Persona 5 Becomes Fastest Selling Game In The Series In Japan


It’s official, Persona 5 has become the fastest selling entry in the series since the franchises debut 20 years ago.

In it’s opening week (via 4gamer), the game has sold 337k copies across both platforms, with the PS4 version selling 264k copies and the PS3 version selling 73k copies.

It’s worth noting that this number only counts the first three days of sales, seeing as these numbers were from the week of September 12th to September 18th, with the game only releasing on August 15th.

To put it in perspective, the highest selling Persona game in Japan is the first entry in the series, originally released in 1996 for the PS1. The game sold 391k copies in its entire lifetime, meaning that Persona 5 is well on its way to becoming the highest selling game in the franchise.

Persona 5 is slated to release in North America and Europe on February 14th, 2017 for both the PS4 and PS3.

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  1. Captain Vidya
    Captain Vidya
    September 21, 2016 at 10:45 am

    With all the hype surrounding it, I’m not all that surprised.

  2. Migi
    September 21, 2016 at 10:51 am

    offcourse considering the japanese voice acting and overall game is great while we all still gotta wait and see what is censored or badly translate in the western version.

    Not that i’m worried i’ll be importing it when its filthy cheap ATLUS not gonna get my money with half-baked localizations.

  3. Maelstrom
    September 21, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Great sales, but it’s still no monster hunter.

  4. Kiryu
    September 21, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Even with those atrocious dubs i think P5 will outperform japanese sales.

  5. Nagato
    September 21, 2016 at 10:54 am

    One would think P3 and P4 would’ve sold better back in the PS2 days if only because there were so many more consoles around at the time, but this makes sense when you consider the reality of the market already being saturated with JRPG’s at the time… compared to P5 arguably being the only “big budget” one around nowadays.

  6. Migi
    September 21, 2016 at 10:55 am

    It might….But i’d rather not support a company that screws its fans over with lies of japanese dub might get added if we all buy it kinda rtarded Tactic that john hardin uses that scumbag.

  7. Kiryu
    September 21, 2016 at 10:57 am

    We all know those are just lazy excuses,well atleast the rational thinking gamers not the Atlus fanboys.

  8. PenguinPlayer
    September 21, 2016 at 11:17 am

    It’s time for Persona 5 Dancing All Night, Persona 5 Arena, Persona 5 Ruby, Persona K: Kart, Persona Party, Persona 5 The Animation and 8 years from now when they’re done miling it we will get 6.

    February can’t come soon enough. Actually, no, give me some time to go through SMTIV: Apocalypse and Final Fantasy XV.

  9. PenguinPlayer
    September 21, 2016 at 11:18 am


    You think? There hasn’t been many japanese-styled games that sold better in the west than in Japan, has there?

    The only thing that comes to my mind are Suda51’s games.

  10. Lezard Valeth
    Lezard Valeth
    September 21, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Gotta stay away from spoilers…anyways , all the hype around Persona 5 was build with Persona 4 and 3 really. it wasn’t that popular before, sure it got a good repution but that all. SMT sure is on a roll now.

  11. Minuteworld92
    September 21, 2016 at 11:28 am

    i-i-it’s out in japan? FUCK. TIME TO WATCH SOMEONE PLAY IT!

  12. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    September 21, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Persona has received a lot more mainstream attention in recent years than it used to. Even if it’s still relatively niche, I wouldn’t be surprised if Persona 5 is the best-selling entry overseas as well.

  13. Guin
    September 21, 2016 at 11:36 am

    There’s not much competition so it’s to be expected.

  14. British_Otaku
    September 21, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Been out for a week if we have numbers already.

    … Do you really want spoilers that much?

  15. Kiryu
    September 21, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Ni No Kuni,Persona 4 Golden,whole Compile Heart library and so on.
    All these games sold better in the west.The reason why we have so many japanese games coming here is because the japanese market is not profitable enough anymore.
    Ni No Kuni was a flop before coming overseas and it’s probably thanks to us that Ni No Kuni 2 is coming.

  16. 3rdStrike_Ebi
    September 21, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    > February 17th, 2016

    Uh… come again?

  17. Schrodinger's Clit
    Schrodinger's Clit
    September 21, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Good on them, but it won’t outsell Final Fantasy 15 if they’re wishing for that. Persona sales has always been pretty low and P5 won’t change that. It will never exceed its plateau.

  18. orbo
    September 21, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    I’m not surprised, really.
    The persona games have become a lot more well known, especially in the west.
    With the stuff they’ve shown so far even I’m interested in it already.
    I have no doubt that it will be the fastest and best selling entry in the series.

  19. Kiryu
    September 21, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    P4 golden sold 1.37m total,i think P5 will reach 2m.

  20. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    September 21, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    I thought there would have been more PS3 sales.

