The last few years have seen a number of western-developed titles attract a considerable following in Japan, dispelling the perception that only Japanese-made games do well in the region. Look at Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty and Uncharted – all of these series have made a noticeable dent in the software charts in the Land of the Rising Sun this generation.
Now, we have another game to add to that list: The Last of Us. Naughty Dog’s celebrated survive-‘em-up launched in Japan on June 20, and debuted at no.1 on the software charts with 88.01 per cent of its initial shipment finding its way into the hands of consumers.
To be more precise, The Last of Us sold 117,465 units, managing to beat out heavyweight contenders such as Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Animal Crossing. Those sales almost match Uncharted 3’s debut effort, which moved just under 125k in 2011.
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