Gaming life in Japan ~ 21/10/13 – 27/10/13

That most amazing of times is back again for more shenanigans. It’s Gaming Life in Japan! This is where we take a look at the gaming habits of the Japanese public according to sales of both hardware and software. Let’s jump right in.

And for the third week in a row, Pokemon X/Y has claimed the top spot with just over 229k units shifted this week. Previous number one, Monster Hunter 4, has slipped a couple of spots dropping to number 4 but it still sold over 68k copies which is a great number considering how long the game has been out for now. The over the top antics of the Grand Theft Auto universe seems to agree with the Japanese public with GTA V still doing well at retail and selling over 50k units this week. The PS Vita is ably represented in the charts by Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu at number 7 which is also available for the PSP.

Interestingly though, the PSP version is at number 6 with a little over 36k units selling through. The charts are looking good with all the major players being represented across the 3DS, PS3, PS Vita and PSP. No one monopoly this week around which is great to see. You can catch all the action of the software charts below.

Shifting our attention to hardware,  no big surprise as far as number one goes. What do you think it is? If your answer was the Nintendo 3DS, then you’d absolutely correct. This week the 3D handheld wonder sold just over 69k units which is down from last week’s figure of 94,988 but still something to write home about for Nintendo. The PS Vita takes out the 3rd spot which is still good to see for Sony compared to how the figures were for the Vita last year. The Vita shifted just over 24 1/2k units that while nowhere the lofty standard set by the 3DS, it’s a far sight better than the struggling Wii U which this week shifted just over 2 1/2k units. But nothing says struggling like the Xbox 360 which sold through 351 units this week around.

More next week from Gaming Life in Japan!

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