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Here Are the Top 50 Best-Selling PS4 Games in Japan

Here Are the Top 50 Best-Selling PS4 Games in Japan - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 September 2019 / 15,600 Views

The PlayStation 4 is celebrating its fifth anniversary in Japan and to celebrate the milestone Famitsu has released the list of the top 50 best-selling games on the console. 

Three games on the PlayStation 4 have sold over one million units. Four games have sold over 500,000 units, however, one other title is on the verge of hitting the milestone. 38 games have sold over 200,000 units and the entire top 50 have sold over 100,000 units.

 

Check out the list below:

No. Title Japan Sales Release Date(Y/M/D)
1 Monster Hunter: World 1,963,522 1/26/2018
2 Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age 1,368,698 7/29/2017
3 Final Fantasy XV 1,036,879 11/29/2016
4 Kingdom Hearts 3 722,201 1/25/2019
5 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 499,765 10/12/2018
6 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 442,032 9/2/2015
7 NieR: Automata 407,637 2/23/2017
8 Knack 400,888 2/22/2014
9 Persona 5 399,213 9/15/2016
10 Call of Duty: WWII 387,498 11/3/2017
11 Grand Theft Auto V (Price Revisioned Edition) 386,044 10/8/2015
12 Call of Duty: Black Ops III 385,147 11/6/2015
13 Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition 370,038 12/3/2015
14 Yakuza 6: The Song of Life 367,965 12/8/2016
15 Resident Evil 7: Biohazard 343,382 1/26/2017
16 Dark Souls III 332,703 3/24/2016
17 Dragon Quest Heroes 329,934 2/26/2015
18 Resident Evil 2 324,079 1/25/2019
19 Marvel’s Spider-Man 307,511 9/7/2018
20 Dragon Quest Heroes 2 280,542 5/27/2016
21 Battlefield 1 275,924 10/21/2016
22 Judgment 261,012 12/13/2018
23 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 Remix 260,988 3/9/2017
24 Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 255,850 4/26/2018
25 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege 249,675 12/10/2015
26 Earth Defense Force 5 244,159 12/7/2017
27 Gran Turismo Sport 231,275 10/19/2017
28 Tales of Berseria 220,719 8/18/2016
29 Fallout 4 220,008 12/17/2015
30 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue 215,842 1/12/2017
31 Dragon Quest Builders 2 214,026 12/20/2018
32 Dragon Quest Builders 213,581 1/28/2016
33 Red Dead Redemption 2 212,556 10/26/2018
34 Bloodborne 211,026 3/26/2015
35 Horizon Zero Dawn 210,666 3/2/2017
36 Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 208,867 4/28/2016
37 Star Wars Battlefront 205,653 11/19/2015
38 Yakuza Kiwami 2 202,817 12/7/2017
39 Grand Theft Auto V 196,795 12/11/2014
40 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands 195,758 3/9/2017
41 God Eater 3 194,698 12/13/2018
42 Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown 194,685 1/17/2019
43 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare 191,509 11/4/2016
44 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End 181,820 5/10/2016
45 Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise 179,315 3/8/2018
46 Dynasty Warriors 9 176,870 2/8/2018
47 Gundam Versus 175,581 7/6/2017
48 Everybody's Golf 174,759 8/31/2017
49 Winning Eleven 2018 171,449 9/14/2017
50 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 169,806 5/21/2015

Thanks Reddit.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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35 Comments
Darwinianevolution (on 23 February 2019)

Shouldn't the title of the article be"Here Are the Top 50 Best-Selling PS4 Games in Japan"?

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RetroGamer94 Darwinianevolution (on 23 February 2019)

I agree lol

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Vertigo-X Darwinianevolution (on 23 February 2019)

"Oh boy! I get to see the top 50 best selling titles of all time in Japan!"
clicks link
"Oh. :-|"

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Kresnik Darwinianevolution (on 23 February 2019)

Edited ;)

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StriderKiwi (on 23 February 2019)

Kinda surprising to see the Call of Duties high up on the list. Until now, I heard FPS and other western games just weren't appealing to the Japanese.

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Ganoncrotch StriderKiwi (on 24 February 2019)

you're surprised by call of duty... but not Knack at number 8? anywhere in the world Knack shouldn't be on the top 10 list of ps4 games, not even the kids of the creators of Knack are forced to play that game.

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Jranation StriderKiwi (on 24 February 2019)

@Ganon. Probably because it was at launch. Just like 1 2 Switch.

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HylianSwordsman StriderKiwi (on 24 February 2019)

Knack wasn't just at launch, it was bundled. In fact it was the ONLY bundle available, and you couldn't get the console without it. Wii Sports style. Only for the first few months though. Some suspect it held the console back in the region.

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Ganoncrotch StriderKiwi (on 24 February 2019)

Wow Hylian that's pretty bad, even for the people that game was trying to appeal to, it still borders on the side of tech demo rather than actual fun game, definitely no way to start your PS4 game collection off.

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HylianSwordsman StriderKiwi (on 24 February 2019)

I know. I honestly think that's why PS4 took so long to catch up to PS3 in Japan launch aligned when everywhere else it was always way ahead. The Japanese didn't want that game any more than anywhere else did. I just looked it up on our old charts, about 395,000 copies of Knack were sold in Japan as part of that bundle before it was discontinued after just 3 weeks. After those 3 bundled weeks, Knack sold a mere 5,000 copies unbundled in Japan. Meanwhile the hardware sales of PS4 went up after it was unbundled.

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Ganoncrotch StriderKiwi (on 24 February 2019)

What can you even call software like that? the opposite of a system seller.... a system sells preventer? Like something where they could go on stage at E3 and announce it's no longer being included with the system and that would be met with applause :D

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StriderKiwi StriderKiwi (on 24 February 2019)

And somehow, Knack got a sequel. Let that sink in...

