Numbers are coming in after the first day of sales in Japan for Modern Warfare 2. As we talked about in an earlier post that like other Eastern countries, the "No Russian" scene has been removed or censored. A good amount of people have had the game imported from the Western countries to keep the full gameplay intact.
Apparently these numbers are in fact good for Japan. Apparently 100,000 + copies of a FPS game isn't something to feel bad about and could show a shift in the type of gamers over in Japan. Granted this game could also be one of the exceptions of the rule as it has broken records for quickest selling game topping GTA as well.In a country traditionally dominated by role-playing-game, this American first-person-shooter actually is posting reasonably healthy first day sales — that is, for a Western FPS in Japan.
Early data has the Xbox 360 version of MW2 selling 42,000 copies while the PS3 version apparently sold 64,000 copies for a grand total of 106,000 copies of Modern Warfare 2 in Japan. That is low compared to what it did in the West, but extremely high for Japan. Generally speaking, Western games just do not sell 100,000 in Japan on their first day. Baby steps, folks, baby steps!