How did Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes do in Japan?

Curious how the latest installment in the Metal Gear Solid series has been received by gamers in Japan? Here are the sales numbers for week 12 (March 17 – March 23) from three different sources.


  • First, the Media Create software sales.

Here, we find the PlayStation 3 version at number 3, with 119,615 copies sold. In 6th place is the PlayStation 4 version, which sold 91,903 copies.

  • These are the Tsutaya charts:

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes enters at number 2 (PlayStation 3) and number 5 (PlayStation 4) in the latest Tsutaya sales charts.

  • Finally, the Famitsu sales.

The game does even better here, taking first place for the PlayStation 3 version (151,300 copies sold) and fifth place for the PlayStation 4 (100,278 copies sold).

Speaking of Famitsu, in the latest most wanted charts Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain sits at number 6 (PS4 version).

Not surprisingly considering the lack of success of Microsoft’s consoles in Japan, the Xbox 360 version doesn’t appear in any of the lists. Neither does the Xbox One version, because it isn’t out yet in Japan (since the console hasn’t been released there either).

Source: Tsutaya, via Mii-Gamer, Gematsu, Nintendo Everything, Famitsu

  • Ian Reay

    Ground Zeroes on PS4 is absolutely breathtaking, can’t wait for to see what The Phantom Pain has to offer !!

  • PrinceHeir

    Pretty good, but not as good as a main entry.

    Though more people are more hype for Phantom Pain, so i guess Many are waiting for that one.

    I’ll buy one in summer once it’s cheap.

    • Anonymous X

      You said that a billion times now

  • flying_fox

    Great! It’s a good start.

    Funny how there were more PS3 games sold. It’s the opposite in the West.

    • glitchbomb

      I think that has a bit to do with the fact that they pretty much just started selling the PS4.

  • glitchbomb

    Can we freely talk about stuff including the ending without it getting flagged/removed yet? It has been a week since EU, right?

    I only ask because I have a few questions….

    • Janeo

      At least hold off for another day the game finally came out today here so I’m so close and I don’t wanna get it spoiled or at least put a spoiler warning

      • glitchbomb

        Actually a week will be tomorrow!
        If i remember correctly a while back some of us talked with Nyx about when would be a good time to discuss things and not have to tip toe around to talk out it.

        • Janeo

          Well I will be happy whatever anyone says pretty soon because the game is at 80% now so I’m very excited it has felt like such a long time that I have been doing my best to dodge spoilers

          • glitchbomb

            Interesting. 80% and you haven’t seen the ending to the main op?
            Did you just save it for last?

          • No Place For Hayter

            I think he meant the install %.

            This talk about spoilers is funny because unless you did a media black out and did not even watch the trailers then there is next to nothing to spoil.

          • glitchbomb

            That’s what I thought he meant at first.. but if that is the case, there is even less to spoil.

          • Janeo

            Sorry I meant install. I just played the game for about 3 hours and I’m not disappointed at all I just got up to Chico after just messing around for a little while I have just been going around interrogating soldiers listening to all the briefing tapes saving some prisoners it’s just awesome beyond awesome

          • Not much, but there is the ending of the GZ mission. Even if it’s just a few minutes.

    • Depends on what the community here wants.

      • we wanna talk! though maybe we could stick with non-story stuff for a couple more days? maybe technical aspects talk could do for now, to avoid spoiling stuff

    • No Place For Hayter

      Ooooooo questions, I love talking metal gear.

      • glitchbomb

        o.k, this is not spoilersh. It is from the bomb removal scene.

        Anyone know why the medic pulls his hand out like he is removing something and then his hand goes off screen as if he is putting something down, or picking something up, but nothing is in his hand!!
        It just seemed really odd to me.

        Was it just to show us his hand is bloody?? Was there something there that was edited out?

        • No Place For Hayter

          I think this is just to be a shock moment “OMG he didn’t get the bomb *PANIC* this is horrible” sort of thing.

          The reason he reaches back is to balance himself when he gets on the bench, in the scene he changes his position (putting one leg of the bench with Paz) so he can reach and pull out the bomb easier, because he could not get it out from where he was originally standing. He reaches back as the first step to changing his position.

  • mikeslemonadeFromN4G

    That’s good sales. Typically these PlayStation centric games sell more systens even though they don’t sell as much as a typcal Xbox exclusive.

  • Matthew Thomson

    Fucking fan boys, you all are the reason that games are becoming shit. A game for 30-40$ that they wanted to sell at 60$ with a 1 hour story is worthless. Accept it.

    • William of Orange

      Uhuh, so…. is there a point to this? I mean, is there (aside from the length of the main op) anything else about this game bothering you?
      No? Well, have a nice day!!

      • Matthew Thomson

        Lets see, the blind following of the game. The unnecessary shock gore at the end. The pathetic attempt to pad out the game with the less then useless side missions. The end rescue cut scene that could have been an awesome gameplay section on it own, but no that was too expensive for Konami to do, I mean if they were charging 40$ for it then maybe they could… OH WAIT. The pointless melodrama.
        I could go on, but I would just be called a realist.. I mean a hater. Hope your day was as good as mine!

        • What an honor you came here to lecture us.

        • psychomantis18

          Matthew Thomson?! Didn’t I see your name on Crime Stoppers in relation to pending public indecency charges taking place across various kindergartens? Seriously, I don’t think people like this should be allowed to post in ethically grounded forums.

    • HappyCamper1992

      “they wanted to sell at 60$” Don’t make up such outrageous lies. They never – I’ve been following MGSV news since PAX 2012.
      And I’ve seen nowhere demanding $40 for this game, $20-$30, yes.

      If you want to rail about games ripping you off because they give a shit amount of content, trust me, there’s many FULL PRICE games out there which do exactly that. Call of Duty being one of them – a rehash of the same game year, after year, with a shitty campaign mode, and they justify the full price because the demand comes from the increasingly lackluster multi-player.

      I do share your disappointment with the final scene (Battle for Mother Base) being unplayable – not only that, but short too.

  • Massacred

    Srew Keifer Sutherland. though.

    The game was fun

    • HappyCamper1992

      What is with all the hate for Kiefer Sutherland??

      I’ve been a fan of Metal Gear for over a decade and I do understand the fan attachment to David Hayter, but for Christ sake, his Voice Acting has been getting worse since Snake Eater and he’s admitted it himself that he can’t achieve the quality of VA he had in MGS1 and Sons of Liberty.

      Sutherland gives Big Boss the dark, gritty, serious voice he needs. David Hayter is far too goofy.
      He should never have voiced Naked Snake/Big Boss in the first place, since he is Solid Snake’s VA.

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