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GTA IV shoots down LBP in Japan

Niko arrives in style

Rockstar's GTA IV has made an impressive debut in Japan, the PS3 version shifting 133,000 copies to enter the software chart at No1.


The game charted ahead of fellow new entries Valkyrie Profile: The Accused One for DS and LittleBigPlanet for PS3, which sold 80,000 and 52,000 copies respectively, according to Media Create figures (via Chart Get).

Other top performers during the week ended November 2 included DS titles Pokémon Platinum and Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode, which charted in fourth and fifth.

The Xbox 360 version of GTA IV also made a strong impression, coming in at No7 having sold 34,000 copies.

With all the recent excitement surrounding the excellent LittleBigPlanet in the UK, you could almost be forgiven for forgetting how big the GTA buzz was on this side of the pond back in April ahead of the game's release.

The title picked up a 39/40 score in Japanese gaming bible Famitsu (one more point than LittleBigPlanet), so perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised by the impact it has made on the Japanese buying public.

Will the success of the PS3 version of GTA IV, as well as LittleBigPlanet, do anything to end the console's abysmal run of form in Japan? We'll let you know as soon as the hardware sales figures are in.