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Grand Theft Auto V Had The Best Debut Of Any GTA In Japan


Last week, Take 2 released Grand Theft Auto V in Japan. The game sold 360,115 copies on PlayStation 3 and another 26,612 copies on the Xbox 360 in its first week.


Japanese sales tracker Media Create reports that GTAV sold through 85.71% of its shipment on the PlayStation 3 and 92.57% of its shipment on Xbox 360.


This marks the highest debut for GTA in Japan. For comparison 2008’s Grand Theft Auto IV sold 132,676 copies in its first week on PS3 (78.77% sell-through) and 33,648 copies on the Xbox 360 (62.80% sell-through).


Prior to Grand Theft Auto V, the highest debut sales for the series in Japan belonged to 2004’s Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. That game sold 246,000 copies at launch on the PS2.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.