Big in Japan Nov. 22-28: Gran Turismo 5

Polyphony Digital's PS3-exclusive sim racer makes long-awaited debut in Japan atop charts with 430,000 units sold; PSP leads hardware.

Considering its extended development time, Gran Turismo 5's merely "great" critical reception may have left some fans of the series chagrined. And while the game's US opening sales figures have yet to be announced, stat-tracking firm Media Create has delivered word on Gran Turismo 5's first-week performance in Japan, revealing a speedy start for the PlayStation 3-exclusive simulation racer.

Gran Turismo 5 leads its first lap in Japan.

Gran Turismo 5 led the week of November 22-28 on Media Create's Japanese software sales chart with a massive 430,707 units. The Polyphony Digital-developed racer was followed by two other debuts: Super Robot Taisen L and Mario Sports Mix. Namco Bandai's mech-based strategy game sold 129,054 units for the DS, holding a hefty lead over Nintendo's sports compilation for the Wii, which sold 84,983 units.

The final two debuts for the week came from Spike and Konami. Dangan-Ronpa is an anime-inspired action adventure for the PSP that sold 25,564 in its opening week, while Konami's arcade baseball title Power Pro Kun Pocket 13 sold 24,717 units.

Nintendo's 25th-anniversary tribute Super Mario All-Stars shifted 47,487 more units during the week, followed by fellow Japanese sales-chart staple Pokemon Black and White, which sold 43,227 on the week. The PS3 edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops, which is published by Square Enix in Japan, sold 31,354 units, edging out Nintendo's Super Kaseki Horida for sixth.

The PSP continued its strong run in Japan, leading the hardware chart for the week with 75,689 units sold. Gran Turismo 5 also appears to have provided Sony's PS3 with a boost, as the system sold 68,840 units during the week. Nintendo's DSi duo followed, combining to sell 54,918 units, while the Wii moved 41,267 systems. With no software titles in the top 10, Microsoft's Xbox 360 sold only 4,329 units during the week.

JAPAN GAME SALES WEEK OF NOVEMBER 22-28, 2010
Software:
Rank / Title / Publisher / Platform / Unit sales
1. Gran Turismo 5 / Sony / PS3 / 430,707
2. Super Robot Taisen L / Namco Bandai / DS / 129,054
3. Mario Sports Mix / Nintendo / Wii / 84,983
4. Super Mario All-Stars / Nintendo / Wii / 47,487
5. Pokemon Black and White / The Pokemon Company / DS / 43,227
6. Call of Duty: Black Ops / Square Enix / PS3 / 31,354
7. Super Kaseki Horida / Nintendo / DS / 26,195
8. Dangan-Ronpa / Spike / PSP / 25,564
9. Power Pro Kun Pocket 13 / Konami / DS / 24,717
10. Wii Party / Nintendo / Wii / 24,525

Hardware:
PSP - 75,689
PS3 - 68,840
Wii - 41,267
DSi LL - 28,370
DSi - 26,548
Xbox 360 - 4,329
PSP Go - 1,675
DS Lite - 1,539
PS2 - 1,332

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77 comments
digi-demon
digi-demon

Designed in America, made in China / assembled in Japan maybe ... could be talking about any console on the market these days ;)

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Well then.. Once I've saved up enough money from work it looks like a group trip to Japan!

M3ran
M3ran

great choice japan,we love GT5.

IceJester45
IceJester45

@digi-demon, Also, IBM played a large role in the development of the Cell Processor. If I remember correctly, most of the development was done in Texas.

digi-demon
digi-demon

@hippiesanta PS3 uses NVIDIA graphics technology... NVIDIA is not a Japanese company... its like their buying a Ford with a Nissan Badge...

digi-demon
digi-demon

@warhawk-geeby Go to admit that Japan is one place I have always longed to visit, their old and new cultures have always facinated me, ancient historical sites and the likes of Akihabara, .... maybe one day....

IceJester45
IceJester45

@warhawk-geeby, I found Osaka to be a bit livelier than Tokyo. It's also dirtier and uglier, though. I like to visit Osaka, but I liked living in Tokyo more.

IceJester45
IceJester45

@warhawk-geeby, Heh...Don't get your hopes up. Tokyo is nice, but it's like almost every other city I've ever been to. Besides, Osaka has better food.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@digi-demon Never knew that about South Korea! Lesson for the day! All I know is that they had flat screen tv's and advanced technology waaaay before the western world.. and toilets that clean your bum. If I could go anywhere on holiday it would be Tokyo - I'd love it.

Toggy
Toggy

@icekid "the Kinect will not sell well in Japan, because Japanese houses are small." I live in Japan! Tokyo Japan! There is plenty of room for kinect. All my friends who homes I have been to have big enough homes. Why do people assume that the Japanese live in closets?

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

Japanese love american culture, but not american technology

vipermaniac550
vipermaniac550

the game sucks the driving is NOT realistic GT4 was way better!!! dont waste ur money only for A 1000 cars...forza 3 is more realistic!! and has better driving in that game. the visuals are about the same exact as the last gt4....waste of 5 yrs and polyphonys money

Franzkill
Franzkill

and a special big up from Compton for the record breaking 360 units sold! Anyone? * dust ball rolls

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

again... ps2 is still on the market.

