Monster Hunter 4 Moves 2 Million Copies In Four Days

By Ishaan . September 16, 2013 . 8:03pm

Last week, Capcom released Monster Hunter 4 for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan, and shipments of the game have already topped 2 million copies in its first four days on the market.


Capcom say that Monster Hunter 4 managed to move 2 million copies “as early as the fourth day” after its launch. The game launched on Saturday, which means that the 2 million figure was recorded as of today.


Capcom did not specify precisely how much the game has sold between retail and digital copies.  What they have mentioned is that 2 million copies of the game have been shipped. Additionally, we know for a fact that the game has sold a significant number of copies via the Nintendo eShop, given that the game is ranked #3 on the eShop all-software chart in Japan.


By March 31st, 2014, Capcom hope to ship 2.8 million copies of Monster Hunter 4. Judging by the way sales are going, they’ll probably top that figure within the next few weeks.

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  • JustThisOne

    Oh my god. Monster Hunter, you… well. Monster. xD

    I’m interested to see how this will compare to Pokemon sales, first week as well.

    • Pokémon Black/White did outsell Monster Hunter Portable 3rd in first-week sales. We’ll have to see if the same holds true of X and Y.

      • mewcus

        not a good comparison, seeing mh4 is mainly japan only and pokemon is world wide

        • Chaheezor

          He’s probably talking about Japan’s figures only. It wouldn’t matter if Pokémon is a world-wide thing if you’re only counting one country’s sales figures.

          • mewcus

            probably, we will never know

          • Anon-non

            We do know and it is. Numbers are only showcased within figures. Worldwide figures take longer to obtain data for.

  • Herok♞

    Wait its only 3rd on the eshop what is in front of it?

    • 1. Animal Crossing

      2. Pokémon AR Searcher

      3. Monster Hunter 4

      4. Super Mario Bros. (Virtual Console)

      Animal Crossing has sold at least 700,000 copies via eShop alone to date. No clue how much Pokémon AR Searcher has sold, but it’s an eShop-exclusive game. Given that MH is in between Mario and Pokémon AR Searcher, I would imagine it has sold in the upper five-figure range on eShop. Maybe even six figures if there are retail shortages.

  • 60hz

    nice! it looks scrumptious!

  • Grape Monet

    I’m curious to see how many 3DS units were sold on the strength of this game.

  • im somewhat suprised and not at the same time, i dont know what to feel

  • just curious how many 3ds users in Japan?

    • Namuro

      I was there last week, and even though I was in Hokkaido, out in some remote town, my XL picked up 10 StreetPasses as soon as I walked out of the hotel LOL. I think I got like about 67 Passes that day. I can’t imagine how many I’d have gotten if I was in Tokyo.

    • Guest

      There are an accumulated number of 12.316.551 3DS units sold as of last week in Japan, Monster Hunter 4 and Pokemon X/Y will rise this number a bit.

  • Namuro

    The day just won’t end! I wanna go home and hunt some more already!!

    Maybe I should just quit my job and become a full-time hobo/hunter…

  • konsama

    Meanwhile, in the west…

    • Ethan_Twain

      Meanwhile, in the west there is still no word of Monster Hunter 4 localization. This is completely reasonable considering that the game launched in it’s original language mere days ago. It is, however, reasonable to expect that this game will be localized eventually due to the inclusion of online play which is a feature particularly suited to the region.

      That’s how you intended to end that, right? Probably just ran out of time, it’s cool. I finished it for you.

      • konsama

        How is it reasonable, when they did the exact same thing the past year with their terrible PR management to the MH fanbase with not saying anything about a localization or whatever, just ambiguous answers for a YEAR.

        Don’t get me wrong, i know the game will luckily be localized especially with the implementation of online from the 3DS itself, hell i even bring it up usually many times in other MH topics. But still, it would be better for their image and consumer/fanbase and company relationship to have more communication than “stay tuned” or just ignoring our questions at all.

        And that still doesn’t make “reasonable” not saying anything about a localization being sooner or later, many companies announce the dates of games just released in japan even if they’re out 3 or whatever months later. Hell, ever heard of something called worldwide release?

        Sorry, but your “completion” of my post is nowhere close to its intended meaning.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Then in the future, tell us what you are feeling and what you wish us to know the first time. Then folks can’t make reasonable yet apparently incorrect conclusions.