  21. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    September 21, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Impressive for a Vita game.

  22. Kiryu
    September 21, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Indeed,it even outsold FFXHD which surprised me.

  23. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    September 21, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I’d be up for Persona 5 Arena if it looked like Guilty Gear Xrd.

  24. Ninjagai
    September 21, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Honestly, while FF15 may reach 7-10 million copies sold, it also costs a lot more, and Square will call it disappointing sales. Persona 5, as a smaller budget game, will likely exceed estimates and gain more traction.

  25. Smug
    September 21, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Fun fact: it’s the second sole game, with DJMax TT, to hold saves inside the cartridge.

    I know this since I’ve imported a JP physical that was pre-owned.

  26. Mr0303
    September 21, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    It’s a bit surprising that the PS4 version sold more. Perhaps it was thanks to bundles.

  27. BROKEN R.Hoffmann
    BROKEN R.Hoffmann
    September 21, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    I predict sales around 1,5M for it worldwide after a year.

  28. Kiryu
    September 21, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Not really surprising considering the PS3 is dead.

  29. Grayares Fakcot
    Grayares Fakcot
    September 21, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    ps4 version always sell better bar two games

  30. Grayares Fakcot
    Grayares Fakcot
    September 21, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    what are you talking about? it’s competing with winning eleven which is HUGE

  31. Mr0303
    September 21, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I wouldn’t say that. The PS3 is still getting support and has a much bigger player base in Japan.

  32. Grayares Fakcot
    Grayares Fakcot
    September 21, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    this game is literally the ___last___ game that’s announced for the ps3, there will not be any more ps3 games

  33. Schrodinger's Clit
    Schrodinger's Clit
    September 21, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Sole game? Not sure what you mean by sole, but I know VLR holds saves in the cartridge as well.

  34. AR7777
    September 21, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Same here, if atlus refuses to give us dual audio then I refuse to buy their product.

  35. Kiryu
    September 21, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Yes but most gamers have now jumped to the PS4,even in japan so it’s normal P5 sells better on PS4.

  36. Mr0303
    September 21, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Yeah, I guess the number gap is what surprised me more.

  37. Smug
    September 21, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Havent heard of VLR doing that tbh

  38. Raziel Barkrai
    Raziel Barkrai
    September 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    And throughout those 8 years Persona fans will whine about when P6 will come out. Meanwhile SMT5 will be up in the air and who knows what platform it will be put on.

  39. OSad
    September 21, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    >tfw Shin Megami Tensei is now a handheld franchise
    >tfw you might never have a visually striking, interesting, incredibly well-produced yet incredibly difficult mainline SMT game like Nocturne on a console ever again
    >tfw next SMT game turns out to be a smartphone MMO

    I like me some Persona but… goddamn high school teenagers.

  40. Kakaku
    September 21, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Pro evolution 2017 made 3rd and 4th place on PS4 and PS3 respectively. With the press Konami has been receiving I don’t know how that’s possible, but it happened.

    Actually now that I think about it, most of the people I know who play sports games usually don’t know much about gaming as a whole. It’d make sense if this sort of thing flew under their radar.

  41. TheCynicalReaper
    September 21, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    You know that this is a statement for the success of Persona 4 more so than Persona 5, right? Persona 5 only just released and yet Japan is crazy about it enough to buy the game so soon! Why?
    Because people expect quality equal-to or even better than its predecessor.

    Ultimately we have yet to see if P5 is the blockbuster newcomer Atlus is hoping it will be, and we won’t see that until we look at lasting sales once the release hype ends and what the common player thinks of it.

    For now, this great sales landmark is great for P5’s charisma, but it’s really thanks to the success of Persona 4 that P5 had enough hype and expectation built for it that it would make such a splash on release.


  42. Kakaku
    September 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    We have more console players here in the west. In Japan sales of 50,000 as considered excellent, but in America that would be considered a complete commercial failure. To some companies anything less than 1 million in sales overall could be considered such.

  43. TheCynicalReaper
    September 21, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Can a thing really be called niche once it’s gained enough clout to advertise with the Tokyo Tower?
    I agree though, it will be HUGE in overseas. It’s why Atlus and Sega are working so hard to stifle any and all youtube videos about it.

  44. TheCynicalReaper
    September 21, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    They are taking down videos because of spoilers

  45. Dnetwork7
    September 21, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Exactly, I doubt XV will even make Square a profit, while the western release alone should give Atlus what they want.

  46. Kakaku
    September 21, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    5 months until we get the game here in the West.

  47. Feniks
    September 21, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Well hopefully it will stay niché in America. This game really doesn’t need mainstream (game) media attention.

  48. Kiryu
    September 21, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Square is horrible at managing a budget but we all know that.

