Monster Hunter X Has A Stronger Start Than MH4U, Helping New 3DS Sales

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Capcom released Monster Hunter X last week, and the game sold 1,488,367 copies in its first week on store shelves in Japan. Japanese sales tracker Media Create reports that Monster Hunter X sold through 91.84% of its shipment in its first week.


The total software sales number for the week is 1,979,000 units of all games sold, which makes it 327.81% more than all combined software sales from the week prior. Thanks to the sales of major titles, this is the first time since the last week of July that total software sales of the week are over a million, and it’s also the highest we’ve seen for the entire year.


The new software in Monster Hunter X sold 1,488,367 units in retail (91.84% sell-through, not including digital downloads) making it a million-seller in its first week. Compared to the previous 3DS title from the series, it sold slightly more than Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (roughly 1,446,000 units sold in its first week, and 85.40% sell-through) which released in October of last year.


As far as pre-order comparisons go they were pretty balanced as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate saw around 929,000 pre-orders by the time of its release week,while Monster Hunter X had about 936,000, so it shows that non-pre-order sales got a slight increase in the latter.


One thing to factor in is that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate did not have a downloadable demo (in Japan,) so it may have played a role in getting some extra sales from players that were curious about the game.


Total hardware sales of the week was around 196,000 units—206.19% more than the previous week. With the traction of Monster Hunter X, the New 3DS (including the XL) saw 362.53% more units sold than last week, making it the center of total hardware sales, and it’s likely that many of those New 3DS sales were from users upgrading from other 3DS models or purchasing the device for the game.


It’ll be interesting to see how well Monster Hunter X continues to sell, and also in comparison to other entries from the series.

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