The PlayStation 4 has been available in Japan for two and a half years now, and Famitsu has the data on the console’s five best selling games. Surprisingly enough, the list is not dominated by Japanese developed games as it would be if it were the Nintendo 3DS or PS Vita.
Instead, without too many large Japanese games to turn to, the looks almost like it could be one from the United States, except for the fact that there is a Dragon Quest game in the top five. Pfft, as if that would ever happen in North America.
Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain (438,478 copies)
Knack (400,888 copies)
Call of Duty Black Ops III (356,468 copies)
Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below (329,934 copies)
Dark Souls III (321,931 copies)
It’s important to point out that Knack was the pack-in game when the system first launched, which is why it shows up so high on the list. The console currently sits at about 3 million units nationwide, giving none of these games an overly impressive attachment rate.
Not that this list proves anything, but it does show that the Japanese console gaming crowd still does show a bit of reverence to its classic franchises. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the only original title from a series, that’s not a spin-off, that dates back to the early days of Japanese gaming, and the fact that it did pretty well in its increasingly mobile home country gives me a bit of hope for the future of AAA Japanese development.
I can only assume that Final Fantasy XV, Persona 5, and Dragon Quest XI will walk prominently in its footsteps once they give Japan the biggest three months of console gaming its seen in over a decade.
Persona 5 is set to launch on Sept. 15, Final Fantasy XV will launch on Nov. 29, and Dragon Quest XI is expected no later than next May. BOOM BOOM BOOM, triple JRPG punch! Console gaming’s going to get real, very soon in Japan… unless the hybrid NX comes in and hijacks it in a big way.