Atlus has released the Japanese opening week sales numbers for their Persona fighting game, Persona 4: Arena. The game sold 128,485 copies on the Playstation 3, and 9,801 on the Xbox 360, for a total of 138,286.

Now, you might not find this particularly interesting, “So it sold 140k. Big deal!” you say. Well, here’s the interesting bit, Siliconera compared Persona 4: Arena’s first week sales to a number of highly popular fighting game giants, and found that they were somewhat greater than any of them. The games Persona 4: Arena was compared to are; Street Fighter IV, Super Street Fighter IV, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, and Tekken 6. You can look at a comparison below.

Opening Week Sales
Game PS3 360 Total
Persona 4: Arena 128,485 9,801 138,286
Street Fighter IV 86,075 37,782 123,857
Super Street Fighter IV 80,882 28,454 109,336
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger 33,768 24,812 58,580
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 49,871 16,184 66,055
Tekken 6  103,105 23,261 126,366

Persona 4: Arena releases in North America on August 7th for the PS3 and Xbox 360.


Devin Kotani
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