Monster Hunter: World Breaks Sales Records

Monster Hunter: World Breaks Sales Records

Talk about a monster of a debut.

The early sales numbers for Monster Hunter: World are big enough to impress an Elder Dragon. In Japan alone, the game moved 1,350,412 retail copies within three days.

These numbers were posted by Famitsu earlier today (via Gematsu). Famitsu points out when digital sales are also considered, Monster Hunter: World's sales numbers probably exceed two million.

The secret weapon: Cats. No one can resist them.

That's a record high for the first week sales of a PlayStation 4 game. What's more, the PlayStation 4 (and PlayStation 4 Pro) has seen its best sales week since the console debued on February 17, 2014. Monster Hunter: World helped sell 140,432 PlayStation 4's for the week between January 22 and 28. By contrast, 44,910 systems were moved last week. That brings the total number of PlayStation 4s sold in Japan to 6,187,000.

These numbers are exclusive to Japan, where the game isn't available on Xbox One. Monster Hunter: World is coming to PC later this year.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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