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Shadow1980 (on 23 February 2019)

The console hardware market in Japan has contracted substantially from its peak in Gen 5. But software has especially suffered. Total software tie ratios have declined substantially, and the number of million-plus sellers has diminished greatly. This has been particularly rough for PlayStation, but it's also impacted Nintendo, albeit to a lesser extent. The PS1 had 31 million-sellers. The PS3 and PS4 have produced only five between the two of them. The Super Famicom produced 29 million-sellers. The Wii produced only 14. Meanwhile, in the U.S., some 20 games a year sell over a million copies.

This is highly illustrative of what happened with the home console market over the past 20 years, though I still wonder why things happened this way. The handheld market didn't go through the same thing in Japan, with the 3DS becoming the Japanese market's third best-selling system ever and producing most of its million-selling titles for this decade. Perhaps it was due to unique factors in the Japanese economy and its impact on Japanese society. Or perhaps it's because of the rise in dominance of Western developers since the start of the 3D era. But regardless of the reasons, Japan is a definite anomaly now among the three primary markets for consoles.

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Kerotan Shadow1980 (on 24 February 2019)

The ps3 had 2. The ps4 has 3 with the potential for 5 in total. MHW, DQ11, FFXV, KH3 and ff7. The gens not over so there could be another surprise hit like gran blue fantasy. Overall the ps4 is beating the ps3 in hardware and software aligned despite as you say a big market contraction. Sony have done well this gen in Japan.

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Shadow1980 Shadow1980 (on 24 February 2019)

Yeah, it's a marginal improvement. The PS4 is running a LTD surplus of about 640k units in Japan over the PS3 (though it's worth pointing out that they launched at different times of the year). It may still finish ahead, maybe around 11M. And like you said it had one more 1+ million seller. But it's still a far cry from PlayStation's Gen 5 & 6 heyday in Japan. The market for home consoles is still hurting big time there.

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bamf Shadow1980 (on 25 February 2019)

I wonder this too about the Japanese Market. You maybe right about the dominance of the western developers. A western game can sell multiple millions around the world while a Japanese developer not fair nearly as well (not including Mario obviously) when you take a look at japenese games they are far from appealing to us westerners. There are those who love Japan rpg games but they are in a small minority. And I can only imagine they get bored of the same generic rpg game. I feel that Western developers are more creative in design, story, are producing far better technologies etc. I think the Japanese Market is saturated with the same genre of games and as they aren't big on western games the market suffers because of this. Love to see the game attached rate on PS4 compared to ps1

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NSS7 Shadow1980 (on 25 February 2019)

Im pretty sure this is just physical sales. i remember Famitsu said that MH sold 2.85 million in Japan including digital. That is around 30% of total sales.

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Shadow1980 Shadow1980 (on 26 February 2019)

@NSS7. Apparently, Famitsu's digital numbers are pretty unreliable. But if this chart is physical copies only, then MHW must be over 2M total in Japan regardless, making it the first PlayStation title to sell over 2M since Final Fantasy XII, which was released almost 13 years ago. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean the Japanese market for conventional consoles is rebounding. To compare it to the U.S. music market, Adele's 21 was the first Diamond-certified album in the U.S. in six years, but overall album sales were still in a long-term decline.

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greencactaur (on 24 February 2019)

Knack is king baby

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Jranation (on 24 February 2019)

I would like to see a.comparison to the Ps3

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HylianSwordsman (on 24 February 2019)

Wow, I wonder if KH3 will pass FFXV? FFXV didn't sell nearly as much as I thought it would, and KH3 is selling much more than I thought it would in Japan. I don't think KH titles have ever matched the FF titles of their era in Japan, but we might see an exception here.

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ZS (on 24 February 2019)

4 games have hit 500k with one very close to it so pretty much 5 games, I also see 2 editions of gta v which both combined sold over 580k so makes it 6 games? Why separate gtav with the normal and price revisioned edition?

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ZS ZS (on 24 February 2019)

11 and #39

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Rob5VGC (on 23 February 2019)

Kingdom Hearts! Woo!!!!

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Liquid_faction (on 23 February 2019)

So... are the numbers in this site wrong? Or does this site track digital sales now? Persona 5 has huge disparity between this site and the list. MHW also has them, by a couple hundred thousand units.

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Kyuu (on 23 February 2019)

Sony's fastest selling PS4 game, Spider-Man, finishing at an estimated 500k~ lifetime (digital included) will be sad compared to some their best selling PS1 games. They developed/published around 10 PS1 million sellers, including a couple of 2-million+ sellers.

It's crazy how big Sony opened in Japan only to soon fall into oblivion on the software front. There might be a few, but I can't name a single company that plummeted quite as bad. 7.8/10 Too much wester... n!

But on the other hand, they have the insanity called Fate Grand Order.

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Ganoncrotch Kyuu (on 24 February 2019)

realistically though, they might have less sales in Japan now, but they are ruling both EU and NA, stealing NA from MS was something I would never have imagined in the PS3 era, given that each household there had a Call of Duty Box 360 in it, for that to have turned around so much is crazy from Sony reaching over the seas from Japan.

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think-man (on 23 February 2019)

Does this number include digital?

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Korvo_Attano think-man (on 23 February 2019)

I doubt it since Kingdom Hearts, as shown in MC, is at 700k physical, same as here. So most if not all of the numbers shown here must be physical only.

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Azzanation think-man (on 24 February 2019)

I was going to say it might have been a forced bundling.

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Azzanation (on 23 February 2019)
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