          • konsama

            I guess so. xP

        • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

          MH3U didn’t launch too long ago, while it takes about 2 weeks for people to hack the game and add English translations into a script for it, it will take 6 months for an official one. MHP3rd had English script and translation patch in 2 weeks. We’ll add an extra week for what Capcom says is the largest MH ever. So if 3DS has some type of homebrew, sure it does, then this will happen like it has with the PSP games. Now if Nintendo wasn’t a dick and region locked their system then their sales might have been twice what they made. Point is MH3U. while old in Japan, is new here. It won’t be till next year till we get it at least. I am also holding out till they make the G version in a year. Not pulling another MH, MH2, and Tri on me this time Capcom. I know a G is coming, I can wait.

          • konsama

            The fact about 3U being out only 6 months ago won’t change the lack of communication Capcom has shown to the MH occidental fanbase since time ago, not just in this case.

            Like i mentioned above, they could even say “we’re taking a year to localize it to the west”, that would at least be a statement, and would help early importers and other fans to decide if they are going for the JP version or wait, instead of “stay tuned” or “we can’t have an answer” for almost a year, without any sort of real answer.

            Also i know from boards and stuff, that people like me burned out 3U in the first 3 months, even playing solo and have nearly everything and over 400 hours of gameplay. So for the core fanbase, even being out this very same year would be more than good.

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            Yeah I was burnt out a while ago too, still less content than MHFU. But it’s not Capcoms responsibility to pop out games for us because we are done with the previous one. You’re complaining about something moot. It will come in time, especially with how well it’s doing. It’s nothing different from what they did with previous games either. Plus I like having a break from MH. If all I did was play MH, I would miss out on a lot of other great games. I stopped playing MH3U for FFXIV.

          • konsama

            Hrmm how well it’s doing in Japan ahs nothing to do with the west, MHP3rd was the most sold MH to date and we didn’t get it at all.

            And who says i ONLY play MH, i play lots of games, even play many at same time to not burn on just one fast.

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            I never implied you did, you are way too defensive about this. With MHP3rd, PSP is region free, myself and many thousands of others were on adhocParty with MHP3rd. I doubt we are the only ones that imported it. Plus there was an English patch for it in 2 weeks.

          • konsama

            Alright i see your point, and sorry bout being too defensive, usual innate countermeasure for semantics expoiters. :/

    • malek86

      Meanwhile, in the west, people will be too busy playing GTA5 and then waiting for Pokemon and COD Ghosts and getting hyped for the next gen consoles (which are not coming out in Japan this year, mind).

      I think Capcom is being prudent by not localizing the game now. MH is not a juggernaut outside of Japan. In fact, it’s somewhat niche, you could say, even if Tri and Ultimate didn’t do too badly. Releasing the game amidst the holiday rush, next-gen consoles grabbing all the attention, and Pokemon being the singular focus of most western 3DS owners, would only destroy its chances at being successful.

      I’m not expecting this game to arrive here before 2014.

      • XiaomuArisu

        GTA5,Pokemon and COD
        One of them is not like the others

        • malek86

          Not really. They are all played by kids. #zing

      • konsama

        You actually got a really good point in there, never considered tht localizing it at the moment would be bad with those 3 monsters coming out soon in the west, and considering MH despite its huge fanbase in west is still considered niche…>_<

  • Monster Hunter 4, welcome to America.

  • ocaritna

    Let’s make it 5million by bring this game to U.S :D

  • Ethan_Twain

    So what’s the early word on the actual quality of the game? I know it’s selling nuts, but that would happen in the first week even if it kinda sucked. I’ve seen a lot of coverage of just how darn popular this will be/is, but now that it’s out I’d like to know if that popularity is warranted.

    • Impressions of the game itself are great. People are liking the new features and overall reception seems to be great. A few people are reporting random freezes, although just how widespread the problem is is hard to guess. My guess is they’ll have a patch ready for that in a few days anyway.

      • Ethan_Twain

        That was me who tweeted back to you asking about the possibility of a patch btw. Occured to me afterwards that you may not have recognized that Oscar the Grouch avatar.