  49. Jack
    September 21, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Persona Q 2: mara boogaloo

  50. TheManWithPants
    September 21, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Some mainstream anime games like Dragon Ball Xenoverse also sold better in the west. In Japan, it only sold decently on Sony platforms, and it bombed on Xbox platforms for obvious reasons (and the PC version was never released over there). Meanwhile, in the west, it sold well across all platforms, which is why Xenoverse 2 is on PS4/XB1/PC in the west, but PS4 exclusive in Japan.

  51. Soaringfalco
    September 21, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    In my opinion I hope everyone enjoys the game I find your whole ideology a little asinine sure persona doesn’t have to be mainstream, but it would be great to have atleast some people to have conversation with when it comes to games you like.

  52. sanic
    September 21, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Good if it did poorly I’d expect mobile to be hoisted on atlus for eternity considering the work that went into this game.

  53. Ckarasu
    September 21, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I agree with a lot of what was said here, but Nocturne was just pretty challenging. It’s not really incredibly difficult unless you ignore the lessons the game goes out of its way to teach you.

  54. Para-Medic
    September 21, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    I hope games like this can revitalize the console market in Japan.

    Probably quit video games if Japan ever goes full-mobile. :(

  55. Tubsiwub
    September 21, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    It’s like hype boosts sales or something, Speaking of… how much longer do we have to wait? AHHH PLEASE LET ME HAVE IT!

  56. static5225
    September 21, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Which is why I’m planning to import the Asian version. My limited Chinese Mandarin comprehension will actually be of good use.

  57. Scoobs & Doobs
    Scoobs & Doobs
    September 21, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    cool and all that jazz, but when’s devil summoner 3 :(

  58. Scoobs & Doobs
    Scoobs & Doobs
    September 21, 2016 at 5:58 pm


  59. Kakaku
    September 21, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    The release is February 14th worldwide so its a little less than 5 months away. 4 months and 3 weeks if you prefer something nicer sounding.

  60. Guin
    September 21, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Last time I heard Winning Eleven was not a JRPG.

  61. Snow
    September 22, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I believe someone from Atlus suggested that the English dub is “just as good’ as the Japanese voice acting so that’s why they don’t bother with including it. I’m guessing they’re just lazy/cheap.

  62. tccboss
    September 22, 2016 at 1:24 am

    I’m not surprised seeing as they hyped the shit out of that game.

  63. Migi
    September 22, 2016 at 9:24 am

    That’s most likely the real reason.

  64. Migi
    September 22, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Your lucky you know some chinese mandarin so it would make more sense, I myself will just use online guide or just youtube footage with the sound off to see the text then write it all down to get a grip of what is going on.

  65. TheCynicalReaper
    September 22, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Agreed. The WORST thing to happen to gaming was catching Hollywood’s attention and being– at least, in the West –absorbed into that amorphous blob of television faces and “CINEMATIC” degeneracy.

  66. TheCynicalReaper
    September 22, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Pretty sure he meant in terms of mainstream media attention rather than people. Let everyone who can discover Persona enjoy it, sure! But let’s keep it away from the executives who prowl social media for IPs to rape with Hollywood “cinematic” dollars.

  67. static5225
    September 22, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Yeah, it’s really frustrating how Atlus USA held a Twitter poll to gauge fans’ interest on Japanese VA, only to say that the western version won’t have it and that they’re “looking into it”.

    The cast for Persona 5 is amazing. Jun Fukuyama (Lelouch) Nana Mizuki (amazing singer), Aoi Yuki (huge resume for her age), and Haruka Tomatsu (Asuna). I want to give them proper thanks and also to show support for the passed away Miyu Matsuki.

  68. Zero Eternity
    Zero Eternity
    September 22, 2016 at 11:28 am

    They don’t prowl hard enough or something. They just keep making the same movies over and over again. Let King Kong and Spiderman move on story wise or let them die. I often wonder if they ever read a book in Hollywood.

  69. Minuteworld92
    September 22, 2016 at 6:59 pm

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    Spread the word. #S3034
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  70. TheCynicalReaper
    September 22, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    They read Twilight and 50 Shades of Gray
    That answers that question in a lot of ways…

  71. Snorlaxation
    September 23, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Same held true for Persona 4. It owed it’s initial popularity to P3 and FES. As well as alternate colors and more vibrant style that was pretty quickly shown.

    Little by little the Persona series has become an ever increasing wave/avalanche/snowball, and I want everyone to be a victim of it’s success.

  72. Snorlaxation
    September 23, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    It’s the biggest part of the series that I think they should change. I would’ve loved for this game to have followed college students, even just freshman would’ve been a nice change. I would even have accepted all or almost all Seniors.

    Oh well.

  73. Snorlaxation
    September 23, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    That post is very misinformed. But I’m glad more people are researching now.

  74. TheCynicalReaper
    September 24, 2016 at 12:35 am

    This is very, very true.