Japan's PSN users sure love them some western games


Downloads aplenty!

If there's one stereotype about the Japanese game industry that's more true than not, it's that Glorious Nippon hasn't gotten the hang of The Internet and its many facets quite as quickly or in the same way as the rest of the world. When it comes to using and innovating on online platforms and digital distribution, at times Japan seems to always be a year or two behind.

They're catching up quick, though, particularly on the digital distribution front. The new promo by Japan's PlayStation Network is sure to help, promising a chance at ¥10,000 in download credit when customers purchase one of the Top 20 downloaded games on the PSN. Which 20 are those, you ask? Well, the full list is below, courtesy of PSNStores.

Even if you don't have a Japanese PSN account, it's fun to look at which games most people are downloading on the different platforms and play armchair analyst about what the data means. For my part, it's interesting to see the upper tiers of the PS3 and PS4's download lists dominated by "foreign" heavies like Minecraft, Destiny, FIFA, and Battlefield, while the Vita's Top 20 is much more reflective of the otaku gamer's tastes (and possibly of the Vita's near-irrelevance in the western markets).

TL;DR: JRPGs, anime games, and visual novels sell best on Vita in Japan. Shocker! 

PlayStation 3:
1. Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition (Mojang)
2. How To Survive (Spike Chunsoft)
3. Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition (Capcom)
4. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami)
5. Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
6. Terraria (Spike Chunsoft)
7. Destiny (Sony Computer Entertainment)
8. Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs. Full Boost (Bandai Namco)
9. Okami (Capcom)
10. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Square Enix)
11. rain (Sony Computer Entertainment)
12. Super Robot Wars OG: Dark Prison (Bandai Namco)
13. Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (Konami)
14. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Level-5)
15. Power Pros Baseball 2014 (Konami)
16. Samurai Warriors 4 (Koei Tecmo)
17. Ultra Street Fighter IV (Capcom)
18. Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late (Arc System Works)
19. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition (Square Enix)
20. Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar)

PlayStation 4:
1. Battlefield 4 (Electronic Arts)
2. FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts)
3. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Square Enix)
4. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami)
5. Destiny (Sony Computer Entertainment)
6. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Square Enix)
7. Child of Light (Ubisoft)
8. The Last of Us Remastered (Sony Computer Entertainment)
9. Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition (Square Enix)
10. Trials Fusion (Ubisoft)
11. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft)
12. Dragon Age: Inquisition (Electronic Arts)
13. Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition (Koei Tecmo)
14. Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar)
15. Yakuza Ishin! (Sega)
16. Strider (Capcom)
17. Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)
18. Samurai Warriors 4 (Koei Tecmo)
19. inFamous: Second Son (Sony Computer Entertainment)
20. Don’t Starve: Console Edition (Klei)

PlayStation Vita:
1. Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (Mojang)
2. Terraria (Spike Chunsoft)
3. Freedom Wars (Sony Computer Entertainment)
4. Senran Kagura: Bon Appetit! (Marvelous)
5. Muramasa Rebirth (Marvelous)
6. Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (Bandai Namco)
7. Soul Sacrifice Delta (Sony Computer Entertainment)
8. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F2nd (Sega)
9. Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (Sony Computer Entertainment)
10. Persona 4 Golden (Atlus)
11. Super Robot Wars Z3: Time Prison Chapter (Bandai Namco)
12. DanganRonpa 1·2 Reload (Spike Chunsoft)
13. Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited (Nippon Ichi Software)
14. The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki (Falcom)
15. Phantasy Star Nova (Sega)
16. Steins;Gate (5pb.)
17. Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus (Marvelous)
18. Phantom Breaker: Battlegrounds (5pb.)
19. Toukiden Kiwami (Koei Tecmo)
20. God Eater 2 (Bandai Namco)


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