Yakuza 4 Was Japan’s Favourite PlayStation 3 Game In 2010

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Japanese videogame sales archivist, Geimin.net, has graciously put together an online version of sales tracker Media-Create’s list of top-selling games in 2010. While the usual suspects held the top-most spots on the chart (Pokémon, Monster Hunter, Super Mario), it turns out Japan’s favourite PlayStation 3 game was Yakuza 4.


Coming in at #16 (out of 500 games) on the chart, Yakuza 4 sold 577,199 units in 2010. The game was released on March 18th, which means it took a little over nine months for it to reach that figure.


The other Yakuza game released in 2010, Black Panther: New Yakuza Chapter for the PSP, was no slouch itself, coming in at 275,648 units by the end of 2010. That’s a little under half of Yakuza’ 4’s sales, but Black Panther was released toward the end of September, which means it only had three months to reach those numbers. Most impressive.


If you’re curious, the best-selling first-party game by Sony on the PlayStation 3 was Gran Turismo 5 at #17 on the chart, with 563,378 units sold. Note, however, that Gran Turismo 5 was only released in late November, so that gives it about a month of sales.

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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.