PlayStation 3

Yakuza 5 Sales Remain Relatively Stable In Japan


Yakuza 5 sold 356,757 copies in its first week in Japan, upon its release. Sales tracking firm, Media Create, report that was 65.80% of the game’s initial shipment. This is a little bit lower than the last couple of Yakuza games.


Yakuza 4, which was released in 2010, sold 383,972 copies in its first week, and sold 72.01% through of its shipment in that week.


Meanwhile, Yakuza 3, released in 2009, sold 372301 copies in its first week, and sold through 78.57% of its shipment during that week.


The slight drop in Yakuza 5 figures doesn’t really seem like anything to get worked up over. It’s the third—fourth, if you count Yakuza: Kenzan—game in the series on the PlayStation 3, and sales have remained fairly stable. It looks like the series has quite the dedicated fanbase that’s willing to jump in early.

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.