        • Hmm, that’s odd. I don’t see your tweet…

          • Ethan_Twain

            Ah, it seems that you’re not permitted to see my tweets because of my twitter account settings. Well, retroactively assume that I’ve been making informed, clever comments and questions under your tweets about once every two months for the last year or so.

            I just assumed it was your policy not to respond to random twitters :)

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Check us out sometime. You haven’t seen random tweets until you check out how Siliconerans tweet!

          • No, I reply to a lot of people that tweet at me! What’s your Twitter? You can e-mail it to me if you want to chat on there more often. :)

            Like Miau said, a lot of the Siliconera community does stay in touch via Twitter.

          • malek86

            If you have a twitter, you should totally join us. If you are prepared, that is.

          • Ethan_Twain

            Whatever happened to the old Siliconera staff tweets feed to the side of the website anyway?

          • malek86

            Not sure. Maybe they removed it because it was buggy? I remember at times it would show tweets from other people. There’s also the fact that Ishaan now has a locked account, so putting his tweets in a publicly visible window would defeat the point of that.

            Anyway, if you feel like coming up on Twitter and follow/get followed by all the others, that would be neat.

          • They were a bit too public and got annoying when we just wanted to tweet about non-game-related stuff sometimes.

  • School Idol Addict

    Well, I’m not really surprised, i even said it since last week that it will most likely reach 2M in his first week and some peoples were saying it wouldn’t happen :P

    • Technically, it won’t, since “first week” would mean Sat (launch) through Sun (end of tracking period for the week). First week for this game is two days. Monday and Tuesday will be recorded as second week.

    • malek86

      That likely won’t happen. These 2 millions were probably reached with extra shipments in the second week (monday and tuesday). First week should be around 1.5 millions, if we assume that all the initial stock is gone.

      Also keep in miond the difference between shipped and sold. Capcom shipped 2 millions as of today, but chances are that the copies from the new shipment had not been sold by the time this report came out (don’t forget yesterday was a public holiday in Japan).

      As a whole, even considering eShop sales, this game will have a lower launch week than MHP3, which had actually sold 2 million copies. But that was to be expected, really. The question is now whether it can reach it in lifetime sales. It should clear 4 millions easily, but 5 millions might be a little difficult. We’ll see though.

  • Just a heads up, guys–no console warrior nonsense in this discussion. Keep it clean and about the numbers/market.

    • ShadowDivz

      But… if it were on another console–

      • If it were on another console, it would have sold half these numbers, considering that the “other console” has less units sold than copies of MH4 itself.

  • Guest

    Good to see those numbers on a handheld. I don’t doubt this will see a worldwide release and well, get a sequel :P

  • Ban The Jackass

    Wow this is great! So many Hunters! If there’s a real ecosystem of Monsters out there, there would be no monsters left to hunt XD

  • fyi1191

    Pokemon X MonHun will conquer the gaming world if this keeps up.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      You mean they haven’t now?^_^

  • “By March 31st, 2014, Capcom hope to ship 2.8 million copies of Monster Hunter 4. Judging by the way sales are going, they’ll probably top that figure within the next few weeks”
    A few weeks? More like a few days. I’m willing to bet they’ll sell 4-6 million copies by then.

  • Göran Isacson

    Welp, I guess it’s nice for Capcom that at least ONE series seems to be selling enough to satisfy their dark masters, the Sales Forecasts. One wonders how high the numbers will be after a month of sales… heck, at the end of the year when Christmas sales come rolling around, this one will probably see another boost.

    Unless, that is, they’re focusing on getting Gaist Crusher out by then so that IT can sell well for the Christmas sales…

  • Blur Will

    please come to USA

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    I guess, Mon Hun 4 is surely going to defeat P3rd record now.^_^

    Great job for Capcom and hope that all those hunters there will had a great time hunting.^_^

  • Brimfyre

    I’m not a Monster Hunter fan, but a large part of me wants to get this for the Link costume and pretend it is a Zelda side story.

  • J_Joestar

    makes me wish i had the disposable income to contribute to those numbers, especially after seeing this monster

  • eilegz

    as i said this its the japanese cod

  • Welp. I was wrong about the sales not eventually reaching P3rds…

  • ShadowDivz

    2 million copies in four days? How disappointing,it failed to meet my reasonable expectations.

    …See what i did there?

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