It Seems Japan May Not Like Its Yakuza Games With Zombies After All

Last week, the latest entry in Sega's popular Yakuza series hit Japan after suffering a brief delay. It was the country's bestselling game by a huge margin, killing the other new zombie-filled game on the market. But there was some not so good news for Sega's newest gangster game.

Yakuza: Of the End crushed the competition, selling nearly 300,000 copies in its first week on the market in Japan. Damn good, but not as impressive as the last two entries on the PlayStation 3. Yakuza 3 managed to move 372,000 copies in its first week on sale two years ago. Yakuza 4 outperformed that with a debut tally of 384,000 copies last year.

Yakuza: Of the End did less business with a larger PS3 install base, either telling us that Japanese gamers are experiencing annual Yakuza fatigue or they just don't like the introduction of undead in their gangster brawler-dramas.

Whatever Yakuza's fate, here are the top 20 bestselling games in Japan, courtesy of Media Create. It includes two Evangelion games and one Red Faction game, which managed to break its way into the top ten.

01. Yakuza: Of the End (PS3) - 298,717 / NEW

02. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (3DS) - 15,551 / 74,343

03. Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS (DS) - 11,421 / 130,812

04. Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2: Professional (DS) - 10,526 / 530,022

05. One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP (3DS) - 8,384 / 105,625

06. Gekiatsu!! Pachi Game Tamashi Vol. 2: CR Evangelion - Shinjitsu no Tsubasa (PSP) - 6,808 / NEW

07. Wii Party (Wii) - 6,243 / 1,911,195

08. Akiba's Trip (PSP) - 5,523 / 89,477

09. Red Faction: Armageddon (PS3) - 5,426 / NEW

10. Patapon 3 (PSP)

11. Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2011 (PSP)

12. Pokemon Black / White (DS)

13. Troy Musou (PS3)

14. Wii Sports Resort (Wii)

15. Nobunaga no Yabou: Tendou with Power-Up Kit (PS3)

16. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)

17. Pandora's Tower (Wii)

18. Wii Fit Plus (Wii)

19. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd (PSP)

20. Gekiatsu!! Pachi Game Tamashi Vol. 2: CR Evangelion - Shinjitsu no Tsubasa (PS3)


    I really want this game though. I expect it will sell better here because of the zombies.

    VGChartz has Yakuza: Of the End listed at 309,058 units for the first week. Not as impressive as the last two entries but still cracking the 300k mark.

    I originally had mixed feelings about it even though I'm a fan of the series, but now I'm looking forward to it. But deep down, I'm hoping by the end of the game, Kiryu wakes up and it was all a dream.

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