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Monster Hunter 4 Shifts Over 1.7 Million Retail Units In Two Days

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

More than a quarter of a million 3DS sales in the same week

So, Monster Hunter 4 is a bit popular in Japan. We recently reported Capcom's announcement that over two million copies had been shipped in four days, with download purchases also lifting it to third in the all-time 3DS eShop regional chart at that point. If anyone was concerned that a 'shipped' figure wouldn't amount to equivalent sales, today's Media Create charts put that concern to bed.

The latest results show Capcom's behemoth at number one with an incredible 1,715,060 sales, all in just two days — 14-15th September. That only includes physical retail sales over those two days, too, so eShop downloads won't all be featured aside from those sold as download cards by retailers. The top 20 is below, with lifetime sales in parenthesis.

1. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 – 1,715,060 (New)
2. [PS3] AKB1/149 Renai Sousenkyo – 27,052 (New)
3. [PSP] Brothers Conflict: Brilliant Blue – 15,297 (New)
4. [3DS] Tomodachi Collection: New Life – 10,530 (1,431,527)
5. [PSP] Uta no Prince-sama: Music 2 – 10,343 (78,758)
6. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – 9,428 (302,594)
7. [PS3] JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle – 8,906 (454,343)
8. [3DS] Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life – 8,822 (264,131)
9. [PS3] Splinter Cell: Blacklist – 8,252 (30,677)
10. [3DS] Yokai Watch – 7,791 (172,022)
11. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 7,348 (3,410,090)
12. [3DS] Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 5,352 (896,600)
13. [PSV] Killzone: Mercenary – 4,304 (15,356)
14. [3DS] Mario Kart 7 – 4,195 (2,120,291)
15. [PSV] Ragnarok Odyssey Ace – 3,969 (44,975)
16. [PS3] Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate – 3,566 (22,174)
17. [PS3] Puppeteer – 3,503 (12,403)
18. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 – 3,400 (2,094,152)
19. [Wii] Taiko Drum Master Wii Super Wonderful Version – 3,390 (560,681)
20. [3DS] Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies – 3,336 (339,000)

This huge 3DS exclusive also brought on a significant surge in 3DS hardware sales, with the XL model benefiting the most. The combined SKU sales of 276,000 are impressive, especially considering the fact that the 3DS has consistently been the top-selling hardware in Japan for well over a year. The Wii U is still toiling as it awaits major releases in the coming weeks and months; the results are below, with last week's sales in parenthesis.

3DS LL – 236,700 (60,077)
3DS – 40,092 (19,114)
PlayStation 3 – 12,146 (13,790)
PlayStation Vita – 6,020 (7,314)
PSP – 5,449 (5,493)
Wii U – 5,003 (5,702)
Wii – 962 (978)
Xbox 360 – 244 (201)

We normally close by saying that it's been another good week for the 3DS in Japan, but this week has been a monstrous success. Awful word choice aside, it's safe to say that Monster Hunter 4 is well on its way to smashing Capcom's sales projections of 2.8 million units by 31st March 2014; that can only be a positive for future chances of more MH exclusives and, here's hoping, localisation.

[via gematsu.com]

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User Comments (62)

Aaronzord

#2

Aaronzord said:

I'm imagining Uta no Prince-sama: Music 2 as a game about the singer Prince. I don't want to Google it and shatter my illusion.

rjejr

#3

rjejr said:

The Japanese like their handheld games, no joke.

Are there any official Pokemon X+Y prediction numbers for Japan, and did they just go down b/c everybody will still be busy playing MH4?

astros75

#4

astros75 said:

Just crazy numbers, the WiiU could use some Monster Hunter ASAP. At this rate, it's gonna pass Mario Kart 7 by weeks end.

galetyler

#5

galetyler said:

a quarter of a million 3DS's sold in a week... ya know who is worrying themselves to craziness right now Sony's handheld department for being foolish enough to let Monster Hunter slip away from them...

I see Nintendo maybe keeping this exclusivity for a while

Watch the language -Lz

Jahir

#8

Jahir said:

I'll just say that if the next Monster Hunter is on WiiU we've got nothing to worry about.

idork99

#9

idork99 said:

Wow!

@galetyler You're right. This was a PSP exclusive game. Whatever happened to that? I recall the creator saying that the 3D in the 3DS was reason enough to put the third installment on the Nintendo handheld. But wonder if there's more to the story? Because if I'm Sony, I would do everything to not let this exclusive game be on other systems because, well, just look at the numbers! Extraordinary!

lbs

#10

lbs said:

Hey, erm, is Nintendo still "doooomed?" ;)
Seriously tho', I'm glad for Capcom.

galetyler

#13

galetyler said:

@idork99 They had a falling out with Capcom I believe and Nintendo came in and bought the exclusive rights to Monster Hunter until at least 2015 and with the success it has seen on the 3DS and Wii / Wii U I can see Capcom sticking with Nintendo for this franchise.

