Black Ops 4′ Has Topped The Japanese Charts

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‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ has topped the Japanese charts.Credit: Activision, Treyarch

Since Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was released last week, it has managed to storm the Japanese charts and come out on top.

Released on Oct. 12, Black Ops 4 has sold 228,775 copies in Japan, placing it at the top of the country’s charts.

To put that figure into perspective, the second place in the charts goes to Super Mario Party on the Switch with only 63,451 units sold.

While this may initially look surprising, the Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto games tend to do well in Japan when it comes to sales.

After all, Call of Duty: WWII also on the PlayStation 4 managed to sell 168,324 units when it was launched last year in Japan, beating out Super Mario Odyssey in the process.

However, the interesting thing here is that Black Ops 4 is primarily a multiplayer game and the series has been historically popular on its singleplayer component as well as multiplayer.

Obviously, the shift to multiplayer only for Black Ops 4 is down to the new wave of battle royale shooters in the West. However, that fad has yet to catch on in a similar way in Japan.

This is not to say that these types of shooters are not popular in Japan but they are far less mainstream compared to how they perform in the West.

Back to the recent Japanese gaming charts though, the Switch is still dominating the market here with 44,070 sales. Followed by the PlayStation 4 Pro with 15,442 sales and the regular PlayStation 4 at 10,030 sales.

Overall, this was a solid week for gaming sales in Japan and Call of Duty continues to popular with gamers here.

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2018-10-18 07:00:00

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