Japanese PSP Sales Rocket

Japanese PSP Sales Rocket

Capcom's new Monster Hunter title behind an increase of 400 per cent. 

Japanese PSP sales grew by over 400 per cent in the week to December 5, a staggering rise mostly attributed to the release of Monster Hunter Freedom 3 for the system.

As we reported on Monday, the latest installment in Capcom’s franchise was typically well-received in Japan, with the publisher claiming to have sold two million units in the game’s first week on sale.

The spike in sales, reported by VG247, saw 325,528 units sold in the week from November 29 to December 5, compared to 77,364 the previous week.

It brings the PSP’s Japanese sales for the calendar year to within touching distance of the Nintendo DS, which tops the chart with 2,313,272. The PSP now stands at 2,291,127 units sold.

Capcom claims the Monster Hunter series has sold a combined total of 15 million units since it first appeared in 2004. It attributes the number of new fans to the release earlier this year of spin-off Monhan Nikki PokaPoka Airu Mura.