So yeah Sony screwed up royally... with regards to Monster Hunter

FarukoSH

#14

FarukoSH said:

This will be the trend for the next 4-5 years, 3DS Land, thats what its japan nowadays, the Vita and WiiU are (for now) as dead as they can be, the PS4 with its super western style without a single big japanese game will BOMB untill the big hitters (MGS5 , FFXV, KH, RE, etc...) but besides MGS5 (late 2014) we dont know about the others (2-3 years minimun), and its coming from a much MUCH weaker console compared to the PS2->PS3 era

Im expecting around 100k+ from this till the end of the year, with Pokemon in a month or so (wich should see similar numbers9, people should sget that games like MH4/Pokemon with its 2m on launch day are VERY VERY good for the overall market, im expecting some old 3DS games getting a boost after the Pokemon and MH4 fever goes out (first november week or so)

congrats Nintendo and Capcom, after all the crap that Sony throw agains Capcom regarding MHP3rd, Nintendo really went the extra mile with the marking, bundle, servers, localizing etc... of MH3U on WiiU/3DS

galetyler

#15

galetyler said:

@DiSTANToblivion The Vita's problem is that it offers "home console experiences" but I have my PS3 / Wii U for that, I want my handheld to offer me different, unique experiences not cross buy or PS3 games that get ported to it.

The Vita to this day lacks a "killer app" unless you enjoy FPS's in which case Killzone is one title but that's it... it needs more than that and the only people to blame are Sony they tried to make a portable home console and failed miserably.

Where as Nintendo knew that people who play handheld games are looking for games which can be played in short segments of 20 - 30 minutes while on a bus or a train which is what titles like 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Fire Emblem Awakening and Kid Icarus offer.

6ch6ris6

#17

6ch6ris6 said:

ka-ching

3DS really is a great system. so many awesome games on one of the best handhelds ever made

FarukoSH

#18

FarukoSH said:

Famitsu numbers are somewhat higher too, with 3DS hitting 300k and MH4 with 1.850.000 (downloable cards which MC do not track) and both of them do not track downloaded games from the eShop, wich, according to some sites its pretty much at the TOP of the online boards

So im guessing around 2m its a more accurate number, will probably hit 4m, maybe 5m

FarukoSH

#19

FarukoSH said:

@rjejr Around 2-2.5m first week depending day of release, and no... they wont go down because of MH4, if anything MH4 and Pokemon will give a boost to each other, this games has legs, MH3U was still selling a month ago besides launching almost 2 years ago and older games, not to mention... HOLIDAYS

datamonkey

#20

datamonkey said:

They are quite literally insane figures! Looking forward to seeing if Pokemon matches it (or beats it?).

Is the 2DS coming out in Japan?

rjejr

#21

rjejr said:

@FarukoSH - "Around 2-2.5m first week"

So, if Nintendo did decide to get out of the home console market, nobody could really blame them?

Volke93

#24

Volke93 said:

....Honestly I expecter a better result for the console sales, not that almost 300000 consoles in 2 days are few, but I was expecting at least 500000.....

Spoony_Tech

#27

Spoony_Tech said:

If only the west could reach half of those totals. It really is a good series! I hope for a release in the west within 6 months time please Capcom!

Cohort

#28

Cohort said:

@Jahir As a huge 3rd party exclusive, it would be crazy not to bring it to the Wii U. Infact the reason why I caved in and bought a Wii U in the first place was for MH.

PKpunky

#29

PKpunky said:

Wow, those are some great numbers for the title and 3DS.

I would buy this game on launch day if it's localized for Wii U.

Emblem

#30

Emblem said:

Localisation can't come soon enough, the sales are great and the reviews are also looking good.

Peach64

#31

Peach64 said:

I said the estimate of 2.8 million in 6 months was low, and people criticised me! Monster Hunter 3 sold 2 million, and that was a port of a game they'd had for years, during the 3DS's poor period. This was always going to destroy those figures as its brand new and there's way more consoles out there now.

DiSTANToblivion

#32

DiSTANToblivion said:

@galetyler You do make some really good points, it's unfortunate that they didn't try and seperate console and handheld. There are a few great titles though, like P4G which is especially great if you've never had the chance to play Persona. Soul Sacrifice is pretty under rated to me but again just feels like a console game. Dragon's Crown should've been a Vita exclusive. Tearaway looks awesome and very original, that could show some unique features of the Vita for sure.