MATERAZZI_23
MATERAZZI_23

We'll be seeing monster numbers for Monster Hunter 3rd on the next weekly chart.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

The PSP is leading the hardware charts 75 thousand plus is not bad for the underrated/overlooked 5 year old handheld system. While the newer PSP go still hasn't caught on with games. Even over there.

digi-demon
digi-demon

@warhawk-greeby I think you will find that these days South Korea is more technologically advanced (or as you say 'hi-tech' ) than Japan.... ;)

MrcMike
MrcMike

I believe gamespot made a mistake. #6 Call of Duty Black Ops. the publisher is not Square Enix. It's Activision lol

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Japan is the most Hi-tech country in the world for a reason.. and this article just proves they have taste. Seeing the 360 fail miserably? Pricless.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

I wonder what the price of 360 is in Japan. Probably the same as the ps3

FamousCalibur
FamousCalibur

@oldboy08 same difference its still in asia where japan is

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

Way to go Gran Turismo!!!! And yet my friends call it "just" a driving game? Well that would be like calling Call of Duty "just" a shooting game.

IceJester45
IceJester45

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dysonlu
dysonlu

@IceJester45: Maybe Japanese culture, taste and mentality are still eluding some US companies? Maybe US companies don't care enough about the relatively small (and so "strange") Japanese market? I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft didn't promote the Xbox360 as much, or as effectively, as Sony did for the PS3 in Japan. It's about the marketing and the product itself. Apple seems to find great success in Japan. American movie, music and entertainers are more than accepted in Japan. So, loyalty to companies of one's own country alone cannot explain the failure of "foreign" products. In fact, it has very little to do with it.

IceJester45
IceJester45

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redskinStu
redskinStu

That 360 is just breaking sales records over there.

chyng85
chyng85

PS2 - 1,332 still has market.....good!

icekids
icekids

the Kinect will not sell well in Japan, because Japanese houses are small. Note: Sony has released a TV that has engaged the PS2, this much selling in the United Kingdom,,, PS2 is eternal :)

Evo8u
Evo8u

@seriousplayer_d racism is another f'ed up topic. That crap is out of control and there r a lot of racist people here in the US that cover it up. I am just talk about the taxes that our exports have on them in most other countries that US doesn't hike up on foreign imports. @charlesburn Japanese cars coming here and being sold don't have a quarter of the taxes that American cars have on them in Japan, I know i own 2 Japanese cars and didnt pay but a couple thousand in taxes.

Tarfang2
Tarfang2

well the xbox broke the 3000 mark and surely everyone in japan has a wii by now

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

Thats a lot of copies, terrible 360 growth like always

mattcake
mattcake

GT5 - Great driving simulator, bad *racing* simulator.

Toggy
Toggy

Microsoft needs to send more xbox/kinect combos to japan... I just went to a few yamada, big cameras, and yodabashis... sold out sold out sold out.. what did they do? send 10 to each?

seriousplayer_d
seriousplayer_d

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seriousplayer_d
seriousplayer_d

@amaan4ever better something Japanese (and good quality) then American (and...)

lowkey254
lowkey254

@steelmouuth, I was just thinking that. the 360 has moved up in sales. I don't think the Kinect can do well in Japan, due to the small living 'spaces' they have. I can see corporations buying them though.

steelmouth
steelmouth

i would be greate to know how the kinect is doing in japan because i bet its ms best option to push sales in japan, i olso see the x360 have sold 4K units from the usual 2K

CharlesBurns
CharlesBurns

@Oldboy08 "The only thing Apple makes well is the iPod"...really...do you want to elaborate on that... I have never had a Mac, that is machined out of a single block of aluminium, fall apart in my hands. I also don't know why 76,736,000 (thats almost 77 MIllion) people would buy an iPhone that isn't made well...

CharlesBurns
CharlesBurns

@Evo8u It's called import tax, every country on earth has it. Obviously it's going to be cheaper to buy a japanese car in JAPAN, than it is to buy and American car that comes from the other side of the planet. And if you think "their minds are molded" then think about the pledge of allegiance for a second... pure indoctrination.

CharlesBurns
CharlesBurns

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Doolum
Doolum

I am not surprised at all by the figures posted there.Although it always makes me laugh looking at PS3 and XBox360 sold in Japan. I love Japan

Evo8u
Evo8u

@Charlesburns yeah the US close minded we import everything and we buy other countries products like it is.going out of style which is fine I am not complaining about that but the Japanese government encourages its people only from Japanese companies. American cars over there have a ridiculous tax of like 30 to 40 percent so the Japanese really can't afford to buy them. To me thats close minded. When I was there last I spoke with some people and they told me they would love to own an American car but the tax makes it unrealistic for normal working class people to afford one.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Looks like the sales gap between PS3 and Wii is getting even further apart although I'm more shocked that more people seem to be buying PSP Go.

koji109
koji109

PS3,GranTurismo,Yes.

sebetai
sebetai

Happy to see Pokemon still on the list. I'd like to see more Japan only games make it to the States.

sagameister3
sagameister3

Pokemon black\white outsold black ops, says alot about Japan right there.

Giga_Surfer
Giga_Surfer

*___* 430,707 copies, dam thats around $30M, so in one week GT5 made half of its production cost, in Japan only, holy "god". Well i bought it to, and its a great game, despite its faults.