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Modern Warfare 2 Gets Off To Strong Start In Japan



    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.

    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at 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.

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