Mk_II

#34

Mk_II said:

That's impressive. I'm very curious to see if the upcoming Pokémon release can surpass this.

Lalivero

#35

Lalivero said:

@galetyler While it's a poor decision to pretty much make it a portable home console-like experience, I don't see why a handheld has to have exclusively 'handheld' titles. If they need to stay separate then what is the point in the Wii U getting GBA titles over the 3DS?

Believe it or not, there are people who aren't always home but still may find themselves with some free time on their hands for any type of game.

On topic, this is absolutely crazy yet obviously great news! I wonder what numbers X and Y will bring...

LittleKing

#38

LittleKing said:

Hopefully this will see localization, now. It might make up for the lack of SE's Dragon Quest VII, DQM: Terry's Wonderland and Slime Mori Mori 3 outside of Japan. :p

Senario

#41

Senario said:

Make a G rank MH4 and you got a deal. I always prefer that version. Might also give them time to work on the game. Western localization please!

Captain_Gonru

#42

Captain_Gonru said:

Am I reading the chart right? It's fourth all time after two days?
So, how much excess money does it need to make for them to toss out a Western release "just because"?
Edit: Wait. Reread it. Not QUITE as massive as I thought, but still...

VolcanoFlamesNL

#46

VolcanoFlamesNL said:

3DS is on fire! And it'll take weeks before it cools off!
But, shudder Pokémon X and Y... Remember B2/W2 sold 2m in just 2 days...

Now I'm anxiously waiting for these numbers for Wii U.

Kirk

#51

Kirk said:

I wonder if Pokemon X & Y will be able to match or surpass those sales on launch.

Genesaur

#52

Genesaur said:

@cookiex Not sure if you've noticed, but Nintendo seems to prefer it, as well. Most videos you see with game footage are shown on an XL system. Also, there's the whole thing with Japan getting two special Monster Hunter LL systems, so that may have had an effect on the humongous sales of the LL. Also, it really is just better.

IceClimbers

#53

IceClimbers said:

@galetyler
It seems that the Vita is getting Monster Hunter Frontier G, which is also coming to PS3 and Wii U. That's a really old version of MH though, so it probably won't do much for the Vita.

FarukoSH

#54

FarukoSH said:

@rjejr If you ask me, Nintendo will be shifting to a Console/Handheld Hybrid, some kind of portable controller that can be used on TVs as well

Having Nintendo working only in 1 thing at a time could be huge, not having to "support" 2 different platforms at the same time means all the great games are in just 1 place...

FarukoSH

#55

FarukoSH said:

@Kirk In Japan, it should be a good fight but i guess Pokemon should be able to hit 2.3m or so (remember that trackers doesnt count the downloable version of MH4, so im pretty sure it sold around 2m, and not 1.7m). WW im expecting something around the 4.5-5m on first week

Dreamcaster-X

#56

Dreamcaster-X said:

Ok Capcom, the 3DS version sold extremely well, now it's time to focus on bringing it to the Wii U!!!!!

galetyler

#57

galetyler said:

@IceClimbers Frontier G is the WORST game in the series, Online only, Pay to Win MMO, littered with Micro Transactions etc...

To put it in perspective it has been out for 6 years on both PC and 360 and has sold less than 200,000 copies.

Kirk

#58

Kirk said:

@FarukoSH

I think it should be an interesting battle between the two.

I think you're being way too optimistic with Wind Waker however. There isn't even 5 million Wii Us out there in total, across the whole world, and even at it's best Wind Waker is only going to sell to a fraction of those owners. There's no chance whatsoever Wind Waker will come anywhere near selling the numbers you think in it's first week. It will be lucky if it hits 4.5-5 million in it's lifetime.

Unless you weren't talking about Wind Waker when you said WW...

FarukoSH

#59

FarukoSH said:

@Kirk WW = worldwide sales, not Wind Waker, i was talking about Pokemon, which should be able to hit 4.5m-5m on first week

Wind Waker HD... mmm Zelda games (besides handheld ones) are WAAAAY more popular on the west than on JP, im expecting not much from JP, around 350k which its not a bad number, but not enough to make a "turn around", WW should hit 1m maybe 1.5m

unrandomsam

#60

unrandomsam said:

@Chriiis It is ok if the portable and the home system are exactly the same. Turbo Express / Sega Nomad were much better than the competition at the time Nintendo just had better marketing.

unrandomsam

#61

unrandomsam said:

I would get a Wii U if I could get one with the whole thing built into the gamepad and no drive. Portable enough.

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