Modern Warfare 2 Gets Off To Strong Start In Japan

By Ishaan . December 16, 2009 . 7:55pm


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, published by Square Enix in Japan, has gotten off to a strong start in the region, according to Japanese retail blog Sinobi.


Modern Warfare 2 sold 117,000 copies on the PS3 — debuting at the #3 position on the weekly software sales chart — and 61,000 copies on the Xbox 360 in its first week. It was bested by New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which has retained its #1 spot since the time of its release, and Tales of Graces, which debuted at the #2 spot with 143,000 copies sold in its first week.


The point of interest here is that Modern Warfare 2 sold 178,000 units combined across the PS3 and Xbox 360, thereby besting Tales of Graces. For the sake of comparison, here are life-to-date sales numbers for other recent notable Western releases in Japan:


Resistance: Fall of Man [PS3] – 136,492

Little Big Planet [PS3] – 99,984

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [PS3] – 113,957

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [360] – 54,752

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (The Best)* [PS3] – 62,813

Halo 3 [360] – 83,696

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion [360] – 72,274

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion [PS3] – 49,114

Gears of War [360] – 68,270

Gears of War 2 [360] – 61,860


It’s worth noting that the first Modern Warfare was published by Activision and Ubisoft (who published the PS3 version). Having Square’s name on the box certainly seems to have boosted the sequel’s popularity.


* Published by Square Enix under their "The Best" label.

  • Ereek

    Very interesting. Though I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

  • Mazen

    Activision marketing reached even this blog, Activision is smart in not forgetting these japanese games specific blogs I’ve noticed alot of news about Modern warefare 2 in other english Japanese games news blogs.

    • Strike_Man

      This isn’t the first mention of Modern Warfare 2 on this site, and in fact, the more recent coverage of it by Siliconera was in regard to the criticism over SquareEnix’s localization of the title (dub-only, poorly translated sections, etc.).

      You don’t think it’s even slightly notable, on a site like this, that a FPS outsold a Tales game in Japan?

      Activision may be the 800 pound gorilla of the Western gaming world (in terms of both size and attitudes at times), but I fail to see some sort of “conspiracy” to promote the game on blogs that mainly cover Japanese games.

  • malek86

    I kind of expected some more from Graces. Oh well, maybe it’s the FF13 effect.

    • I’m inclined to think it’s the oversaturation effect. I mean, the majority of the Tales fanbase JUST got a mothership game on the PS3. But yes, a lot of people are probably just waiting for FFXIII.

      • malek86

        I know, but i thought it would at least outsell Symphonya 2. Maybe in time it will end up better, though.

        • Mmm. I think Symphonia 2 (on account of not being very good) actually had a negative effect on this one. There’s a chance the casual buyer would just think, “Well, the LAST one on Wii wasn’t very good…”

          That’s just a theory though. :)

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