice to see Japanese gamers getting into other franchises, better late than never!

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

Dear God....oh wait, there isn't one, at least in this case anyways...

zmanrwks
zmanrwks

I am quite frankly shocked and disturbed.