Seeing Lost Planet 2 on the PlayStation 3 debut at 85,000 units is immensely interesting. While western publishers have tried to make strides into the Japanese market with their own shooters, only a select few such as Halo and Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty games published by Square Enix have exhibited any real signs of success.
Considering Lost Planet 2 has already outsold its predecessor by far in the Japanese market, it makes one wonder if the increase in popularity had anything at all to do with the game’s greater emphasis on co-op multiplayer, a la Monster Hunter, which is a comparison many have made.
The top-ten sales chart for the week of May 17th – 23rd is as follows:
|Lw||Tw||Title||Tw. Sales||Tot. Sales||Sys.||Publisher|
|New||01.||Lost Planet 2||85,000||New||PS3||Capcom|
|01.||02.||Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2||62,000||1,064,000||DS||Square Enix|
|New||03.||World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen||57,000||New||PS3||Konami|
|02.||04.||Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker||34,000||672,000||PSP||Konami|
|New||05.||Lost Planet 2||33,000||New||360||Capcom|
|New||06.||World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen||21,000||New||PSP||Konami|
|New||07.||Fullmetal Alchemist: To the Promised Day||21,000||New||PSP||Namco Bandai|
|03.||08.||New Super Mario Bros. Wii||18,000||3,843,000||Wii||Nintendo|
|New||09.||World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Aoki Samurai no Chousen||14,000||New||PS2||Konami|
While new releases for the week knocked Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker down a couple of notches, both games continue to hold up rather well in the top-ten. Peace Walker in particular is well on its way to outselling Metal Gear Solid 4, whose last publicized figures amounted to 680,375 units (excluding the “Best” version) in 200 days on the market.
It’s worth noting that Peace Walker was also released on the PlayStation Network, whose sales are unaccounted for by Media-Create.