Japan's appetite for gaming proved to be most sated with Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker on PSP, according to a customer satisfaction survery conducted by Media Create which gauged opinions from January all the way up to October this year.
However, a new and formidable challenger for meeting and beating player expectations for software just appeared last week, if the enthusiasm for Capcom's Monster Hunter Portable 3rd is any indication.
Based on Monster Hunter Tri for the Wii with plenty of returning content from the older PSP titles, the latest Monster Hunter entry brings the franchise back to the hardware that made it such a blockbuster in Japan, the PSP.
You may already be aware that the publisher has shipped 2 million copies of the handheld title to retailers during launch week. Now Famitsu confirms that actual unit sales for MHP3rd have reached 2,146,467 over a five day period ending December 5th.
By Famitsu's reckoning, this means the title easily sold over its initial allotment to retailers across Japan, making it one hot product indeed. In contrast, MHTri sales hit 720,000 units in Japan by the end of its second week on the market.
The MHP3rd hype also led to the best week yet for the PSP in terms of hardware unit sales; 326,639 PSPs sold during the title's launch week, a new milestone for the handheld in Japan.
In other Monster Hunter news, MHTri fans should check out the new king-sized Deviljho event quest, "World Eater", that just kicked off yesterday. If you thought this abomination of newbie High Rankers was big before, get a load of him during this special quest!