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Persona 5 sold fives times as many copies as Persona 4 in its first month

by Ron Duwell | May 22, 2017May 22, 2017 2:00 pm PST

If you haven’t heard, Persona 5 is one of the many feel-good success stories of 2017. Atlus and SEGA did a stellar job selling the game around the world, and the fanbase’s response shows that the enthusiasm for its niche still burns an entire decade after Persona 3 launched the series to the front of the JRPG genre.

We’ve heard about its success in Japan and Europe, but only today have we found out about the success at home in the United States. According to the NPD Group, Persona 5 enjoyed the series’ biggest launch in its history, and altogether, it sold more than five times as many copies as Persona 4 did when it first launched back in 2008.

It still failed to catch up to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the best-selling game of the month, but the continued success of the Persona 5 is all that needs to be pointed to as proof that North America still loves a finely crafted JRPG.

Portable or bust for me

I played Perona 3 back when I was a young, single man wasting away his first lazy year in Japan. Five years after that, I caught up with Persona 4 on the Vita while taking the train to work every day. Now, I’m sharing a cramped Japanese apartment with my wife, and we have enough space for just one television between us.

You get what I’m saying? A 90-hour JRPG must be played on a Switch or a Vita if I’m to make any progress at all because the TV sees far more use by my better half. I want to complete Persona 5 like I did the last two games, but that’s just too much time to dedicate anymore. Switch, Vita, or bust for me, sadly…

Persona 5 is available now for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...